CASE LAW UPDATE: Whether a person has no expectation of privacy in files shore over a peer to peer network?
Defendant was convicted of child pornography. He appealed. On appeal, he argued that an officer who downloaded files had conducted a warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment, whereby the evidence should have been suppressed. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction, holding that defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy in files that he shared over a peer to peer network, including files he shared anonymously with law enforcement. Hence, the Fourth Amendment was not violated.
United States v. Shipton, 20-2570, Arnold, J. Appealed from the United States District Court, District of Minnesota.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.