N.D.Ohio: Def’s psychotherapist reported he was viewing CP; 4A does not prohibit using it in SW application

The psychotherapist-patient privilege does not bar use of a report from defendant’s psychotherapist to law enforcement that defendant admitted viewing child pornography. The psychotherapist discussed with others and concluded that a report was necessary. Whatever the privilege for trial, it does not bar use of the psychotherapist’s statement to obtain a search warrant. See also F.R.E. 1101 (privileges apply in hearings other than trials). Even so, the good faith exception applies. United States v. Richter, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 248223 (N.D.Ohio Dec. 30, 2021).

Officers decided to encounter defendant in a high crime area for staring at them as they drove by and then noticing a small plastic bag at his feet. As they approached, he fled. That was all reasonable suspicion. United States v. Ridley, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 247116 (M.D.Ga. Dec. 29, 2021).*

Officers stopping defendant already had probable cause for his arrest based on their prior investigation. If they didn’t, they had reasonable suspicion to stop and detain him and get him out of the car at gunpoint. United States v. Younglove, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 247869 (S.D.Fla. Dec. 14, 2021).*

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