Category Archives: Particularity

N.D.Iowa: SW for car was still sufficient despite the LPN being wrong

The search warrant for defendant’s vehicle properly described it and with California plates except the LPN was wrong. Even if the warrant was insufficiently particular, which the court does not admit, the good faith exception applies. United States v. Ross, … Continue reading

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WA: SW for firearms in house permitted forcing open gun safe

A search warrant for firearms necessarily includes the ability of the police to open a gun safe found in the place to be searched, even though the officer was aware there might be a gun safe and it wasn’t specifically … Continue reading

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DE: “The scope of the warrant so far outruns that probable cause finding—and is so lacking in particularity relative to that probable cause finding—that it qualifies as plain error.”

A rare outcome: “The scope of the warrant so far outruns that probable cause finding—and is so lacking in particularity relative to that probable cause finding—that it qualifies as plain error.” Buckham v. State, 2018 Del. LEXIS 166 (Apr. 18, … Continue reading

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OH2: Description of “things to be seized” couldn’t be more particular

The search warrant for child pornography was particular and not overbroad. No more particular description was reasonably expected. “Under the circumstances, the search warrant could not reasonably have described the items more precisely.” Defendant’s search residence was in Wisconsin, and … Continue reading

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D.Kan.: Description of thing to be seized as a firearm wasn’t fatal where weapon of mass destruction was being sought

A Facebook warrant wasn’t overbroad because it involved a conspiracy and it was thus more difficult to describe what exactly was sought. As to a dwelling warrant, an error in the description of the thing to be seized as a … Continue reading

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CA2: SW for computers doesn’t require they be specifically identified

The Fourth Amendment does not require that a search warrant for computers specifically identify them [because that’s not possible]. A search warrant to seize computers permits their search under Rule 41. United States v. Beal, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 9056 … Continue reading

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S.D.Ohio: This SW affidavit was adequate and different than co-def’s SW affidavit where it was suppressed

The affidavit for the search warrant as to this defendant adequately demonstrated probable cause. The fact the codefendant’s search warrant lacked probable cause isn’t binding on this search warrant. United States v. Damondo, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57204 (S.D. Ohio … Continue reading

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OH9: Running drug dog around car during computer check didn’t delay the stop

Running a drug dog around defendant’s car while the computer check is going on didn’t delay the stop. State v. Torres, 2018-Ohio-1173, 2018 Ohio App. LEXIS 1274 (9th Dist. Mar. 30, 2018). The inclusion of a generalized along with a … Continue reading

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MN: Typo adding wrong name into a DNA SW along with the correct name didn’t make it overbroad

“A [DNA] search warrant that mistakenly includes an incorrect person’s name does not lack sufficient particularity when the warrant provides a description of the correct person to be searched that includes the correct person’s name, date of birth, and location, … Continue reading

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WA: SW for everything on a cell phone was overbroad

Defendant was investigated for sexual exploitation of a child, and the police obtained a search warrant for his phone seeking a “physical dump” of the phone, including everything on the phone: “Images, video, documents, text messages, contacts, audio recordings, call … Continue reading

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W.D.Va.: SW for defendant’s cell phone for emails was ordered modified to more narrow the search to drug offenses

The search warrant for the defendant’s cell phone for emails was ordered modified to more narrow the search to drug offenses. Defendant also acceded to an order to open his phone with a fingerprint. [Note that this is a contested … Continue reading

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D.Ore.: SW for all emails for 6½ months was overbroad; it could be narrowed for word search

A search warrant to Google for all emails from the target’s accounts from October 1, 2016 to April 14, 2017 was overbroad. It was a sex trafficking investigation, but the request can be narrowed because Google can word search and … Continue reading

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