Category Archives: Franks doctrine

WA: Prior knowledge of arrest warrant became stale

Stale information that a warrant existed for defendant was not probable cause when the warrant had been recalled, and no one checked the day of the arrest. State v. Pines, 2021 Wash. App. LEXIS 1160 (May 10, 2021). Subpoenas to … Continue reading

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W.D.La.: When cash and heroin found in car search, a notebook could be seized

When heroin and cash were found in the search of a car based on the smell of marijuana, seizure of a notebook was reasonable. The notebook was limited information compared to a cell phone. United States v. Pierre, 2021 U.S. … Continue reading

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WI: Burning mj in a house is exigency of evidence being destroyed by burning

The smell of burning marijuana is exigent circumstances because the contraband is being destroyed by burning. State v. B.W.R., 2021 Wisc. App. LEXIS 201 (Apr. 28, 2021) (unpublished). Under Birchfield, “An increased penalty for the warrantless blood draw refusal revocation … Continue reading

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MI: Anonymous tip for def’s stop was uncorroborated and unreasonable

The officer stopping defendant’s vehicle lacked reasonable suspicion that defendant was engaged in criminal activity based on an anonymous tip. Even assuming that the tipster was reliable led only to the conclusion that defendant appeared to be obnoxious and was … Continue reading

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CA6: Affiant’s not checking the accuracy of information in a computer system before relying on it was not a Franks violation

The affiant’s not checking the accuracy of information in a computer system before relying on it was not a Franks violation. United States v. Thomas, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 11884 (6th Cir. Apr. 20, 2021):

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N.D.Ga.: Cell tower dumps to attempt to solve 12 robberies did not require SW

There were 12 robberies and officers got cell tower dumps to attempt to figure out the phone involved. Cell tower dumps did not require a search warrant. United States v. Rhodes, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75184 (N.D. Ga. Apr. 20, … Continue reading

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D.N.M.: Detention hearing argument that there were “dispositive” 4A issues goes nowhere

Defendant’s argument responding to his detention order that there are significant potentially “dispositive” Fourth Amendment issues falls on deaf ears. United States v. Silguero, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72565 (D.N.M. Apr. 15, 2021).* Rodriguez complied with: “The information that Kilpela … 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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S.D.Tex.: Affidavit of convicted felon who may have been conspirator and was deported wasn’t sufficient offer of proof under Franks in face of other evidence

Defendant’s claim was that alleged cocaine wrappers found were actually wrappers for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and that’s a Franks violation. “The only evidence that Defendant has produced to support his contention that the bags contained sandwiches is the … Continue reading

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D.P.R.: When def asks for a SW and refuses consent, officers can’t just ask others

Defendant repeatedly asked for a search warrant when the officers sought consent, so there was no consent. He was present and objecting, and they couldn’t look to another to provide consent. “Considering the agents’ repeated representations, the Court cannot expect … Continue reading

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CT: Both halves of a duplex can’t be searched under a warrant for one

A search of both halves of a duplex under a search warrant for one was unreasonable and had to be suppressed. State v. Lyons, 2021 Conn. App. LEXIS 100 (Mar. 30, 2021). Defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not challenging the … Continue reading

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W.D.La.: Govt showed justification for protective sweep of person then car

“The firearms and drugs were found during the protective sweep of the passenger area of the vehicle. The initial stop and pat-down of Defendant were justified under Terry, and the subsequent protective sweep of the car for weapons was a … Continue reading

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E.D.Wis.: Ptf’s civil case over his criminal case might run afoul of Heck so it’s ordered stayed

It appears that plaintiff’s complaint over his criminal case would likely be barred under Heck if he’s convicted. Therefore, it is administratively closed and stayed. McClain v. Morales, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53173 (E.D. Wis. Mar. 22, 2021). Defendant’s motion … Continue reading

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D.S.D.: Suppression or dismissal aren’t remedies for violation of Right to Financial Privacy Act

Grand jury subpoenas are a proper method of obtaining bank records under the Right to Financial Privacy Act enacted after Miller. Also, suppression and dismissal aren’t remedies under the Act. United States v. Lundahl, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52211 (D.S.D. … Continue reading

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W.D.Mo.: Affiant in fraud case wasn’t required to cite CFRs on background for the defense

Defendant in a fraud offense pled that federal regulators should have been cited in the affidavit for search warrant so the issuing magistrate will appreciate that this might not be a fraud. That’s not the point of a search warrant. … Continue reading

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S.D.N.Y.: Franks applies to court orders to remove children from home

In a child in need of services case, a well pled Franks violation can state a claim, but this one wasn’t. Grullon v. Administrator for Children’s Services, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49614 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 16, 2021) (recognizing rule; citing Estiverne … Continue reading

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W.D.La.: Motion to suppress SW has to plead and proffer that GFE doesn’t apply

Defendant had a duty to address the good faith exception in his motion and amended motion to suppress a search under a warrant, but he did not. United States v. Lyons, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48780 (W.D. La. Feb. 17, … Continue reading

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CT: Defense counsel not ineffective for not calling def as witness at suppression hearing

Defense counsel was not ineffective for not calling defendant to testify at the suppression hearing to avoid potential further admissions of guilt [What about Simmons v. United States and its “immunity”?], and defense counsel was confident standing was shown. Moreover, … Continue reading

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OH7: Search incident proper after concealed weapon found on def

Defendant was searched and arrested for a concealed weapon. That did not prohibit the officers from further searching his personal effects in his clothes. State v. Zepernick, 2021-Ohio-719, 2021 Ohio App. LEXIS 724 (7th Dist. Mar. 4, 2021). 2254 petitioner’s … Continue reading

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N.D.Ohio: Franks challenge succeeds: no PC of trafficking, stale, and no GFE

Defendant prevails in his Franks challenge. The police withheld that defendant was at worst a suspect in personal use of marijuana, but made it look like he was a trafficker when they had no evidence of it. That means that … Continue reading

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