Category Archives: Staleness

D.N.M.: Eight day delay in executing SW for ongoing drug trafficking operation wasn’t stale

Defendant’s prior admission in the proceedings that an omission from the affidavit for a state search warrant was just negligent served to now deny a Franks challenge. Waiting eight days to serve the warrant did not make it stale either … Continue reading

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Cal.1: The state cannot be forced to issue a SW to gather evidence for the defense

The defense sought murder victims’ social media account content, and the trial court refused to quash a subpoena which was challenged under the Stored Communications Act. The materials by statute would have to be produced in camera. As an alternative … Continue reading

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S.D.Ga.: There is no per se staleness, and how is DNA stale?

There is no per se staleness. A new warrant for defendant’s DNA alleging it was previously drawn in 2005 and 2007 and matched wasn’t stale. How does DNA change? It doesn’t. United States v. Williams, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38735 … Continue reading

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TX3: Cell phone in evidence room from 2009 could be searched with SW after def charged with 2018 capital murder

Defendant had a cell phone seized from him in 2009 that remained in the police evidence room. After another crime, this time a capital murder, the phone was searched with a warrant in 2018. The delay wasn’t unreasonable because defendant … Continue reading

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CA2: Whether ptf’s handcuffs were too tight and injured him was question of fact not to be resolved on summary judgment

Whether plaintiff’s handcuffs were too tight was a question to be resolved by a trial and not on summary judgment here. Horace v. Gibbs, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 3823 (2d Cir. Feb. 6, 2020). There was still probable cause for … Continue reading

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N.D.Ga.: Possession of a firearm is an ongoing offense, and passage of time alone doesn’t make it stale

Possession of a firearm is an ongoing offense, and passage of time alone doesn’t make it stale. United States v. Morelock, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 225737 (N.D. Ga. Dec. 9, 2019), adopted, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12596 (N.D. Ga. Jan. … Continue reading

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PA: SW for cell phone extraction executed after expiration was treated as a warrantless search

A search warrant executed on cell phones for extraction of data expired four days before the search. Therefore, the search was warrantless, and the trial court should have suppressed. Commonwealth v. Bowens, 2020 Pa. Super. LEXIS 22 (Jan. 17, 2020). … Continue reading

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N.D.Ohio: Ongoing drug operation overcame staleness challenge

The 71-page affidavit for search warrant here did not go stale before issuance. There was plenty of information about an ongoing drug operation. Between then and when the officers decided to get a search warrant, the original information hadn’t gone … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: R&R rejected; granting Franks motion without a hearing was error because alleged false statement had two interpretations

The USMJ’s failure to conduct a Franks hearing in recommending a motion to suppress be granted was erroneous. The challenged statement was subject to two interpretations. “Faced with this situation, a Franks hearing would have allowed the Magistrate Judge to … Continue reading

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D.Md.: Even with MJ decrim, smell of MJ from a vehicle is still PC by statute and state case law

According to the state courts and statute, the smell of marijuana from a van was still probable cause in Maryland despite decriminalization. The search of the vehicle and a backpack within was thus lawful. United States v. Palacio, 2019 U.S. … Continue reading

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E.D.N.C.: On a video that’s integral to the PC, the reliability of the time stamp isn’t to be inquired into or it becomes a “hypertechnical” review

Defendant was on a surveillance video 33 days before a search warrant was sought for the weapon since he was a felon. The warrant was not stale because people almost always keep firearms for a long time. Defendant’s challenge to … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: Broad SW for cell phone photos was reasonable because of how they’re stored

A broad search warrant for photographs on a cell phone was reasonable because that’s the only way the photos can be searched. In addition, the good faith exception applies. United States v. Hawkins, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 214030 (E.D. Mich. … Continue reading

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