Cal.4: There is no 4A issue in police creating fake social media identities to “friend” a suspect to see more private pages

There is no Fourth Amendment issue in a police officer posing as a false friend on social media accounts to see defendant’s private pages he shares with others. Here, defendant was seen wearing a gold chain taken from his robbery victim, and it was admissible in evidence. People v. Pride, 2019 Cal. App. LEXIS 34 (4th Dist. Jan. 11, 2019).

Defendant consented to a search of text messages on his cell phone for alleged sexual extortion evidence, which led to finding a picture of sex with a minor. The consent was voluntary. United States v. Gitto, 2019 CCA LEXIS 6 (N-M Ct. Crim. App. Jan. 9, 2019).*

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