Category Archives: Staleness

E.D.Mich.: Second SW issued three weeks after first had no additional information to overcome staleness; no GFE

Defendant was the target of a search warrant. Three weeks later, police obtained another search warrant using the prior information attempted to be supplemented by defendant’s Facebook page. There was also a failed controlled buy there. There was insufficient new … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: Four month old information about guns in a drug SW on three day old information wasn’t stale

The affidavit for search warrant mentioned methamphetamine as something to be seized, and there was probable cause for it. Four month old information about firearms on the premises in a drug search warrant on information 72 hours old wasn’t stale … Continue reading

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IA: Def’s prior stashing of burglary proceeds at home was nexus in this SW application

Nexus was shown to the house searched because defendant was known to have stashed burglary proceeds there before. [A good lack of standing argument could have been made and was unnecessary.] State v. Adams, 2019 Iowa App. LEXIS 574 (June … Continue reading

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N.D.Ind.: Not putting in affidavit after controlled buy that CI was searched doesn’t void the SW

The officer’s failure to include in the affidavit that the CI was searched before going in is a matter for the issuing judge to consider. “Here, the lack of information regarding the credibility of the purchasers as well as the … Continue reading

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OH10: Two year old email wasn’t stale for CP SW probable cause

A two year old incriminating e-mail was not stale for a child pornography search warrant. State v. ShaskusState v. ShaskusState v. Shaskus, 2019-Ohio-2190, 2019 Ohio App. LEXIS 2273 (10th Dist. June 4, 2019). Defense counsel acted reasonably in foregoing appealing … Continue reading

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W.D.N.Y.: PC was shown in the affidavit; the possibility of another innocent explanation doesn’t undermine PC

There was probable cause for issuance of the search warrant for defendant’s house. The possibility of another explanation doesn’t mean there isn’t probable cause. “The defendant argues that the facts are equally consistent with the possibility that the narcotics were … Continue reading

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ND: 14 hour old information for a probation search was not stale

14 hour old information for a probation search was not stale. State v. Stenhoff, 2019 ND 106 (Apr. 11, 2019). Defendant didn’t preserve his search issues for appeal under state law. “In attempting to reserve the question of whether Defendant … Continue reading

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MA: Six month old info of possession of a gun requires something else to show it was ongoing to not be stale

A single firearm seen in the house six months before the search warrant was sought, without some evidence possession was ongoing, wasn’t enough to overcome staleness. Commonwealth v. Hart, 2019 Mass. App. LEXIS 43 (Apr. 11, 2019):

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CA2: Unlicensed and unauthorized and driver of rental car had no standing under Byrd

Unlicensed and unauthorized driver of rental car had no standing under Byrd. United States v. Lyle, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 9457 (2d Cir. Apr. 1, 2019). Defendant signed a search waiver as a condition of community control, and that was … Continue reading

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NY4: State didn’t show that CI actually existed; reversed

The state didn’t make a sufficient showing required by NY law that the CI actually existed. The motion to suppress should have been granted. People v. Givans, 2019 NY Slip Op 02220, 2019 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 2237 (4th Dept. … Continue reading

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D.V.I.: Nearly two month old information for a bank robbery SW wasn’t stale

Where there were two bank robberies allegedly attributable to defendant (September 2 and October 23, 2014). The search warrant issued after the latter could seek information and evidence from the former because it was apparently an ongoing operation. Even if … Continue reading

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MO: “All data” SW for cell phone was particular where crimes under investigation also listed in SW

No Missouri case deals with the question of particularity in a cell phone search. One group finds “all data” warrants not particular. Others hold such warrants valid if the crime under investigation is also mentioned. Here it was mentioned to … Continue reading

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