Category Archives: Warrant papers

DE: A reporter gets access to SW materials for Apple and social media companies in this murder case

In this two defendant murder case, the state obtained 18 search warrants for Apple and social media, but only one has been returned. A reporter sought access to the affidavits, and it’s granted. Defense counsel has already been given access … Continue reading

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IA: Admission of SW affidavit at trial with CI’s version violated confrontation

Admission of the search warrant affidavit here at trial with inadmissible hearsay of the CI was a violation of confrontation. State v. Martinez, 2022 Iowa App. LEXIS 410 (May 11, 2022). These search warrant materials remain sealed for one year. … Continue reading

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TX: Boilerplate in cell phone SW affidavit not unreasonable, but facts of PC must be shown too

Boilerplate language in a search warrant application for a cell phone isn’t inappropriate, but there must still be a factual showing of probable cause for search of the phone. State v. Baldwin, 2022 Tex. Crim. App. LEXIS 321 (May 11, … Continue reading

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E.D.Wis.: Admitted investigatory motive for inventory made it unreasonable

Officers had an admitted investigatory motive for stopping and searching defendant’s car. They found a reason to impound it and conduct an inventory, and that was unreasonable here. United States v. Clayton, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80076 (E.D.Wis. May 3, … Continue reading

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OH12: Any error in SW return has no effect on search

Any error in the search warrant return does not affect the search itself. Therefore, it can’t form a basis for suppression. Defendant also disclaimed any interest in the property at the time of the search. State v. McClendon, 2022-Ohio-1441, 2022 … Continue reading

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CA6: Failure to file state SW papers with clerk not 4A violation

Failure to file the state search warrant papers with the state clerk under state law is not a Fourth Amendment violation. United States v. Baker, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 9315 (6th Cir. Apr. 5, 2022). The signed affidavit being incorporated … Continue reading

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NJ: Destruction of recording of telephonic SW application requires suppression

State’s destruction of recording of a telephonic warrant application for weapons in a domestic violence case leads to suppression of the search in New Jersey. The prejudice to defendant is because he can’t now challenge the search without it. State … Continue reading

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TX: Affidavit incorporated in SW had specific description and saves SW from overbreadth argument

“The issue before us is whether the particularity requirement of the Fourth Amendment is satisfied if a warrant describes the place to be searched as a fraternity house as a whole without specifying a suspect’s actual room in the house, … Continue reading

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D.Nev.: Documents a part of the SW have to be referred to and attached

“For another document to be considered part of a ‘warrant,’ it must be (1) incorporated by reference to the search warrant and (2) accompany the search warrant both when it is authorized by the judge and when the search warrant … Continue reading

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D.Guam: Issuing magistrate’s later recusal for knowing target’s dad doesn’t show he wasn’t neutral and detached

After search warrant was issued, the issuing magistrate recused from the rest of the matter because defendant’s father was a longstanding employee of the court. There apparently was no relationship with defendant. This did not present a constitutional problem for … Continue reading

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D.C.Cir.: SW materials likely should be disclosed now that SEC revealed investigation

The district court declined to release search warrant materials, but the SEC revealed the investigation. Remanded to reconsider disclosure. L.A. Times Communs., LLC v. United States (In re L.A. Times Communs. LLC), 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 7093 (D.C.Cir. Mar. 18, … Continue reading

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D.Utah: Travel at night, nervousness, travel plans, cash on person here not RS

The government “points to four circumstances as the basis for an independent reasonable, articulable suspicion to extend the stop for the K-9 deployment: (1) the time of night and location of Mr. Melendez’s vehicle; (2) Mr. Melendez’s nervousness; (3) Mr. … Continue reading

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D.Kan.: No REP in Twitter account it closed for violation of TOS for child porn

Twitter deactivated defendant’s account for violation of its terms of service and reported him to NCMEC. Defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy in the files Twitter had preserved on him. “The Court finds under the circumstances of the case … Continue reading

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D.N.M.: Failure to incorporate attachments to SW affidavit subject to GFE

The attachments to the affidavits were attached but not incorporated by words in the affidavit. The court doesn’t decide that this is a Fourth Amendment violation because the good faith exception applies. The search of a cell phone attempted within … Continue reading

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W.D.Tex.: Writ of error coram nobis not a remedy nor timely for evidentiary claim in 2013 suppression hearing

Defendant’s petition for writ of error coram nobis is denied as untimely, even if available at all. The claim was authentication of warrant papers as an exhibit in 2013. That’s not even a basis for the writ. He was charged … Continue reading

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D.S.C.: On a 4th motion to keep SW materials under seal, granted for another year

On this fourth motion to extend deadline, the warrant materials here are ordered sealed for another year because of an ongoing investigation. The court finds redactions aren’t reasonably possible. In re Seized Misc. United States Currency, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue reading

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N.D.Okla.: Where there is a SW for a vehicle, def’s automobile exception argument is moot

Defendant argues that the inventory was pretextual to search for evidence of crime, except that there already was probable cause at that point for an automobile exception search. On a later vehicle search, there also was a warrant. Failing to … Continue reading

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E.D.Okla.: Motion to suppress waived when defense needed the evidence at trial

Defendant originally moved to suppress a search which included a video. Then he decided he needed it at trial, so it was waived. United States v. Savage, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 250209 (E.D.Okla. Nov. 19, 2021) (see Treatise § 60.19, … 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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CA4: Unsigned SW was subject to GFE where it was readily apparent it was read and acted on

A state unsigned warrant was subject to the good faith exception where the issuing magistrate did everything but sign. The magistrate signed the application on the back of the state-mandated form and initialed the warrant. The court doesn’t go so … Continue reading

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