D.N.M.: Three Franks challenges, one successful

Defendant succeeds in his Franks challenge. After a hearing, it was more likely than not that there was a false statement at least recklessly made, and it was material: “For these reasons, the Court finds that the false statement included in the search warrant affidavit was material to a finding of probable cause and without it, there would not have been probable cause to obtain DNA evidence from Defendant.” Motion to suppress granted. United States v. Norton, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44720 (D.N.M. Mar. 12, 2024), appeal filed (Apr. 11, 2024) (No. 24-2059).*

Defendant’s Franks challenge fails. There was clear corroboration of a citizen informant, and the allegedly false statements aren’t. United States v. McLaughlin, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65252 (W.D. Pa. Apr. 10, 2024).*

Even assuming there was a false statement, it’s not material to the finding of probable cause. United States v. Conner, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67333 (W.D. Tenn. Apr. 12, 2024).*

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