Monthly Archives: July 2020

CNET: Lawmaker questions Google’s CEO about geofence warrants

CNET: Lawmaker questions Google’s CEO about geofence warrants by Alfred Ng (“The warrants allow police to sweep up location data belonging to any people who were in a specific area. | Geofence warrants are facing legal challenges across the US, … Continue reading

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CA2: 31 day delay in getting SW for computer after seizure was unreasonable under 4A

“Following the district court’s hearing and ruling that the delay was not unreasonable, the appeal has been restored to this panel. We now rule that the police delayed unreasonably long in violation of the Fourth Amendment when they waited without … Continue reading

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CA7: Smell of burnt MJ along with def’s reaction when asked was PC

“Because the totality of the circumstances, including the smell of burnt marijuana and Kizart’s reaction and behavior when Russell asked Kizart about the trunk, provided probable cause to search his car’s trunk, we Affirm the denial of the motion to … Continue reading

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MD: With decriminalization of MJ, smell alone is not PC

The decriminalization of marijuana in Maryland, the odor of marijuana, without more, is not probable cause. Smell alone doesn’t tell the quantity. Lewis v. State, 2020 Md. LEXIS 348 (July 27, 2020):

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TX1: Knock-and-announce violation doesn’t warrant suppression under Hudson

The CI was reliable and provided probable cause. A knock-and-announce violation doesn’t warrant suppression. Cleveland v. State, 2020 Tex. App. LEXIS 5829 (Tex. App. – Houston (1st Dist.) July 28, 2020):

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D.Ore.: Illegibility of judge’s signature on SW not 4A violation

Just because the state trial judge’s signature was illegible doesn’t violate the Fourth Amendment. The judge’s name was stamped below. United States v. McElroy, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 132608 (D. Ore. July 24, 2020). Franks challenge fails: “Thus, the bottom … Continue reading

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Colorado grants review of pole camera surveillance

“Petition for Writ of Certiorari GRANTED. EN BANC. [¶] Whether the court of appeals erred in concluding that video surveillance through a camera mounted to a utility pole constituted a warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment.” People v. … Continue reading

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CA6: Tasering resisting suspect is reasonable

Tasering a resisting suspect is reasonable, and the video shows it. Siders v. City of Eastpointe, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 23454 (6th Cir. July 24, 2020).* The controlled buy off defendant was clearly probable cause for the search warrant, so … Continue reading

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S.D.Ohio: Presence of PC moots GFE

The search warrant for storage buildings was issued with probable cause, so the good faith exception is moot. United States v. Payne, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131805 (S.D. Ohio July 27, 2020).* Defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not challenging CSLI … Continue reading

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CA9: Where first meeting violated 4A, second meeting 8 mo later tied to first was not attenuated

By the court: “The panel explained that when a confession results from certain types of Fourth Amendment violations, the government must go beyond proving that the confession was voluntary—it must also show a sufficient break in events to undermine the … Continue reading

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CA6: Lack of minimal nexus is lack of PC and no GFE

The district court held the affidavit for drugs in defendant’s house was lacking nexus and probable cause for lack of good information and the good faith exception didn’t apply. Affirmed. United States v. Ward, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 23607 (6th … Continue reading

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techdirt: Appeals Court Bashes Predictive Policing And The Judge Who Argued People In High Crime Areas Want Fewer Rights

techdirt: Appeals Court Bashes Predictive Policing And The Judge Who Argued People In High Crime Areas Want Fewer Rights by Tim Cushing;

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CAAF: Devolution of M.R.E. 311(a) authority is a functional test; Lt.Col. overseas, and Maj. in charge of everything else

Devolution of authority from a commanding officer at a military installation from one to the Executive Officer during a six month deployment is governed by a functional analysis under M.R.E. 311(a). Here, the Major had authority in the absence of … Continue reading

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D.Ore.: TRO granted against arrests in Portland of journalists and legal observers without PC

TRO granted in Portland protests against arrests of journalists and legal observers without probable cause. Index Newspapers LLC v. City of Portland, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131672 (D. Ore. July 23, 2020):

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NM: SW time limit to execute cell phone SW is from initial seizure, not the download

“[W]hen a warrant is issued to search an electronic device, that warrant is executed when the device is seized or the data is copied on-site, which must occur within Rule 5-211(C)’s ten-day time limit. Rule 5-211(C)’s ten-day time limit applies … Continue reading

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W.D.Mo.: No const’l distinction between jailer monitoring jail calls and turning them over to prosecutors

There is no constitutional distinction between a jailer listening to calls and then forwarding them to prosecutors for use as potential evidence. United States v. Nesbitt, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131220 (W.D. Mo. July 24, 2020). Officer’s statement that a … Continue reading

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