D.Idaho: SW for stolen iPhone permitted plain view and seizure of drugs seen on execution

An iPhone was stolen. The owner reported to police it had been turned on at a particular address. Officers got a search warrant for that address, and entered. Drugs in plain view could be seized. United States v. Curiel, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 199412 (D.Idaho Oct. 14, 2021).

“We begin with Ricks’s fabrication of evidence claim. That claim is ‘an allegation that a defendant “knowingly fabricated evidence against [a plaintiff], and [that] there is a reasonable likelihood that the false evidence could have affected the judgment of the jury.”’ … The officers do not contest that it was clearly established in 1992 that fabricating evidence to create probable cause to detain a suspect would have violated the suspect’s Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable seizures. See Spurlock v. Satterfield, 167 F.3d 995, 1005-07 (6th Cir. 1999) (recognizing that this right was clearly established as early as 1990). Rather, they argue that the evidence, even when viewed in a light most favorable to Ricks, does not show that the officers knowingly or intentionally fabricated evidence. … We disagree.” Ricks v. Pauch, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 30978 (6th Cir. Oct. 13, 2021).*

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