United States v. Stabile

2011 WL 294036 (2011)

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United States v. Stabile

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
2011 WL 294036 (2011)

  • Written by Sharon Feldman, JD

Facts

Law enforcement agents wanted to question Stabile (defendant) about counterfeit checks and went to the home he shared with Deetz. Deetz invited the agents in and signed a consent form permitting the agents to search the house. The agents seized six computer hard drives. Thereafter, the agents obtained a state warrant to search the drives for evidence of financial crimes. During the search of one hard drive, a detective noticed a folder containing files with names suggestive of child pornography. The detective opened the files and confirmed that they contained child pornography. Stabile moved to suppress the files, arguing that Deetz’s consent was not valid, the seizure of the hard drives was unconstitutionally overbroad, and the warranted search violated the Fourth Amendment.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Van Antwerpen, J.)

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