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Tag Archives: Search & Seizure

4th Circuit Court of Appeals: Handcuffing student was excessive force (access required)

A school safety officer used excessive force in handcuffing an elementary student who posed no objective threat, but she was still entitled to qualified immunity for the constitutional violation. This matter involves a school resource officer’s decision to handcuff a ...

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Dark web search warrant issued in good faith (access required)

A warrant executed in good faith, even if unconstitutional, did not render resulting evidence of child-pornography crimes inadmissible, the court of appeals held. Appellant Robert McLamb was identified by the FBI as a visitor to Playpen, a website accessible only ...

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Exigent circumstances justified search despite defective warrant (access required)

The Supreme Court held that, despite an invalid warrant, officers did not need a warrant to break up an ongoing “meth cook” at Appellee James Campbell’s home. On August 6, 2014, Investigator James Begley received multiple phone calls from a ...

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Statements Suppressed, But Drug Evidence Comes In (access required)

The Court of Appeals upholds a trial court’s decision to suppress statements defendant made to police prior to waiving her Miranda rights, but reverses the lower court’s suppression of evidence seized from a backpack and shaving kit. Social workers made ...

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