Category Archives: Scope of search

IL: Mere visitor present at time of SW execution could not be searched without reason

Defendant was merely on the premises raided, and he was clearly not the person sought. There were no furtive gestures or other justification. The search of his person was unreasonable. People v. Duffie, 2021 IL App (1st) 171620, 2021 Ill. … Continue reading

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DC: PO’s turning over supervisee’s GPS tracking to police not unreasonable

Defendant on probation in D.C. was supervised by the Court Supervision and Offender Services Agency. After he violated terms of probation, he was placed on GPS monitoring. It was not unreasonable for CSOSA to share that information with D.C. Metro … Continue reading

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ND: Search of passenger’s person for smell of MJ in car was unreasonable

Defendant’s patdown as a passenger on smell of marijuana was reasonable during the stop, but a search of his person was not. There was no justification for a search of his person. State v. K.V. (In the Interest of K.V.), … Continue reading

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N.D.Miss.: Rubberstamping no-knock SWs not a basis for suppression

Defendant’s contention is that the warrant issuing judge issues no-knock warrants without question is not shown to be a basis to suppress under Hudson v. Michigan. The remedy is a 1983 action. United States v. Bryant, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue reading

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ND: Co-tenant’s bedroom couldn’t be subject to probation search

Co-tenant’s bedroom in probationer’s house was not a common area subject to a probation search. Failure to object at the time isn’t consent. State v. Cochran, 2021 ND 141, 2021 N.D. LEXIS 141 (Aug. 5, 2021). Consent to search the … Continue reading

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NY2: Justified search for mj didn’t justify looking at credit cards for forgery

The officer here could open a zippered pouch looking for marijuana, but he could not look at the credit cards inside to see if they were fraudulent. “On this record, Officer Zaleski’s discovery of three credit cards stacked inside a … Continue reading

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NJ declines to follow Heien under state constitution

NJ declines to adopt a reasonable mistake of law justification for an automobile stop and resulting search. At issue was a traffic law barring license plate frames that cover information on the plate that resulted in 100,000 stops per year. … Continue reading

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S.D.Fla.: PC for constructive possession shown; def doesn’t have to handle firearm in video

There was probable cause for defendant’s constructive possession of a firearm. The government didn’t have to show he was in actual possession for probable cause. He also presumably knew he had a prior conviction to support his being a felon … Continue reading

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OH12: Search of wallet in patdown unreasonable

Defendant’s patdown produced a wallet, and search of the ID inside exceeded its proper scope. State v. Maffey, 2021-Ohio-2460, 2021 Ohio App. LEXIS 2423 (12th Dist. July 19, 2021) This excessive force case for use of force during an arrest … Continue reading

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DC: Probationer’s GPS records don’t need a SW

A search warrant isn’t required for police to obtain a probationer’s GPS records from the PO. United States v. Jackson, 214 A.3d 464 (D.C. 2019). Crocker v. United States, 2021 D.C. App. LEXIS 167 (July 1, 2021). The officers did … Continue reading

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E.D.Cal.: SW for single family dwelling valid even if there’s a renter living inside

A search warrant for what’s ostensibly a single family dwelling is sufficient to search the entire building, despite the fact that it turned out that there was a renter in one room. The good faith exception applies, too. United States … Continue reading

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D.C.Cir.: Def’s sole presence after ShotSpotter report led to RS

A ShotSpotter report led to reasonable suspicion for defendant’s stop. “We conclude that the record facts support the findings of the district court. The totality of the information known to Turner when she stopped Jones sufficed to raise a reasonable … Continue reading

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E.D.Mo.: Sexual assault allegation by school official states 4A claim

Allegation of a sexual assault by a school official states a Fourth Amendment claim. Hermann v. Kirkwood R-7 Sch. Dist., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 102574 (E.D. Mo. June 1, 2021). Officers with a search warrant for electronic devices could look … Continue reading

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D.N.J.: Owner of house consented to search of guest’s room

The consenter had control over the entire premises defendant was visiting, and that included the bedroom he was staying in. It was reasonable for the officers to believe he had control over the entire premises. Moreover, defendant didn’t object to … Continue reading

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TX14: Broad consent to search home included surveillance system

A broad consent to search a home includes the surveillance system. Hart v. State, 2021 Tex. App. LEXIS 3784 (Tex. App. – Houston (14th Dist.) May 13, 2021). “Considering that knowledge of the ability to refuse consent is not a … Continue reading

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PA: Stop for no LPN permitted running names of occupants

Not having a license plate justified defendant’s stop and then running names. Commonwealth v. Malloy, 2021 PA Super 90, 2021 Pa. Super. LEXIS 278 (May 7, 2021). The backup light being on while driving justifies a stop. People v. Ambrose, … Continue reading

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W.D.La.: When cash and heroin found in car search, a notebook could be seized

When heroin and cash were found in the search of a car based on the smell of marijuana, seizure of a notebook was reasonable. The notebook was limited information compared to a cell phone. United States v. Pierre, 2021 U.S. … Continue reading

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WI: Consent to search a computer was limited to def’s son’s user files; forensically searching recycle bin exceeded the scope of consent

Defendant granted consent to search only his son’s files on his computer. The forensic analyst searched the recycle bin, too, and that exceeded the scope of consent. Shared files were not within the scope of consent. State v. Jereczek, 2021 … Continue reading

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W.D.Pa.: SW for drug proceeds properly included jewelry it could have been converted to

A search warrant for drug proceeds properly included jewelry that the officer, in his experience, believed drug traffickers converted cash to. United States v. Thomas, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65553 (W.D. Pa. Apr. 5, 2021). The officer here saw a … Continue reading

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CT: Both halves of a duplex can’t be searched under a warrant for one

A search of both halves of a duplex under a search warrant for one was unreasonable and had to be suppressed. State v. Lyons, 2021 Conn. App. LEXIS 100 (Mar. 30, 2021). Defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not challenging the … Continue reading

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