NY1: SW for cell phone overbroad; no justification for searching photographs

The search warrant for the contents of defendant’s cell phone was overbroad because there was no justification for the breadth of search. This was a sex abuse case, but there was never any indication defendant possessed child pornography on the phone. People v Thompson, 2019 NY Slip Op 08772, 2019 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 8777 (1st Dept. Dec. 5, 2019). [He was sentenced August 24, 2017 to 2½-5 years, and it took 2¼ years to decide the appeal. Another NY case posted a couple of years ago took four years from sentencing to appeal.]

The trial court found that the tenants renting the property invited the police in and defendant lacked standing as a mere social visitor to object to the entry. People v. Pitman, 2019 NY Slip Op 08733, 2019 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 8810 (3d Dept. Dec. 5, 2019).*

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