Category Archives: Search

W.D.Tex.: Removal of def’s key fob to press the buttons to locate car was a search that violated a REP in def’s pants pocket

The removal of defendant’s key fob from his pocket to locate his car violated a reasonable expectation of privacy and required suppression of the identity of his car. United States v. Fennell, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77041 (W.D. Tex, May … Continue reading

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N.D.Ill.: Accidentally transmitted private conversation wasn’t a search

Plaintiff had a conversation near a malfunctioning Motorola handheld radio that transmitted their conversation to the Illinois State Police that was recorded in due course, and then the conversation was passed on resulting in job discipline. The recipients did not … Continue reading

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S.D.Ohio: Def was driver for drug dealer selling from car; a trash pull from his house was sufficient to show nexus

More was shown than just that defendant was a drug dealer. He was the driver for a man who regularly did drug deals and he watched them all go down. He was seen leaving a house attributed to him in … Continue reading

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E.D.Ky.: Activating a key fob to find the car isn’t a search

Activating a key fob to find the car it belongs to is not a search. “Moreover, the Sixth Circuit has held that ‘[t]he mere insertion of a key into a lock, by an officer who lawfully possesses the key and … Continue reading

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MN: Roadside FST and PBT are not searches

Roadside field sobriety testing and then a PBT with probable cause is not a search under the Fourth Amendment. Vondrachek v. Comm’r of Pub. Safety, 2017 Minn. App. LEXIS 318 (Dec. 18, 2017). The officer’s observations of defendant was independent … Continue reading

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Law Review: Government Analysis of Shed DNA Is a Search under the Fourth Amendment

Government Analysis of Shed DNA Is a Search under the Fourth Amendment by Tracey Maclin, Boston Univeristy School of Law, 48 Texas Tech Law Review 287 (2015) (http://ssrn.com/abstract=2685766). Abstract:

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ID: Court-approved receiver acting on behalf of a creditor is not a state actor for 4A purposes

A court-approved receiver acting on behalf of a creditor is not a state actor for Fourth Amendment purposes. Wechsler v. Wechsler, 2017 Ida. LEXIS 332 (Dec. 6, 2017):

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D.N.M.: Def’s claim the officer conducted a pre-search of all bags on a Greyhound bus was based on speculation

The court does not buy defendant’s argument that the officer here waited until all luggage was removed from a Greyhound bus to conduct a feel-up tactile search of the bags in such a way to avoid Greyhound’s surveillance cameras. That’s … Continue reading

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CA1: Using def’s keys to find his apt door was a “search” but it was still in GF even though that fact was in warrant application for apt

Defendant was arrested for drug dealing outside his apartment building. A search incident produced a set of keys. The police tried the keys on the apartment door until they worked. They didn’t enter but used the facts they’d developed plus … Continue reading

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OR: Testing for semen in 9 yo girl’s underwear obtained by private search required a SW (under state constitution)

Defendant’s housekeeper’s finding likely semen in his 9 year old daughter’s underwear and turning it over to the authorities was a private search. “[T]esting of the underwear for semen was a ‘search’ under the Fourth Amendment because it significantly expanded … Continue reading

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E.D.Ky.: Def’s keys under him when arrested were properly seized incident to arrest; testing key in a lock wasn’t a search

Defendant’s keys were on the ground under him when he was arrested face down and handcuffed behind his back. They were seen when he was lifted up to stand. They were seized incident to his arrest, and inserting the key … Continue reading

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E.D.Tex.: “The open fields doctrine allows searches based upon only visual observation.” Using a board to stir a tank was a search

A US Fish and Wildlife officer “interviewed Josh Monceaux who revealed that Williams fishes for and catches alligator snapping turtles in Texas and then sells them from his home in Elton, Louisiana. Monceaux also reported that Williams [G]oogle [E]arth* image … Continue reading

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