D.D.C.: SW not needed to search seized oligarch’s yacht in foreign port

A warrant for search of a Russian oligarch’s seized yacht under sanctions for the Ukraine invasion is denied as probably unnecessary. “The Fourth Amendment does not apply to the search and seizure of property owned by a nonresident alien located in a foreign country. See United States v. Verdugo-Urquidez, 494 U.S. 259, 259 (1990). As such, Vekselberg, a foreign national, lacks a reasonable expectation of privacy in the Target Property.” In re of The Motor Yacht Tango, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64251 (D.D.C. Apr. 4, 2022).

The officers being off on the suspect’s height was not “laughable” as the defense says. Mistakes on height are common. Moreover, “Officers’ reasonable mistakes can give rise to reasonable suspicion to conduct an investigatory stop.” United States v. Lemons, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64825 (N.D.Iowa Feb. 17, 2022).*

Plaintiff was a lawyer fired for edits to a search warrant affidavit for the National Security Division of DoJ. That was a suit against the government, and it could not be brought against the individuals who otherwise were involved. Charles v. United States, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64897 (D.D.C. Apr. 7, 2022).*

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