OH2: Ptf’s claims decided in criminal case were res judicata to civil case over same search

Res judicata barred plaintiff’s claims against the county for illegal search already decided against him in the criminal case. Cooper v. Montgomery County Sheriff, 2018-Ohio-2965, 2018 Ohio App. LEXIS 3208 (2d Dist. July 27, 2018).

“Based on the totality of the circumstances—including but not limited to (1) Defendant’s detailed and recent criminal history; (2) evidence of four controlled buys from Defendant, all within one month of the execution of the search warrant, involving two separate reliable confidential informants; (3) the November 30, 2017, cell phone report and Defendant’s use of that phone number during each of the four controlled buys; and (4) the Affiant’s surveillance described above—the Court finds” probable cause as to the house. It also “allow[s] the Court to find the requisite nexus between 5039 Casa Loma Boulevard and evidence of drug trafficking activity present and that this nexus is fixed, specific, and concrete. The Court finds the magistrate had probable cause to issue the December 8, 2011, search warrant.” United States v. Tuck, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 125952 (S.D. Ohio July 27, 2018).*

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