CA10: 68 days of pole camera surveillance in disability fraud case was reasonable

Suspecting VA benefits fraud, the VA OIG surveilled defendant for months and then installed a remote controlled and motion activated pole camera on top of a school across the street. They had 15 hours of video for 68 days, and it was used to prosecute him for VA benefits fraud. The use of the pole camera was reasonable. Carpenter doesn’t require different result. Nothing the camera saw was what passersby could see, even at night. United States v. Hay, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 6491 (10th Cir. Mar. 19, 2024). Update: techdirt: 10th Circuit Appeals Court Says 68 Days Of Pole Camera Surveillance Doesn’t Violate 4th Amendment by Tim Cushing

Drug testing of schoolteachers requires reasonable suspicion by state law. The court looks to the criminal law to define it, and the school had it. Bartolotta v. Hum. Res. Agency of New Britain, Inc., 2024 Conn. App. LEXIS 65 (Mar. 19, 2024).

Alleged misstatement in the affidavit for warrant about defendant’s role in the DTO was not material for probable cause and purposes. United States v. Locke, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48058 (E.D. Wis. Mar. 19, 2024).*

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