Category Archives: Cell site location information

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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D.Kan.: Stop and detention wasn’t unreasonable, at least in part, because the officer was maskless.

The stop and search of defendant’s person was not constitutionally unreasonable, including the fact the officer wasn’t wearing a mask. United States v. Wright, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83603 (D. Kan. Apr. 30, 2021). Defendant’s submissions in this excessive force … Continue reading

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CA6: What is sufficient probable cause for a CSLI or tracking warrant?

What is sufficient probable cause for a CSLI or tracking warrant? “After a lengthy investigation, the federal government uncovered substantial evidence that Dwayne Sheckles was a Louisville distributor for a large drug-trafficking ring. Sheckles pleaded guilty but reserved the right … Continue reading

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CA4: Trash container in open at curb was not on curtilage under Dunn factors

Trash at the curb for pickup was not on the curtilage under Dunn. The area was wide open. United States v. Lipford, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 12697 (4th Cir. Apr. 28, 2021). Factual disputes aside, this much is undisputed: “The … Continue reading

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CA7: Pre-Carpenter real time CSLI tracking def on streets to locate him before he committed another robbery was not unreasonable

The fact officers had probable cause to arrest is considered in determining good faith. In addition, “To conclude, we hold that Detective Ghiringhelli did not conduct a Fourth Amendment ‘search’ by requesting the real-time CSLI of a suspect for multiple … Continue reading

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WI: Officer inquiring of pill bottle in plain view during traffic stop did not unreasonably extend stop

Officer in a traffic stop inquiring of a pill bottle in plain view wasn’t unreasonable under Rodriguez. State v. Crone, 2021 Wisc. App. LEXIS 192 (Apr. 20, 2021). The officer’s sticking his head inside defendant’s car and smelling marijuana was … Continue reading

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GA: Valid strategic choice to forego search claim to support defense

Involving pre-Carpenter CSLI, the defense had valid strategic reasons to forego a motion to suppress to support the defense arguments at trial. “Because we hold that Thomas’s trial counsel did not perform deficiently because she had a reasonable strategic purpose … Continue reading

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IL: CSLI 11 years before Carpenter obtained in good faith

CSLI data obtained 11 years before Carpenter was obtained in good faith at the time and would not be suppressed. People v. Potts, 2021 IL App (1st) 161219, 2021 Ill. App. LEXIS 166 (Mar. 31, 2021). Defense counsel was not … Continue reading

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D.N.M.: Business records SW was particular where limited to firearms offense

The business records search here was not overbroad as enabling a search of all records; just for violations of firearms offenses under 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(1). It was particular enough. United States v. Warner, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62302 (D. … Continue reading

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CA9: CP SW affidavit didn’t have to exclude possibility of IP spoofing to show PC

Affiant didn’t have to exclude the possibility of IP spoofing in a child pornography case search warrant request to show probable cause . Moreover, it wouldn’t be apparent until the forensic analysis if there was. United States v. Saterstad, 2021 … Continue reading

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W.D.Ark.: Officer acting outside his local jurisdiction isn’t 4A issue

“Mr. van Leeuwen also claims that Boone County officers were without jurisdiction when they arrested him in his Marion County home, in alleged violation of Arkansas Code § 14-15-501. However, ‘[a] police violation of state law does not establish a … Continue reading

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NE requires suppression issue be renewed when evidence admitted at trial

Failure to renew a suppression issue decided against you pretrial when the evidence is admitted is waiver in Nebraska. Besides, the issue on appeal would lose on the merits because the officer had reasonable suspicion for the stop and then … Continue reading

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NY: SW for premises did not include vehicle parked there for which separate PC wasn’t shown

Defendant was long under surveillance for drug deals, and a search warrant was obtained for his person and premises. It did not include his vehicles. The search authorization did not encompass his vehicle on the premises outside the house, and … Continue reading

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GA: CSLI lawfully obtained in 2013 was subject to GFE

The acquisition of defendant’s CSLI in 2013 followed law at the time and was reasonable, and the good faith exception applied. Carpenter came four years after the trial. Lofton v. State, 2021 Ga. LEXIS 28 (Feb. 15, 2021). The officers … Continue reading

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Pre-Carpenter CSLI was in good faith

The CSLI order here pre-dated Carpenter, and it was based on probable cause. Since Carpenter wasn’t retroactive, the motion to suppress is denied. United States v. Stamat, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14268 (D.Minn. Jan. 26, 2021).* Defendant’s CSLI was obtained … Continue reading

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Geofence warrants can be used to identify those who invaded the Capitol, not to mention Facebook warrants

The government’s prior use of geofence warrants were a prelude to this: With the invasion of the Capitol on Wednesday, the government now can attempt to locate all the cell phones inside the Capitol to identify those to potentially charge. … Continue reading

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CA11: Not IAC to not challenge recording jail calls

Defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not challenging recording jail calls [actually stated as a 2254(d) failure]. Garcia v. Sec’y, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 314 (11th Cir. Jan. 6, 2021).* The CSLI warrant was particular and not a general warrant, and … Continue reading

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Arstechnica: CBP’s warrantless use of cell phone location data is under investigation

Arstechnica: CBP’s warrantless use of cell phone location data is under investigation by Jon Brodkin (“Inspector general audits purchases of data that would otherwise require warrants.”)

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MA: Obtaining CSLI by SW in 2014 was independent source against 2010 obtaining by request (and Carpenter was 2018)

The state obtained defendant’s CSLI without a showing of probable cause in 2010. In 2014, they sought it again with a search warrant. Carpenter came in 2018. The independent source doctrine applied in the 2014 search, and defense counsel wasn’t … Continue reading

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WV: Officer’s subjective belief in his ability to arrest DUIs statewide was unreasonable under Heien

“However, Heien does offer some insight into the type of ‘mistake’ which may provide relief-the area upon which the circuit court below focused. The Court concluded that ‘[t]he Fourth Amendment tolerates only reasonable mistakes, and those mistakes-whether of fact or … Continue reading

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