CA3: Playpen SW violated Rule 41 and 4A, but GFE saves the search

Playpen search warrant violated Fourth Amendment, but the good faith exception saves it. “For the reasons discussed below, we hold that the NIT warrant violated Rule 41(b). As a result, the magistrate judge not only exceeded her authority under the Rule as then drafted, but also under the Federal Magistrates Act, rendering the warrant void ab initio and raising the magnitude of the infraction from a technical one to a Fourth Amendment violation. On the other hand, we also hold that the good-faith exception applies to such warrants, which, given the circumstances of this case, precludes suppression. We therefore will affirm on alternative grounds the District Court’s decision to deny Werdene’s suppression motion.” United States v. Werdene, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 4089 (3d Cir. Feb. 21, 2018).

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