Category Archives: Ineffective assistance

W.D.Tex.: Tasering a suspect before search of the person didn’t taint the search

Tasering a suspect before a search of the person doesn’t taint the search. They were unconnected. United States v. Turner, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12453 (W.D. Tex. Jan. 25, 2023).* Defendant in his 2255 doesn’t show ineffective assistance of counsel … Continue reading

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D.N.J.: Civilly committed for NGBRI verdicts have no 4A rights in their cells

The civilly committed for NGBRI verdicts have no Fourth Amendment against cell searches. Lopez v. CEO of Ancora Psychiatric Hosp., 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12248 (D.N.J. Jan. 24, 2023), citing Glazewski v. Barnett, 2022 WL 2046921, at *3-4 (D.N.J. June … Continue reading

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KY: 21-month delay for SW for cell phone not unreasonable where def in custody

Officers had probable cause and nexus and showed particularity to defendant’s cell phone. He’d previously been accused of recording undressed women and was involved in an upskirting. Here he’d been accused of sex with drugged women and recording some of … Continue reading

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N.D.Iowa: Car transporter has common authority to consent

A car being hauled west was searched on the car hauler’s truck by consent of the hauler. He had common authority to do that. Moreover, defendant’s standing as to the vehicle was tenuous at best. Registration had expired before the … Continue reading

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N.D.Ill.: Border search exception doesn’t permit cell phone search for proof of a prior domestic crime

The border search exception does not apply to searching defendant’s cell phone at Customs for proof of a domestic crime, here mail theft. United States v. Carpenter, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11014 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 23, 2023). The drug dog … Continue reading

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E.D.Pa.: Failure to specify in 2255 how 4A was violated is waiver

In a 2255 ineffective assistance claim, “Defendant fails to specify either how his Fourth Amendment rights were violated or what evidence counsel should have sought to suppress.” That alone is enough to deny. It’s denied on the merits, too. United … Continue reading

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CA4: Failure to turn on bodycam before frisk not shown to be in bad faith

Officer’s failure to turn on his bodycam before frisk here doesn’t require an adverse inference of destruction of evidence. Bad faith isn’t shown. United States v. Aguirre-Cuenca, 2023 U.S. App. LEXIS 1105 (4th Cir. Jan. 18, 2023). Defendant’s appeal is … Continue reading

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CA6: New information about a search doesn’t qualify for successor habeas

Alleged new information about the search of defendant’s property doesn’t allege actual innocence and thus is not grounds for a successor habeas. In re Fisher, 2023 U.S. App. LEXIS 677 (6th Cir. Jan. 11, 2023). 2255 petitioner’s ineffectiveness claim on … Continue reading

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N.D.Ill.: City’s destruction of street cam video was not shown to be in bad faith

Defendant’s motion to dismiss for a discovery violation in not timely processing a subpoena for a street corner camera that allegedly would show that defendant’s turn signal was on and the stop was wrong is denied. The city didn’t timely … Continue reading

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FL4: Collective knowledge doctrine with anonymous or confidential sources requires passing details on to fellow officer

When the collective knowledge rule applies to information from an anonymous or confidential source, the officer using the information has to have actual knowledge of the factors supporting its reliability. Zarcadoolas v. Tony, 2023 Fla. App. LEXIS 26 n.3 (Fla. … Continue reading

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CA6: Affidavit circumstantially supported nexus

There was nexus to defendant’s home as a base of operations for drug sales based on circumstantial evidence in the affidavit for warrant. United States v. Pointer, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 35506 (6th Cir. Dec. 20, 2022).* The search warrant … Continue reading

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Cal.2: MJ smell associated with minors still RS for an offense

Officers ran an LPN and saw that the vehicle had expired tags. Driving next to the car, officers smelled burnt marijuana and knew that the users were minors which is still an offense under California law. That was cause for … Continue reading

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OH4: Once dog alerts, automobile exception arises, and vehicle can be moved for search

Once a drug dog alerted on defendant’s car, the automobile exception arose, and the search did not have to occur right away. The vehicle could be removed to another location for the search. State v. Harper, 2022-Ohio-4357, 2022 Ohio App. … Continue reading

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NY2: SW papers provided to GJ aren’t discoverable because of GJ secrecy

Defendant sought search warrant materials presented to the grand jury. Denied because of grand jury secrecy. Sculti v. Finley, 2022 NY Slip Op 06950, 2022 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 6820 (2d Dept. Dec. 7, 2022). Defendant had no standing in … Continue reading

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CA8: No standing to challenge GPS already installed in CS’s car he borrowed

Defendant had no standing to contest installation of a GPS by the CS in the vehicle he loaned to defendant. Jones specifically recognized this. United States v. Dewilfond, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 33273 (8th Cir. Dec. 2, 2022). Defendant was … Continue reading

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FL1: No REP in words blurted out in ER

Defendant’s blurting out that he’d murdered someone caught on bodycam in the ER wasn’t subject to suppression under the state communications privacy law because there was no reasonable expectation of privacy in the utterance. Reed v. State, 2022 Fla. App. … Continue reading

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N.D.Ga.: Not IAC to not pursue unsettled 4A question

2255 petitioner doesn’t show ineffective assistance of counsel on counsel’s not pursuing a Fourth Amendment claim on an unsettled question of law. That’s professional judgment. He has to show that the issue was clearly meritorious. Brito-Arroyo v. United States, 2022 … Continue reading

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M.D.Fla.: Cross-examining officer about mistakes in SW affidavit was mentioned in not finding IAC

All defense lawyers have likely done this: Cross-examining an officer over factual mistakes in the search warrant affidavit. This was mentioned in rejecting other parts of defense counsel’s representation at trial as not deficient under Strickland. Neiheisel v. United States, … Continue reading

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D.Me.: DEA could subpoena records investigating robbery of a marijuana dispensary

The DEA’s administrative subpoenas over records of the suspect over the alleged robbery of a marijuana dispensary were lawful exercises of power. Carpenter does not apply to mere phone records. United States v. Candelario, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 199195 (D. … Continue reading

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NY2: Trial court didn’t deny due process by deciding suppression motion on a ground not argued by state, except for being just wrong on the law

The trial court did not deny due process by deciding the suppression issue on an alternative ground not advanced by the state below. The problem is, however, that the record does not support the result below, and it is reversed. … Continue reading

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