Category Archives: Prison and jail searches

CA5: Claim stated for excessive force for allowing dog to bite subdued arrestee

Plaintiff stated a claim for a dog bite after he was subdued, and there would be no qualified immunity. Hinson v. Martin, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 12775 (5th Cir. Apr. 29, 2021).* There was arguable probable cause for plaintiff’s arrest … Continue reading

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E.D.Cal.: Ptf inmate’s unreasonable prison strip search case survives screening

Plaintiff, an inmate at Corcoran, stated enough to survive screening for his prison strip search case. Jacobs v. CDCR, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66813 (E.D. Cal. Apr. 6, 2021):

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S.D.N.Y.: No REP in medical questioning in jail

There is no reasonable expectation of privacy against medical questioning in a jail. Jones v. Quinones, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59654 (S.D. N.Y. Mar. 26, 2021). The search warrants for a business that was searched by ICE remain under seal. … Continue reading

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TX1: Police coming to door for knock-and-talk wasn’t a trespass

Police came to defendant’s door for a knock-and-talk, and, when he opened it, the officers smelled marijuana. They went off for a search warrant. Approaching the door for a knock-and-talk was not a trespass. Howard v. State, 2021 Tex. App. … Continue reading

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CA3: No REP in non-legal jail email

There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in inmate non-legal jail email. Robinson v. Pennsylvania Dep’t of Corr., 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 7900 (3d Cir. Mar. 18, 2021). Defendant consented to come in to talk about the investigation and to … Continue reading

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E.D.Ark.: Stopping highspeed chase with motorcycle by causing accident not unreasonable under Scott

An officer’s pulling in front of a motorcycle eluding police at 105 mph was not a Fourth Amendment violation. “Accordingly, even if Duvall pulled his car over in a manner likely to cause the collision and serious injury or death, … Continue reading

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M.D.Ala.: Some force inheres in any arrest; de minimus force is reasonable

Some amount of force occurs in any arrest. The question is unreasonableness. “Garrett’s conclusory allegation regarding Williams’s specific actions establishes no more than the use of de minimis force by Williams, which does not constitute a Fourth Amendment violation.” Garrett … Continue reading

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C.D.Ill.: Prison strip searches are always permitted, unless done unreasonably

Inmates seen naked in prison is not a constitutional claim unless it was all done in an unreasonable manner. The limited facts here fail to show that. Danuk v. Downey, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45383 (C.D. Ill. Mar. 11, 2021):

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E.D.N.Y.: Def gets access to SW materials, but govt can redact informant’s info

The target of a search warrant long ago served is entitled to unsealing the affidavit, but the government can redact the affiant’s name and identifying information. United States v. Storage Room Numbers, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 35977 (E.D. N.Y. Feb. … Continue reading

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LA1: Probationer wearing GPS ankle monitor has no REP in information about his movements

A probationer wearing a GPS ankle monitor has no reasonable expectation of privacy in the information that linked him to an armed robbery while he was on probation. State in the interest of T.B., 2021 La. App. LEXIS 188 (La. … Continue reading

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IA: Reasonable inference owner of car was driving where owner had a suspended DL

It was a reasonable inference that the owner of a vehicle with a suspended license was driving when the vehicle was seen because the officer’s experience [and commonsense by now] shows that persons with suspended licenses continue to drive. That … Continue reading

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SD: Inverse condemnation doesn’t lie for damage caused by execution of SW

Surveying cases from other jurisdictions, the South Dakota Supreme Court decides that inverse condemnation claims do not lie under the state’s eminent domain provision ( “[p]rivate property shall not be taken for public use, or damaged, without just compensation[.]”) for damage to … Continue reading

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M.D.Fla.: State court’s findings on PC [not appealed] not binding on federal court

A state court’s findings of lack of probable cause to proceed with some charges against the defendant isn’t binding on federal courts. “Based on the evidence presented at the hearing, including the 911 calls, bodycam footage, and the credible and … Continue reading

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CA11: Not IAC to not challenge recording jail calls

Defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not challenging recording jail calls [actually stated as a 2254(d) failure]. Garcia v. Sec’y, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 314 (11th Cir. Jan. 6, 2021).* The CSLI warrant was particular and not a general warrant, and … Continue reading

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NY: Reversal for 4A violation isn’t “favorable termination” for malicious prosecution claim

Reversal because of a Fourth Amendment violation isn’t a “favorable termination” for malicious prosecution claims. Butler v. City of New York, 2020 NY Slip Op 33363(U), 2020 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 10130 (N.Y. Co. Oct. 14, 2020) (Martinez v. City of … Continue reading

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NY: Stop for center brake light being out was reasonable basis under statute

The trial court’s grant of the motion to suppress was error. The officer’s reading of the functioning brake light statute was reasonable that the center light being out was cause for a stop. People v. Pena, 2020 NY Slip Op … Continue reading

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CA5: Ptf’s manual strip and body search in prison for a missing syringe was reasonable

Plaintiff’s manual strip and body search in prison for a missing syringe was reasonable. Parker v. Woods, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 36359 (5th Cir. Nov. 19, 2020):

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CA5: Def’s contesting authenticity of jail calls let the govt establish they came from jail

Not a search claim: Admission of jail telephone calls didn’t undermine the presumption of innocence. Defendant wouldn’t stipulate to authenticity so the government had to establish the source of the calls. United States v. Arayatanon, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 35922 … Continue reading

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IN: Officers had sufficient suspicion of contraband on the person for a booking strip search

Officers had the requisite degree of suspicion for a strip search at the jail for a misdemeanor. He had suspicions there was something amiss with defendant’s unusual small talk, but, coupled with the facts, added up. Reagan v. State, 2020 … Continue reading

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D.S.D.: Seizure of work product from def’s jail cell for witness tampering was reasonable and run through a taint team

The search of defendant’s jail cell for evidence of witness tampering in his “work product” was reasonable, and the government used a taint team to segregate it. “The government’s conduct in this case was neither ill-conceived nor outrageous. It must … Continue reading

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