Category Archives: Particularity

Cal.6: A broad SW is permissible in a computer search because it may be difficult to locate the subject of the search

The search warrant was sufficiently particular for a computer because it is more difficult to determine what is where in a computer when searching it. It was reasonable to allow a broad search of defendant’s computer to find what was … Continue reading

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NE: Scrivener’s error in describing cell phone in SW could be cured by reference to affidavit

There was a scrivener’s error in describing the cell phone subject to the search warrant, and it could be corrected by looking to the affidavit. State v. Stelly, 304 Neb. 33 (Sept. 13, 2019). Defendant has no claim that the … Continue reading

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D.V.I.: Failure to include limiting attachments at time of execution of SW was 4A violation, but mere oversight and exclusionary rule not applied

The search warrant had the wrong address, but there were attachments to it when presented to the USMJ which gave the correct address. In addition, the affiant was familiar with the place to be searched, and he went along on … Continue reading

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W.D.Ky.: There is no suppression remedy for obtaining IP information from Facebook

IP information from Facebook is not subject to suppression by statute. There are civil and criminal penalties, and that’s it. As for the search warrant for his house, it was constitutionally particular. United States v. Carter, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue reading

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DC: Affidavit’s complete failure to show nexus is a lack of PC and good faith

Without something to go on, the court declines to ascribe a supposed error in an address as a mere typo. Moreover, the affidavit fails to provide any nexus to defendant and the place to be searched, and the good faith … Continue reading

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CA2: Govt doesn’t get GFE in forfeiture search and seizure for overbreadth and particularity problem it created

In a forfeiture case initiated with a search warrant, defects in the warrant process denied the government resort to the good faith exception for failure to apprise all the officers what they were looking for and not attaching exhibits to … Continue reading

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D.Ariz.: No issue preclusion from defense favorable state court search decision being appealed

Plaintiff does not get the benefit of issue preclusion based on a motion to suppress hearing where it was granted and still being appealed. Hamberlin v. Arizona, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122475 (D. Ariz. July 23, 2019). Defendant’s claim that … Continue reading

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OR: “related to controlled substances offenses” in a cell phone SW was not particular

The cell phone search warrant was not sufficiently particular under the state constitution because there were no practical limits in the phrase “related to controlled substances offenses.” State v. Savath, 298 Ore. App. 495 (July 17, 2019):

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W.D.N.C.: The fact def’s car crossed the county line between when the police car lights came on and when he was stopped is not a basis to suppress

The fact a stop was started in one county and actually occurred as defendant crossed the county line is not a basis for suppressing the stop. Defendant’s consent to search his house is suppressed, however, because of language difficulties: “Thus, … Continue reading

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S.D.N.Y.: Driver’s cell phone search in 2017 NYC truck attack on pedestrians attributed to ISIS was with PC and was particular

The defendant in the 2017 New York City truck attack attributed to ISIS moved to suppress his cell phone search, primarily on the ground that ubiquity of cell phones alone isn’t enough. There was more. The court credits the FBI … Continue reading

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N.D.Okla.: A felon threatening somebody with a gun is nexus to believe the gun at his home

Defendant being a felon and allegedly threatening his alleged victim with a gun was nexus that he’d likely have it at home. United States v. Edwards, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 112265 (N.D. Okla. July 8, 2019). Defense counsel wasn’t ineffective … Continue reading

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CA11: Multiple addresses for large rural property didn’t make SW for one address lack particularity

The search warrant for rural property described a 26 acre “lot” which the officers reasonably believed was all covered by one address. It turned out that it wasn’t, and there was another address for it all, too. Still, the warrant … Continue reading

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