Category Archives: Particularity

CA8: SW for search of def’s person wasn’t particular, but there was a reference to the affidavit; GFE applies

The search warrant to search defendant’s person for things wasn’t particular, but the good faith exception applies. It referred to the affidavit which wasn’t present, but they remembered it. The search warrant wasn’t so deficient that it could not be … Continue reading

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D.D.C.: SW for Manafort’s home sustained; SW for state of mind evidence permitted under Andresen

The search warrant for defendant’s home for “[a]ny and all financial records,” “[e]vidence indicating Manafort’s state of mind as it relates to the crimes under Investigation,” and “[c]omputers or storage media used as a means to commit the Subject Offenses” … Continue reading

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E.D.Va.: SW for Manafort’s house is upheld

(1) “In sum, the warrant here (i) identified the items to be seized in relation to specific Subject Offenses, (ii) included an illustrative list of records to limit the discretion of executing agents, and (iii) provided a sufficient description of … Continue reading

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OR: Search of browser history limited to the PC, and here it was one day

Police received a call that defendant’s infant son had died at home. In his interview with the police, defendant admitted a computer search about it. The police got a search warrant for his computer search history. The probable cause here … Continue reading

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E.D. Mich.: Typo on date of affidavit can be overlooked when proven

The search warrant was facially stale, having been issued on February 7th where the affidavit was signed on January 7th. It’s shown to be a typographical error that may be overlooked. The search warrant was accompanied by its affidavit, and … Continue reading

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D.Md.: SW for drug evidence on a computer allowed cursory look at each file, and CP was validly found

Once officers were in defendant’s computer with a search warrant looking for drug evidence, they could cursorily look at each file, and, in the process found child pornography. [This is akin to a plain view.] With that, the search stopped, … Continue reading

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E.D.N.Y.: Facebook warrants have to be broad; showing the crime under investigation is limit enough

If probable cause is shown, Facebook warrants have to be broad. There must be some attempt to limit by at least the crime under investigation, but the result will likely be production of the entire account. That is not unreasonable … Continue reading

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N.D.Ga.: No 4A requirement of a computer search protocol in the SW

This search warrant was for steroids and misbranded drugs and included computers and defendant’s home. The warrant was issued with probable cause and was as particular as possible. As to the computer search, there was no constitutional requirement for a … Continue reading

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MS: A passenger in car 20 min before stop had no standing

Defendant was in the car that was stopped for 20 minutes and admittedly had no possessory interest in the car. Therefore, he had no standing. Nowell v. State, 2018 Miss. App. LEXIS 210 (May 1, 2018). “Williams argues the search … Continue reading

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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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