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Inevitable discovery of briefcase seized in ongoing investigation that supposedly contained a videotape of sexual abuse of a child saved the search in this case. The investigation was ongoing. The officer had a civilian obtain the briefcase for them so they could hold it to get a search warrant. Even assuming the briefcase was seized unlawfully, it was inevitable it would have been lawfully found. Wilder v. State, 320 Ga. App. 497, 740 S.E.2d 241 (2013), on remand from Wilder v. State, 290 Ga. 13, 717 S.E.2d 457 (2011).
The police adequately inquired into the third party consenter’s control over the upstairs living area, and she affirmed that she had control. That was sufficient to obtain her consent. It turned out that defendant asked her to lie about it. “Moreover, the record demonstrates that Wheeler wanted police to believe that Bates had authority over the upper unit. It is undisputed that Wheeler instructed Bates to lie to police and claim that she lived in the upper unit. To argue now that police wrongly relied on Bates's authority, when Wheeler orchestrated the attempt to mislead police, is disingenuous.” State v. Wheeler, 2013 WI App 53, 830 N.W.2d 278 (2013).*
Franks challenge succeeds: The affidavit was only three pages long and had a paragraph about hand-to-hand deliveries from the property that admittedly didn’t belong in there and should have been removed when drafting the affidavit. Also, the affidavit went through three levels of review before submission to the issuing court. This was reckless disregard, but still sufficient for Franks. Second, there was an attempt to connect a car to the premises but the officer omitted knowing that the car wasn’t registered to that address, and that was something the issuing judge needed to know. Striking the first reference, and adding in the omitted information leaves tenuous inferences that don’t measure up to probable cause. Finally, the good faith exception does not apply when there is a successful Franks challenge. United States v. Rodriguez-Ramirez, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37789 (D. Utah March 18, 2013).
Evidence hidden in an uncovered boat on adjacent property was not on defendant’s curtilage. n.2: “Mr. Scott misses the mark in relying on state trespass law. The question we ask is not whether agents violated state law but rather whether they violated the Fourth Amendment. U.S. v. Walker, 960 F.2d 409, 415 (5th Cir. 1992) (stating that the Fourth Amendment does not exist to ‘discourage ... violations of state law’); see also U.S. v. Eastland, 989 F.2d 760, 765-67 (5th Cir. 1993) (refusing to exclude evidence on the basis that agents were trespassing under state law).” United States v. Scott, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 5409 (5th Cir. March 19, 2013).*
Historical cell site location data limited to 20 days in an attempt to link defendant to a home invasion robbery was reasonable. (Also, defendant who was not the subscriber of a cell phone had no standing to challenge obtaining historical cell site location data.) United States v. Wilson, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37783 (N.D. Ga. February 20, 2013), adopted 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37320 (N.D. Ga. Mar. 19, 2013):
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— Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1, 39 (1968) (Douglas, J., dissenting).
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—Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347, 351 (1967)
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—United States v. $124,570, 873 F.2d 1240, 1246 (9th Cir. 1989)
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—Johnson v. United States, 333 U.S. 10, 13-14 (1948)