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Posted by: Landry Butler on Feb 13, 2018

Court: 6th Circuit Court (Published Opinions)

Attorneys 1:

ARGUED: Andrew Goetz, UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, Detroit, Michigan, for Appellant. James C. Thomas, JAMES C. THOMAS, P.C., Sterling Heights, Michigan, for Appellee Castro. Kenneth R. Sasse, Lake Orion, Michigan, for Appellee Olaya.

Attorneys 2:

ON BRIEF: Andrew Goetz, UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, Detroit, Michigan, for Appellant. James C. Thomas, JAMES C. THOMAS, P.C., Sterling Heights, Michigan, for Appellee Castro. Kenneth R. Sasse, Lake Orion, Michigan, for Appellee Olaya.

Judge(s): SUTTON, KETHLEDGE, and LARSEN, Circuit Judges.

Court Appealed: Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan at Detroit.

SUTTON, Circuit Judge. In December 2014, a string of home invasions struck Dallas, Texas. Law enforcement focused their investigation on Chaka Castro and Juan Fernando Olaya. Texas courts issued warrants to search their phones. Consistent with the warrants, state officers conducted detailed searches of Castro’s phones and a cursory search of Olaya’s phone, and the FBI conducted a full search of Olaya’s phone. Each search turned up potentially incriminating evidence that the individuals had violated federal racketeering laws. The district court granted each defendant’s motion to suppress. Because each search complied with the Fourth Amendment, we reverse.