CA8: Warrantless seizure of computer in fraud case was reasonable because of exigency

The warrantless seizure of defendant’s computer was justified by exigent circumstances that it contained evidence of fraud. United States v. Mays, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 9861 (8th Cir. Apr. 6, 2021).

“Because we conclude that the officer’s initial question about the defendant’s itinerary did not alter the fundamental nature of the stop, and that the defendant’s dishonest response, combined with other information known to the officer, created reasonable suspicion that she was involved in illegal activity before he expanded the scope of the stop, we find no violation of the State Constitution.” Nor did it violate the Fourth Amendment. State v. Janvrin, 2021 N.H. LEXIS 56 (Mar. 18, 2021).

The deposition testimony of the officer here leaves a jury question on probable cause for plaintiff’s arrest. The officer doesn’t get qualified immunity here, either. Gatling v. West, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 9837 (2d Cir. Apr. 6, 2021).*

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