Monthly Archives: September 2017

CA11: Opening car door to check window tint was reasonable

“On this record, opening the car door to test the window tint did not violate the Fourth Amendment since it satisfied the factors in Class — the safety of the officers was served by the governmental intrusion, the intrusion was … Continue reading

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MD: 40 years after questioning inventory, the author of those opinions comes around to embrace inventory

The vehicle inventory was caught on body camera, and the officer failed to include the spare tire, jack, and jumper cables. That did not make the inventory invalid. In addition, a valid inventory with a mixed motive is not unreasonable … Continue reading

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NY4: Drug testing condition of probation unenforceable without showing def needs it

Defendant’s drug testing condition of probation is unenforceable because there were no findings of drug or alcohol abuse in his past to justify it. People v. Saraceni, 2017 NY Slip Op 06732, 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 6746 (4th Dept. … Continue reading

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FL: A “No Soliciting” sign posted on a home’s front door does not prohibit a knock-and-talk

A “No Soliciting” sign posted on a home’s front door does not prohibit law enforcement officers from conducting a knock-and-talk. People can still approach the front door under Jardines. It’s the law enforcement diversion from business at the door that … Continue reading

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WaPo: Apple is opening up amid privacy questions about Face ID, personal data collection

WaPo: Apple is opening up amid privacy questions about Face ID, personal data collection by Hayley Tsukayama: Apple released more details about the iPhone X’s Face ID feature when it published a new privacy site Wednesday, addressing some of the concerns … Continue reading

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OH4: Community caretaking function applies to unresponsive person in car

Officers did not seize defendant’s car when they approached and knocked on the window to rouse him. That was valid under the community caretaking function. They had reasonable suspicion, however, because he was disoriented, jittery, nervous, had dilated pupils, glassy … Continue reading

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TX14: Def had no standing in cell phone he gave to his girlfriend

Defendant had no standing in a cell phone that he gave to his girlfriend and referred to as her cell phone. It was stolen from her and searched to locate the possible owner, and the phone had video of defendant … Continue reading

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TX14: SW seizure of things besides child pornography to show def’s connection to the premises did not make the search unreasonable

The affidavit for the search warrant for defendant’s home and computer for child pornography was based on probable cause. The seizure of things besides child pornography to show defendant’s connection to the premises did not make the search unreasonable. (§ … Continue reading

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TX: Search incident still justified by discovery of a different offense after arrest

The court of appeals erred in holding that a search incident to arrest could not be justified by discovery of a different offense after arrest. As long as there was probable cause to arrest for the newly-discovered offense, and the … Continue reading

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CA9: Rodriguez taint from one stop affected a later one where the first officer had to let the vehicle go when the dog was delayed

The district court did not err during a civil forfeiture action when it granted a claimant’s motion to suppress $167,070 a sheriff’s deputy found in a mobile home the claimant was driving, ordered the Government to return the money, and … Continue reading

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