Category Archives: Cell phones

S.D.W.Va.: If you leave a cell phone in someone else’s car, you risk it getting searched

When one leaves his cell phone in a car, he or she assumes the risk that the phone will be found by the police and searched. United States v. Hagy, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89437 (S.D.W.Va. May 18, 2022). “They … Continue reading

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Plead the Fifth Podcast: “May I search your phone, with good faith?”

Plead the Fifth Podcast: “May I search your phone, with good faith?” (“Can a police officer search a criminal suspect’s cell phone in full, when the only charge in the warrant was drug possession, and the affidavit provided barebone justification? … Continue reading

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TX: Boilerplate in cell phone SW affidavit not unreasonable, but facts of PC must be shown too

Boilerplate language in a search warrant application for a cell phone isn’t inappropriate, but there must still be a factual showing of probable cause for search of the phone. State v. Baldwin, 2022 Tex. Crim. App. LEXIS 321 (May 11, … Continue reading

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CA10: Pepper spraying a subdued misdemeanant was unreasonable; no QI

“Addressing the two prongs of qualified immunity below, we conclude that the use of pepper spray violated Mr. Wilkins’s clearly established right to be free from the additional use of force after he was effectively subdued. The officers were not … Continue reading

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CA2: Shot fired through wall justified entry into that locked room

“At the time they entered Laurent’s locked room, the officers knew that only minutes before a shot had been fired from the locked room into the neighboring room. The district court did not err, much less clearly err, in finding … Continue reading

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Bloomberg Law: Justices Reject Case Over Real-Time Phone Location Tracking

Bloomberg Law: Justices Reject Case Over Real-Time Phone Location Tracking (“The U.S. Supreme Court declined to weigh whether the Fourth Amendment’s privacy protections are implicated when law enforcement uses cell carrier signals to reveal a person’s whereabouts in real time.”)

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VI: Procedural errors in telephonic SW not suppressible without recklessness or bad faith

The procedural deficiencies in obtaining the telephonic warrants did not render them invalid. There was no showing of bad faith by the officers. People v. Glasford, 2022 VI SUPER 42, 2022 V.I. LEXIS 40 (Apr. 19, 2022). A person detained … Continue reading

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OH1: GPS pings on stolen vehicle led to attempted knock-and-talk and observation of its tracks

Officers following a GPS ping on stolen vehicle with off-road tires came to defendant’s home for a knock-and-talk. Receiving no answer, the officer followed the driveway and saw three storage buildings. “Because the driveway is open to the public and … Continue reading

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Bloomberg: Justices Reject Case Over Phone Search in Parole Breach Arrest

Bloomberg Law: Justices Reject Case Over Phone Search in Parole Breach Arrest by Andrea Vitorio (“The U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider whether law enforcement officers can, without a warrant, search a cell phone belonging to a man who was … Continue reading

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NJ: Court order for cell phone passcodes is a 5A question; 4A inquiry erroneously included

“The State appeals the denial of its motion to compel a cell phone passcode from defendant, C.J.L. The State argues the motion court erred by overlooking critical ownership evidence and misapplying the foregone conclusion doctrine, effectively importing Fourth Amendment principles … Continue reading

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CA4: The fact a traffic stop could have been more efficient doesn’t mean it was otherwise unreasonable

“In sum, though the stop could have been shorter (and begun more efficiently), it wasn’t impermissibly prolonged. Marcel and Haigler’s actions were reasonably related to investigating an expired license plate. And this basis for the stop quickly mushroomed into other … Continue reading

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NC: Potential for destruction of car keys was not exigency here

Defendant had a reasonable expectation of privacy in a house he was visiting along with others late at night. When the police knocked, he answered the door, and that connoted some control over the premises. His disclaimer of ownership of … Continue reading

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MA: Cell “tower dumps” require SW on PC

Cell “tower dump” of all numbers connected to it requires a search warrant issued on probable cause. Here it was lacking. Commonwealth v. Perry, 2022 Mass. LEXIS 151 (Apr. 1, 2022):

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N.D.Ga.: No standing from hiding a gun and clip in the breakfast area of a hotel

Defendant has no standing to contest police finding his gun and clip he hid in separate cabinets in the breakfast area of his hotel. United States v. Blakely, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59245 (N.D.Ga. Feb. 28, 2022),* adopted, 2022 U.S. … Continue reading

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S.D.N.Y.: Video of def and cell phone at scene of crime is PC for phone

Defendant with his cell phone in hand was at the scene of a shooting as shown by surveillance video. That’s probable cause for the phone. United States v. King, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53647 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 24, 2022). When the … Continue reading

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WaPo: Cellphone dragnets can help catch criminals. Judges say they can also violate constitutional rights.

WaPo: Cellphone dragnets can help catch criminals. Judges say they can also violate constitutional rights. By Justin Jouvenal & Rachel Weiner (“Police requests for ‘geofence’ data showing active cellphones near crime scenes have skyrocketed.”)

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D.D.C.: No RS for sniff of luggage carried by Amtrak passenger

On the whole, there wasn’t reasonable suspicion for the dog sniff of the luggage they were carrying. Moreover, the court does not find they consented to it. The court declines to credit the testimony of the officer about nervousness and … Continue reading

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NY Co.: SW for cell phone without time limitation was unreasonable

One search warrant for searching defendant’s phone with Cellebrite was without time limitation and was overbroad. People v. Gonzalez, 2022 NY Slip Op 22074, 2022 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 928 (N.Y.Co. Mar. 7, 2022). Defendant claimed his jail calls after 48 … Continue reading

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D.Md.: Covid helped explain the delay in SW for cell phone search

This cell phone was reasonably seized under a warrant. The second warrant was issued a few weeks later, but, because of covid, the delay was reasonable. United States v. Reaves, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 43243 (D.Md. Mar. 9, 2022). “Defendant … Continue reading

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CO: Warrantless cell phone ping of wanted murderer was based on exigency

Defendant was a suspect in a murder that just happened captured on surveillance video where the deceased was executed by five shots to the head. The police recovered no weapon, and defendant was on the run. They sought a cell … Continue reading

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