CA7: While the circumstantial evidence might support a SW or wiretap, it didn’t support guilt; reversed and dismissed

“We assume the government’s circumstantial evidence here might have supported a search warrant or perhaps a wiretap on Garcia’s telephone. It simply was not sufficient to support a verdict of guilty beyond a reasonable doubt for distributing cocaine. We reverse the district court’s decisions denying Garcia’s motions for judgment of acquittal pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 29 and reverse his convictions for insufficient evidence.” United States v. Garcia, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 8311 (7th Cir. Mar. 20, 2019).

Defendant doesn’t show that the search warrant was issued without probable cause or at least a good faith belief in probable cause. United States v. Hansen, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44357 (D. Neb. Mar. 19, 2019).*

The affidavit for the search warrant here was clearly not bare bones, as recounted by the court. The good faith exception applies at the minimum. United States v. Asgari, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 8059 (6th Cir. Mar. 19, 2019).*

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