Category Archives: Seizure

CA6: Police cannot summarily kill dogs in houses they search

From 1919-2014, it violated Michigan law to have an unlicensed dog over six months old, and state law and city ordinance permitted officials to kill them. In 2014, that changed. Plaintiffs became squatters in an abandoned house in Detroit, and … Continue reading

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TN: Def wasn’t seized when officer parked next to him to talk, but he was when he tried to leave and was told to stop; all reasonable

Stopping next to defendant’s car to talk to him wasn’t a seizure. When defendant moved and attempted to leave, the officer told him to stop, and that was a seizure. The encounter was based on an anonymous caller’s information, and … Continue reading

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NC: Def’s consensual return to scene of search warrant didn’t violate Bailey

Officers investigating a sex offense had plenty of reasonable cause for a search warrant. Officers were watching the house and stopped defendant after he left and they got him to return to the place of the search in his own … Continue reading

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S.D.Ga.: Being bumped by a police car and fleeing three more miles wasn’t a seizure

Defendant wasn’t seized by being bumped by police car because he went another three miles without stopping. “Moreover, the Eleventh Circuit and courts across different circuits have concluded that no seizure occurs where police attempt to stop a fleeing vehicle … Continue reading

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W.D.Tenn.: Reasonable to block and stop a car that an officer thought had the subject of an arrest warrant in it

It was reasonable for the officer to block a car because he reasonably suspected that the person he wanted on an arrest warrant was in it and the honking of the car horn might have been a warning to others … Continue reading

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E.D.Wis.: Impersonating a DEA agent in one’s car justifies automobile exception

Defendant was arrested for impersonating a DEA officer and using his car to do it. That gave probable cause to search the car. Defendant’s argument that there was an unreasonable inventory are off the mark. United States v. Wade, 2018 … Continue reading

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D.D.C.: Overdetention claim doesn’t lie under 4A but does under 5A

Plaintiff’s overdetention claim doesn’t lie under the Fourth Amendment but it does under the Fifth. “According to Jones, strip searching an inmate who has been ordered released before returning that inmate to the general population violates the Fourth Amendment unless … Continue reading

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E.D.Va.: When officer takes your license to run it, you’re seized

“Officer Myers’ instruction to ‘hang tight’ while he ran Defendant’s driver’s license [and had it in hand], would lead a reasonable person in Defendant’s shoes not to feel free to leave. Thus, the consensual encounter became a seizure under the … Continue reading

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W.D.N.C.: When they had PC for rural house, entry to freeze situation was reasonable when magistrate was two hours away

After police stopped a car suspected in drug deals, they learned that the drugs came from a particular address which was used as a distribution point. They developed probable cause for the house. They were two hours away from a … Continue reading

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E.D.Pa.: No seizure until def made to accompany officer to security office

Police used intel to make an inquiry of defendant. Until he was made to accompany the officer to a security office, he wasn’t seized. Then, there was consent on the totality. United States v. Martin, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134183 … Continue reading

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IL: To argue defense counsel was ineffective for not arguing “seizure” instead of “search” is frivolous here

Defendant claimed his counsel was ineffective for not arguing the seizure was unreasonable rather than the search. That’s frivolous. People v. Lee, 2018 IL App (3d) 160100, 2018 Ill. App. LEXIS 569 (Aug. 1, 2018). [I had the same argument … Continue reading

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MI: Policy to photograph and fingerprint detainees violated 4A and stated claim against city

The Grand Rapids Police Department has a policy permitting officers to photograph and fingerprint people who are stopped just because they want to. The plaintiffs stated a claim for relief against the city for its policy. Johnson v. Vanderkooi, 2018 … Continue reading

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