Category Archives: Overbreadth

N.D.Cal.: Govt can’t show PC for search of cell phone, and GFE doesn’t apply either

The search warrant for defendant’s cell phones had inserted “no charge at this time” for the crime under investigation. The phone was seized without a warrant from a traffic stop, then searched under the warrant, but you can’t tell what … Continue reading

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E.D.Va.: The potentially overbroad SW was narrowed by listing the crime under investigation

The search warrant was challenged as a general warrant, but the court finds that it specified the crime under investigation, and that limited it. “Although the specific electronics recovered were not part of [one] burglary, those devices were nevertheless well … Continue reading

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S.D.Tex.: SW for entire cell phone in auto burglary is suppressed as both without nexus and overbroad

An arrest warrant doesn’t give authority to search a cell phone with the arrest. After a search warrant was issued for the phone for the crime of auto burglary, there is no nexus to the crime, and the search warrant … Continue reading

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DE: SW for cell phone’s movements didn’t authorize complete search of the phone’s contents

The probable cause for the search warrant of defendant’s cell phone was only for specific location information. “However, the search warrant authorizes a search and seizure of information broader than GPS location information. Specifically, the search warrant allows the State … Continue reading

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D.Ore.: Seizing house title records from house officers already had copies of wasn’t overbroad; it shows control

The search warrant was not overbroad because officers seized title records on the property that they already apparently had copies of. It shows control. United States v. Cramer, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34959 (D. Ore. Mar. 5, 2019). There is … Continue reading

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D.D.C.: Two story building with barbershop on first floor and residence above appeared to officers as one structure for SW purposes

The building searched was two stories. Defendants argued that the first floor was a barbershop and the second floor was a “warren of rooms” which were residential in character. Thus, two search warrants were required. The court disagrees because the … Continue reading

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ME: SW for all computers in house in a CP case wasn’t overbroad; digital images are easily moved and secreted

In a search warrant for child pornography, a request for all computers and electronic media on the premises wasn’t unreasonable, considering the ease with which digital images can be moved from one device to another and hidden. State v. Roy, … Continue reading

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S.D.Fla.: Pen register requests that includes subscriber changes overbroad

The pen register request under § 3124(b) is overbroad for the service provider to tell the government about changes in the account. In re Application of the United States, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 209036 (S.D. Fla. Nov. 29, 2018):

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N.D.W.Va.: SW for computer hard drive for evidence of murder or plans was necessarily broad and not unreasonable

Defendant was being held on a murder charge, and he made a jail call to his parents to have his computer hard drive wiped clean. Hearing that, police obtained a search warrant for the computer believing that it might have … Continue reading

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D.Kan.: All SW needed to prove was that def had a Facebook account, but the police sought the entire contents of the account; suppressed as overbroad

Defendant doesn’t lose standing to contest a Facebook warrant because he’s a sex offender and the Facebook terms of service state that sex offenders can’t have accounts. He had an account, and he had standing. While this court has found … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: Affidavit at scene of execution of SW helps narrow its overbreadth

“Given the scope and pervasiveness of the fraud alleged, the search warrant issued for Ms. Natysin’s home was not overly broad.” “This finding is supported in part by the fact the affidavit accompanied the warrant to the search and was … Continue reading

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NY1: Even if the SW was overbroad, the remainder seized all supports the conviction

“Even assuming that the warrant’s authorization for the seizure and search of cell phones and other electronic devices was somewhat overbroad, the balance of the warrant, pursuant to which evidence implicating defendant in two of the charged robberies was recovered, … Continue reading

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