Category Archives: Plain view, feel, smell

N.D.Ga.: SW for seizure and search of a computer allows the search to be done at a later time

A second search of a computer’s contents is usually justified by the initial search and seizure warrant for the computer. United States v. Perry, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 148336 (N.D. Ga. Sept. 13, 2017). Officers went to a Biloxi motel … Continue reading

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D.Mont.: How many ways can this vehicle search be sustained that go unmentioned?

Defendant was stopped for driving erratically through a construction zone, and when stopped, he was acting strange and officers ordered his hands up. He slowly raised them with a cell phone in hand. Hands on guns, officers approached and saw … Continue reading

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E.D.Ky.: Basis for traffic stop doesn’t need to be decided where there was independent RS

There’s no point in quibbling here over the basis of the traffic stop because the officer had reasonable suspicion of drug trafficking, too. United States v. Mejia-Palacio, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 128922 (E.D. Ky. July 25, 2017), adopted, 2017 U.S. … Continue reading

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CA8: When a gun is seized in a business, govt must show justification; here it failed to show officer safety was an issue. A gun on a shelf in a business is not exigency per se.

An undercover officer entered a tattoo parlor looking for a “person of interest” in an unrelated case. A gun was seen on a shelf in the “work area.” Officers came back. Customers were allowed in the “work area” by invitation … Continue reading

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W.D.Ky.: Laptop in car was in plain view for seizure where there was PC it contained evidentiary information

Defendant’s laptop was in plain view when it was seized from his car when defendant was arrested because the police believed that stolen credit card information would be on it. United States v. Prado, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111954 (W.D. … Continue reading

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D.P.R.: Protective sweep of garage and upstairs was valid; plain view sustained, but search of closed bag suppressed

“[T]he court finds that extending the protective sweep to the garage and the second floor was within the bounds set forth by the Supreme Court in Buie and the First Circuit in United States v. Winston, 444 F.3d 115, 120 … Continue reading

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LA4: No right to a Miranda warning when consent sought for DNA swab

Taking DNA by a buccal swab is a search, but defendant doesn’t have a right to a Miranda warning when consent is sought. State v. Cooper, 2017 La. App. LEXIS 1211 (La.App. 4 Cir. July 5, 2017). The seizure of … Continue reading

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TX1: Smell of MJ in car not found didn’t support search of pockets

The smell of marijuana coming from defendant’s car, never found in a search of the car, didn’t justify a search of his person while he was handcuffed and sitting on the curb. Meane v. State, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 5976 … Continue reading

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OH5: Plain view didn’t apply to a firearm where it wasn’t readily obvious it was stolen

The plain view doctrine did not apply because the firearm was not immediately apparent as incriminating evidence or contraband, and testimony at the suppression hearing established the officers could not readily identify the firearm as stolen. State v. Elschlager, 2017-Ohio-5545, … Continue reading

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D.S.D.: Photos of defs didn’t match the description of officers where that was part of RS calculus; search suppressed

The USMJ credited the defendants on the reasonable suspicion for continuing the stop based on the photographs of the defendants after their arrest that didn’t match what the officer was relying on for their dress and jewelry. No reasonable suspicion, … Continue reading

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