D.V.I.: On reopening suppression hearing, govt proves inevitable discovery of def’s DNA

In a prior post, United States v. Wrensford, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138235 (D. V.I. Aug. 15, 2019), the court held that the government didn’t get the benefit of inevitable discovery of defendant’s DNA for lack of proof. The court reopened the suppression hearing, and the government satisfied its burden and showed by a preponderance of the evidence that it would have inevitably obtained it. United States v. Wrensford, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 219574 (D. V.I. Dec. 22, 2019).*

The search warrant relied on by the officers wasn’t so obviously defective or without probable cause that they couldn’t rely on it. Thus, qualified immunity shields them from liability. Alba v. Cty. of Tulare, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 38221 (9th Cir. Dec. 23, 2019).*

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