A word about Franks issues

Defendant’s quibbling¹ over the word choices in the affidavit didn’t provide a “substantial preliminary showing” for Franks. Review shows it wasn’t even inaccurate. United States v. Pettigrew, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 11328 (6th Cir. May 7, 2024).* [¹My choice of words, not the court’s. Franks challenges are hard to meet, and intentionally so. Remember that search warrants are presumptively valid, and overcoming that presumption requires something significant. Defense counsel shouldn’t waste time on them unless there’s something significant that amounts to actually misleading the issuing judge, not just word usage. You have a case to prepare, and a Franks challenge can be a lot of wasted effort.]

“The valid waiver of the right to appeal forecloses review of defendant’s suppression claim. Regardless of the validity of the waiver, upon our in camera review of the search warrant materials and the minutes of the search warrant application hearing, we conclude that there was probable cause for issuance of the search warrant …. The search warrant also described with sufficient particularity the premises to be searched and property to be seized ….” People v. Williams, 2024 NY Slip Op 02601 (1st Dep’t May 9, 2024).*

Defendant argues he didn’t know he was waiving his suppression issues, but the plea colloquy show he was. United States v. Peeples, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 11332 (6th Cir. May 8, 2024).*

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