In re Twelve Grand Jury Subpoenas

(United States Ninth Circuit) – Affirmed an order holding a records custodian in contempt for his failure to comply with grand jury subpoenas. Held that the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination provides no protection to a collective entity’s records custodians.

US v. Jett

(United States Seventh Circuit) – Affirmed the convictions of three men for Hobbs Act conspiracy but vacated their convictions of attempted bank robbery. Remanded for resentencing.

US v. Brixen

(United States Seventh Circuit) – Affirmed the denial of a motion to suppress cellphone evidence showing that a man had communicated online inappropriately with a 14-year-old female. During the arrest, the detective illustrated that the man was the correct suspect by sending a message to his phone from an undercover Snapchat account and witnessing the …

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People v. Vera

(California Court of Appeal) – Held that drug evidence was lawfully discovered through a dog sniff during a traffic stop, after the vehicle was pulled over for a tinted-window infraction. The stop was not unconstitutionally prolonged. Affirmed the denial of a suppression motion.

US v. Correa

(United States Seventh Circuit) – Affirmed the denial of a motion to suppress evidence of drug trafficking found inside a condominium, in a case where drug enforcement agents located the condo by driving around the city pushing buttons on a garage door opener they had seized in a traffic stop to see what building’s garage …

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US v. Carter

(United States Ninth Circuit) – Held that it was unconstitutional to permit a trial witness to testify by two-way video under the facts here. One of the alleged victims of a sex trafficking scheme testified from Minnesota by video, as she was seven months pregnant and unable to travel. Agreeing with the defendant, the Ninth …

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People v. Henry

(California Court of Appeal) – Held that a man should not have been prosecuted under a general felony statute for giving a friend’s name to a police officer at a traffic stop and signing a citation with that name, because a more specific misdemeanor statute prohibited the signing of a false name on a promise …

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