Monthly Archives: November 2018

ABAJ: Judge orders Amazon to provide Echo recordings in double homicide case

ABAJ: Judge orders Amazon to provide Echo recordings in double homicide case by Debra Cassens Weiss:

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CA6: § 1983 claim over search that led to conviction barred by Heck while excessive force claim not

Plaintiff filed a 1983 claim against the officers who searched his place while his criminal appeal was pending. The illegal search claim is barred by Heck v. Humphrey because it implies the invalidity of the conviction. His excessive force claim, … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: Govt showed basis to get SW for def’s blood to prove he wasn’t taking the oxy he was prescribed

Defendant’s oxycodone use was tipped to the police by an automated system that he was prescribed 50 oxys a day for five years [yet wasn’t dead]. “The indictment further alleges that from November 2012-November 2017, Defendant filled prescriptions on a … Continue reading

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M.D.Tenn.: The affidavit for SW of def’s cell phone was mostly “boilerplate,” but added enough to get over the PC threshold

Because of evidence in plain view (drugs and a gun) after a traffic accident and all of defendant’s prior drug arrests, it was not unreasonable for officers to seize defendant’s Tracfone incident to arrest. The affidavit to search the cell … Continue reading

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WI: GPS warrant is not subject to execution in 5 days requirement because it is for information not something physical

Because placement of a GPS device gathers information and not something physical or digital or a document, it is not subject to the execution in five days requirement of state law. State v. Pinder, 2018 WI 106, 2018 Wisc. LEXIS … Continue reading

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CA10: 17 hour seizure of def’s home while investigating wife’s OD was unreasonable; consent was product of the illegal seizure; exclusion required

Defendant’s wife had a seizure and stopped breathing at 5 am. He called 911. The police secured the home and denied him access. They obtained alleged consent after a few hours. They didn’t get a search warrant until 10 pm … Continue reading

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ID: Affidavit for SW doesn’t have to be signed in judge’s presence

The search warrant was properly issued on affidavit. It didn’t have to be signed in the presence of the judge. An oral affidavit has to be, but this isn’t. State v. Hensley, 2018 Ida. App. LEXIS 49 (Nov. 16, 2018). … Continue reading

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D.Nev.: Def couldn’t show that hotel room was searched without a warrant by the information off the electronic lock which was unreliable

Defendant alleges that officers searched his LV hotel room before the search warrant arrived. The information from the electronic lock is not reliable [so there, CSI] as to the entries into the room, and the search warrant is valid. United … Continue reading

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KS: State law not ambiguous and Heien doesn’t make this reasonable

Kansas law was settled a decade before, so the state can’t claim that the officer’s allegedly reasonable mistake of law makes this stop reasonable under Heien. State v. Lees, 2018 Kan. App. LEXIS 64 (Nov. 16, 2018):

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QI for probation searches

People For the American Way: Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears: Two Trump Circuit Judges Rule that There is No Remedy for a Violation of a Homeowner’s Privacy Rights by Elliot Mincberg discussing this case: CA6: Officer spent 90 minutes at plaintiff’s … Continue reading

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NJ: SW for financial crimes on a computer didn’t authorize opening .jpegs

A search warrant for financial crimes on a computer didn’t authorize opening picture files. Child pornography was found. The lack of sophistication of the searching officer is no excuse. State v. Harris, 2018 N.J. Super. LEXIS 160 (Nov. 15, 2018). … Continue reading

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LA3: No REP in a jail call to spouse

There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in a jail call to defendant’s wife. State v. Ducote, 2018 La. App. LEXIS 2297 (La. App. 3 Cir. Nov. 15, 2018).* No reasonable suspicion for extending a stop for no proof of … Continue reading

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