Category Archives: Search

E.D.Pa.: Use of a key fob to identify defendant’s vehicle is not a search; it’s commonly available technology under Kyllo

Use of a key fob to identify defendant’ vehicle is not a search invading a reasonable expectation of privacy. United States v. Burgess, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 206776 (E.D. Pa. Nov. 29, 2019):

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CO: DHS caseworkers subject to 4A in their warrantless entry

State DHS case workers are subject to the Fourth Amendment, and their warrantless entry into defendant’s home was unreasonable. People v. Dyer, 2019 COA 161, 2019 Colo. App. LEXIS 1588 (Oct. 24, 2019). Probable cause for search of a car … Continue reading

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CA3: A threat to violate the 4A is not a 4A violation; it is contingent for Art. III

“The Probation Department employees’ alleged threat to send Repotski back to jail does not state a constitutional violation cognizable under § 1983. See McFadden v. Lucas, 713 F.2d 143, 146 (5th Cir. 1983) (noting that mere threats do not amount … Continue reading

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OH2: Looking through a parked car’s windows with a flashlight is not a “search”

Officers looked through defendant’s vehicle windows when it was parked with a flashlight during a nighttime stop, and that wasn’t an unreasonable search. In the vehicle was meth in plain view. State v. Brown, 2019-Ohio-3684, 2019 Ohio App. LEXIS 3766 … Continue reading

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N.D.Ohio: Almost immediate dog sniff during stop didn’t prolong it

The officer had an objective basis for the stop, so defendant’s pretext claim fails. The dog sniff occurred almost immediately during the stop and the stop wasn’t prolonged for it. United States v. Martinez, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155124 (N.D. … Continue reading

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CA11: Telling ptf to move his car wasn’t a 4A seizure

Ordering plaintiff off a parking lot because of suspected trespassing wasn’t a Fourth Amendment seizure. Watkins v. Joy, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 22910 (11th Cir. Aug. 1, 2019). X-ray for contraband on an inmate is not a Fourth Amendment claim. … Continue reading

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Reason: The Feds Want To Subject Every Burning Man Attendee to a Warrantless Drug Search

Reason: The Feds Want To Subject Every Burning Man Attendee to a Warrantless Drug Search by Brian Doherty: The Bureau of Land Management sees no Fourth Amendment concerns with searching American citizens for reasons to arrest them without probable cause … Continue reading

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D.N.J.: Suggestion def look in console for insurance papers revealing a gun in plain view wasn’t a search

During defendant’s stop, he couldn’t find his insurance papers. Defendant rummaged through papers here and there. The officer suggested defendant look in the center console again, and this time the officer saw a gun. The suggestion he look in the … Continue reading

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W.D.Tex.: RS of a weapon nearby in a car authorizes opening the door

“In this case the officers had either probable cause or reasonable suspicion to open the car doors to substantiate their belief that weapons, drugs and money were in the vehicle. Further, they were authorized to take photographs to inventory the … Continue reading

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W.D.Mo.: Reaching in def’s car to turn it off wasn’t a search, and plain view of a gun proper

Defendant’s stop was reasonable because the LPN didn’t match the vehicle. His reaching in the car to turn off the ignition was not a search. “As Officer Jenkins was backing out of the vehicle, she looked down and saw what … Continue reading

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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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CA7: Using several garage door openers in def’s vehicle to locate his stash house was a reasonable search

Defendant’s vehicle was stopped and several garage door openers were found. Using them to try to find defendant’s stash house was a search and it was reasonable, although close to the edge. United States v. Correa, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS … Continue reading

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