United States v. Blake
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
868 F.3d 960 (2017)
Dontavious Blake and Tara Moore (defendants) were arrested for running a prostitution ring. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) executed a search warrant for any emails connected to the sex-trafficking charges contained in Blake and Moore’s Microsoft email accounts. The FBI also executed two warrants for virtually all data in Moore’s Facebook account. One warrant sought all data since the account’s creation; the other did not specify a time period. The warrants stated that the FBI would seize only the fruits, evidence, and instrumentalities of a specified crime. Blake and Moore were convicted of child sex trafficking. On appeal, Moore argued that the evidence gathered pursuant to the search of her email and Facebook accounts should have been suppressed because the warrants violated the Fourth Amendment's particularity requirement.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Carnes, C.J.)
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