Category Archives: Nexus

CA5: GFE applies to showing of nexus

The good faith exception applies to the warrant affidavit’s showing of nexus. The showing wasn’t great, but it was sufficient to not be bare bones. The officer adequately connected defendant to the premises. United States v. Jackson, 2022 U.S. App. … Continue reading

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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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AR: SW for evidence linking to a homicide in another county found clothes worn seen in video

In a homicide investigation, officers showed probable cause for defendant’s house for evidence of the murder where the victim was abducted, driven 75 miles, and her body dumped in another county. Defendant was on video surveillance where the abduction occurred, … Continue reading

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W.D.Tex.: Def had REP in bag in car but no standing in rest of search of car

While defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy in the car he was in, he retained a reasonable expectation of privacy in his bag in the car. United States v. Grice, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72586 (W.D.Tex. Apr. 20, 2022). … Continue reading

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N.D.Ill.: Going to drug deal from house and then going back is nexus to the house

Defendant left his house, went to a drug deal, and returned. This is not the officer’s mere reliance on what drug dealers normally do or he would expect to find. United States v. McCreary, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 69838 (N.D.Ill. … Continue reading

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CA9: PC of digital theft from Microsoft by employee also led to his home computer

There was probable cause to believe that defendant’s home computer would have evidence of his $10m digital theft from Microsoft from when he worked there. United States v. Kvashuk, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 8275 (9th Cir. Mar. 28, 2022).* There … Continue reading

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E.D.Okla.: Lack of nexus to cell phone saved by GFE

The affidavit for the search warrant for defendant’s phone didn’t show nexus, but it was still relied upon in good faith. R&R rejected. United States v. Langford, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55162 (E.D.Okla. Mar. 28, 2022). Sounds and observations of … Continue reading

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IA: Boilerplate language alone in an affidavit for SW does not establish nexus

Boilerplate language alone in an affidavit for warrant does not establish nexus. State v. Bracy, 2022 Iowa Sup. LEXIS 29 (Mar. 18, 2022) (citing § 6.14 of Treatise (§ 3:13 of 3d ed.). Omitting a CI’s criminal history from the … Continue reading

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FL2: SW affidavit didn’t support nexus to home; GFE not applicable

The affidavit for search warrant here didn’t show nexus to defendant’s home, and the good faith exception doesn’t carry it. Smitherman v. State, 2022 Fla. App. LEXIS 1715 (Fla. 2d DCA Mar. 11, 2022):

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D.Minn.: Traffic stop led to PC by plain view

There was probable cause for a stop, and that quickly developed into probable cause to search from marijuana residue around the driver’s seat. United States v. Estes, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41951 (D.Minn. Mar. 8, 2022).* Possession of a large … Continue reading

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CA6: Personal check with residence address used in scheme was nexus to home

The 70 page search warrant affidavit in a bribery and kickback scheme showed probable cause for defendant’s residence. Records already seen showed a personal check on the home address was involved. He also was alleged to have diverted patients to … Continue reading

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IL: Drug sale in backyard nexus to SW for house

“Granted, the drug sale did not occur inside the residence. Rather, it occurred outside the residence, in the backyard. The question, then, is whether a controlled purchase that took place in the yard of a house in which the drug … Continue reading

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CA3: PC for fraud by computer permits search of def’s house for computers

Defendant was suspected of committing fraud with his computer, and that was probable cause for searching for and seizing the computer in his home. United States v. Nyamekye, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 2966 (3d Cir. Feb. 2, 2022). Assuming reasonable … Continue reading

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CA9: Public electric utility cutting off one’s power is not a 4A seizure

The public electric utility cutting off one’s power is not a Fourth Amendment seizure. Lull v. County of Sacramento, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 1408 (9th Cir. Jan. 19, 2022). There was probable cause on the totality, including a showing of … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: CI’s information showed almost nothing as to one property for SW, so no PC nor GFE

The affidavit for the warrant for one particular address in this case fails to even minimally show probable cause. “Here, there was not enough information in the affidavit to allow a reasonable officer to conclude that there was sufficient ‘ongoing … Continue reading

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E.D.Pa.: Multitude of facts supports nexus of evidence of robbery to def’s home

“Based upon the magnitude of the facts described in the search warrant affidavit, the issuing judge was justified in drawing a reasonable inference that physical evidence of Defendant’s alleged robberies would be found at his home. Defendant’s charged crimes, two … Continue reading

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PA: State failed to show nexus to house as “base of operations”

Police set up controlled buys with the defendant and watched. He left his home, went to one or two locations, went inside, came out, and drove to the place for the deal. Nexus was thus lacking to his house. The … Continue reading

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NC: Calling for drug dog right away here didn’t extend time, but the sniff became reasonable by RS otherwise developing

The officer here preemptively called for a drug dog before running the DL information on the occupants. That did not measurably extend the time. After calling for the dog, the officer found out there were warrants on one, and then … Continue reading

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IL: Def’s personal relationship to premises to be searched is relevant and has to be viewed in the context of the totality

Nexus for the premises was shown in the search warrant affidavit. Defendant’s personal relationship to the premises is relevant and has to be evaluated in context of the totality. On sufficiency of the evidence, however, defendant’s conviction is reversed for … Continue reading

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CA9: Supervised release electronic search condition not shown to have nexus to purposes of SR

“We nevertheless vacate the suspicionless search condition because the district court ordered suspicionless searches of Leonard’s ‘electronic devices and their data, including cell phones, computers, and electronic storage media’ without making ‘a properly supported factual finding’ that ‘establish[es] some nexus … Continue reading

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