Category Archives: Trespass

D.Mont.: Testing a key in house locks to see if it works was a trespass under Jones and Jardines requiring a SW

Defendant was admitted to a mental hospital after a police call to an erratic person. Because of his apparent mental condition, his backpack was searched by hospital guards. That revealed a knife, a gun, and a house key. ATF was … Continue reading

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GA: Retrieval of data from airbag control module after car wreck was search requiring warrant

Warrantless retrieval of data from the airbag control module (ACM) from a vehicle after a car crash was a search that required a warrant. Mobley v. State, 2019 Ga. LEXIS 694 (Oct. 21, 2019).

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NJLJ: Editorial: Parking Space ‘Chalking’ Case Raises Questions on Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence

NJLJ: Editorial: Parking Space ‘Chalking’ Case Raises Questions on Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence: Technology is making universal surveillance of public spaces possible, and the right to be lost in the crowd will not depend on chalk. The real issue is not … Continue reading

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AP: Michigan city asks full court to hear parking ticket case :: the “tire chalking case”

AP: Michigan city asks full court to hear parking ticket case by Ed White. The case is posted here and here. The tire chalking case gets a petition for rehearing en banc filed. No case, except maybe Carpenter, was the … Continue reading

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CA6: Parking enforcement’s chalking a car tire is a trespass and a search

The City’s chalking a car tire for a potential parking violation invades the property of the owner of the vehicle and constitutes a search. Taylor v. City of Saginaw, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 11586 (6th Cir. Apr. 22, 2019):

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CA5: Tapping a vehicle tire was a trespass but with RS and was reasonable on the totality

The tapping of a suspicious looking tire on a truck was a trespass under Jones and other cases, but the court finds it was with reasonable suspicion and reasonable on the totality. The tapping of the tire revealed that it … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: Detroit’s removal of 85 used cars parked on city land as a trespass was reasonable

Plaintiff is a used car dealer who parked cars on a city owned lot that they were trying to acquire, but it never went through. The cars weren’t removed despite requests, so all 85 were towed off by towing companies … Continue reading

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VA: P2P file sharing to access CP wasn’t a trespass on the curtilage; def consented to entry into the computer

The officer’s actions in accessing defendant’s computer files by peer-to-peer file sharing did not constitute a trespass to his curtilage in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Defendant demonstrated his consensual participation in the file sharing community by installing file sharing … Continue reading

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S.D.N.Y.: 21 month pole camera surveillance of def’s front door was reasonable

Pole camera surveillance of defendant’s house for 21 months didn’t violate Fourth Amendment. He had a subjective reasonable expectation privacy, but it’s not one that society is prepared to recognize as reasonable. The court traces Katz to Jardines, and concludes … Continue reading

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WI: Are “open fields” on private property “public places” for officers committing a trespass?

WI holds that defendant as entitled to a self-defense instruction when he encountered two game officers on his property and thought they were trespassers. The concurring opinion concentrates on the intrusion into “open fields” and whether the state can treat … Continue reading

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MI: Predawn knock-and-talk was a trespass under Jardines; even Girl Scouts know better

Predawn (4 am in one case, 5:30 am in other) knock-and-talk was a trespass and violated social norms under Jardines. Implied license to enter the curtilage is time sensitive. People v. Frederick, 2017 Mich. LEXIS 1113 (June 1, 2017):

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OR: Here, “the ‘Private Drive’ and ‘No Trespassing’ signs did not objectively manifest an intention to prohibit public access”

“Thus, when viewed together, the ‘Private Drive’ and ‘No Trespassing’ signs did not objectively manifest an intention to prohibit public access to Lowe Road, particularly in the absence of other barriers to entry, such as fences, gates, or signs clearly … Continue reading

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