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2017 PATC Legal Articles

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The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas denies a Defendantís motion to suppress, both initially and on reconsideration, after finding that the Defendantís constitutional rights were not violated
11/29   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The Seventh Circuit refuses to reconsider its prior ruling and, instead, re-affirms that a law enforcement officerís use of excessive force does not constitute grounds for suppressing evidence obtained through the use of alleged excessive force
11/22   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The Second Circuit holds that police officers who handcuffed a teenage train enthusiast because they feared that he was trying to sabotage a train should not have to face a false arrest and other claims based upon the doctrine of qualified immunity
11/15   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals reverses a Defendantís convictions after finding that law enforcementís use of a cell-site simulator (i.e., a ďstingrayĒ), without first obtaining a warrant, violated the Defendantís Constitutional rights
11/8   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The D.C. Circuit limits the ability of the police to seize cell phones from the homes of people suspected of committing crimes
9/27   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The Supreme Court of California holds that California law does not give an officer who is the subject of an internal affairs investigation the right to obtain pre-interrogation discovery; instead, the officer is only entitled to such discovery post-interrogation
9/20   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The Third Circuit joins five other circuit courts in holding that citizens have a First Amendment right to videotape the police in public
9/13   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The Seventh Circuit affirms the District Courtís summary judgment order in favor of law enforcement, finding that the police departmentís response to the Plaintiffís complaints regarding abuse did not violate her right to substantive due process
9/6   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The Connecticut Supreme Court holds that a search warrant was not required under the Connecticut Constitution for law enforcement to perform a gas chromatography analysis on charred wood flooring samples that were lawfully seized from the Defendantís home pursuant to an arson investigation
8/30   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The California Appellate Court holds that a cityís police chief and internal affairs department had a ministerial duty to follow the departmentís published procedure for addressing citizen complaints
8/23   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The Seventh Circuit affirms a Defendantís firearm conviction even though law enforcement officials did not obtain a warrant before performing a search of his residence
8/16   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The Supreme Court of Maine holds that the Defendantís statements that he made to a law enforcement officer were voluntarily made regardless of the ďfriendly natureĒ of the interview and, therefore, affirms the trial courtís denial of the Defendantís motion to suppress
8/9   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The Third Circuit agrees with the District Courtís finding that law enforcement officials had a reasonable, articulable suspicion to conduct a Terry stop and, therefore, affirmed the District Courtís denial of the Defendantís motion to suppress
8/2   Jim Chapman, Attorney

A district court suppresses evidence found on the defendant's iPhone after determining that no exceptions to the warrant requirement applied
7/26   Jim Chapman, Attorney

A District Court follows other federal courts in concluding that that a criminal suspect had no expectation of privacy regarding the location information on his cellphone
7/19   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The Indiana Supreme Court holds that a criminal suspect had no expectation of privacy regarding the location information on his cellphone
7/12   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The Eighth Circuit upholds the District Courtís denial of the Defendantís motion to suppress, finding that law enforcement officers entered the Defendantís hotel room for a lawful purpose
7/5   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The Seventh Circuit holds that an officerís use of handcuffs did not violate the Defendantís Fourth Amendment rights
6/28   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The Seventh Circuit agrees with the District Courtís decision that delaying the traffic stop did not deny the Defendantís Fourth Amendment rights
6/21   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The Wisconsin Supreme Court holds that the Sixth Amendmentís Confrontation Clause protects a defendantís right to confrontation at trial but not at a suppression hearing
6/14   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The Indiana Supreme Court Holds that a Criminal Suspect Had No Expectation of Privacy Regarding the Location Information on his Cell Phone
5/11   Jim Chapman, Attorney

District Court Denies a Defendant's Motion to Suppress, Holding that the Defendent Had No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in an Apartment From Which He Had Been Evicted
4/19   Jim Chapman, Attorney

A District Court Holds that a Suspect's Whispers are Private and Protected by the Fourth Amendment
4/5   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The Sixth Circuit Upholds a District Court's Denial of the Defendent's Motion to Suppress, Finding that the Wiretapes at Issue Were Supported By Probable Cause, that the Wiretapes Were Necessary to the Investigation
3/13   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The Wisconsin Supreme Court Holds that Law Enforcement Officers Can Take Blood Samples From Unconscious Drivers Without a Warrant Under Certain Circumstances
3/6   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The First Circuit Upholds a Federal District Court's Denial of the Defendent's Motion to Suppress, Finding That the District Court's Factual Findings Do Not Support the Defendent's Arguments
2/22   Jim Chapman, Attorney

A Federal District Court Holds That the Police Did Not Violate the Defendant's Fourth Amendment Rights During a Stop and Frisk Search
2/17   Jim Chapman, Attorney

Warrantless Blood Draw of a DUI Suspect Did Not Violate the Fourth Amendment's Protections Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures
1/17   Jim Chapman, Attorney

The United States Supreme Court Holds That Officers Are Immune from Suit for Shooting a Victim Through a Window Without First Giving a Warning
1/17   Jim Chapman, Attorney

May Police Officers Shoot a Dog If the Dog Barks or Moves When the Officers Enter a Home in Order to Execute a Warrant? The Sixth Circuit Says, "Yes" If the Right Circumstances Exist
1/17   Jim Chapman, Attorney

 

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