Category Archives: Inevitable discovery

CA11: Border search of disabled vessel towed to port obviated need to decide warrantless planting of GPS on it

Defendant’s vessel broke down off West Palm Beach, and CBP boarded it when it was towed in for a border search. Nothing was found, but various things about the boat, like it’s prior owner was a drug trafficker and defendant’s … Continue reading

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D.N.M.: Lack of audible response on bodycam of request for consent leads court to conclude govt failed in its burden of proof

In another case involving a DEA’s interaction with a bus passenger in Albuquerque, the officer was friendly enough, but the parting colloquy was “Thank you. Thank you very much, sir. Sir, would you give me permission just to pat you … Continue reading

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ID: Unlawful warrantless search isn’t salvageable by inevitable discovery by later learning of probation search waiver

A unreasonable warrantless search is not cured by inevitable discovery because the officers later find out defendant was on probation and had a search waiver on file. State v. Maxim, 2019 Ida. LEXIS 216 (Dec. 4, 2019):

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CA3: Inevitable discovery applies because govt was drafting SW and there was “overwhelming” PC

Inevitable discovery applies: “The District Court based its decision to admit evidence from Restitullo’s apartment on three factors. First, police drafted the warrant application before Restitullo’s interrogation began. Second, ‘overwhelming’ probable cause existed to search Restitullo’s bedroom based on the … Continue reading

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CA9: Even if there was a Miranda violation, SW still valid

“Because no Miranda violation occurred, the police permissibly relied on Terui’s incriminating statements in obtaining the search warrant for his home. Even if a Miranda violation had occurred, however, suppression of the evidence found pursuant to the warrant would not … Continue reading

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CA4: The officer knew def had a gun before def’s alleged involuntary confession

The government proved inevitable discovery. “The record makes clear that before Alston made any involuntary admissions, Captain Aleem believed that Alston possessed a gun, had the probable cause necessary to search the car, and intended to find the gun. The … Continue reading

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D.Ariz.: Def had no REP against use of a zooming pole camera across from the front of his house

The DEA set up a pole camera across the street from defendant’s house to watch the comings and goings expecting a car to go to New Mexico with drugs. There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in what the camera … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: Court doesn’t believe officer on inventory as a justification, but impoundment of the vehicle would have happened anyway

“Defendant David Arnold was arrested for and charged with possession of a firearm by a felon after the Detroit police found a stolen handgun in the glovebox of the car he was driving. The police stopped the car because the … Continue reading

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GA: Collective knowledge supports RS

Collective knowledge of police officers can provide the reasonable suspicion necessary for an officer to prolong a stop in accord with Rodriguez. Hall v. State, 2019 Ga. App. LEXIS 477 (Aug. 23, 2019). There was probable cause for plaintiff’s arrest, … Continue reading

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W.D.Tenn.: Driving one’s car to ER and going in isn’t abandonment; dead battery doesn’t remove exigency for automobile exception

Having been shot, defendant did not abandon his car when he drove to the ER and went in, leaving his keys in the car at the entrance. The fact the battery was dead in the car didn’t remove the exigency. … Continue reading

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D.V.I.: Inevitable discovery fails here because the govt doesn’t show it was trying to get a SW

Inevitable discovery doesn’t apply here because there was no effort or even indication the government was going to get a search warrant. “Accordingly, while the Court finds that the inevitable discovery doctrine is potentially applicable to Wrensford’s DNA sample, it … Continue reading

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N.D.W.Va.: Warrantless entry to prevent destruction of evidence pending SW was reasonable

A warrantless protective sweep before obtaining a search warrant to prevent possible destruction of evidence was reasonable. A search warrant was later obtained [inevitable discovery]. United States v. Beazel, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 136901 (N.D. W.Va. Aug. 14, 2019).* The … Continue reading

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