United States v. Needham, No. 12-50097 (9th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Defendant pled guilty to possession of child pornography. On appeal, defendant challenged the district court's denial of his motion to suppress. The court concluded, under the good faith exception to the exclusionary rule, that the search in this case was executed in objectively reasonable reliance on the search warrant. Because the court found sufficient ambiguity in the court's precedent, despite United States v. Weber, to confer a grant of qualified immunity in Dougherty v. City of Corvina in 2011, the court was foreclosed from holding that Weber rendered good faith reliance on the warrant in this case impossible in 2010; and defendant's remaining arguments were unavailing. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.