E.D.Cal.: A stolen laptop from a prison medical provider wasn’t a “search”

A laptop of the medical provider was stolen, and plaintiff was told that his medical information may have been on it. He sued claiming a violation of the Fourth Amendment. This doesn’t state a claim. A stolen laptop is not a governmental search and seizure. Williams v. California Correctional Healthcare Servs., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41556 (E.D. Cal. March 22, 2017).

The plaintiff “Program ‘is a privately funded program for troubled youths that provides a simple ranch life with the goal of helping troubled teenagers turn their lives around.’” After a motor vehicle accident, a resident died. The New Mexico State Police showed up and detained named plaintiffs for up to seven hours for questioning, allegedly without probable cause or a warrant. They stated a claim for relief under the Fourth Amendment. Tierra Blanca Ranch High Country Youth Program v. Gonzales, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40748 (D. N.M. March 20, 2017).*

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