Category Archives: Cell site location information

WV: Officer’s subjective belief in his ability to arrest DUIs statewide was unreasonable under Heien

“However, Heien does offer some insight into the type of ‘mistake’ which may provide relief-the area upon which the circuit court below focused. The Court concluded that ‘[t]he Fourth Amendment tolerates only reasonable mistakes, and those mistakes-whether of fact or … Continue reading

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CA5: No standing or REP in the CSLI of another

Defendant didn’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy (standing) in the movements of a cell phone of another. Still, it was with a warrant, and there is no defect in the warrant process. United States v. Beaudion, 2020 U.S. App. … Continue reading

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OH12: Drug dog’s alert to residual odor of drugs is not a lack of PC

A drug dog’s alert to the residual odor of drugs isn’t a lack of probable cause. “Accordingly, the fact that Mox [the drug dog] could have alerted to a residual odor of drugs does not mean that there was not … Continue reading

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AZ: CSLI order here in 2014 wasn’t a “warrant” but it complies with GFE

Also in a death penalty case, defendant’s CSLI was obtained by court order four years before Carpenter. The court finds that, while it wouldn’t treat the “order” as the functional equivalent of a search warrant [“reasonable grounds” wasn’t probable cause; … Continue reading

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MA: SW for CSLI for too much time was severable

The search warrant for too many hours of CSLI was overbroad: “The collection of extended CSLI data raises significant constitutional concerns.” Three hours is all that could be shown was necessary. The overbroad part, however, could be severed, and suppression … Continue reading

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PA: CSLI warrant was particular with phone number and time, without name of owner

CSLI warrant was particular when it described the phone number and time period and didn’t have to name the phone owner. Commonwealth v. Davis, 2020 Pa. Super. LEXIS 885 (Oct. 23, 2020). The officer spent a week corroborating the CI, … Continue reading

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GA: Search incident to arrest without PC is suppressed

The trial court did not apply the beyond a reasonable doubt standard to the search, contrary to the state’s argument. It did apply the preponderance standard, and the record supports its finding that the state failed to show probable cause … Continue reading

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N.D.Cal.: Officer doesn’t need RS before contacting def with a suspicionless search waiver

Defendant had a suspicionless parole search waiver, and the officer doesn’t even need cause for the encounter. United States v. Jackson, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 189471 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 13, 2020). The affidavit for the search warrant of defendant’s tax … Continue reading

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Vice: Motherboard: The IRS Is Being Investigated for Using Location Data Without a Warrant

Vice: Motherboard: The IRS Is Being Investigated for Using Location Data Without a Warrant (“The IRS used smartphone location data from a contractor to try and track Americans without a warrant.”)

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S.D.Fla.: Arresting ptf for giving officer the finger after denial of access to city council meeting lacked arguable PC

Officer didn’t have arguable probable cause for arresting plaintiff outside a city council meeting plaintiff had been ordered out of when plaintiff gave the officer the finger. Qualified immunity denied based on the allegations of the complaint. McDonough v. Mata, … Continue reading

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IL: Failure to attempt to suppress CSLI was harmless error, even if could have been successful

Failure to make a Carpenter argument was harmless error under the proof. People v. Ayoubi, 2020 IL App (1st) 180518, 2020 Ill. App. LEXIS 664 (Sept. 29, 2020). A stop may be valid under Terry, but the officer still needs … Continue reading

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GA: Even if pre-Carpenter CSLI was error [not] it was harmless error

Even if the good faith exception doesn’t admit CSLI before Carpenter, it’s harmless error. “At the time of Hill’s 2014 trial, controlling precedent held that a search warrant was not required to obtain cell site location data.” “Here, the cell … Continue reading

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D.Me.: Admittedly valid state SW for drug evidence on phone led to finding CP and a valid federal SW

Officers got a state search warrant for defendant’s cell phone for drugs and stumbled upon child pornography otherwise linked to him by his tattoos and voice. He admits the warrant was valid for drugs. A later federal search warrant was … Continue reading

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CA11: Without Carpenter having already been made retroactive, it can’t support a successor habeas

Without Carpenter having already been made retroactive, it can’t support a successor habeas. In re Toth, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 29956 (11th Cir. Sept. 18, 2020). The record supports the district court’s conclusion defendant consented to the search of his … Continue reading

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CA11: Carpenter isn’t retroactive; successor habeas denied

Defendant’s CSLI claim can’t be brought as a successor habeas petition. Carpenter isn’t retroactive. In re Witherspoon, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 29717 (11th Cir. Sept. 17, 2020). Defendant was in a stolen vehicle and had a backpack in it while … Continue reading

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E.D.La.: Stone precludes CSLI claims from before Carpenter was decided

2254 petitioner was barred from a CSLI claim because it wasn’t raised in state court where he had an opportunity to litigate. It’s no defense to attempt to overcome Stone preclusion that Carpenter came after the trial court decision because … Continue reading

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