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B. Search warrants

State v. Angelo M. Reynolds, 2016AP420-CR, District 4, 6/22/17 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Police had sufficient probable cause to request that Reynolds provide a preliminary breath test under § 343.303. ¶14     Deputy Schiro knew that there had been an accident, that Reynolds smelled like alcohol, that he had… Read More

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State v. Benjamin Schneller, 2016AP2474, 6/22/17, District 4 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Benjamin Schneller was arrested for OWI and refused to submit to a blood draw, so the police got a warrant and took the blood anyway. He argues on appeal that the warrant only authorized the police to draw… Read More

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State v. Paul L. Linde, 2014AP2445-CR, 8/2/16, District 3 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) A court commissioner issued a warrant to search Linde's cabin for evidence of drug manufacturing and for drug paraphernalia. It was based in part on a tip by an anonymous informant, a fact that proved decisive in the… Read More

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State v. Lauren Ann Erstad, 2015AP2675-CR, 7/28/16, District 4 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Convicted of an OWI 2nd, Erstad challenged the search warrant relied upon to collect and test her blood because: (1) the affidavit supporting the warrant contained false information; and (2) the warrant authorized the "collection" of her… Read More

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State v. Bradley L. Kilgore, 2016 WI App 47; case activity (including briefs) The execution of the search warrant at Kilgore's home started with a heavily armed officers, including a SWAT team, entering and putting Kilgore down on the floor at gunpoint; but once the home was "cleared" and weapons were secured and the SWAT team… Read More

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State v. Richard J. Slayton, 2015AP1255-CR, 2/3/16, District 2 (1-judge opinion; ineligible for publication); case activity, briefs Slayton, who was arrested for OWI, challenged a search warrant authorizing his blood draw. The supporting affidavit stated that an officer had reviewed his driving record and noted previous OWI conviction that were "prior countable offenses" under Ch. 346… Read More

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Louise Milan v. Billy Bolin, et al., 7th Circuit Court of Appeals No. 15-1207, 7/31/15 Police officers who conducted a SWAT raid on the wrong home weren't entitled to qualified immunity because of their "insouciance" about another, more probable suspect of the crime being investigated and "the perfunctory nature of their investigation before the search...." (Slip op… Read More

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The 4th Amendment has been described by Conservative HQ as "one of the most important arrows in the quiver against bullying big government." Because the government doesn't just search and seize paper--it also goes after your cell phones, your Facebook account, your email (even when stored on Google's server), your tweets, your DNA (by definition… Read More

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