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United States v. Abdallah 4thCIR 18DEC2018

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An investigation into the sale of “spice” led to multiple search warrants which led to the collection of evidence which eventually led to a grand jury indictment and the arrest of the defendant, Nadar Abdallah.  Abdallah was then interrogated by federal special agents and a local police detective.  The officers chose not to record the […]

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United States v. Ardd 6thCIR 18 DEC2018

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Key Phrases:  Anticipatory Warrant, Good-Faith Exception to Exclusionary Rule This case provides a great example of the concepts presented with what is called an “anticipatory warrant.”  If you are not familiar with the concept, anticipatory warrants are search warrants that are signed by a judge that only become valid upon a future “triggering event” that […]

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United States v. Lyles 4thCIR 14DEC2018

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On a hunch that the defendant was involved in a homicide, the police searched through four trash bags at the curb of the defendant (Lyles) home.  The search revealed three marijuana stems and rolling papers as well as an envelope addressed to the defendant’s home.  Armed with this information, the officers sought and obtained a […]

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United States v. Pope 8thCIR 10DEC2018

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At 0400 one cold January morning, Des Moines police were dispatched to respond to noise complaints at a hotel.  Upon arriving at the door of the offending unit, the officers heard loud music and smelled marijuana. When the door was opened, the officer saw about 30 people in the motel room.  The officer inquired as […]

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United States v Bishop 7thCIR 7DEC2018

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After the defendant shot a customer in a drug deal gone wrong, the police obtained a warrant to search his cell phone and authorized the seizure of: “ … any evidence (including all photos, videos, and/or any other digital files, including removable memory cards) of suspect identity, motive, scheme/plan along with DNA evidence of the […]

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Muschette v Gionfriddo 2ndCIR 7DEC2018

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This is a civil suit against a police officer in West Hartford, Connecticut for the use of a Tazer on a deaf student.  The plaintiff in this case (Muschette) is a 12-year-old at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford.  The Dean of the school called 911 and reported the plaintiff was “out […]

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United States v Polite 8thCIR 6DEC2018

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It was a chilly Halloween night in Omaha, Nebraska when at about 2230 police in an unmarked car were monitoring an apartment parking lot at the request of the manager.  The apartment complex was known for narcotics, firearms, and even homicides.  The officers observed a group of about 20 people in the parking lot.  The […]

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United States v Reddick 8thCIR 30NOV2018

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Police responded to a domestic violence call involving an automobile.  Although the person sought had fled on foot, a crowd had gathered around the crime scene.  The defendant (Reddick) approached the crime scene with his hands in his pockets.  When told by one officer to stop approaching the vehicle he failed to follow instructions and […]

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United States v Hester 3rdCIR 30NOV2018

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Police observed a car park illegally by a store that was known to them to be a narcotics distribution point.  The defendant in this case (Hester) was a passenger.  When the driver admitted it wasn’t her car and she had no license, the defendant offered to drive and went to get out of the car. […]