Daily Archives: October 1, 2017

M.D.Ala.: Govt’s email SW in identity theft scheme is overbroad; applications need to be limited and resubmitted

The government’s email search applications are overbroad and don’t sufficiently protect the privacy rights of the account holders. The government, however, can limit the applications and submit them again. “The Magistrate Judge’s denial of the search warrant applications was not … Continue reading

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E.D.Wash.: No REP in jail calls

Defendant’s jail calls were not obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment. United States v. Angulo, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 190187 (E.D. Wash. March 18, 2015). Defendant challenges defense counsel’s performance in not asking the right questions during the suppression … Continue reading

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CA5: Thumping a spare tire on PC wasn’t an unreasonable search

“Here, the agent articulated several observations which, based on his eight years of experience at this [immigration] checkpoint, indicated that the truck’s spare tire contained contraband. Viewing this testimony in the light most favorable to the Government, and giving due … Continue reading

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LA1: State cured error of SDT for medical records with SW showing independent source

Defendant was charged with rape of a minor and whether he transmitted chlamydia to the alleged victim was a fact issue in dispute. The state obtained the records by subpoena finding that he had been a carrier since 2010, but … Continue reading

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PA: SW for firearm in defendant’s home was stale 15 months after the murder (but harmless)

A search warrant for a murder weapon in defendant’s house was stale when it was issued 15 months after the murder. It was, however, harmless error in this case. Commonwealth v. Jacoby, 2017 Pa. LEXIS 2274 (Sept. 28, 2017) (separate … Continue reading

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N.D.Fla.: Car on private property subject to automobile exception; 28 day delay in SW for cell phones unreasonable

Defendant’s car was subject to the automobile exception even though it was parked on private property. Waiting 28 days to get a search warrant for cell phones made the search unreasonable. United States v. Civil, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 158377 … Continue reading

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