Category Archives: Attenuation

CADC: AE applied to boxes police reasonably believed contained evidence that was being removed from the premises

Defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not moving to suppress the seizure of boxes of evidence from defendant’s car. It was reasonable for the officers to believe defendant was loading the car to move evidence to hide it when the police … Continue reading

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D.Utah: Unlatching but not opening car door to look inside then shutting it was attenuated from dog sniff that gave PC

Officers unlatched the door of a suspicious car parked on an cul-de-sac away from houses, and the car was suspected of a theft from a Sam’s store. The door was shut without looking inside and then a drug dog was … Continue reading

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WY: Def’s contradictions of travel compared to car rental agreement and lies about criminal history was RS

Defendant was stopped for following too close in a rental car. It was reasonable for the trooper to suspect defendant rented the car to transport drugs because there were obvious contradictions between the car rental agreement and his travel plans, … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: Broad SW in tax investigation on one false return justified breadth of SW because it was likely other taxes were not paid, too

The nature of the probable cause and when it was found was justification for broad search warrant for records in a tax investigation. “But, unlike in Rickert, the investigation in this case began with broader data collected by the IRS … Continue reading

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D.N.M.: Def’s car’s impoundment wasn’t justified by community caretaking function or need for inventory

The impoundment of defendant’s car wasn’t justified by either the community caretaking function or need for inventory. Whether the vehicle was even involved in a crime was inconclusive at best. United States v. Trujillo, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 201024 (D. … Continue reading

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IL: Flagrantly unconstitutional arrest here means no attenuation for statement

Defendant’s arrest was flagrantly unconstitutional, and his statement wasn’t attenuated from it. People v. Gutierrez, 2019 IL App (3d) 180405, 2019 Ill. App. LEXIS 890 (Nov. 15, 2019).* Defendant was convicted of possession of a weapon that was in his … Continue reading

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FL2: Anonymous calls about a pick-up truck driving slowly around the block in the middle of the night in a residential low crime area wasn’t RS

Officers received two anonymous calls about a dark pickup truck with a loud muffler on a residential street in the middle of the night. Once it stopped in the street for a few seconds and then pulled off and turned … Continue reading

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NC: CSLI violation was attenuated because it only helped locate him and then there was a SW in another state

Defendant’s offense was in 2005 and he was originally tried in 2011 and reversed that conviction. On retrial, he filed a motion to suppress a pen register used to locate him in Colorado. CSLI without a warrant was permitted in … Continue reading

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CA8: Stop lacked RS, but the finding of a warrant on def was attenuation under Strieff and search incident was valid

Defendant was known to the officer and directed to stay away from a bus shelter. He was found there and the officer accosted him. The district court found reasonable suspicion to support the seizure of a firearm from his person. … Continue reading

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NJ: Consent two hours later was attenuated from initial unlawful entry

Defendant was subjected to an entry and sweep. Consent two hours later was voluntary as attenuated. What was found didn’t come from the initial entry. State v. Williams, 2019 N.J. Super. LEXIS 138 (Aug. 29, 2019):

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CA5: Assuming def’s suppressed search led to custody and his incriminating jail call, the call was attenuated under Strieff

The district court suppressed one of defendant’s searches that led to his arrest. While in jail, he made incriminating phone calls about the location of drugs. Assuming that the call from the jail was a fruit of the unreasonable search, … Continue reading

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CO: Because CO has legalized recreational MJ, use of a drug dog requires PC because a dog sniff uncovers lawful activity

Because Colorado has legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, admission of possession of it in a car doesn’t permit a drug dog to sniff the car without probable cause to believe there is an illegal amount in the car. … Continue reading

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