Monthly Archives: March 2018

CA3: Controlled buy moots Franks challenge to CI

The CI’s story was confirmed by two controlled buys. The Franks challenge to the CI fails as to whether it was corroborated or completely immaterial because of the controlled buys. United States v. Carney, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 8116 (3d … Continue reading

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CA5: Holding DL doesn’t make request for consent coercive; record unclear on how long dispatch took to get back

Retention of identification documents when asking for consent does not ipso facto make the request coercive. The record is unclear on how long it took for computer checks to be complete, too. United States v. Perales, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS … Continue reading

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E.D.Cal.: Prison inmate states 4A claim for digital rectal search in front of other inmates

Plaintiff prison inmate states a claim for a digital search in front of other inmates. Fuentes v. Cal. Dep’t of Corr., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52132 (E.D. Cal. Mar. 29, 2018). The prison strip search here had a legitimate penological … Continue reading

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TX5: Pre-Jardines dog sniff was apparently valid at the time and wouldn’t be suppressed

Defendant’s home was subjected to a dog sniff a year before Jardines. Relying on that, the trial court suppressed. Because enough Texas cases held similar searches were valid prior to Jardines, the court concludes that the exclusionary rule would not … Continue reading

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IL: SW in murder investigation was general and sought drug evidence without showing PC for it

The search warrant in a murder investigation didn’t incorporate the affidavit in support, and it wasn’t present for the search, so this warrant was too general to support a search. The search warrant was shown to be for a drug … Continue reading

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NJ: Vehicle SW doesn’t sanitize the prior illegal stop or shift the burden to defense

A later issued search warrant doesn’t retroactively justify a stop the defense showed to be without a legal basis. The state carried the burden of proof throughout, and it could not shift the burden to the defense by the issuance … Continue reading

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D.S.D.: Issuance of a state’s prosecutor’s subpoena for an ulterior motive states a claim

A state AG’s subpoena was issued for a prisoner’s medical records, but not in a criminal investigation. Enough cases, especially in this circuit, hold there is a reasonable expectation of privacy in medical records to overcome qualified immunity. In addition, … Continue reading

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Cal.5: Detaining visiting non-probationer during probation search was unreasonable

Defendant was visiting a friend when the friend’s PO showed up for an unannounced search. Defendant was detained, too. His detention was unreasonable. People v. Gutierrez, 2018 Cal. App. LEXIS 282 (5th Dist. Mar. 29, 2018). This defendant challenged the … Continue reading

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CA4: Jardines didn’t bar officers from following burnt marijuana smell to def’s apartment

Two officers on bike patrol rode through an apartment complex and smelled burning marijuana. They followed their noses and sniffed at defendant’s place and knocked. The district court erred in suppressing because it read too much into Jardines. The officers … Continue reading

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OH7: 23 days isn’t stale in a SW for guns

The police were in defendant’s house and observed guns. They didn’t realize that he was a felon in possession until two weeks later. Then they sought a warrant 23 days after seeing the guns. That wasn’t unreasonable considering the fact … Continue reading

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D.Me.: SW didn’t authorize search of visitor’s cars arriving after search started

The search warrant in this case did not authorize a search of a vehicle that arrived at the premises during the search. There was, however, independent probable cause for a search of the vehicle under the automobile exception. United States … Continue reading

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D.R.I.: Delay in getting cell phone SW as attributed to parties’ settlement discussions

The delay in getting a search warrant for defendant’s cell phones was caused in part by the parties’ negotiations over pre-indictment resolution, and it was reasonable. United States v. Boudreau, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48686 (D. R.I. Mar. 24, 2018).* … Continue reading

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