Category Archives: Informant hearsay

MT: Welfare check of car was reasonable, but extending it was without RS

The officer was justified in a welfare check of defendant sleeping in his car, but it never developed into reasonable suspicion. The stop was unreasonably extended. State v. Zeimer, 2022 MT 96, 2022 Mont. LEXIS 479 (May 24, 2022). A … Continue reading

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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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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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W.D.Ky.: Crime victim with animosity toward def is not unreliable CI just because of that

A crime victim isn’t unreliable for informant hearsay just because of animosity toward the defendant. United States v. Collins, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63999 (W.D.Ky. Feb. 7, 2022). The trial court erred in finding defendant’s consent to a blood draw … Continue reading

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OR: Officer’s conclusion def violated traffic law here not reasonable

The officer’s conclusion defendant violated a traffic law here wasn’t a reasonable conclusion, and the motion to suppress should have been granted. State v. Brown, 318 Ore. App. 713, 2022 Ore. App. LEXIS 585 (Apr. 6, 2022). A named CI’s … Continue reading

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D.N.J.: Whether this state court judge could legally issue a telephonic warrant isn’t a 4A violation

Whether a lower court judge could issue a telephonic search warrant under state law doesn’t matter in federal court or the Fourth Amendment. “To begin with, the defendant raises at best a state-law technicality that is not of federal constitutional … Continue reading

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Two on informant hearsay

“The information provided to the agents came from a vetted CS who had known Thomas for years. The CS’s information, as noted above, was then corroborated using audio recordings and physical surveillance as well as the agents’ independent check of … Continue reading

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D.Mass.: A foreign law enforcement agency can be a CI, and these are the standards

“Given these facts, the Magistrate Judge reasonably relied on the foreign agency’s tip in concluding that probable cause existed to issue the search warrant because (1) ‘a tip from one federal law enforcement agency to another implies a degree of … Continue reading

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NM: Social media platforms reporting to NCMEC are reliable informants

Social media providers sent suspected child pornography to NCMEC, and they were reliable informants. “The State appeals the district court’s grant of Defendant James Henz’s motion to suppress child pornography found in the search of his home, arguing that the … Continue reading

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OR: Questions unrelated to stop unreasonably extended it

“At the outset of the stop, West asked defendant a series of questions: (1) ‘Do you live in this area?’; (2) ‘What are you doing up here?’; (3) ‘Where are you coming from today?’; and (4) if West could see … Continue reading

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CA8: SW not needed for parked car just driven there

A dog alert on a parked Yukon did not require a search warrant before the search. It was parked on the property of a storage facility, and it was just driven to that spot while officers were getting a warrant … 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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D.Neb.: Officer’s personal knowledge of the accused and the place to be searched is sufficient for PC

“In short, if the source of the information here had been a citizen-informant rather than a law enforcement officer, this assertion of personal knowledge by a known informant, under oath and personally present before the clerk-magistrate, combined with corroborating details … Continue reading

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D.Vt.: Overnight guest had standing despite his illegal acts

“Defendant spent the night at the Apartment and was found by law enforcement sleeping in a bed. His alleged illegal activities in the Apartment do not render his expectation of privacy unreasonable.” He has standing. United States v. Santini, 2022 … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: Govt’s suggestion in briefing in opposition to motion to suppress CI was a witness requires disclosure

The government’s brief in opposition to defendant’s motion to suppress suggests that the CI is a potential witness here, so the government is ordered to disclose his or her ID. Disclosure is enough. The court won’t go so far as … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: When the CI has apparent inside information, corroboration of innocent details can be enough

“Here, the caller provided descriptive information regarding both Defendant and the gun that he was holding, as well as predictive information indicating that Defendant would be found at the apartment because he was seen running back inside there. ‘The information … Continue reading

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CA10: The specifics of the bag on Greyhound Bus search weren’t raised below, so waived

The specifics of defendant’s argument that his bag was handled on a Greyhound Bus in Albuquerque weren’t raised in the district court. His expansion of the issue on appeal was waived. United States v. Fernandez, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 3129 … Continue reading

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N.D.Ill.: Nothing about 911 man-with-a-gun call could be corroborated; backpack def set down when told to come outside was not abandoned

A 911 call about a man with a gun couldn’t be corroborated by anything at the scene. Officers got defendant outside and frisked him finding nothing. They searched his backpack, and that produced drugs. The government’s argument the backpack was … Continue reading

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OH10: No REP in possession of a stolen laptop that sent its location information

Appellant’s motion to reopen his appeal to reargue his Fourth Amendment claims is denied. Not one thing he proffers can change the outcome of the appeal. There was a basis for a GPS warrant on his vehicle, and there was … Continue reading

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CA2: MLAT treaty search of Netherlands server was a foreign search

El Chapo’s case: The district court was correct in not suppressing telephone calls on a drug cartel network set up in the Netherlands to facilitate their drug trafficking. The information was obtained by an MLAT treaty request, and it was … Continue reading

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