Category Archives: Tracking warrant

W.D.Mich.: PC shown vehicle was involved in string of robberies for GPS tracking

Probable cause supported the warrant to install a GPS tracking device on defendant’s vehicle. The government showed probable cause to believe it and he were involved in a series of cash store robberies. United States v. Rolling, 2022 U.S. Dist. … Continue reading

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Bloomberg Law: Justices Reject Case Over Real-Time Phone Location Tracking

Bloomberg Law: Justices Reject Case Over Real-Time Phone Location Tracking (“The U.S. Supreme Court declined to weigh whether the Fourth Amendment’s privacy protections are implicated when law enforcement uses cell carrier signals to reveal a person’s whereabouts in real time.”)

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CA11: Computer searches as condition of supervised release for gun crime not plain error

The district court did not plainly err in allowing supervised release searches of defendant’s computer for a gun crime. U.S.S.G. § 5D1.3(d)(7). Under precedent, a search condition does not have to be specifically related to the crime. United States v. … Continue reading

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OH10: No REP in possession of a stolen laptop that sent its location information

Appellant’s motion to reopen his appeal to reargue his Fourth Amendment claims is denied. Not one thing he proffers can change the outcome of the appeal. There was a basis for a GPS warrant on his vehicle, and there was … Continue reading

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EFF brief: Court Orders Authorizing Law Enforcement To Track People’s Air Travels In Real Time Must Be Made Public

EFF: Court Orders Authorizing Law Enforcement To Track People’s Air Travels In Real Time Must Be Made Public by Aaron Mackey:

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W.D.Ky.: Tracking def’s cell phone for weeks with an order issued on PC to find him wasn’t unreasonable

A tracking order was issued on probable cause to locate defendant after available public sources didn’t locate him. He argues for a “less intrusive means” type test, which it isn’t called, but the argument fails because the government tried that. … Continue reading

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CA11: New facts of alleged illegal search already ruled on not appropriate for successor habeas

Defendant’s attempt at a successor habeas on four grounds includes one that there is new evidence that he was wrongfully arrested. That was previously addressed before the new evidence claim, and it’s denied. “ An applicant cannot create a new … Continue reading

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NY, Bronx: A tracking warrant isn’t an eavesdropping warrant

Defendant had standing to challenge a tracking warrant on his phone despite the state’s claim that wasn’t the cause for his arrest. He was tracked. These were not eavesdropping warrants. “Because the location information provided pursuant to the warrant did … Continue reading

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CA6: What is sufficient probable cause for a CSLI or tracking warrant?

What is sufficient probable cause for a CSLI or tracking warrant? “After a lengthy investigation, the federal government uncovered substantial evidence that Dwayne Sheckles was a Louisville distributor for a large drug-trafficking ring. Sheckles pleaded guilty but reserved the right … Continue reading

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CA7: State cell phone tracking order issued with PC and was particular

Police got information that cell phone -5822 was used to arrange drug sales. They called the number and set up a few controlled buys. Then they got a state court tracking order for the phone. There is no indication that … Continue reading

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M.D.Pa.: Franks hearing denied for speculation on what video evidence might show

Defendant doesn’t get a Franks hearing that the officer knew or should have known that his CI actually went into defendant’s apartment based on video surveillance that allegedly would disprove it. He doesn’t show that the video shows what he … Continue reading

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DE: Exclusionary rule not designed to prohibit extra-territorial GPS tracking with warrant

In this post-conviction case, defense counsel didn’t raise the question of extraterritorial monitoring of a warrant installed GPS device. It was installed in 2015 [post-Jones] to track defendant who was an accomplished [except for getting caught] burglar. The court doesn’t … Continue reading

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W.D.Mo.: No co-conspirator standing in GPS cell phone tracking

One co-conspirator has no standing in GPS tracking of his co-conspirator’s cell phone. The officers also had probable cause to search their car based on: knowledge they were cell phone store burglars, a Snapchat video with defendants having numerous cell … Continue reading

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GA: Even if GPS tracker was unconstitutionally placed, it didn’t affect later SW for vehicle

Defendant first claimed the vehicle was his when the officer asked, and he consented to a search of it. After a few loose rounds of ammunition were found, he disavowed ownership. It turned out there was also a tracking device … Continue reading

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OH6: Def’s neighbor was citizen informant in reporting seeing him looking at CP through an open window

Defendant’s neighbor could see him from his house masturbating to child pornography. He called the police and the police corroborated it but walked on the curtilage, too. The neighbor was shown as a confidential informant but was really a citizen … Continue reading

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E.D.Mo.: Using cell site simulator with SW was reasonable and particular

A warrant supported by ample probable cause was used for a cell site simulator to find defendant’s cell phones. No conversations were captured. The USMJ compared it to a tracking warrant, which wasn’t unreasonable. The warrant was also constitutionally particular. … Continue reading

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CNET: Geofence warrants: How police get data from all devices in targeted areas

CNET: Geofence warrants: How police get data from all devices in targeted areas by Alfred Ng (“The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is also challenging the constitutionality of geofence warrants in a Virginia case. The organization argues that geofence … Continue reading

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Lawfare: Do Geofence Warrants Violate the Fourth Amendment?

Lawfare: Do Geofence Warrants Violate the Fourth Amendment? by Nathaniel Sobel:

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D.Mont.: Tracking warrant issue date was a typo; whether state law was complied with doesn’t matter in federal court

The tracking warrant issue date was mistaken. The court finds it was the latter of two dates, and the tracking occurred for only five days, within the requirements of Rule 41(e)(2)(C). Whether the tracking warrant complied with state law is … Continue reading

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E.D.Tenn.: Collective knowledge doesn’t require the stopping officer even know about it

“‘[W]e impute collective knowledge among multiple law enforcement agencies, even when the evidence demonstrates that the responding officer was wholly unaware’ of the specific relevant facts. (Doc. 194, at 24 (quoting United States v. Lyons, 687 F.3d 754, 766 (6th … Continue reading

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