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US v Sweeney – 1st Circuit (11APR2018)

US v Sweeney – 1st Circuit (11APR2018)

This is a case about what constitutes an interrogation for Miranda purposes and what it takes in order to successfully invoke the right to counsel during a suspect interrogation. When the defendant was arrested in his home he asked the agents what the charges were against him. When an FBI agent told him that he …

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US v Plasencia – 11th Circuit (11APR2018)

US v Plasencia – 11th Circuit (11APR2018)

The primary issue in this case is whether voluntary consent to search a boat extends to searching the GPS device on board for location evidence. In this case from the 11th circuit, a park ranger asked the defendant in this case if he could search the defendant’s boat. The defendant consented both orally and by …

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McCoy v Meyers – 10th Cir (10APR2018)

McCoy v Meyers – 10th Cir (10APR2018)

As you can probably tell from the case caption, this case is a civil suit. In this 42 U.S.C. 1983 action, the plaintiff alleges that law enforcement officers used excessive force in arresting him in violation of his Fourth Amendment rights. Unfortunately, as is all too often the situation, this case started with a noncustodial …

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Lincoln v Barnes – 5th Circuit (5APR2018)

Lincoln v Barnes – 5th Circuit (5APR2018)

The plaintiff in this 42 U.S.C. 1983 civil suit against the police officers of Colleyville, Texas brought suit alleging the police violated her Fourth Amendment rights to be free from unreasonable government searches and seizures when they detained her on the scene for two hours and then transported her to the police station and questioned …

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US v Perkins – 6th Circuit (4APR2018)

US v Perkins – 6th Circuit (4APR2018)

Based on a drug K9 alert, DEA agents discovered a package that contained methamphetamine. The package was addressed to the defendant in this case. Furthermore, a trusted confidential informant provided information that the defendant was a methamphetamine dealer, which was also known to local law enforcement. Based on all this information, DEA obtained an “anticipatory …

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U.S. v Daniel – 8th Circuit (4APR2018)

U.S. v Daniel – 8th Circuit (4APR2018)

A store clerk at St. Joe’s General Store called 911 and described the gender and race of a person (black male) who robbed her at gunpoint and described the make, model and color of the automobile that was the getaway vehicle (white Chevrolet Suburban). Shortly thereafter, Perry County Sheriff’s Deputy Rusty Farrar responded to the call. …

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