Category Archives: Staleness

W.D.Mo.: Observed drug deals with CI showed reliability and lack of staleness of information

A state court judge issued a tracking warrant for defendant’s car based on a heavily corroborated CI who did drug deals with the defendant while LEOs watched. This “shows that the confidential information was reliable and that the information was … Continue reading

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CA5: 15 minute delay between traffic offense and stop wasn’t constitutionally “stale”

15 minute delay between traffic offense and stop wasn’t constitutionally “stale.” Also, collective knowledge applies to reasonable suspicion. United States v. Zuniga, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 9958 (5th Cir. June 5, 2017). The smell of alcohol after driving the wrong … Continue reading

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E.D.Ky.: Affidavit for SW that didn’t mention time or continuation of drug possession was stale

Affidavit for search warrant that did not specify time and numbers of occurrences was stale. “Here, the affidavit simply states that the informant told Chief Bird that Defendant had a rock of crystal methamphetamine weighing about seven or eight ounces … Continue reading

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D.Ariz.: Body camera video and audio showed the officer was diligent and not prolonging the stop

“Indeed, as pointed out by the magistrate judge, the ‘body camera video and audio demonstrate that Trooper Duckett was working diligently in trying to locate Ms. Glenn’s license information, but it did take some time to find it.’” Finally, the … Continue reading

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OH2: Direction to def to not reach into his own pocket for a consent search wasn’t a seizure

Defendant’s attempt to reach into his own pocket did not constitute an unequivocal withdrawal of the consent to search he had given to the officer. Defendant’s conduct appeared to have been an attempt to help facilitate the search, not to … Continue reading

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MO: Two week old information in call to child maltreatment hotline was not stale nor without exigency

A call to a child maltreatment hotline was made two weeks after the observation that motivated the phone call. The exigency still existed for a warrantless entry. State v. Prince, 2017 Mo. App. LEXIS 348 (April 25, 2017). Defendant’s vehicle … Continue reading

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VA: PC for arrest for reckless driving wasn’t stale after three hours

The officer saw defendant recklessly driving, but wasn’t able to stop him. Staleness for arrest for that did not dissipate within three hours before he saw defendant again. Hairston v. Commonwealth, 2017 Va. App. LEXIS 99 (April 11, 2017) (see … Continue reading

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VA: PC for stop for reckless driving didn’t get stale in 3 hours

The officer saw defendant recklessly driving, but wasn’t able to stop him. Staleness for arrest for that did not dissipate within three hours before he saw defendant again. Hairston v. Commonwealth, 2017 Va. App. LEXIS 99 (April 11, 2017) (see … Continue reading

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CA1: SW for guns on 4 mo old information wasn’t stale

Defendant was a reputed Boston mobster on the lam in Idaho with a different name. Police were tipped off to his location, interviewed neighbors learning about guns, and then allegedly went to his house and peeked in the window. Even … Continue reading

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Cal.1: Telling def to keep hands out of pockets and move to sidewalk was not a seizure

Defendant was not detained when officers asked him to keep his hands out of his pockets and to step onto the sidewalk. The encounter did not become a detention until the officers used force to grab defendant’s arm and told … Continue reading

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