Category Archives: Cell phones

LA5: Hearsay on driver’s consent admissible at suppression hearing

The trial court found the stop was reasonable for shooting from a car and driver consented based on the testimony of the stopping officer. Defendant’s claim that the driver’s consent was hearsay and inadmissible was rejected. All other exceptions for … Continue reading

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PA: Powering on a cell phone was the first of three warrantless searches in violation of Riley

Powering on a cell phone to see the screen was the first of three warrantless searches of defendant’s cell phone, all of which violated the Fourth Amendment. They were not harmless, so reversed. Commonwealth v. Fulton, 2018 Pa. LEXIS 982 … Continue reading

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S.D.Cal.: Cell phones tool of trade of border smugglers, too

“That drug smuggling operations use cell phones to contact each other, to give direction and instructions, that they use scouts and multiple vehicles to cross drugs, are all well-known strategies. [¶] It is also well-known that smugglers will buy cars … Continue reading

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M.D.Fla.: Def’s admission he hadn’t used phone in a year when he left it where he last lived supported finding abandonment

During a knock-and-talk, defendant admitted that he had not used a particular cell phone in over a year because it had a cracked screen. He was kicked out of a house and he left it behind with other belongings. Based … Continue reading

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NY4: Pinging cell phone was harmless error even if a warrant was required

The pinging of defendant’s cell phone to find him was without a warrant. If it was constitutional error, it was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt. People v. Moorer, 2018 NY Slip Op 00754, 2018 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 697 (4th … Continue reading

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FL4: Exigency required finding def’s cell phone to locate a school bus stop shooter

Exigent circumstances in finding a shooter at a school bus stop necessitated the officers pinging the cell phone to locate the shooter. Defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not challenging the search because it would have failed. Barton v. State, 2018 … Continue reading

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LA2: No REP in text messages in another person’s cell phone

Defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy in text messages in another person’s cell phone. State v. Young, 2018 La. App. LEXIS 110 (La. App. 2 Cir. Jan. 18, 2018). Defendant was on parole and his parole agreement required he … Continue reading

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BBC: Apple health data used in murder trial

BBC: Apple health data used in murder trial:

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D.S.D.: General description of a handyman’s tools as “miscellaneous tools” did not make the inventory “defective”

General description of a handyman’s tools as “miscellaneous tools” did not make the inventory “defective.” United States v. Bruce, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7387 (D.S.D. Jan 17, 2018). “Although the affidavit in the instant case could have provided more information … Continue reading

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MN: Order to provide a fingerprint to unlock a cell phone is not testimonial and thus not barred by the 5A

An order to provide a fingerprint to unlock a cell phone is not testimonial and thus not barred by the Fifth Amendment. State v. Diamond, 2018 Minn. LEXIS 7 (Jan. 17, 2018):

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NE: Having only key to rented car glovebox and not to car itself didn’t give standing

Having a key to the glovebox of a rented car, but not to the car itself, was not a sufficient reasonable expectation of privacy in the rented car to have standing. Defendant couldn’t get into the car without somebody else … Continue reading

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Just Security: Customs and Border Protection’s New Policy for Searching Devices Offers Thin Protection

Just Security: Customs and Border Protection’s New Policy for Searching Devices Offers Thin Protection by Carrie DeCell:

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