Category Archives: Third Party Doctrine

The Federalist Society: Justice Gorsuch, Carpenter, & the Fourth Amendment

The Federalist Society: Justice Gorsuch, Carpenter, & the Fourth Amendment [POLICYbrief] by Ashley Baker:

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W.D.La.: USPS website usage records are third-party records, and def had no REP in them

The government had digital evidence that defendant tracked a package on the USPS. His motion to suppress this third-party evidence is denied. First, anybody could track a package on the USPS website if they had the tracking number, and, second, … Continue reading

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MN law that requires identifying information on renters is third party information and voluntary disclosure doesn’t offend Patel

Defendant rented a motel room in Minnesota, and state law requires the hotelier to gather certain basic identifying information about the renter. The police came and inquired of the hotel. They ran defendant’s information and learned that he’d been convicted … Continue reading

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ABA Criminal Justice: Carpenter v. United States: Building a Property Based Fourth Amendment Approach to Digital Data

ABA: Carpenter v. United States: Building a Property Based Fourth Amendment Approach to Digital Data by Melody J. Brannon, 33 Criminal Justice No. 4 at 20 (Winter 2019):

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The Champion: Building on Carpenter: Six New Fourth Amendment Challenges Every Defense Lawyer Should Consider

The Champion: Building on Carpenter: Six New Fourth Amendment Challenges Every Defense Lawyer Should Consider by Michael Price and Bill Wolf (NACDL, Dec. 2018) at 20-25: The implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in Carpenter v. United States are just … Continue reading

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New law review article: Fourth Amendment Reasonableness After Carpenter

This brief essay is great insight into arguing the next steps of Carpenter, reasonableness, property rights, and whether the reasonable expectation of privacy test will be changed. We recommend you read all you can about Carpenter because the right reasonableness … Continue reading

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WaPo: Motel 6 agrees to pay up to $7.6 million to settle claim it helped ICE target Latino guests

WaPo: Motel 6 agrees to pay up to $7.6 million to settle claim it helped ICE target Latino guests by Lindsey Bever: After a nationwide class-action lawsuit against Motel 6, the chain agreed to pay as much as $7.6 million … Continue reading

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D.R.I.: IP addresses def used weren’t like detailed tracking information from CSLI requiring a SW

Defendant’s use of IP addresses his computer signed in through isn’t enough like CSLI in Carpenter to require a search warrant. United States v. Monroe, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 186998 (D. R.I. Nov. 1, 2018):

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NY Times: Most White Americans’ DNA Can Be Identified Through Genealogy Databases

NY Times: Most White Americans’ DNA Can Be Identified Through Genealogy Databases by Heather Murphy: And, of course, it can be subpoenaed by the government.

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CA5: IP information “falls comfortably within the scope of the third-party doctrine” after Carpenter; no comparison to CSLI

Whatever the status of the third-party doctrine after Carpenter, nothing would change as to subpoenaing IP address information in a child pornography case. “The information at issue here falls comfortably within the scope of the third-party doctrine.” United States v. … Continue reading

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WaPo: A serial rapist eluded police for years. Then they searched a genealogy site.

WaPo: A serial rapist eluded police for years. Then they searched a genealogy site. by Eli Rosenberg:

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N.D.Ala.: No REP in bank records under still settled law

“Petitioner argues that the IRS’s summonses to Bank of America and Regions Bank violate his Fourth Amendment rights. … The Eleventh Circuit recently considered and rejected a Fourth Amendment challenge to an IRS summons directed towards a bank because the … Continue reading

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