W.D.N.Y.: If feds never get property from state, no Rule 41(g) jurisdiction over it

Federal court has no Rule 41(g) jurisdiction over seized and held property by state officials never transferred to federal custody. United States v. Gonzalez, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 210395 (W.D.N.Y. Nov. 27, 2023).

Defendant’s Franks challenge fails: “In conclusion, the Court notes that there was sufficient evidence to support probable cause including, inter alia, 1) matching descriptions of the robber and his attire in surveillance videos and eyewitness accounts of the robbery, 2) matching descriptions of the SUVs from the surveillance videos, 3) statements from hotel management tying defendant to the AC Hotel, and 4) evidence from the Station Landing surveillance video on December 12 at 7:35 p.m. showing a white male with a nearly identical description to the robber get into a large white SUV several minutes prior to the robbery. [¶] Defendant’s efforts to isolate individual pieces of evidence and suggest that each in itself is insufficient to establish probable cause runs contrary to the totality of the circumstances inquiry. The motion to suppress will be denied.” United States v. Schurko, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 210145 (D. Mass. Nov. 27, 2023).*

A civil Franks violation is clearly established law for qualified immunity. Bledsoe v. Willis, 2023 U.S. App. LEXIS 31326 (5th Cir. Nov. 27, 2023).*

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