Category Archives: Rule 41(g) / Return of property

IA: Admission of SW affidavit at trial with CI’s version violated confrontation

Admission of the search warrant affidavit here at trial with inadmissible hearsay of the CI was a violation of confrontation. State v. Martinez, 2022 Iowa App. LEXIS 410 (May 11, 2022). These search warrant materials remain sealed for one year. … 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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DC: Facebook has no right to a SW instead of subpoena for subscriber information on an account

A civil investigative subpoena to Facebook for information about posters of Covid misinformation was not unreasonable. n.3: “Meta suggests that the Fourth Amendment requires the District to obtain a search warrant to get this information. … One sufficient response is … Continue reading

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CA8: Def didn’t show REP in hospital room for plain view seizure of clothing

Defendant did not show that he had a reasonable expectation of privacy in his hospital room where police entered and saw his clothes in plain view and seized them. United States v. Mattox, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 5747 (8th Cir. … Continue reading

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AL: When DEA adopts a seizure for forfeiture, state courts lose jurisdiction to return property

When there’s a seizure for forfeiture and the DEA adopts it, the state court loses jurisdiction to return it. Hare v. Mack, 2022 Ala. LEXIS 8 (Jan. 21, 2022). Police responded to a shots fired call at an apartment where … Continue reading

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M.D.N.C.: Return of evidence denied because investigation ongoing

Plaintiff’s action for recovery of electronic and physical evidence seized is denied because the government asserts it is still needed for investigation. Stillwell v. United States, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 246407 (M.D.N.C. Dec. 28, 2021). Defendant was stopped for driving … Continue reading

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N.D.Cal.: Rule 41(g) is for return of things, not suppression of evidence

Rule 41(g) is only for return of seized things, and it can’t be used to suppress evidence, especially in a state court. Christie v. United States, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 231113 (N.D.Cal. Dec. 2, 2021). Defendant’s motion to suppress cites … Continue reading

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WA: HIPAA violation in seizing medical records by SW required their return

The trial court’s order denying return of patient records taken by search warrant from the petitioner youth services provider failed to comply with HIPAA requirements should have been granted. While the records have been returned and the case is otherwise … Continue reading

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CA11: Govt filter team for review of seized materials not per se unreasonable; stringent protocol followed

The use of a government filter time to review seized materials implicating the attorney-client privilege is not per se unreasonable. The USMJ ordered compliance with a more stringent protocol than approved in other cases. Injunction denied. In re Sealed Search … Continue reading

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CA7: Franks issue moot by other PC

A warrant wasn’t needed to seize a cell phone, but one was to search it, and they had one. Attacking the CI’s credibility fails as an issue, Franks or otherwise, because there is other probable cause for the warrant. United … Continue reading

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C.D.Cal.: Money seized from safe deposit boxes ordered returned under Rule 41(g); govt offers no justification to keep it

Plaintiffs had money in safe deposit boxes at United States Private Vaults. The government raided the boxes apparently with probable cause and seized the money pending forfeiture, but it offers no justification for the seizure or continuing to keep the … Continue reading

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CA5: Motion for return of property erroneously dismissed; pet’r may have no other remedy

The district court erred in dismissing appellant’s petition for return of documents under Rule 41(g) seized under a warrant with alleged attorney-client privileged materials. If no charges are brought, there will be no motion to suppress. Harbor Healthcare Sys., L.P. … Continue reading

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CA2: Failure to promptly return property lawfully seized isn’t separate 4A claim

Where firearms were lawfully seized, there isn’t a separate Fourth Amendment claim for failure to promptly return them. Bello v. Rockland Cty., 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 13281 (2d Cir. May 5, 2021). Probable cause is required for administrative subpoenas under … Continue reading

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MA: Where state CSLI rule was retroactive, obtaining def’s here was harmless error

Defendant’s CSLI was obtained in 2011 in violation of the state constitution [well before Carpenter and state cases]. It is retroactive in this state. But, all things considered, it was harmless byond a reasonable doubt. Commonwealth v. Gumkowski, 2021 Mass. … Continue reading

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W.D.N.Y.: 4A ER does not apply to def’s claim records obtained from others were “unreliable”

Defendant’s argument that the records obtained by search warrant from other are unreliable is not a Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule question. United States v. Skinner, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84377 (W.D. N.Y. May 3, 2021). A burnt blunt on the … 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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D.Idaho: Def’s available suppression remedy supplants Rule 41(g) motion seeking to quash SW

Defendant filed a Rule 41(g) motion for return of property that also sought to quash a search warrant. He has the remedy in his criminal case. Purbeck v. Wilkinson, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76412 (D. Idaho Apr. 21, 2021). The … Continue reading

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OH2: Motion for return of firearm seized from def subjected to mental exam should have been granted

Defendant’s motion for return of his firearm should have been granted. It was taken from him when he was held for a mental examination by court order. He was entitled to the processes of the forfeiture statute for return of … Continue reading

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WA: Crime victim stated claim for conversion against state for return of property

A crime victim has a right to return of property pending an investigation if the state doesn’t need it for court. “Our ruling today does not undermine the City’s interest in protecting sensitive records regarding ongoing criminal investigations. Ms. Burton … Continue reading

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FL1: Sheriff’s Office failed to show TV and PlayStation were lawfully seized during drug search

The Bay County SO executed a drug search warrant at claimant’s father’s house and seized a flat screen TV and PlayStation. Claimant sought return, and the state claimed it was lawfully taken and became county property by operation of law. … Continue reading

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