Category Archives: Particularity

CA6: SW with wrong address and color of building was still particular enough in location

The search warrant was wrong on the address and colors of the place to be searched. Following the description in the warrant, however, led to only one building: The place searched. The officer involved was there to ensure it was … Continue reading

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TX: Totality of affidavit justified on totality SW for surveillance videos even though affidavit didn’t explicitly say so

While the affidavit for search warrant didn’t explicitly say that it wanted the DVR for surveillance cameras to prove a crime at the business, the totality of the affidavit leaves the impression from common knowledge that seizure and search was … Continue reading

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W.D.Tex.: “Laundry list” argument of a lack of particularity rejected

The officer affiant corroborated the CI’s information and there was substantial evidence of probable cause. The affidavit was not bare bones. Even if the affidavit lacked probable cause, the good faith exception applies. Defendant’s “laundry list” argument of a lack … Continue reading

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TX: SW for forensic evidence in def’s truck was particular enough

Defendant was convicted of capital murder in the death of a police officer. He and his vehicle were linked by probable cause to the shooting. The search warrant was sufficiently particular for his truck for forensic evidence of the shooting. … Continue reading

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E.D.Pa.: When dwelling was found to be multi-unit, the search was limited to the proper one; ER should not be applied because the officer acted in complete good faith

Defendant failed to make a substantial preliminary showing for Franks purposes that the officer recklessly disregarded the fact there could be two residential units in the building he was seeking the search warrant for. He reviewed property records and Google … Continue reading

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N.D.Ill. issues a geofence warrant to Google

This geofence warrant is issued with probable cause and it is particular because it is so limited in time and scope. In re Search Warrant Application for Geofence Location Data Stored at Google Concerning an Arson Investigation, 2020 U.S. Dist. … Continue reading

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TX5: HIPAA doesn’t create REP in blood toxicology for medical treatment later used in DUI

HIPAA doesn’t create a reasonable expectation of privacy in one’s blood sample obtained for medical treatment. HIPAA recognizes criminal process to obtain it. Consuelo v. State, 2020 Tex. App. LEXIS 8460 (Tex. App. – Dallas Oct. 27, 2020). Any lack … Continue reading

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CO: cert. gr.: Whether cell phone details beyond number obtained by illegal arrest should be suppressed; or, is cell phone number particular enough?

“Whether the court of appeals erred in determining that the warrant to search Petitioner’s cell phone and supporting affidavit satisfied the Fourth Amendment’s particularity requirement, where all descriptive information about the phone except the telephone number was obtained as a … Continue reading

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CA6: Officer executing a state arrest warrant doesn’t have to independently verify its validity

Defendant contended that the officer executing an invalid state arrest warrant had a duty to verify the validity of the warrant before executing it. He didn’t, and the officer acted in otherwise good faith. Therefore, the exclusionary rule would not … Continue reading

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M.D.Fla.: Scrivener’s error as to property to be seized was cured in context

A scrivener’s error as to alleged vagueness in the property to be searched and seized was cured in context of the documents. United States v. Carter, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 168543 (M.D. Fla. Sept. 15, 2020). Defendant’s blocking the street … Continue reading

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W.D.Mo.: Mask ordinance doesn’t violate 4A right of privacy

The City of Springfield mask ordinance does not violate, inter alia, the Fourth Amendment right to privacy. Shelton v. City of Springfield, 6:20-cv-03258 (W.D. Mo. Sept. 2, 2020). “In specifically detailing the criminal conduct under investigation, the search warrants provide … Continue reading

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OH2: The fact a SW had a laundry list of 182 things to search for and seize isn’t fatal where def doesn’t show what was overseized

The search warrant here was for illegal fireworks and listed 182 items to be seized, including fireworks. “Johnson also contends the warrant is invalid because it authorized the seizure of a boilerplate list of 182 items, all or most of … Continue reading

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FL3: Some discretion in the seizing officers as to what should be seized was not unreasonable or a lack of particularity

Some discretion in the seizing officers as to what should be seized was not unreasonable or a lack of particularity. An unfilled-in blank on the warrant didn’t make it vague, either. Also, defendant waived his probable cause argument on appeal … Continue reading

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D.Idaho: Broad email warrants are not per se unreasonable

Broad email search warrants were not unreasonable just because they were broad. The breadth of the financial crime under investigation justifies it. In addition, the good faith exception applies and it’s too early to tell if any has to be … Continue reading

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E.D.Mo.: Using cell site simulator with SW was reasonable and particular

A warrant supported by ample probable cause was used for a cell site simulator to find defendant’s cell phones. No conversations were captured. The USMJ compared it to a tracking warrant, which wasn’t unreasonable. The warrant was also constitutionally particular. … Continue reading

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E.D.N.Y.: Illustrative list in SW satisfies particularity

Use of an illustrative list helps show particularity of the search warrant. United States v. Messalas, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123735 (E.D. N.Y. July 10, 2020). The video of the stop supports justification for the stop. State v. Rivera, 2020 … Continue reading

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