Category Archives: Waiver

MO: Search incident can happen at mobile booking center without going to jail

A search incident can occur even where defendant is at a mobile booking place without being transported to jail. State v. Boehmer, 2024 Mo. App. LEXIS 314 (May 14, 2024). Defendant’s concession in the trial court that the stop and … Continue reading

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TN: “Possessions” in search clause of state const. gives REP in rural hunting land

Because the Tennessee Constitution uses “possessions” rather than “effects,” plaintiff had a reasonable expectation of privacy in rural land that he used that wildlife officers entered upon to enforce hunting laws. Rainwaters v. Tenn. Wildlife Res. Agency, 2024 Tenn. App. … Continue reading

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MN: No difference between the privacy interest in DNA abandoned at the scene of a crime and the specific genetic information within it

There’s no difference between the privacy interest in DNA abandoned at the scene of a crime and the specific genetic information within it. State v. Carbo, 2024 Minn. LEXIS 236 (May 8, 2024). [A creative argument, but one always doomed … Continue reading

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A word about Franks issues

Defendant’s quibbling¹ over the word choices in the affidavit didn’t provide a “substantial preliminary showing” for Franks. Review shows it wasn’t even inaccurate. United States v. Pettigrew, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 11328 (6th Cir. May 7, 2024).* [¹My choice of … Continue reading

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CA10 dissent: Bivens on its last legs

CA10, Tymkovich, Circuit Judge, dissenting: Bivens is a relic of the 20th Century and it’s just a matter of time until it’s gone. Mohamed v. Jones, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 11089 (10th Cir. May 7, 2024). The affidavit for the … Continue reading

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D.P.R.: Def waived his Franks by providing nothing to show what’s what

“Although Defendant suggests that a Franks-like challenge was made during the suppression hearings in the Puerto Rico state court, he fails to develop any type of Franks argument in this case. Indeed, Defendant does not provide copies of the search … Continue reading

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D.Nev.: Exclusionary rule does not apply to IRS violating its operations manual

The exclusionary rule does not apply to the IRS allegedly violating it’s own operations manual. United States v. Pacheco, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80448 (D. Nev. May 2, 2024). “Neither party cites, nor have we have found, any published cases … Continue reading

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CA5: Deficient privilege log after records search was waiver

After voluminous records were seized with a warrant, defendant’s privilege log was deficient to identify who and what, and that was treated as waiver. United States v. Fluitt, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 9983 (5th Cir. Apr. 24, 2024). Defendant was … Continue reading

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VA: Outline of a gun in def’s pocket was RS

The outline of a gun in defendant’s pocket was reasonable suspicion. Alvin v. Commonwealth, 2024 Va. App. LEXIS 230 (Apr. 23, 2024). Even if a prior search was unreasonable, there was an independent source for the warranted search of defendant’s … Continue reading

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W.D.N.Y.: Def had no standing in a place he wasn’t allowed to be on parole

As a parolee, defendant didn’t show standing in his girlfriend’s apartment when he wasn’t supposed to even be there in violation of parole. United States v. Melvin, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73044 (W.D.N.Y. Apr. 22, 2024). The officer showed probable … Continue reading

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M.D.Ala.: The validity of the appointment of a special judge for 180 days does not matter under the good faith exception

A specially appointed circuit judge for 180 days signed a search warrant during his tenure. The legality of the appointment doesn’t matter because the good faith exception applies to execution of the warrant. United States v. Broaden, 2024 U.S. Dist. … Continue reading

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DC: A backpack left in a house and to be retrieved wasn’t abandoned

Defendant did not abandon his backpack that he left in the house he had a connection to. He intended to come back and get it. His reasonable expectation of privacy was objectively reasonable. United States v. Pope, 2024 D.C. App. … Continue reading

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NY Queens: PC shown for SW blood drawn at hospital after car wreck

Probable cause was shown for the search warrant for defendant’s blood drawn at a hospital after a car wreck. To the extent there is also a Franks challenge, it fails. People v. Moreno, 2024 NY Slip Op 24116, 2024 NYLJ … Continue reading

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WA: No immediate bail for DV arrest violates neither 4A nor due process

A no bail arrest for domestic violence until the first appearance violates neither the Fourth Amendment nor due process. State v. Clare, 2024 Wash. App. LEXIS 462 (Mar. 12, 2024). CoA denied. Petitioner doesn’t show that his state Fourth Amendment … Continue reading

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WA: Failure to argue the state constitution to the trial court waived reliance on it on appeal

Failure to argue the state constitution to the trial court waived reliance on it on appeal. State v. Troutman, 2024 Wash. App. LEXIS 672 (Apr. 8, 2024). There was reasonable suspicion for lengthening this detention from the fact the LPN … Continue reading

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Three on post-conviction and defaulted 4A claims

“Defendant has procedurally defaulted on this claim by never filing a motion to suppress the evidence, but instead pleading guilty. Moreover, a Fourth Amendment claim such as this one is not cognizable on a § 2255 motion. Stone v. Powell, … Continue reading

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E.D.Pa.: Nexus can be shown by inference

There was probable cause as to defendant’s house, with nexus a strong inference: “Here, the officers, applying their training and experience to the facts before them, reasonably inferred that Mitchell was a drug dealer and was carrying drugs and other … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: Hidden compartment could be searched under automobile exception

Under the automobile exception, a search of a compartment underneath the dashboard paneling was reasonable. United States v. Payton, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57065 (D. Minn. Mar. 29, 2024).* The search issues on appeal weren’t the issues in the trial … Continue reading

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E.D.N.Y.: Seizure of def’s cell phone in South Africa by their police does not “shock the conscience” or show virtual agency

“The court must first begin with a discussion of the initial seizure of Chang’s cellphone by South African authorities on December 29, 2018. Under the ‘international silver platter doctrine,’ the U.S. can generally receive evidence obtained by foreign authorities with … Continue reading

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CA9: Supervised release condition of financial disclosure permitted under 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a) and didn’t violate 4A

“Second, the financial disclosure condition does not clearly violate the Fourth Amendment’s requirement that release conditions be reasonably necessary and narrowly tailored. See United States v. Sales, 476 F.3d 732, 737 (9th Cir. 2007). We have upheld a substantially similar … Continue reading

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