Category Archives: Cell phones

D.Minn.: Statement is suppressed, but def’s giving up passcode to cell phone is not

While defendant’s statement is suppressed, his giving up the passcode to his cell phone is not, so the search of the cell phone was by consent. United States v. Jackson, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55965 (D. Minn. Feb. 27, 2018):

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E.D.Va.: CP SW for images “created, modified or stored in any form,” including electronically included a cell phone

A child pornography search warrant for images “created, modified or stored in any form,” including electronically included a cell phone. As to defendant’s Franks challenge, his complaint about hearsay completely fails because whatever the police had, they obtained another person’s … Continue reading

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WA: SW for everything on a cell phone was overbroad

Defendant was investigated for sexual exploitation of a child, and the police obtained a search warrant for his phone seeking a “physical dump” of the phone, including everything on the phone: “Images, video, documents, text messages, contacts, audio recordings, call … Continue reading

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Ars Technica: Feds pushing new plan for encrypted mobile device unlocks via court order

Ars Technica: Feds pushing new plan for encrypted mobile device unlocks via court order by Cyrus Farivar:

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NYTimes: Justice Dept. Revives Push to Mandate a Way to Unlock Phones

NYTimes: Justice Dept. Revives Push to Mandate a Way to Unlock Phones by Charlie Savage: Federal law enforcement officials are renewing a push for a legal mandate that tech companies build tools into smartphones and other devices that would allow … Continue reading

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N.D.Cal.: Court orders target to open computer and phones under All Writs Act; no privilege bars order

Police seized a computer, hard drive, and iPhone that had been encrypted and password protected. The FBI couldn’t get in. The government applies for an order under the All Writs Act. The court finds that the Fifth Amendment testimonial privilege … Continue reading

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CA6: A controlled delivery as a part of the PC essentially moots a Franks claim

2255 petitioner’s post-conviction Franks claim fails because there was a controlled delivery that essentially moots it. There was no “substantial preliminary showing” under Franks. COA denied. Fleming v. United States, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 6934 (6th Cir. Mar. 20, 2018). … Continue reading

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D.D.C.: SW for WhatsApp account doesn’t require the cell phone number to be valid

The USMJ’s ruling that a cell phone number is also required for a pen register/track and trace order on a WhatsApp account is incorrect. All the government needs is the WhatsApp account number because the cell phone number isn’t even … Continue reading

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TechCrunch: Report: Police are now asking Google for data about all mobile devices close to certain crimes

TechCrunch: Report: Police are now asking Google for data about all mobile devices close to certain crimes by Connie Loizos:

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CA10: GFE applied to cell phone SW in KS where phone was actually searched in MO

Search incident did not justify seizure of defendant’s cell phone when he was arrested because he’d been separated from the cell phone. The government’s claim that officers seizing the cell phone were proceeding under “direction of” defendant’s PO is rejected … Continue reading

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Army: Specific issue of using computer to aid iPhone search waived by not presenting to trial court

On appeal defendant conceded the lawfulness of the seizure of his iPhone. Army investigators allegedly illegally seized a computer as well. All the trial court litigation never raised the question of the use of the computer, too, so that’s waived. … Continue reading

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MD: Use of text messaging is not a waiver of REP for spousal privilege

The state obtained text messages by legal process and admitted them at trial, arguing that the Verizon service agreement was a waiver of any reasonable expectation of privacy in third party records. It is not a waiver of spousal privilege … Continue reading

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