Category Archives: Seizure

CA4: 31 day delay in getting SW for cell phone was unreasonable

The government’s 31 day delay in getting a search warrant for defendant’s cell phone after its seizure was unreasonable and required suppression of the alleged child pornography on the phone. Because defendant was sentenced to life, the error was not … Continue reading

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S.D.N.Y.: Destruction of surveillance cameras before search not a “seizure” or due process violation

The government destroyed defendant’s surveillance cameras as a part of the search just before it started. He asserts a Fourth Amendment and Fifth Amendment due process claim as a result. The court finds no authority that disabling the cameras was … Continue reading

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D.D.C.: Community caretaking function doesn’t apply well to seizures; seizure and frisk suppressed

Officers responded to a drive-by shooting allegedly picked up by ScatterShot. Officers grabbed defendant’s arm ostensibly to see if he’d been shot, and it was readily apparent that he had not been, and he denied it. The community caretaking function … Continue reading

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CA2: Remand required for determination for reason for delay in getting computer SW

Defendant was found passed out in a car on a rural road with the car in gear and the engine running. A tablet was on the seat. Searching the car for information about him, an image of child pornography was … Continue reading

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CA9: Seizure of a vehicle for 30 days for no DL without alternatives was unreasonable

Plaintiffs get summary judgment on their damages claim against the County and officers for impounding vehicles if the driver never had a valid DL rather than letting others take the vehicle. It was an unreasonable seizure. The state has a … Continue reading

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CNS: Suit Over Search on Domestic Delta Flight Advances

CNS: Suit Over Search on Domestic Delta Flight Advances by Josh Russell:

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KS: Def was already stopped when police approached; he got out of car and locked it and was arrested; no possessory interest involved when a drug dog sniffed his locked parked car

Defendant was stopped on a grocery store parking lot, got out of the car, and locked it. He was searched incident to arrest. A little later a drug dog came and stiffed the car. Defendant was deprived of no possessory … Continue reading

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Orin Kerr: “At what point is a driver asleep in an electric car that is on autopilot ‘seized’ by the police slowing down and stopping the car by getting in front of it?”

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CA10: A notice to appear in court is not a seizure for false arrest purposes

Giving plaintiff a notice to appear in court is not a seizure for false arrest purposes. Leon v. Summit County, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 33349 (10th Cir. Nov. 28, 2018). The information from the CI was detailed, down to a … Continue reading

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D.N.M.: Parking across def’s driveway wasn’t his seizure when he was hiding under a trailer

The officer parking across defendant’s driveway wasn’t his seizure. Defendant wasn’t seized until he came out from under a trailer. When he was seized, it was with reasonable suspicion. United States v. Shelton, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 197713 (D. N.M. … Continue reading

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CA10: 17 hour seizure of def’s home while investigating wife’s OD was unreasonable; consent was product of the illegal seizure; exclusion required

Defendant’s wife had a seizure and stopped breathing at 5 am. He called 911. The police secured the home and denied him access. They obtained alleged consent after a few hours. They didn’t get a search warrant until 10 pm … Continue reading

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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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