Category Archives: Staleness

D.N.M.: Def parked car near his house but left it in gear with the key in the ignition; it was not abandoned

Defendant did not abandon his car. He parked it at his house and went inside. His dog was still inside. The entry into his car was reasonable under the community caretaking function because it was left in gear, and a … Continue reading

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M.D.La.: Typo in the address of the place to be searched not fatal where officers surveilled it before

There was an error in the address on the search warrant, but it’s clear to the court that there was no likelihood that the wrong apartment would be searched because the officers had surveilled it. There was reasonable suspicion for … Continue reading

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LA4: When state fails to get a SW for def’s medical records, it doesn’t get a do over to fix it

In State v. Skinner, 10 So.3d 1212 (La. 2009), the state supreme court held that there was a state constitutional warrant requirement for defendant’s medical records. Failing to do it right can’t be cured by a later warrant after it’s … Continue reading

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CO: Def doesn’t get a jury instruction in a DUI case that the officer could have sought a SW for blood

In a DUI case, defendant was not entitled to a jury instruction that the officer could have sought a search warrant for a blood draw. That’s not a jury question. People v. Gwinn, 2018 COA 130, 2018 Colo. App. LEXIS … Continue reading

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M.D.Tenn.: A delivery one week before the SW was supported by 3 known prior sales in 4 months

“Here, the last purchase was made one week before the application for the search warrant. By itself, this does not render the information from the CI stale. … Besides, ‘even if a significant period of time elapsed, it is possible … Continue reading

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TN: Because a probation search doesn’t require PC, staleness of information is not an issue

A probation search does not require probable cause, so staleness is not an issue. State v. Ward, 2018 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 666 (Aug. 30, 2018). Defendant had a GPS put on his vehicle and thermal imaging of his building, … Continue reading

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WA: 20 days not too long for staleness in a theft case

In a theft case, 20 days between the theft of someone’s personal belongings and a search warrant for defendant’s house was not too stale. “Yet not too much time had passed to raise staleness concerns.” State v. Barboza-Cortes, 2018 Wash. … Continue reading

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LA2: No IAC for not challenging search of house two months after murder

Defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not moving to suppress a search of defendant’s home two months after a murder because it wasn’t meritorious [and the court never says why it wasn’t]. State v. Critton, 2018 La. App. LEXIS 1618 (La. … Continue reading

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WA: Even if CP warrant was overbroad (it’s not), severability makes seizure valid

One month old information received from Microsoft to NCMEC was not stale. (That is settled everywhere.) The search warrant was not too vague, and, even it if was, the court’s ability to sever invalid parts makes this search valid. State … Continue reading

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MA: Two day delay in getting SW for cell phone wasn’t unreasonable

Defendant’s cell phone was reasonably seized to preserve any evidence in it. The two day delay in getting a search warrant for it did not unreasonably interfere with defendant’s possessory interest in it. Commonwealth v. Cruzado, 2018 Mass. LEXIS 549 … Continue reading

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CA6: Nexus not shown by old and speculative information

The showing of nexus to defendant’s house for drug dealing was wholly insufficient: (1) a suspected drug dealer once parked there, (2) the owner had a 17 year old conviction for drugs, and (3) a four month old uncorroborated tip. … Continue reading

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CA9: Def didn’t have standing in her parents’ house that she used just to store stuff

Defendant kept stuff at her parents’ house, which was searched with a warrant for her stuff. She lacked standing because it was merely a storage place shared with others. The search warrant was narrowed by the district court with partial … Continue reading

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