Idaho v. RussoAnnotate this Case
A woman sleeping in the bedroom of her apartment in Nampa, Canyon County, Idaho, awakened to see an unknown male standing over her with a knife in his hand. He was wearing a mask that covered his face and exposed his eyes. He put a hand over her mouth and held a knife against her throat, and stated that she was going to cooperate. He initially attempted several sexual acts, but was unable to obtain an erection. He then had her lie on her back at the bottom of the bed, where he raped her. He wore a condom and used his cell phone to take photos of her during the rape. Before leaving, he took her sheets and a pillow case. He also had her remove the battery from her cell phone, and he placed it under clothing in her panty drawer. She ran to a neighbor’s house, where she called 911. Defendant was immediately the focus of law enforcement - Nampa police had been investigating him for an assault and battery in Nampa that took place a year earlier. Defendant was ultimately convicted for rape, first degree kidnapping, and burglary. Defendant challenged the admission of evidence first discovered in the warrantless search of his cell phone and of evidence regarding his rape fantasies and his possession of pornography depicting rape. Upon review of this matter, the Supreme Court held that the information obtained during the warrantless search of defendant's cell phone was admissible under the independent source doctrine and that the district court did not abuse its discretion in admitting evidence regarding the Defendant’s rape fantasies and his pornography depicting rape.