Category Archives: Scope of search

NJ: SW for financial crimes on a computer didn’t authorize opening .jpegs

A search warrant for financial crimes on a computer didn’t authorize opening picture files. Child pornography was found. The lack of sophistication of the searching officer is no excuse. State v. Harris, 2018 N.J. Super. LEXIS 160 (Nov. 15, 2018). … Continue reading

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FL2: State failed to show search of house was within limited scope of def’s consent

Police received a shots fired call involving a duplex. When defendant opened his door, they could see a shell casing and smelled gunpowder from a fired gun. A protective sweep occurred finding nothing. The exigency was over. Defendant gave a … Continue reading

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OH11: No RS that a cigarette case contained a weapon to justify opening it

Opening a small metal box that was apparently a cigarette case was unreasonable because there was no reasonable suspicion that it contained a weapon. State v. Luther, 2018-Ohio-4568, 2018 Ohio App. LEXIS 4887 (11th Dist. Nov. 13, 2018). Defendant’s guilty … Continue reading

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NY3: Def’s admission he had MJ justified search of car; when it turned up empty, then a search of his person

Defendant admitted possession of marijuana during a traffic stop. After the car turned up empty, there was then probable cause for a search of his person. People v. Roulhac, 2018 NY Slip Op 07367, 2018 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 7357 … Continue reading

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PA: Request for consent to search by two officers with no dog present was not consent to a dog sniff

Defendant’s consent to two officers to conduct a search of his car didn’t extend to a dog sniff, too, because there wasn’t a dog there at the time, and that would be the common understanding. Commonwealth v. Valdivia, 2018 Pa. … Continue reading

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GA: Remanded for findings on whether def consented to forensics search of his cell phone

Defendant was on the state sex offender registry, and he was subject to compliance checks. Six officers from two agencies came to his house for his compliance review and they talked to him. They were lawfully on the premises under … Continue reading

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IN: SW for house and garage permits search of car found in garage

Officers had a search warrant for a house and garage. A car found in the garage could be searched under the warrant. State v. Lucas, 2018 Ind. App. LEXIS 347 (Oct. 1, 2018). The search warrant didn’t describe firearms and … Continue reading

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MN: Another’s outside storage unit at an apartment building found because its key was found during a search of the apt couldn’t be searched under apt SW

An apartment of another was searched under a warrant, and a key to a storage unit was found. The storage unit was nearby but not in the apartment, and it was in defendant’s name. Searching the storage unit in another … Continue reading

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CA10: You can’t tell the court it needs to apply the independent source case law a certain way and then complain on appeal that it did what you asked

This case started with hotel housekeeping coming in to clean a room and seeing obvious drug paraphernalia. The police were called, and they were shown. A search warrant was prepared showing probable cause to connect defendants to the room by … Continue reading

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D.Conn.: A safe could be searched under SW in a homicide case; logical place for weapon or ammunition

There was probable cause to search a safe found in defendant’s house for evidence in a murder case because the firearms, ammunition, clothing, or electronic devices could be there. United States v. Fable, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129527 (D. Conn. … Continue reading

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E.D.Va.: SW for Manafort’s house is upheld

(1) “In sum, the warrant here (i) identified the items to be seized in relation to specific Subject Offenses, (ii) included an illustrative list of records to limit the discretion of executing agents, and (iii) provided a sufficient description of … Continue reading

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N.D.Cal.: Smell of MJ from passenger compartment is PC only as to that area

The smell of marijuana came from the passenger compartment, and the court finds that the probable cause that it creates is limited to the passenger compartment under the automobile exception. United States v. Chavez, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107695 (N.D. … Continue reading

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