S.D.Cal.: USMC spotter working with CBP didn’t violate Posse Comitatus Act

A US Marine working the border spotted a potential illegal crossing through a scope and reported it to the Border Patrol who made the stop and arrest. The Posse Comitatus Act as interpreted by the Ninth Circuit applies to the Marine Corps, but their actions were not systematic enough in aid of law enforcement to invoke it here. United States v. Rios-Montano, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22044 (S.D. Cal. Feb. 7, 2020).

“We adopt the reasoning of the Florida court in Woldridge and hold that the tip from the Internet company was presumed reliable based on the mandatory federal reporting requirements. Also, Agent Roberts corroborated the tip by reviewing the images and verifying the IP address and the user’s name and physical address. Moreover, there was no ‘basis for the warrant-issuing magistrate to conclude that the … source was not credible.’ Silverstein, 378 Wis. 2d at 59, 902 N.W.2d at 559.” The information being three months old was not stale. Adams v. State, 2020 Ala. Crim. App. LEXIS 11 (Feb. 7, 2020).*

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