Category Archives: Burden of proof

W.D.Pa.: To make an effective attack on a SW affidavit, explain yourself and don’t leave it to the court to try to do it for you

Yes, there were inconsistencies in the informant hearsay, but the defendant doesn’t help the court in what that means. “Thus, Defendant’s hearsay attacks fail to draw the court’s attention to any problem in the magistrate judges’ analysis.” There was double … Continue reading

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E.D.Ky.: Govt didn’t exceed NCMEC’s private search

NCMEC was a private entity and not a government actor. The government didn’t exceed the private search. United States v. Kendall, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 192442 (E.D. Ky. Nov. 6, 2019). Defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy in an … Continue reading

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NY2: Def has right of access to SW affidavit to attempt to controvert it

Defendant filed his motion to suppress in the blind because didn’t have access to the affidavit for the search warrant. It was denied without a hearing. Remanded: He gets to see it to try to controvert it. People v. Lambey, … Continue reading

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TX10: The search and seizure issue in the trial court needs to be the same as the one presented on appeal or it’s waived

The search and seizure issue in the trial court needs to be the same as the one presented on appeal or it’s waived. “Villareal’s complaint on appeal that the trial court erred in denying Villareal’s motion to suppress as to … Continue reading

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WA: Breath for BAC is not subject to search incident doctrine

Defendant was arrested for another reason, and police did a search incident of his breath for DUI. That’s not a proper purpose. City of Vancouver v. Kaufman, 2019 Wash. App. LEXIS 2616 (Oct. 15, 2019). The search warrant appears based … Continue reading

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OH4: Heien good faith mistake of fact doesn’t apply to a stop under a completely inapplicable ordinance

Defendant’s stop was unreasonable, and Heien’s good faith mistake of fact doesn’t apply. The city code provision dealt with turning at intersections, and the officer stopped defendant for turning into a driveway which is not an “intersection.” State v. Ware, … Continue reading

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AK: Inadequate briefing and failure to get ruling on 4A issue below is waiver

“To the extent Kuller is attempting to raise a Fourth Amendment challenge to his probation conditions, this claim is waived due to inadequate briefing. … We also note that Kuller never directly raised a Fourth Amendment claim below and the … Continue reading

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SD: Def’s search issue on appeal wasn’t presented to the trial court, so it’s waived

Defendant’s claim that evidence discovering during a traffic stop had to be suppressed because the duration of the stop was unlawful was waived because he failed to advance that argument before the trial court. State v. Willingham, 2019 SD 55, … Continue reading

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OR: Appeal of order of mother in juvenile case to provide UAs affirmed for an insufficient appellate record

The mother of a juvenile was ordered to give observed UAs as a part of a dependency-neglect proceeding. She didn’t provide a sufficient appellate record to decide whether the trial court’s order violated the state constitution, so it’s affirmed. Dep’t … Continue reading

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LA5: Failure to raise scope of search issue below was waiver on appeal

The officer affiant adequately corroborated the CI to show probable cause. Defendant’s argument that the search of his house under the warrant couldn’t include the back yard was not preserved below [but it usually would be valid anyway]. State v. … Continue reading

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OH5: Failure to put SW affidavit into evidence denies review of PC determination

Appellant failed to put the affidavit for search warrant into evidence at the suppression hearing, so it is unavailable for review on whether it showed probable cause. State v. Hill, 2019-Ohio-3432, 2019 Ohio App. LEXIS 3524 (5th Dist. Aug. 27, … Continue reading

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FL1: No REP in cell phone video made by victim he knew was being recorded

Defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy in a cell phone video he saw being recorded on his victim’s cell phone while he talked to her under the state wiretap law. Smiley v. State, 2019 Fla. App. LEXIS 12628 (Fla. … Continue reading

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