Category Archives: Independent source

M.D.Fla.: Asking that lawyer look at SW isn’t refusal to consent under Randolph

Asking that a lawyer get to look at a search warrant with an electronic signature for validity is not a refusal to consent under Georgia v. Randolph. United States v. Sanchez, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 187115 (M.D. Fla. Nov. 1, … Continue reading

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N.D.Ga.: Even though initial entry may have been unlawful, reentry at def’s request to get cell phone to call lawyer was by consent and permitted protective sweep

Defendant was arrested in what was alleged to be an unlawful entry. After he was out, he requested his cell phone so he could call a lawyer. Going back in with him and the protective sweep with it was by … Continue reading

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DE: State const’l claim Caballes should be rejected would not be considered on mere plain error review

Defendant for the first time on appeal raised a state constitutional argument that Caballes on dog sniffs as searched should be rejected. The court declines to go there on plain error review. Bradley v. State, 2018 Del. LEXIS 477 (Oct. … Continue reading

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OH8: Home inspections was a reasonable probation condition for 42 housing code violations

Defendant was convicted of 42 counts of housing code violations of a house in constant disrepair since 2002. As a condition of probation, he was ordered to permit home inspections, and this was reasonably related to the offense of conviction. … Continue reading

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AR: Cell phone search suppressed and state gets do over with independent source doctrine

Probable cause was shown for a search warrant for a cell phone for taking video of defendant’s daughters changing clothes under a door. The independent source doctrine permitted police to get a second search warrant for the phone after the … 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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CA11: Aerial surveillance alone was independent source for SW

The independent source doctrine applies to officers’ aerial surveillance alone. If the officers had only mentioned their aerial surveillance seeing marijuana plants, that alone was probable cause. “The district court credited the agents’ testimony that they would have sought a … Continue reading

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E.D.Mo.: Federal SW for cell phone after private search then state SW was on independent source

Defendant’s cell phone was first the subject of a private search, and then a police search. The police search exceeded the scope of the private search, and that led to a state issued search warrant. The state search warrant was … Continue reading

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D.Kan.: Appellate counsel’s declining to appeal “including but not limited to” in the search warrant was not IAC

Appellate counsel’s declining to appeal the use of the phrase “including but not limited to” in the search warrant was not unreasonable because, as defendant admits, it does not per se lead to unreasonable searches. United States v. Ransom, 2018 … Continue reading

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E.D.Va.: Manafort storage building search sustained: Employee with free access had apparent authority to consent to entry

The FBI reasonably relied on a person with apparent authority to consent to an entry into a storage locker to look around. The consenter had free access to the storage room as an employee, and the employer-employee relationship can permit … Continue reading

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LA5: Knock-and-talk cannot be used to create exigency

Officers came to defendant’s house because a couple of drug suspects had visited him. The officers’ knock-and-talk didn’t gain them entry into the house, and a knock-and-talk can’t be used to create exigent circumstances. A protective sweep was unjustified because … Continue reading

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CA9: Prior illegal entry into home doesn’t void subsequent SW if observations removed from SW affidavit

Assuming, without deciding, the warrantless entry into defendant’s home was invalid, there still was probable cause for issuance of the search warrant based on the remainder of the affidavit, excising the product of the prior entry. Inclusion of information from … Continue reading

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