E.D.Ky.: No discovery on ID of CI; not material to any 4A issue

Defendant was subjected to controlled buys with a CI that led to his search warrant. The officers involved can testify to what happened, and defendant hasn’t shown necessity for disclosure of the informant. “Additionally, to the extent that some information is not covered by the confidential informant privilege, the Court finds that Sanders’ argument that the information might reveal some kind of doubt about the basis of the search warrant does not meet his burden of demonstrating that the information would ‘alter the quantum of proof in the case’ as controlling caselaw requires.” United States v. Sanders, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81938 (E.D. Ky. May 11, 2020).

Habeas petitioner’s request for CoA denied; no IAC for, inter alia, not seeking identity of the CI for the search. McClain v. Vannoy, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 14844 (5th Cir. May 8, 2020).*

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