S.D.Ohio: GFE overcomes lack of nexus; officer unaware of some facts didn’t commit Franks violation

The Franks hearing established that the officer didn’t know that certain things happened during the investigation, so the officer wasn’t withholding information or misleading the court. Probable cause and nexus is [less than] tenuous: “This evidence, standing alone, does not establish probable cause to support the search of the Kipling Avenue address. The affidavit contains no indication that the CI linked Torbert’s alleged drug trafficking to his residence. In addition, the only fact in the affidavit linking Torbert to illegal drugs was his possession of fentanyl miles away from Kipling Avenue after Torbert and two others were in a known drug trafficking area half an hour after leaving his residence.” The good faith exception is also a close question, but there’s enough link to the residence for good faith to apply. United States v. Torbert, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37301 (S.D. Ohio Mar. 1, 2021).*

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