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B. Search warrants

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

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

State v. Roberto F. Orozco-Angulo, 2014AP1744-CR, District 2, 4/8/15 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) The procedure used to obtain a telephonic search warrant for a blood draw following Orozco-Angulo's arrest for OWI and his refusal to submit to a blood test complied with the requirements of § 968.12(3) and therefore suppression of the… Read More

State v. Gary Monroe Scull, 2015 WI 22, 3/5/16, affirming a published court of appeals decision; lead opinion by Justice Bradley; case activity (including briefs) In a decision that fails to engage the real issue presented in the case, the supreme court holds that the good-faith exception to the exclusionary rule recognized in State v. Eason… Read More

Police had probable cause to administer PBT

City of Sheboygan v. Nathan J. Becker, 2014AP1991, District 2, 2/11/15 (1-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) After police stopped Becker because of erratic driving at 11:30 p.m. on July 4 they observed additional evidence of impairment—glassy eyes, slurred speech, odor of alcohol. Becker admitted he'd been drinking and turned in a mixed performance on the FSTs. Under the… Read More

State v. Kelly M. Rindfleisch, 2014 WI App 121; case activity Just how "particular" must a warrant to search a Gmail and Yahoo! Mail be in order to survive the Fourth Amendment's "particularity" requirement? And does the answer change when the warrant is for searching the email accounts of someone other than the person suspected of the crime… Read More

State v. Jeremiah R. Popp & Christopher A. Thomas, 2014 WI App 100; case activity: Popp; Thomas The search warrant for the home shared by Popp and Thomas was invalid because the primary basis for the warrant was derived from observations made by police when they trespassed on the defendants’ property and peered into their windows. After… Read More

Police had sufficient basis to request PBT

State v. Jeanmarie Carini, 2014AP526-CR, District 2, 8/27/14 (1-judge; ineligible for publication); case activity There was reasonable cause to believe Carini was driving while impaired and therefore police properly asked her to submit to a preliminary breath test. ¶9        The indicators of intoxication in Carini’s case were sufficient to establish probable cause to request a PBT. Carini inexplicably… Read More