Category Archives: Attenuation

NC: Firing gun at officer during alleged illegal traffic stop removed the taint

Even if the defendant was subjected to an illegal stop, his firing his gun at the officer was a new crime that removed the taint. State v. Hester, 2017 N.C. App. LEXIS 558 (July 18, 2017). Compelled testimony in the … Continue reading

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CAAF: Attenuation not shown and ER applies: officer conducted ‘unwise, avoidable, and unlawful’ investigation and arrest

Defendant’s arrest was unlawful and the government failed to show attenuation. “However, we do not think it necessary that the agent’s misconduct be outrageous for the third factor in Brown to apply. Though there is no evidence of bad motive … Continue reading

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W.D.Mo.: Illegal Terry frisk led to subsequent searches after arrest warrant found; no suppression under Strieff

Defendant’s Terry frisk was invalid, but the existence of a warrant for his arrest requires that the subsequent searches not be suppressed under Strieff. United States v. Sisco, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94761 (W.D. Mo. Jan. 11, 2017), adopted, 2017 … Continue reading

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Hudson gutted the knock-and-announce rule by making it purely optional 11 years ago today

Hudson v. Michigan, 547 U.S. 586 (2006), decided 11 years ago today, unraveling the knock-and-announce rule of Wilson v. Arkansas (1995) and Richards v. Wisconsin (1997). It’s constitutionally required, it saves lives, it’s far more civil in a civil society, … Continue reading

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IA: “New crime” exception for a crime committed against a police officer after an allegedly unlawful entry is a part of attenuation

The “new crime” exception for a crime committed against a police officer after an allegedly unlawful entry is permitted under the attenuation doctrine. Here, defendant assaulted a police officer who pursued her into her house on a warrant for arrest … Continue reading

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D.P.R.: Lack of attenuation from illegal search leads to exclusion

The lack of attenuation and exploitation of the illegality of an illegal search here favors exclusion. United States v. Cordero-Rosario, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76904 (D.P.R. May 18, 2017):

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D.Kan.: 37 day old knowledge of def’s suspended DL wasn’t stale for RS for a stop

The officer’s prior knowledge that defendant’s license was expired wasn’t considered stale for a stop, even for 37 days. [It’s a stop on reasonable suspicion, not a search on probable cause.] United States v. Bell, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62616 … Continue reading

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IL: Def’s statement after illegal arrest when confronted with bogus GSR test was not attenuated

Defendant’s statement six hours after his illegal arrest when confronted with a bogus GSR test was not attenuated. People v. Hernandez, 2017 IL App (1st) 150575, 2017 Ill. App. LEXIS 206 (March 31, 2017), mod. on den. of rehearing, 2017 … Continue reading

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AR: Knock-and-announce applies to parole searches, but Hudson adopted and exclusionary rule doesn’t apply

The knock-and-announce rule applies to parole searches, and violation of the rule is a substantial violation of the Fourth Amendment and the state constitution. The court adopts Hudson, however, and finds that the exclusionary rule should not be applied. Lane … Continue reading

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CA10: Officers pulled up next to def walking along road and finally told him to stop; this was a seizure without RS

Defendant was walking down the street at night and a police car pulled up beside him and officers were talking to him as he walked. Finally they told him to stop. This was a seizure for which there was no … Continue reading

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