VA: P2P file sharing to access CP wasn’t a trespass on the curtilage; def consented to entry into the computer

The officer’s actions in accessing defendant’s computer files by peer-to-peer file sharing did not constitute a trespass to his curtilage in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Defendant demonstrated his consensual participation in the file sharing community by installing file sharing software and setting the contents of a folder as “shared” thereby exposing to public access all filed in that folder. The software round up did not violate defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights because it was not sophisticated equipment but was only slightly modified from the client version of the software, allowing it to connect to only one computer and to display the connected IP address. Stickle v. Commonwealth, 2017 Va. App. LEXIS 333 (Dec. 27, 2017).

Defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not moving to suppress the search that produced evidence against defendant because he shows no standing to contest the search at all, and he doesn’t even claim the evidence seized was his. Lee v. State, 2017 Ind. App. LEXIS 880 (Dec. 27, 2017).*

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