PA: The automobile exception doesn’t apply in def’s own driveway; PA SCt held that before Collins

The police had a defective search warrant to bring them to defendant’s house to search the car in the driveway. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court held the year before Collins v. Virginia that the automobile exception didn’t apply in one’s driveway, so the state doesn’t get that fall back argument. Commonwealth v. Chesney, 2018 PA Super 262, 2018 Pa. Super. LEXIS 1042 (Sep. 20, 2018).

The court can’t determine whether defendant is an “aggrieved person” for standing on a wiretap order because there’s no hard evidence it’s his voice and he won’t admit that it was his voice for standing. Turning to the merits, there was probable cause and nexus for the wiretap. United States v. Montemayor, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160966 (N.D. Ga. Sep. 20, 2018).*

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