Category Archives: Cell phones

N.D.Ga.: PC shown for cell phone and geo-location data

“The Geo-Location Warrant was supported by probable cause because the affidavit established ‘a connection between the defendant and the location to be searched; a link between the location and criminal activity; and the informant’s veracity and basis of knowledge.’” There … Continue reading

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D.D.C.: 15 mo delay in cell phone search unreasonable and not saved by GFE

The government’s 15 month delay in searching defendant’s cell phone was unjustified and was not saved by the good faith exception. United States v. Wilkins, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89419 (D.D.C. May 11, 2021):

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KS: 24 minute wait for drug dog with RS wasn’t unreasonable

A wait of 24 minutes for the drug dog to arrive after reasonable suspicion developed was reasonable and not excessive. State v. Arrizabalaga, 2021 Kan. LEXIS 50 (Apr. 30, 2021). The Border Patrol request to local police to stop defendant … Continue reading

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KY: Violation of city code doesn’t justify stop

Defendant’s alleged violation of the city code, a violation, didn’t authorize a warrantless arrest and his stop. Commonwealth v. Wilson, 2021 Ky. App. LEXIS 65 (Apr. 30, 2021). Without explanation, there was probable cause for search of defendant’s cell phone … Continue reading

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FL1: Def’s setting up date via cell phone app where he sexually battered victim led to PC for SW for his cell phone

Defendant’s victim claimed to the police she was met through a phone app, sexually battered, and robbed. She identified defendant by his truck. “This information would have been enough to obtain a search warrant of Ferguson’s cell phones, even without … Continue reading

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IL: 16 month delay in getting SW for cell phone in police custody unreasonable

Police waiting 16 months to get a search warrant for defendant’s cell phone already in their custody was unreasonable. People v. Meakens, 2021 IL App (2d) 180991, 2021 Ill. App. LEXIS 212 (Apr. 27, 2021). The trial court erred in … Continue reading

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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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M.D.Pa.: 13 month delay between seizure of 2 cell phones and their search was not unreasonable

13 month delay between seizure of two cell phones and their search was not unreasonable on the totality. United States v. Wright, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73534 (M.D. Pa. Apr. 16, 2021):

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WaPo: The FBI wanted to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. It turned to a little-known Australian firm

WaPo: The FBI wanted to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. It turned to a little-known Australian firm by Ellen Nakashima and Reed Albergotti (“Azimuth unlocked the iPhone at the center of an epic legal battle between the FBI and … Continue reading

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N.D.Iowa: 27 month delay in seeking SW for cell phone was unreasonable, and GFE not applied

A 27 month delay in getting a search warrant for defendant’s cell phone was unreasonable, and the good faith exception is not applied. United States v. Tu Anh Nguyen, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70671 (N.D. Iowa Mar. 16, 2021):

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S.D.N.Y.: Defense counsel giving passcode to def’s cell phone at AUSA’s request wasn’t consent; merely avoiding delay of decryption

An AUSA’s request of defense counsel for defendant’s cell phone’s passcode was not a request for consent. It was merely to avoid the delay of decryption. United States v. Mangini, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66764 (S.D. N.Y. Apr. 6, 2021):

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OR: SW for evidence of murder on cell phone was general search as to its pictures

The search warrant for defendant’s cell phone permitted officers to search for location information, texts, and calls around the time of the murder. It also permitted a search for evidence of attempted murder. Officers found a picture of a gun … Continue reading

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DE: Wiretap info in affidavit for SW showed nexus to cell phone

The affidavit showed probable cause for the search warrant, and nexus to his cell phone and the crime under investigation is shown in a wiretap. Anderson v. State, 2021 Del. LEXIS 121 (Mar. 30, 2021).* Defendant did not show a … Continue reading

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W.D.N.Y.: Calling def to scene of SW execution does not permit search of def’s phone in SW for house

Defendant came to meet the police at their request after talking to them on his cell phone. They had probable cause to believe that the phone had evidence on it. Since he came in without the phone on him, it … Continue reading

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N.-M.: Cell phone can’t be searched when it was directed to be brought to the place of SW execution

Having one’s cell phone on his person and being directed to come to the scene of the search under a military search authorization [equivalent to a search warrant] does not permit search and seizure of the phone under Summers and … Continue reading

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E.D.N.Y.: SW for email on devices as evidence of wire fraud permits seizure and search of the devices

Where the crux of a wire fraud is provable by email, a search warrant for defendant’s electronic devices was reasonable because cell phones and computers would likely have email access on them. That was just common sense, and the affiant … Continue reading

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D.Conn.: When govt raises an exception to warrant requirement, def must rebut in briefing, but cell phone seizure shown unjustified

In response to defendant’s motion to suppress, the government argued search incident, which the defense didn’t rebut in the papers. Motion denied in part. Defendant’s cell phone seizure is suppressed, however, because the government didn’t show justification for its seizure. … Continue reading

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OH5: Def didn’t abandon cell phone but it was still reasonable for officer to turn it on to see if he could ID owner

Defendant did not abandon his cell phone by leaving it charging in a vehicle (actually, it had fallen out but the charging cable was attached) where he was away from it. However, the officer reasonably could turn on the phone … Continue reading

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CA7: Pre-Riley warrantless cell phone search saved by GFE

Defendant’s cell phone was searched without a warrant pre-Riley under law at the time. “If the evidence collected during the search was to be admitted, he contends, it was only through the application of the good-faith exception recognized in Davis … Continue reading

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CT: Police knowledge def’s cell phone was used to communicate with co-conspirators and victim was justification for seizure then SW

There were exigent circumstances for seizure of defendant’s cell phone incident to his arrest and probable cause for a search warrant to search it. The police developed information that the conspirators communicated with the victim by phone before the crime. … Continue reading

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