ACLU: You are being tracked; a report on license plate readers (pdf)
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Detention on a civil immigration warrant violated the Fourth Amendment, but the defendants get 1983 qualified immunity. Santos v. Frederick County Bd. of Comm'rs, 725 F.3d 451 (4th Cir. 2013):
A small hole in the taillight that doesn’t really emit much white light is not a violation of the taillight statute, so defendant’s stop was without legal authority. Kroft v. State, 992 N.E.2d 818 (Ind. App. 2013)*:
The officers were acting on the complaint of an alderman, and they had no probable cause that an offense occurred when they barged into defendant’s home with a person in tow who stayed there some. They didn’t ask for consent, and they were wearing masks and no markings on their clothing. The entry was without consent or probable cause, and is suppressed. At best, they were acting on some hunch, and they don’t even attempt to support the entry on appeal except by consent, which was rejected by the trial court. People v. Dawn, 2013 IL App (2d) 120025, 992 N.E.2d 1277 (2013):
The issuing judicial officer did not put the affiant under oath when talking to him, but the affidavit presented to the magistrate said it was under oath, and that’s good enough for the “oath or affirmation requirement.” Besides, the GFE would suffice. United States v. Dedeaux, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110307 (N.D. Ind. August 6, 2013):
The stop of defendant’s tractor trailer was valid, and it ended with the officer saying “That’s it! Take care!” but he called out to the defendant and engaged him in conversation which turned into a valid consent for continued detention. On the video, defendant consents repeatedly. United States v. Fouse, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110317 (N.D. Okla. August 6, 2013).* [I never could buy into this “consensual continued detention” stuff. When a cop is talking to you, you’re not free to leave because, at least in this state, you'd be arrested for either fleeing or failing to obey a lawful order of the police. The cops know it, and the judges know it, and they let the cops get away with it. Period. End of discussion. This is pure judicial cognitive dissonance legalizing fiction and total deference to the police as the purported guardians of our freedom on the highway.]
The record supports the USMJ conclusion of consent from the driver. United States v. Araiza-Carrillo, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110552 (W.D. Ark. August 6, 2013),* R&R 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110561 (W.D. Ark. July 17, 2013).*
2255 petition already denied on Fourth Amendment claim, and petitioner’s attempt to recast them as an actual innocence claim fails. United States v. Martinez, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109778 (D. Minn. August 5, 2013).*
2255 petition’s Fourth Amendment claim barred because it was raised on direct appeal. United States v. Opiyo, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110026 (N.D. Tex. August 5, 2013).*
Officers lacked reasonable suspicion for defendant’s stop for (1) impeding traffic by opening his door when there was no traffic to impede, and (2) parking too close to a stop sign when the driver and passenger merely exchanged seats. The motion to suppress the stop is granted. United States v. Hutton, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109779 (M.D. Tenn. August 2, 2013).*
Defendant’s admission he was a felon with a gun in the car was probable cause for a search of the car. United States v. Gardner, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110467 (E.D. N.C. August 1, 2013).*
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—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
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—Williams v. Nix, 700 F. 2d 1164, 1173 (8th Cir. 1983) (Richard Sheppard Arnold, J.), rev'd Nix v. Williams, 467 US. 431 (1984).
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or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence."
—Mapp v. Ohio, 367 U.S. 643, 659 (1961).
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—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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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)