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United States v. Higgins-Vogt 7thCIR 21DEC2018

United States v. Higgins-Vogt 7thCIR 21DEC2018

In this case, a confession was almost lost as a result of a third-party who pretended to be a mental health counselor and convinced the defendant to confess to police that he had committed a murder.  The defendant (Higgins-Vogt) met with the “counselor” several times.  The counselor stated her goal was to get inmates to …

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United States v. Bey 3rdCIR 21DEC2018

United States v. Bey 3rdCIR 21DEC2018

At about 10:00 PM, Philadelphia police officers pulled a car over in a high-crime area for failing to come to a complete stop. There were three people in the car and each produced identification.  A warrant check revealed no outstanding warrants, but the officers smelled marijuana and saw marijuana residue on the floorboard and they …

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United States v. Martinez 10thCIR 18DEC2018

United States v. Martinez 10thCIR 18DEC2018

At 11:41AM, a Wells Fargo was robbed in Winslow, Arizona. The dispatcher identified two suspects: a man wearing a Bud Light hat and a man running “from the bank in the alley wearing a blue-and-white checkered shirt and blue jeans.”  At 12:13 PM, another report came in regarding a suspicious white Cadillac driven by a …

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United States v. McCants 3rdCIR 18DEC2018

United States v. McCants 3rdCIR 18DEC2018

A woman dials 911 and tells the dispatcher that a man with braided hair wearing a red hat is beating up his girlfriend and is about to kill her. The woman also states she thinks the man has a gun.  She provides the location and then she hangs up.  Police were in the area and …

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United States v. Abdallah 4thCIR 18DEC2018

United States v. Abdallah 4thCIR 18DEC2018

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

United States v. Ardd 6thCIR 18 DEC2018

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

United States v. Lyles 4thCIR 14DEC2018

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

United States v. Pope 8thCIR 10DEC2018

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

United States v Bishop 7thCIR 7DEC2018

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

Muschette v Gionfriddo 2ndCIR 7DEC2018

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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