Category Archives: Motion to suppress

NV: Illegally recorded conversation by recorder in child’s backpack can be used by expert in child custody proceeding

In this child custody case, the father put a recording device in the child’s backpack to record the child’s interactions with the mother. While the recording violated state law, the trial court did not abuse its discretion in permitting an … Continue reading

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LA: Automatic denial of pro se motion to suppress filed by represented defendant was error; counsel needs to review

Trial court erred in denying defendant’s pro se motion to suppress solely because he was represented by counsel. At least as a matter of state law, it’s up to defense counsel to assess the motion and decide what to do … Continue reading

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DE: Conclusory motion to suppress summarily denied

Defendant’s conclusory motion to suppress that states no law or fact is denied without a hearing. State v. Dunson, 2017 Del. Super. LEXIS 616 (July 7, 2017):

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DE: two on motions to suppress out of time

Motion to file a motion to suppress out of time is denied for not showing a sufficient excuse. Even so, defendant doesn’t allege standing, so he couldn’t win if it was allowed to be filed. State v. Boyd, 2017 Del. … Continue reading

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CA7: Def’s false suppression hearing testimony gets him 2 level obstruction sentencing enhancement

Defendant’s false testimony at suppression hearing results in 2 level enhancement under the Sentencing Guidelines. United States v. Jones, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 18204 (7th Cir. Sept. 20, 2017):

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CA2: Waiting until trial to move to suppress computer was waiver

The FBI thought they had defendant’s wife’s consent to search his computer, but they realized she didn’t know the password, so they applied for a search warrant. Defendant waited until the start of the trial to move to suppress, and … Continue reading

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NY4: Not granting a continuance of suppression hearing for unavailable witnesses was an abuse of discretion

The trial court erred in granting the motion to suppress for the nonattendance of its police witnesses after they were subpoenaed but didn’t show. The state sought an adjournment which the trial court denied. It was the first request for … Continue reading

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D.Haw.: Possible new evidence on search issue for motion for new trial doesn’t change outcome

Defendant’s motion for new trial based on possible new evidence for litigating the search and seizure claim under F.R.Crim.P. 33 is denied because it doesn’t change the outcome. United States v. Kapahu, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88922 (D. Haw. June … Continue reading

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Two on waiver of motions to suppress

Where the motion to suppress was filed the Friday before a Monday bench trial, it was within the discretion of the district court to defer the suppression motion ruling until after all the evidence was in. United States v. Hardison, … Continue reading

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PA: Deciding a motion to suppress on grounds not raised by the defense was an abuse of discretion; state didn’t get to respond

Deciding a motion to suppress on grounds not raised by the defense was an abuse of discretion because the state did not get to raise a defense to it. Commonwealth v. Banks, 2017 PA Super 182, 2017 Pa. Super. LEXIS … Continue reading

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E.D.Va.: Potential fraud conspiracy provided inference for PC to search cell phones

There was probable cause for the search of defendant’s cell phones in his car. He fled from an attempt to make a purchase at a store with a stolen prepaid credit card. When his car was stopped, he consented to … Continue reading

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OH10: Hearsay of one officer about another not inadmissible in suppression hearing about RS

The trial court did not err in relying in part on hearsay testimony by one officer about another to find that there was reasonable suspicion for defendant’s detention. State v. Box, 2017-Ohio-1138, 2017 Ohio App. LEXIS 1165 (10th Dist. March … Continue reading

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