Case Blurb: United States v. Musgrove

Police officers entered a defendant’s home with the defendant’s permission.  The officers did not have a search warrant.  While in the home, and while the defendant was in the other room, one of the police officers moved the mouse next to the defendant’s computer which took the computer out of screensaver mode.  The contents of the computer screen incriminated the defendant.

The court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin held that the officers had committed an illegal search.  The information obtained from the computer screen was suppressed.

The Volokh Conspiracy and the Fourth Amendment both wrote really great blog entries about the case.  Please check out the Volokh Conspiracy’s post and the Fourth’s post.

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