S.D.Ohio: No REP in nonlegal mail sent from jail where witness tampering was suspected

Defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy in nonlegal mail sent from jail where he was suspected of tampering with witnesses (collecting cases). The policy was already well established (if that matters). United States v. Chivers, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49546 (S.D. Ohio Mar. 23, 2020).

“Although this issue presents a close call, and this Court might not have found probable cause to support the search warrant de novo, the Court believes the facts alleged in the warrant affidavit provide a substantial basis to find probable cause under the deferential standard set out by the Supreme Court. See Gates, 462 U.S. at 240 (an issuing judges is free to draw ‘reasonable inferences … from the material supplied to him by applicants for a warrant’ or ‘refuse to draw them if he is so minded’).” Therefore, on de novo review, the court won’t second guess the issuance of the search warrant. Even so, the good faith exception applies. United States v. Norey, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49583 (W.D. Mo. Mar. 23, 2020).*

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