Cases

United States v Lopez-Zuniga 8thCIR 26NOV2018

This case provides not one, but FOUR examples of warrants applications that are deficient in establishing probable cause and the resulting efforts to save the evidence.  The Eight Circuit held that the first two warrants were so lacking in indicia of probable cause that no reasonable officer could think probable cause was established and therefore the good faith exception did not apply.  The second two warrants were not so lacking in indicia of probable cause as to render the belief in its existence unreasonable.  Therefore, the good faith exception to the exclusionary ruled was applied and the decision of the District Court to suppress the evidence gathered as a result of those two warrants was reversed.

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