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Lane v. Boyd 8thCIR 20JUN2019

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The plaintiff in this 1983 civil suit (Lane) was a parolee who violated the terms of his parole by staying in a hotel in Fort Smith, Arkansas. His parole officer asked for LEO assistance and then went to the hotel to find Lane. They obtained the help from a hotel worker and went into Lane’s […]

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Clark v. Clark 8thCIR 13JUN2019

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A principal of a school calls 911 and reports gunshots coming from the direction of nearby woods. Two deputies arrive at a rest area 150 yards from the school to find a person there (Clark) talking on his phone.  Clark voluntarily gave the officers his driver’s license, retired military ID, and concealed carry permit. When […]

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United States v. Adair 7thCIR 3JUN2019

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An identified 911 caller reports that a group of individuals are engaged in “very suspicious activity” and further reports she saw a short black male with a hoodie with a black gun in his front pocket. Officer Squires, a veteran Bloomington police officer, responded and saw Adair, who was relatively short and was the only […]

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United States v. Arellano-Banuelos 5thCIR 17JUN2019

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In this case the defendant claims that statements he made during questioning should be suppressed because he was not provided with Miranda warnings prior to questioning. In order for Miranda warnings to be triggered, there must be a custodial interrogation by a person who the subject knows is a LEO. The defendant argued that since […]

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United States v. Potter 6thCIR 2019 11JUN2019

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The defendant in this case (Potter) sought to have statements suppressed as a result of a Miranda violation when the officers continued questioning him after he invoked the right to counsel. Potter asserted that since he “mentioned an attorney” and asked if he needed one, that he effectively invoked the right to counsel. The Sixth […]

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United States v. O’Brien 2ndCIR 7JUN2019

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In this case, the defendant argued that his statements and evidence found as a result of post-arrest consent to search should be suppressed because his Miranda waiver was not voluntary since he was on GBH and his consent was invalid for the same reason plus the fact consent was given while in custody.  The Second […]

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U.S. v. Brown 9thCIR 5JUN2019

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Police officers received a 911 call indicating that an unidentified resident of the YMCA reported that a black man was carrying a gun in Seattle, Washington. This is not a criminal act in the state of Washington.  The officers saw Brown, who was walking, and they activated their lights and pursued him. Brown ran for […]

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Thurairajah v. Cross 8thCIR 3JUN2019

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An Arkansas Trooper pulled over a van for a traffic infraction. As he was talking to the driver, another car drove by and a person in the car (Thurairajah) yelled “F**k You” to the officer.  The officer then terminated the traffic stop and pulled over and arrested Thurairajah for violating Arkansas’ disorderly conduct statute.   Charges […]

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U.S. v. Huskisson 7thCIR 5JUN2019

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In this case, DEA was working with a confidential informant that led to information that made them believe that the defendant was involved in the distribution of drugs. Using the CI, the agents learned that the drugs were in the house. When they moved in (without a warrant) to arrest the occupants, they found methamphetamine […]

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U.S. v. Belakhdhar 6thCIR 28MAY2019

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Issue: Does driving in tandem with a vehicle suspected of drug trafficking satisfy reasonable suspicion to allow for a Terry Stop of that vehicle? Work with a reliable confidential informant led DEA agents to believe occupants of a specific Toyota Camry were involved in drug trafficking on I-94.  While conducting surveillance on the Camry, agents […]