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United States v Contreras 5thCIR 1OCT2018

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Contreras, the defendant in this criminal case, was indicted, convicted and sentenced to 168 months imprisonment for violating federal child pornography law under 18USC2252(a)(2).  The evidence used to convict Contreras was obtained as a result of a search warrant executed on his family residence.  The warrant affidavit contained information obtained specifically from two grand jury […]

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Shumpert v. City of Toledo 5thCIR 24 SEP2018

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It was a warm, muggy summer night in Tupelo, Mississippi, when Officer Senter saw a car he believed was involved in narcotics activities. The officer pulled the car over when he noticed the car had a non-functional tag light and failed to indicate at a turn.  Once stopped, the driver of the car (Shumpert) fled on […]

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Lee v. Tucker 10thCIR 24SEP2018

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A domestic altercation between a man and his wife who were both drunk resulted in a 911 call to the police by the wife. Deputies respond and entered the house with the consent of the wife.  During the encounter, the husband tried to move to the kitchen and a deputy attempted to stop him, first […]

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United States v. Pyles 6thCIR 17SEP2018

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In this case, Trooper Ramsey of the Kentucky State Police noticed a car doing 63 in a 70 mph zone. He ran the plates and discovered the registered owner had a warrant for her arrest. He pulled the vehicle over and when approaching the car he saw Pyles stuffing something under a pile of clothes […]

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Glasscox v. City of Argo 11thCIR 12SEP2018

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This case is a civil suit under 42 USC 1983 for the excessive use of force by a police officer when he tased the plaintiff four times in rapid succession.  In a set of facts eerily similar to Graham v. Connor, the plaintiff was suffering from diabetic shock while driving and was pulled over by […]

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Westfall v Luna 5thCIR 13SEP2018

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This is another 42 USC 1983 case for Fourth Amendment violations including False Arrest and Excessive Use of Force.  Responding to a call that two teenagers were unlawfully in a neighbor’s house, the police responded to the home of one of the offending teenagers at 2:00 AM.  The officers demanded to the teen’s mother (the […]

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Martinez v Kate 9thCIR 11SEP2018

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Here is a fundamental rule regarding Miranda Warnings and invocation of one or both of the rights: Once a suspect unambiguously invokes his right to counsel during custodial interrogation, the officer must immediately cease questioning and honor that right. In this case, the Ninth Circuit held that the defendant unequivocally and unambiguously invoked counsel during […]

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Ioane v Hodges 9thCIR 10SEP2018

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The Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s order denying qualified immunity on summary judgment to an IRS Supervisory Special Agent in an action alleging that the agent violated plaintiff’s Fourth Amendment right to bodily privacy when, during the lawful execution of a search warrant at plaintiff’s home, the agent escorted plaintiff to the bathroom and monitored […]

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Scott v San Bernardino 9thCIR 10SEP2018

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This case is an unfortunate example of what happens when a middle school assistant principal teams up with a school resource officer to implement their own version of “Scared Straight.”   A school resource officer arrested, handcuffed, and transported three middle school girls without probable cause to “prove a point.”  The point they proved is probably […]

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United States v. Peterson 9thCIR 4SEP2018

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Police officers arrested the defendant (a convicted felon prohibited from possessing a firearm) under 922(g)) on outstanding warrants. The defendant had a backpack at the time of arrest.   The officer waited to search the backpack until after defendant was handcuffed and in the back of the patrol car. A firearm was found in the backpack. […]