People v. Shinohara
Illinois Appellate Court
872 N.E.2d 498 (2007)
The police responded to a call from Yoshiaki Shinohara (defendant) to have a 17-year-old female removed from his home. Shinohara and the female were interviewed at the police station. The female told the police that Shinohara had raped her and taken digital images and movies of her naked and the two of them engaging in sex acts. Shinohara acknowledged that he had the digital images and movies on his computer. Shinohara consented to have the police look at the images on his computer. Shinohara’s computer was seized and inventoried on August 24, 2001. The state police forensic crime unit obtained a search warrant for the computer on November 7, 2001. The forensic examination of the computer was completed on January 10, 2002, and the state attorney concluded on January 29, 2002, that some of the images recovered from Shinohara’s computer depicted child pornography. Shinohara was charged with and convicted of child pornography based on the images found on his computer. On appeal, Shinohara argued that even if the police had probable cause to seize his computer, the police violated his Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures because the police did not obtain a search warrant until 75 days after the computer was seized.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Frossard, J.)
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