Exigent circumstances allowed warrantless search of backpack

Facts A jury convicted Cyril Lartigue of possessing an unregistered destructive device, specifically, a combination of glass bottles, a flammable liquid, pieces of cloth, and a lighter, which constituted parts that Lartigue intended to assemble into a Molotov cocktail, in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d). The district court sentenced him below the applicable guidelines […]

Summary judgement remanded for officers entering home without warrant or consent

Facts Isaac Pollard, who has autism, lives with his parents, Ronnie and Lisa Pollard, in Olive Branch, Mississippi. On the night in question, Isaac went for a late-night run in his neighborhood and then retraced the route in his white pickup truck to confirm the mileage of his run. While driving his route, Isaac was […]

A vehicle does not need to be moving to be seized for terry stop purposes

Facts The Corpus Christi, Texas, Police Department (CCPD) on July 15, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. received an anonymous suspicious vehicle call regarding a vehicle in the Glen Arbor Park area. Glen Arbor Park and the surrounding neighborhood are part of a corridor of problem areas where drugs are sold. Officers respond to a few calls in […]

Defendant’s only recourse is a civil action when he challenges the no knock aspect of warrant but not the warrant itself

Facts In 2019, an investigator with the Greenville, Mississippi, Police Department obtained from a municipal court judge (the issuing judge) a no-knock search warrant for Antoine Bryant’s residence. In support of the warrant, the investigator submitted an affidavit specifying the request was for a no- knock search warrant; and outlined Bryant’s alleged criminal activity involving drugs […]