Category Archives: Warrant execution

CA2: Failure to leave SW attachment at scene of search doesn’t void the search

That searching officers didn’t leave behind Attachment B to the warrant after the search didn’t void the search. United States v. Whaley, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 16819 (2d Cir. July 10, 2024). Collective knowledge here fails: “Based on the evidence … Continue reading

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CA7: Police officer target of a cell phone SW stated state law claim for intrusion on seclusion for searchers leaking intimate photos of her

Plaintiff was a Joliet police officer. A search warrant was issued for her phone, and she was concerned there were intimate photos of her. The city and officers get qualified immunity for the search itself, but she states a state … Continue reading

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W.D.Wis.: Jurisdictional issue in SW wasn’t enough to suppress here

In a domestic terrorism investigation, USMJs have the authority to issue search warrants outside their court’s jurisdiction. Defendant disputes that this investigation was not that, but it’s close enough. Even if the officers were mistaken, the court won’t suppress an … Continue reading

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CA8: Breaking a cell phone to avoid its search and seizure justified obstruction enhancement under USSG § 3C1.1

Defendant attempting to thwart a search of cell phones in his car tried to break one such that it had to be forensically reviewed to get information off of it. He wasn’t under arrest. Still, his actions qualified for a … Continue reading

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CA2: Briefly seeing occupants of a house searched nude was not unreasonable

Under Los Angeles County v. Rettele, plaintiffs’ nude exposure to searching officers during a raid on a home wasn’t unreasonable. Jury verdict for defendants affirmed. Also, this was not a strip search. Miller v. City of N.Y., 2024 U.S. App. … Continue reading

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LAT: Misuse of SW seizure by police leads to $1m verdict

LATimes: Former CHP officer awarded $1 million over sexual material shared during overtime probe by Caroline Petrow-Cohen and James Queally (“Years after a controversial overtime fraud probe, a Los Angeles County jury has awarded a former California Highway Patrol employee … Continue reading

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CA10: State SW for place in Indian country was done in good faith and is not suppressed

A state search warrant issued by a Tulsa state judge for a place in Indian country was done in good faith at the time under McGirt and would not be suppressed. United States v. Bailey, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 15210 … Continue reading

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CA3: Failure to provide a complete list of all that was seized under a warrant wasn’t justification for suppression

Failure to provide a complete list of all that was seized under a warrant wasn’t justification for suppression. United States v. Jackson, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 13913 (3d Cir. June 7, 2024). The dashcam video supported the claim defendant was … Continue reading

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CA10: Eight-hour seizure of home investigating OD before getting SW was unreasonable

“After Corban Elmore’s teenage son suffered a drug overdose at Elmore’s home, law-enforcement officers secured the scene and prohibited anyone from entering the house. The officers then continued to investigate and allowed almost eight hours to elapse before applying for … Continue reading

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LA5: No standing to challenge search of shooting victim’s cell phone in def’s possession

Defendant lacked standing to challenge the search of his shooting victim’s cell phone. Also, by statute the search of the phone more than 10 days after seizure was reasonable. State v. Lowry, 2024 La. App. LEXIS 804 (La. App. 5 … Continue reading

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CA11: QI for FBI SWAT raiding wrong house at 3:30 am

“In Hartsfield, we explained that an officer who makes ‘reasonable effort[s] to ascertain and identify the’ target address of a valid search warrant complies with the Fourth Amendment even if error is ultimately not averted. 50 F.3d at 954-55 (quoting … Continue reading

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N.D.Ohio: Heroin and three guns in plain view was exigency for entry with child alone inside

Police knowing that defendant’s 12-year-old son was in the house alone with a significant quantity of heroin and three firearms all in plain view was exigency for entry. There also previous complaints to Family Services. United States v. Woodard, 2024 … Continue reading

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E.D.N.Y.: The search of def’s house started about 6:10 am; the camera time hadn’t been adjusted for DST

Defendant submitted that the search of his house started at 5:00 am. The officers and virtually all the evidence showed it started at 6:10 am. The metadata on some photographs showed 5:16 am. The court finds the camera’s time hadn’t … Continue reading

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CA7: Warranted strip search in a private secure setting was conducted reasonably

“Shaw raises three responses, but they are unavailing. First, he contends that the officers did not follow Wisconsin and local laws that instruct officers to obtain written authorization from a supervisor before a strip search. But a violation of state … Continue reading

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Reason: Judge Quashes Felony Murder Charges Against Former Houston Cop Whose Lies Led to a Deadly 2019 Drug Raid

Reason: Judge Quashes Felony Murder Charges Against Former Houston Cop Whose Lies Led to a Deadly 2019 Drug Raid by Jacob Sullen (“Gerald Goines’ lawyers argued that the indictment did not adequately specify the underlying felony of tampering with a … Continue reading

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W.D.Wash.: DNA warrant isssued with PC not quashed before execution

Because there is probable cause for defendant’s DNA warrant, the court declines to quash it before execution, let alone even discuss what the standard would be to do so. United States v. Campbell, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53075 (W.D. Wash. … Continue reading

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Redacted SW and affidavit for LR Airport Director’s house

A few lawyer friends elsewhere have asked; here’s the unsealed and redacted search warrant for the ATF raid of the Little Rock Airport Executive Director’s house that led to his death during the raid earlier this week. See ArkTimes: Illegal … Continue reading

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CA2: District court erred in suppressing a SW executed at 6 am where SW and Rule 41 say 6 am to 10 pm

This search warrant was executed at 6 am, and the district court erred in granting the motion to suppress. “While 6:00 a.m. is the earliest time provided, it cannot be said that executing a warrant in accordance with its text–which … Continue reading

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D.Kan.: Cross-designated state-federal officer was “federal officer” for assault charge during execution of SW

Assaulting a state officer cross-designated as a federal officer qualified for assaulting a federal officer during execution of a search warrant. United States v. Butler, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 36172 (D. Kan. Mar. 1, 2024). The state courts did not … Continue reading

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WA: Merely holding on to DL doesn’t make stop a detention; “context matters”

“Officer Ayers’s language would have assured a reasonable person that the officer was not making a show of authority: the officer assured Mr. Taylor he was not a suspect, but wanted to ‘get [his] name just so we have that … Continue reading

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