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The Fourth Amendment warrant clause has no extraterritorial application; reasonableness does. Defendant was a teacher in Miami-Dade, and he was charged with sex offenses against young male students. He somehow moved to Thailand within a month, and he resumed sexual conduct there as a teacher. Thai authorities became interested in him, too. They executed a search warrant and recovered 6000 images on his computer, yet he wasn’t arrested for another three years. Then, the U.S. sought to extradite him for interstate or international travel for sex with children, which took another year. The warrant clause of the Fourth Amendment did not apply to the search of the computers in Thailand. ICE, however, was involved, so the reasonableness requirement of the Fourth Amendment applies, and this search was reasonable. United States v. Stokes, 726 F.3d 880 (7th Cir. 2013):
Defense counsel properly filed an Anders no-merit brief on an appeal of a consent issue. State v. Curbow, 2013 Ohio 3378, 2013 Ohio App. LEXIS 3455 (2d Dist. August 2, 2013).*
An officer had a car pull up next to him and tell him about a woman doing hand-to-hand drug sales he regularly complained about but the person was gone when the police arrived, and she was selling right then. She was described, and the officer drove the 1½ block there and saw her. Her stop was with reasonable suspicion based on the detailed information that panned out. While the officer didn’t wait around to get contact information on his citizen informant, that person should have reasoned that the officer would recognize him later or got his license number if he was lying. State v. Hinton, 2013 Ohio 3381, 2013 Ohio App. LEXIS 3459 (2d Dist. August 2, 2013).*
“Certainly, the facts in the affidavit as to Heath Kellogg and this residence are not overwhelming,” but they do show probable cause to believe he was involved in counterfeiting. United States v. Heath, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109190 (N.D. Ga. June 14, 2013).*
The search warrant application was devoid of probable cause, and the officer applying for it had to know it. The motion to suppress should have been granted and the good faith exception has no application. State v. Althaus, __ Kan. App. __, 305 P.3d 716 (2013):
Defendant’s stop was valid based on reasonable suspicion from a wiretap. The question to defendant during a patdown whether there was anything on him that the officer should know about was valid under Miranda’s public safety exception. He was asking about weapons, and defendant admitted to cocaine. United States v. Gilchrist, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108409 (D. Kan. August 1, 2013).*
2255 petitioner’s Terry claim was barred by his not filing a motion to suppress and then appealing it. [It was not raised as an IAC claim.] Alvardo v. United States, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108152 (M.D. Fla. August 1, 2013).*
The independent source rule supports this search because the warrant application was already done when the entry occurred, and the warrant would have been granted. United States v. Munteanu, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108670 (E.D. N.Y. August 1, 2013).*
2255 petitioner’s Fourth Amendment argument, even if validly presented, would not have prevailed nor changed the outcome. United States v. Richardson, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109101 (E.D. Va. August 2, 2013).*
Defendant who actively disclaimed possession or ownership of a cell phone could not complain about its tracking. United States v. Barron, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108410 (D. Kan. August 1, 2013).
Defendant was not the subscriber of the cell phone he was using, so he had no reasonable expectation of privacy in the historical cell site data and call records. State v. Griffin, 834 N.W.2d 688 (Minn. 2013).
Plaintiff’s failure to object to the Magistrate’s R&R was waiver of his right to appeal SJ in his 1983 case. Battle v. Baalaer, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 16017 (9th Cir. August 2, 2013).*
The search of this vehicle was justified by consent or the automobile exception, based on the fact a bag of cocaine was in plain view on the floor. United States v. Sanchez, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108394 (W.D. Tex. August 2, 2013).*
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"Love work; hate mastery over others; and avoid intimacy with the government."
—Shemaya, in the Thalmud
"A system of law that not only makes certain conduct criminal, but also lays
down rules for the conduct of the authorities, often becomes complex in its
application to individual cases, and will from time to time produce imperfect
results, especially if one's attention is confined to the particular case at
bar. Some criminals do go free because of the necessity of keeping
government and its servants in their place. That is one of the costs of having
and enforcing a Bill of Rights. This country is built on the assumption that
the cost is worth paying, and that in the long run we are all both freer and
safer if the Constitution is strictly enforced."
—Williams v. Nix, 700 F. 2d 1164, 1173 (8th Cir. 1983) (Richard Sheppard Arnold, J.), rev'd Nix v. Williams, 467 US. 431 (1984).
"The criminal goes free, if he must, but it is the law that sets him free. Nothing
can destroy a government more quickly than its failure to observe its own laws,
or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence."
—Mapp v. Ohio, 367 U.S. 643, 659 (1961).
Any costs the exclusionary rule are costs imposed directly by the Fourth Amendment.
—Yale Kamisar, 86 Mich.L.Rev. 1, 36 n. 151 (1987).
"There have been powerful hydraulic pressures throughout our history that
bear heavily on the Court to water down constitutional guarantees and give the
police the upper hand. That hydraulic pressure has probably never been greater
than it is today."
— Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1, 39 (1968) (Douglas, J., dissenting).
"The great end, for which men entered into society, was to secure their
—Entick v. Carrington, 19 How.St.Tr. 1029, 1066, 95 Eng. Rep. 807 (C.P. 1765)
"It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards of liberty have
frequently been forged in controversies involving not very nice people. And
so, while we are concerned here with a shabby defrauder, we must deal with his
case in the context of what are really the great themes expressed by the Fourth
—United States v. Rabinowitz, 339 U.S. 56, 69 (1950) (Frankfurter, J., dissenting)
"The course of true law pertaining to searches and seizures, as enunciated
here, has not–to put it mildly–run smooth."
—Chapman v. United States, 365 U.S. 610, 618 (1961) (Frankfurter, J., concurring).
"A search is a search, even if it happens to disclose nothing but the
bottom of a turntable."
—Arizona v. Hicks, 480 U.S. 321, 325 (1987)
"For the Fourth Amendment protects people, not places. What a person knowingly
exposes to the public, even in his own home or office, is not a subject of Fourth
Amendment protection. ... But what he seeks to preserve as private, even in
an area accessible to the public, may be constitutionally protected."
—Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347, 351 (1967)
“Experience should teach us to be most on guard to
protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born
to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded
rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men
of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.”
—United States v. Olmstead, 277 U.S. 438, 479 (1925) (Brandeis, J., dissenting)
“Liberty—the freedom from unwarranted
intrusion by government—is as easily lost through insistent nibbles by
government officials who seek to do their jobs too well as by those whose purpose
it is to oppress; the piranha can be as deadly as the shark.”
—United States v. $124,570, 873 F.2d 1240, 1246 (9th Cir. 1989)
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But if you try sometimes / You just might find / You get what you need."
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"In Germany, they first came for the communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for
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—Pepé Le Pew
"There is never enough time, unless you are serving it."
"The point of the Fourth Amendment, which often is not grasped by zealous officers, is not that it denies law enforcement the support of the usual inferences which reasonable men draw from evidence. Its protection consists in requiring that those inferences be drawn by a neutral and detached magistrate instead of being judged by the officer engaged in the often competitive enterprise of ferreting out crime."
—Johnson v. United States, 333 U.S. 10, 13-14 (1948)