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No 4th Amendment Violation when Police Create Bogus Instagram Account: U.S. v. Gatson

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No 4th Amendment Violation when Police Create Bogus Instagram Account: U.S. v. Gatson

In U.S. v. Gatson, a federal district judge, relying on U.S. v. Meregildo, found no 4th Amendment violation when police create a bogus Instagram account in order to interact with the defendant.

According to the court, “[n]o search warrant is required for the consensual sharing of this type of information.” 

Here, Gatson willingly accepted the request to become friends with the bogus Instagram account, which allowed the police to view photos and other incriminating information Gatson posted on his Instagram account.

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