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Warrants – Probable Cause – Confidential Informant

State v. Glover B. Jones, 2002 WI App 196, PFR filed 8/22/02
For Jones: Mark D. Richards


¶13. There are no longer specific prerequisites to a finding of confidential informant reliability. Rather, the current test simply requires courts to “consider all of the circumstances set forth in the affidavit, including the veracity and basis of knowledge of persons supplying hearsay information.” State v. Lopez, 207 Wis. 2d 413, 425, 559 N.W.2d 264 (Ct. App. 1996). Here, the totality of the circumstances supports the warrant-issuing judge’s implicit finding that the confidential informant provided reliable information.¶14. First, the affidavit establishes that the confidential informant provided reliable information in the past.

¶15. Second, the police were able to corroborate some of the informant’s assertions prior to seeking the warrant …

¶16. Third, the specificity of the informant’s assertion regarding the interior of the semitrailer provides an indication of reliability. …

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