Category Archives: Particularity

D.Kan.: Passenger’s flight from a car during a traffic stop is RS

A passenger’s flight from a car during a traffic stop is reasonable suspicion. United States v. Goines, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 197656 (D. Kan. Nov. 14, 2019). The search warrant for defendant’s home was particular because it referenced Attachment B, … Continue reading

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N.D.Okla.: Particularity in computer searches depends on how SW was executed

Particularity in a computer search has to be flexible and reasonable because of the vast amount of information that is of necessity swept up. “Instead of applying rigid rules requiring particularity when seeking a warrant, the focus should be on … Continue reading

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N.D.Ohio & S.D.Miss.: SW including “any vehicle on the premises” is still particular

A search warrant that authorized the search of “any vehicle on the premises” was not unparticular because it allowed searches of visitor’s cars too. Plenty of cases already hold that “any vehicle on the premises” is particular. Moreover, there was … Continue reading

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IA: Failure to get ruling on state constitutional claim was waiver

Defendant barely raised the state constitutional claim below and why it should be different than the Fourth Amendment claim and in her briefing, but the issue was not decided below so it wasn’t preserved for review. State v. Lasley-Eakins, 2019 … Continue reading

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M.D.Pa.: Despite appearance building was multi-unit, SW was still particular because it alleged he was in control

The search warrant was sufficiently particular despite there being more than one entrance to the building and the fact there were multiple electric boxes outside. Based on what the officers knew, it was either one or all under his control. … Continue reading

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D.Nev.: Email SW limited to a date range and containing keywords was particular

Email search warrant limited to a date range and containing keywords was particular. United States v. Cariani, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 177059 (D. Nev. Oct. 10, 2019):

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D.N.M.: Apt. number not required since specific location was given

The specific apartment number wasn’t given, but the physical and geographic location was, and that’s sufficient. “This description provided sufficient particularity for officers to locate the unit to be searched. Accordingly, the Court finds that the affidavit’s description of the … Continue reading

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W.D.N.C.: SWs are against a “place to be searched” and name of occupant not a const’l requirement

Search warrants are against the place not the person, and there is no constitutional requirement that the search warrant also name the occupant to be particular. In addition, the good faith exception applies here. United States v. Martin, 2019 U.S. … Continue reading

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PA: SW for entire house for activities of one living there included roommate’s separate room

“We granted discretionary review to determine whether a search warrant for an entire multi-bedroom residence shared by appellant, Dylan Scott Turpin, and his roommate, Benjamin Kato Irvin, was constitutionally permissible under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and … Continue reading

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E.D.N.Y.: Given a 4A violation for lack of particularity, subjective good faith isn’t good enough for GFE

There was a failure of particularity in this document search warrant, which the government effectively concedes, and it falls back to the good faith exception to save it. The court concludes, however, in a long analysis, that the deterrent benefits … Continue reading

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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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