Category Archives: Particularity

S.D.N.Y.: Emails from CIs provided PC, and the SW was limited to categories of information

A CI gave emails to government investigators about health care fraud. They and other information provided probable cause for more emails. The warrants were particularized by being limited to eight categories. United States v. Mathieu, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 192281 … Continue reading

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S.D.Ohio: Warrant was still particular because attachments were present at time of search

The search warrants here were particular because the affidavits and attachments were incorporated by reference and present at the time of the search. The temporal limitations on the warrant were not vague and stale. It was limited in scope otherwise. … Continue reading

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ME: Describing stolen tools by color and make was certainly particular as it could get

Stolen tools were described in the search warrant by color and make, and this was not unconstitutionally vague in the description just because other brands might have the same color scheme. “In this case, the search warrants identified the items … Continue reading

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N.D.W.Va.: SW lacked PC and was not particular: “his search warrant is among the broadest and most general warrants that have been reviewed by” this judge

The search warrant for defendant’s computer was essentially based on a hunch that it contained evidence in a homicide case, but the affidavit fails to state what. In a lengthy analysis, the court finds the computer warrant lacking in probable … Continue reading

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M.D.La.: Typo in the address of the place to be searched not fatal where officers surveilled it before

There was an error in the address on the search warrant, but it’s clear to the court that there was no likelihood that the wrong apartment would be searched because the officers had surveilled it. There was reasonable suspicion for … Continue reading

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LA4: Actual apartment number not needed in SW when it is clearly described

The actual apartment number on the search warrant isn’t required when defendant’s apartment is clearly described. (“2819 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, La., described as the middle first floor apartment of a raised two story wood frame structure with grey stucco … Continue reading

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D.Colo.: There is no requirement the SW particularly describe the inside of the place to be searched

The CI was corroborated by controlled buys and surveillance cameras showing drug deals outside defendant’s home. The house was sufficiently described that the wrong house wouldn’t be searched. “Ms. Pereda nonetheless argues the search warrant lacked particularity because it did … Continue reading

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KY: SW not invalid because the color of door was wrong; finding gun during search for drugs not unreasonable

“Appellant specifically argues that the warrant was defective because it incorrectly described the front door to his residence as black when, in fact, the door was brown. Appellant’s first name was also misspelled in the warrant. However, neither of these … Continue reading

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CA7: Searching wrong apt on ambiguous SW (apt 1 where there were 1A & 1B) gets qualified immunity here

When the officer arrived at plaintiff’s address with a search warrant for apartment 1, he instead found apartments 1A and 1B. The officers attempted to clear up the ambiguity before the search, and they searched 1A finding nothing, and the … Continue reading

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CA5: SW was not for all business records, just types of employment records and it was particular enough

Defendant was convicted of encouraging illegal aliens to remain in the United States. A search warrant for his business sought types of employment records, and it was not overly broad. “[G]eneric language is permissible if it particularizes the types of … Continue reading

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CA11: GFE applies to particularity, too

The good faith exception applies to the particularity of this search warrant. It was reasonably narrow, and even if it could be narrowed more, it wasn’t obviously overbroad. United States v. Alford, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 21581 (11th Cir. Aug. … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: Cell phone SWs have to be considered like a computer search; this was broad yet still particular enough

The search warrant for defendant’s phone was broad, yes, but it was sufficiently particular, and the good faith exception applies as well. A cell phone is a computer, and the issue is analyzed the same. United States v. Chang, 2018 … Continue reading

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