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United States v. Meister

United States v. Meister

Case Date: 01/02/2015
Citation: United States v. Meister, 596 F. App'x 790 (11th Cir. 2015) (per curiam)
Court Type: Federal Circuit Court
Court: 11th Circuit Court of Appeals (11th Cir.)
Judge: Circuit Judge: Per Curiam
Rule(s): 4th Amendment

Defendant appealed the district court’s denial of a motion to suppress evidence of child pornography from his hard drive.


The Court affirmed the district court’s denial. The evidence was discovered when Defendant went to transfer data from his inoperable laptop. A private actor discovered the child pornography and notified authorities. Since the Fourth Amendment does not apply to private actors, the Court affirmed the denial of the motion to suppress. The Court also stated the evidence would have been admissible under the doctrine of inevitable discovery.

Relevant Documents:

Brief of Appellant

Brief of the United States


E-Discovery Issues: Admissibility, Motion to Suppress
E-discovery Tags: Forensic Analysis/Examination, Privacy, Sources of ESI
E-discovery subjects: Computer, Hard drive

Published: March 16th, 2018

Category: Uncategorized

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