Category Archives: Standing

E.D.N.C.: This iCloud SW not overbroad

The warrant for defendant’s iCloud account was not overbroad. Defendant essentially admitted that the information sought would be found there. United States v. Duncan, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11090 (E.D.N.C. Jan. 22, 2024).* Defendant was in a rental vehicle, but … 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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Cal.: Partial overbreadth can lead to suppression in egregious cases with flagrant constitutional violations, but this isn’t one

While partial overbreadth can lead to suppression of everything seized in an egregious case with flagrant misconduct, this isn’t one: “And as in Bradford and Kraft, we conclude that the facts here do not warrant this extreme remedy.” “According to … Continue reading

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NM: Def had standing in zippered bag in car under state constitution despite denial of ownership at trial

Defendant filed a motion to suppress the inventory search of a black zippered bag in his car. At trial, however, he denied the bag was his. He still had standing under the state constitution because of the higher expectation of … Continue reading

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N.D.Fla.: No standing against tracking a stolen cell phone

Defendant claimed a Brady violation for failure to disclose a Stingray device was used to track the victim’s cell phone in his possession. It’s not. Moreover, defendant doesn’t even have standing in a stolen cell phone. Bass v. Dixon, 2023 … Continue reading

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D.N.M.: Squatter in building labeled “unsafe” had no standing

Defendant was a squatter in a building with posted sign warning it was substandard and unsafe. He had no reasonable expectation of privacy in the premises. United States v. Guzman, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 550 (D.N.M. Jan. 2, 2024). Michael … Continue reading

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CA9: Defs had no standing in part of commercial premises searched of business they ran

Standing in commercial property, even run by defendants, is evaluated differently than in residential property, more on a case-by-case basis. Defendants make a Franks challenge to the warrant, but they fail on standing in this commercial space. United States v. … Continue reading

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CA8: Hot pursuit justified entry into bank robbery suspect’s home

Hot pursuit was shown for entry into defendant’s home after a trail of evidence led officers there. At the door they could see young children inside and someone on the stairs even though the woman answering the door insisted no … Continue reading

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NY4: No standing in search of a common basement storage area “not associated with his apartment”

Defendant showed no standing to contest a search of a common basement storage area, “not associated with his apartment.” People v. Ocasio, 2023 NY Slip Op 06623, 2023 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 6727 (4th Dept. Dec. 22, 2023). Even if … Continue reading

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D.P.R.: No REP of corporate officers in medical records in health care fraud case

Records were taken by a corporate whistleblower on a flash drive from a Puerto Rican health care provider. That led to a 122-count indictment for health care fraud. A motion to suppress was filed over the records. Defendants were corporate … Continue reading

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D.Haw.: Def’s use of known alias to rent property gave standing

Rental of storage unit in one of defendant’s known aliases gave him standing. United States v. Eberhart, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 222575 (D. Haw. Dec. 14, 2023). Defendant’s Franks challenge fails for lack of the proffer of good reason. Aside … Continue reading

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OH7: No standing in package with assumed names

Defendant lacked standing in a package shipped under and to assumed names, neither of which could be linked to him as a known alias. State v. Herbert, 2023-Ohio-4490, 2023 Ohio App. LEXIS 4311 (7th Dist. Dec. 11, 2023). “We think … Continue reading

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W.D.Wis.: No habeas relief for unlawful arrest

That 2254 petitioner’s state arrest was unreasonable doesn’t state grounds for relief from a conviction. Haring v. Prosise, 462 U.S. 306, 321 (1983). Ramirez v. Meisner, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 218142 (W.D. Wis. Dec. 6, 2023). Defendant had no standing … Continue reading

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CA5: Circuit authority can be “clearly established law” for qualified immunity

Circuit authority can be “clearly established law” for qualified immunity. “On the well-pleaded facts of this case, Walls was not suspected of any crime, posed no immediate threat to the safety of the deputies or others, and made no attempt … Continue reading

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E.D.Tex.: You can’t remove a state criminal case to federal court to decide your search and seizure question

One can’t remove a state criminal case to federal court via habeas to decide his search warrant motions. Washington v. 5th Dist. Court of Texas, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 209404 (E.D. Tex. Oct. 10, 2023), adopted 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue reading

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NY: Stop of man on bike without RS was unreasonable

NYPD officers stopped defendant riding a bike in Queens. They asked him whether he was armed, and he admitted he was, so he was frisked and arrested. The stop lacked any reasonable suspicion, and the gun should have been suppressed. … Continue reading

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LA4: CI’s success rate not important when CI corroborated by controlled buy

The affidavit for the warrant here did, in fact, show probable cause and nexus from the informant’s reports corroborated by observations of the officers. The lack of a success rate by the CI wasn’t as important when he was corroborated … Continue reading

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UT: Being hospitalized having been shot by police isn’t “custody” for Miranda purposes

A person hospitalized after having been shot by the police is not per se “in custody” for Miranda purposes. The reason for the shooting was the safety of the officers and others, not custody. Tennessee v. Garner isn’t even close, … Continue reading

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D.S.D.: Casual visitor who was not an overnight guest lacked standing

Defendant was not an overnight guest and was a casual visitor to the premises who lacked standing [heavily relying on a pre-Carter case of mine from 1985 where there was no standing]. United States v. Quigley, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue reading

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TN: No IAC to distance def from property of another and claim no standing

Defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not filing a motion to suppress property that wasn’t his but where he spent time. The trial strategy was to distance defendant from the property, and asserting a reasonable expectation of privacy in the property … Continue reading

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