Category Archives: Cell site location information

E.D.N.Y.: To get CSLI, there must be some showing the phone was involved in the crime

Just saying that criminals usually have their cell phones on them is not sufficient for probable cause. Something tying the phone to the crime, however, is enough. Here it was text messages.United States v. Rutledge, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76534 … Continue reading

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NYLJ: Analysis: Turnabout: Cell Site Location Information for the Defense

NYLJ: Analysis: Turnabout: Cell Site Location Information for the Defense (“This article discusses cell site location information and specifically highlights the ubiquitous cell phone and its location ‘tracking’ capability in the Fulton County, Georgia, criminal prosecution against former President Donald … Continue reading

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CA10: Concealing one’s identity to the police without there being an underlying offense doesn’t create PC

Concealing one’s identity to the police without there being an underlying offense doesn’t create probable cause. No qualified immunity: “Our cases are clear: law enforcement needs reasonable suspicion of a ‘predicate, underlying crime,’ not a generalized suspicion a person is … Continue reading

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E.D.Cal.: Stop for expired registration during Covid extension of time to register cars was objectively unreasonable

The stop of defendant’s car for expired tags but within the period of the state’s Covid executive order extending time to register cars was objectively not reasonable, even where the officer was unaware of the meaning of the EO. United … Continue reading

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D.Ariz.: Govt’s civil discovery demands don’t implicate the 4A

When the government is sued, its discovery demands do not implicate the Fourth Amendment. Arizona Yage Assembly v. Barr, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42197 (D. Ariz. Feb. 22, 2024). The obtaining of defendants CSLI before Carpenter was lawful then, and … Continue reading

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VA: Capias for detention of person not functional equivalent of arrest warrant; no PC finding

A Virginia capias for detention of a person is not the functional equivalent of an arrest warrant founded on sworn probable cause. The police view of the inside of defendant’s home that led to a search warrant is suppressed. Commonwealth … Continue reading

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D.R.I.: SW required for a short term CSLI Tower Dump

Finding short term CSLI obtained by a cell phone tower dump also protected by the Fourth Amendment, the court holds, disagreeing with other courts, that a warrant was required, but the good faith exception applies. An long, interesting opinion. “The … Continue reading

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DE: Challenge to search after PG doesn’t show actual innocence

After acquired information that a cell site simulator might have been misused doesn’t show actual innocence or undermine guilty plea. “The appellant pleaded guilty, and his assertion that he has new evidence that law enforcement illegally or improperly used cell-site … Continue reading

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VA: Stop of men on street matching BOLO for other officers to arrive in two minutes was reasonable

The first officer to encounter defendant was responding to a BOLO of suspects on the street related to a nearby home invasion. They were close enough to the description. He stopped them and held them about two minutes until other … Continue reading

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OH2: Pinging cell phone of suspect shortly after homicide was exigent

Pinging defendant’s cell phone to try to find him after he had shot three people seven hours apart was with exigent circumstances. This is already settled in this state. State v. Smith, 2023-Ohio-4565, 2023 Ohio App. LEXIS 4389 (2d Dist. … Continue reading

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LA3: Cell phone ping to locate def in a shooting investigation was exigent

“In our view, the trial court did not err in finding that exigent circumstances justified the warrantless procurement of Defendant’s cell-site information. Defendant was attempting to flee from the investigation of this violent crime, [and there was a serious risk … Continue reading

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AR: HBO film crew ride-along on drug raid doesn’t lead to suppression

An HBO film crew was doing a ride-along with the DEA and local DTF officers for the making of “Meth Storm.” Defendant raises via post-conviction that the ride-along film crew violated the Fourth Amendment and the state constitution. The court … Continue reading

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WV: SW for items that are also common to any home doesn’t make warrant general; it’s specific enough

Officers had two search warrants for Gray’s place, and defendant complained that the warrant described things common to any home. There was probable cause for that stuff, and there’s no requirement of a more specific description. State v. Knotts, 2023 … Continue reading

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E.D.Ky.: Overnight guest ordered out no longer had REP

Defendant was an overnight guest, but the homeowner told him to get out and called the police on him because he was tearing the place up. “The Court finds it doubtful that “society is prepared to recognize as reasonable” Starghill’s … Continue reading

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CA9: Drug dog entering vehicle after alert not unreasonable

The drug dog entering defendant’s vehicle after the alert is not unreasonable. An Idaho state CSLI warrant served outside of Idaho was not an issue for federal court. Even if the court agreed that there was a technical violation of … Continue reading

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D.N.M.: RS not needed for questions at a fixed immigration checkpoint

Defendant’s questioning about his work at a fixed immigration checkpoint did not require reasonable suspicion. United States v. Briscoe, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 181188 (D.N.M. Oct. 6, 2023). There was reasonable suspicion for defendant’s stop at gunpoint for his being … Continue reading

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DE: No standing in another’s cell phone

There’s no reasonable expectation of privacy or standing in someone else’s cell phone. State v. Hunt, 2023 Del. Super. LEXIS 775 (Sep. 19, 2023).* Defendant was mistaken that GX48 for trial was the product of a search warrant. It wasn’t. … Continue reading

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Just Security: Resolving Carpenter’s Third-Party Paradox (Part I – The Paradox)

Just Security: Resolving Carpenter’s Third-Party Paradox (Part I – The Paradox) by Michael Dreeben, Elizabeth N. Hadley, Conor S. O’Shea and Johanna Seale: The Fourth Amendment revolution in Carpenter v. United States has produced a constitutional world that seems – … Continue reading

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CA6: Absconding parolee on electronic monitoring had no standing against using OnStar to find him

“Although the Supreme Court has expressly declined to hold that a parolee categorically has no expectation of privacy in any context, … Lenhart, as a parolee who was subject to electronic monitoring as a condition of his parole, had no … Continue reading

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NY4: No limitation in cell phone search was included, and it was thus not particular

The cell phone warrant sought all information on it about a 48 hour period without limitation, and it was vague and overbroad. “The warrant contained no language incorporating any other documents or facts. Significantly, the search of the phone was … Continue reading

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