Category Archives: Plain view, feel, smell

WY: Patdown led to plain feel of drugs in watch pocket

During a patdown, the officer felt what was likely drugs in the “coin pocket” (called a watch pocket) and it was immediately apparent to him. Therefore, plain feel applied. Maestas v. State, 2018 WY 47, 2018 Wyo. LEXIS 49 (May … Continue reading

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W.D.Okla.: SW for vehicles and “appurtenances” didn’t include a car and camper 100′ from house off the curtilage

The search warrant for defendant’s dwelling included vehicles and “appurtenances” on the land. Defendant’s vehicle and camper were about 100′ from the dwelling, and the court finds they were not on the curtilage of the dwelling. Moreover, the good faith … Continue reading

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S.D.N.Y.: Envelopes seen in plain view during arrest suggested drug proceeds and was valid plain view

Officers had an arrest warrant and took defendant into custody. A protective sweep was done and plain view observations were made, including cash in envelopes. The plain view, but without mention of the cash, was used to get a search … Continue reading

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E.D.Ky.: A cell phone left in an abandoned car is also abandoned

A cell phone left in an abandoned car is also abandoned. United States v. Green, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75738 (E.D. Ky. May 4, 2018). The police had a search warrant for animal fighting for the dogs and papers for … Continue reading

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PA: Def consented to recordings of jail calls, and this is an exception to the state wiretap statute

The trial court’s findings of fact and conclusions of law were completely wrong. Defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy concerning his jail calls made over a television monitor and through a computer system. This was a case of consent … Continue reading

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D.Neb.: The gov’t put def on notice standing was an issue, and def didn’t respond with proof; no standing

The government argued no standing. “Despite being on notice that standing was an issue, Defendant did not introduce evidence at the suppression hearing to establish his relationship to the property searched in this case.” Going to the merits anyway, defendant … Continue reading

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W.D.N.C.: 2255 is not the place to first litigate a suppression motion

2255 petitioner can’t raise his search and seizure claim via post-conviction relief where there was no effort to pursue the issue in the case on the merits. Even if he could, he’d lose on the merits of the search because … Continue reading

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MS: “Catch all” phrase in SW that permitted seizure of that which was found in plain view was merely a restatement of the plain view doctrine

A “catch all” phrase that permitted seizure of that which was found in the course of a valid search was merely a restatement of the plain view doctrine, and that doesn’t justify suppression. Defendant’s other scope of search claim was … Continue reading

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AF: Inevitable discovery validated finding CP while looking for text messages with minor

The search authorization was valid for text messages between defendant and a supposed 14-year-old girl. The AFOSI investigator found child pornography in what was thus found to be plain view. Even if, arguendo, the officer was looking for child pornography, … Continue reading

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W.D.N.Y.: SW was for drugs; a gun found was in plain view

The search warrant was for drugs and a gun was found. Guns are instruments of the drug trade. The warrant otherwise being valid, the finding of the gun was essentially in plain view. United States v. Pizarro, 2018 U.S. Dist. … Continue reading

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OH12: 911 call about OD permitted seizure of drugs and paraphernalia in plain view

Officers responded to a 911 call about an overdose. When they got in the house, drugs and paraphernalia were in plain view, and they could be seized. State v. Pettiford, 2018-Ohio-1015, 2018 Ohio App. LEXIS 1073 (12th Dist. Mar 19, … Continue reading

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TN: After def’s arrest for assault with a knife, the apparent weapon was seen in plain view in def’s car

Defendant had been arrested after a stop for aggravated assault with a knife. When the officer looked in the car to secure it, he saw a knife in plain view, and its seizure was reasonable. State v. Stanley, 2018 Tenn. … Continue reading

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