CA8: Breaking a cell phone to avoid its search and seizure justified obstruction enhancement under USSG § 3C1.1

Defendant attempting to thwart a search of cell phones in his car tried to break one such that it had to be forensically reviewed to get information off of it. He wasn’t under arrest. Still, his actions qualified for a 2 level obstruction enhancement under USSG § 3C1.1. United States v. Manning, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 16411 (8th Cir. July 5, 2024).

A USPS postal worker has no reasonable expectation of privacy in his workplace from video surveillance catching him opening mail. United States v. Alarcon-Rodriguez, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118066 (D.P.R. July 2, 2024).*

No CoA here: Defendant’s ineffective assistance of counsel on a Franks claim fails here because defense counsel did argue about false information in the search warrant application. Defense counsel also argued staleness of the affidavit, and defendant only recasts the same argument but to no avail. Peterson v. United States, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 16377 (6th Cir. July 3, 2024).*

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