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Defendant took his computer to Staples for a computer tech to remove viruses and spyware, giving the tech the password to the computer. The computer tech found child pornography in a folder called "PVT," and he called the police who saw the files and seized the computer. The court finds that the defendant waived his reasonable expectation of privacy in the computer by his actions. State v. Dale, 2013 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 704 (August 19, 2013):
Hearsay is admissible at suppression hearings, and the confrontation clause does not apply. United States v. Lopez-Carillo, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 17172 (10th Cir. August 19, 2013).
2255 petitioner filed a motion to suppress, lost, and unconditionally pled guilty. He waived the Fourth Amendment issue by pleading. Winkler v. United States, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117484 (E.D. Tenn. August 20, 2013).*
P2P file sharing is not a search. United States v. Dodson, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118031 (W.D. Tex. August 13, 2013).*
The search warrant “was specifically limited to ‘photographs and video tapes ... undeveloped rolls of film and disposable cameras’” and the court finds that this 20th Century description still applies to digital information that was found. United States v. Miller, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117576 (W.D. N.Y. August 16, 2013).
One police officer was watching an intersection from a video control room because of a shooting there the day before. For over 20 minutes, she watched one man who was obviously armed. She reported that to officers on patrol who stopped the defendant. That qualified under the collective knowledge doctrine. United States v. Dupree, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117539 (D. Md. August 20, 2013).*
The entry of the officers into defendant’s home was without consent or exigency, and it was suppressed. There was no need for the entry. United States v. Marchese, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117339 (W.D. N.Y. August 19, 2013),* R&R 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 188939 (W.D. N.Y. September 5, 2012).*
The USMJ found the officers’ testimony on defendant’s consent “inherently improbable” and that was binding on the district court on review. The motion to suppress is granted. United States v. Lawson, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117025 (W.D. N.Y. August 19, 2013),* R&R 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 188926 (W.D. N.Y. September 4, 2012).*
Defendant was stopped for having red headlights, and the LPN came back as not matching the car. The stop was justified, as was the search. Thammasack v. State, 2013 Ga. App. LEXIS 721 (August 16, 2013).*
The stop of defendant’s car was based on overtinting, and a gun was in plain view inside, and that was probable cause for a protective weapons search. United States v. Victor, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117053 (S.D. Fla. August 19, 2013),* adopted 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127035 (S.D. Fla. September 5, 2013).*
On a certification of a question of California law by the Ninth Circuit (Hayes v. County of San Diego, 658 F.3d 867 (9th Cir. 2011)), in police shooting case also implicating state negligence law, Fourth Amendment reasonableness is not the same as state negligence law. Hayes v. County of San Diego, 57 Cal. 4th 622, 160 Cal. Rptr. 3d 684, 305 P.3d 252 (2013):
The tip of defendant being a “man of violence” with guns in the house was sufficiently corroborated by defendant’s arrest (no convictions) record to support a no-knock provision in the warrant. Braun v. State, 2013 Ga. App. LEXIS 722 (August 16, 2013):
The exclusionary rule does not apply to state termination proceedings, assuming a Fourth Amendment violation, which here there wasn’t. California Science Center v. State Personnel Bd., 218 Cal. App. 4th 1302, 160 Cal. Rptr. 3d 765 (2d Dist. 2013):
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—Entick v. Carrington, 19 How.St.Tr. 1029, 1066, 95 Eng. Rep. 807 (C.P. 1765)
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so, while we are concerned here with a shabby defrauder, we must deal with his
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—Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347, 351 (1967)
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protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born
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of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.”
—United States v. Olmstead, 277 U.S. 438, 479 (1925) (Brandeis, J., dissenting)
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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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"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)