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United States of America v. Domenico Lonardo

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


August 24, 2012

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF
v.
DOMENICO LONARDO DEFENDANT

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Charles J. Siragusa United States District Judge

DECISION and ORDER

This case was referred by order of the undersigned, entered November 15, 2010, ECF No. 20, to Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A)-(B). On May 25, 2011, Defendant filed an omnibus motion, ECF No. 27, seeking inter alia suppression of evidence discovered pursuant to two search warrants (the first of which was a Forward Looking Infrared Equipment ["FLIR"] search warrant) from 199 Walker Road , Hilton, New York. In that regard, an evidentiary hearing was held on August 25, 2011, ECF No. 34, subsequent to which, on December 27, 2011, Defendant filed a supplemental brief, ECF No. 38. On June 27, 2012, Magistrate Judge Feldman filed a Report and Recommendation ("R&R"), ECF No. 49, recommending that the defendant's motion to suppress the FLIR search warrant be denied" and recommending that "Lonardo's motion to suppress the search of 199 Walker Road in Hilton, New York should be denied." R & R, p. 11 and p. 14. Defendant timely filed objections to the R & R on July 24, 2012, ECF No. 51, arguing that "the Court reject the Magistrate Judge's R & R and suppress the tangible evidence on the ground that the Search Warrant Applications were so lacking in indicia of reliability and entirely unreasonable, thereby barring application of the good faith exception to the exclusionary rule. The issuing Judge relied on false and misleading statements of the police officer in the Search Warrant Application." Objections to Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation of June 27, 2012, p.1.

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1), this Court must make a de novo determination of those portions of the R & R to which objections have been made. Upon a de novo review of the R & R, including a review of the search warrants and applications at issue, as well as the transcript of the evidentiary held and exhibits received, Court accepts the proposed findings and recommendation.

Accordingly, for the reasons set forth in Magistrate Judge Feldman's R & R, ECF No. 49, defendant's applications, ECF No. 27, to suppress evidence relating to the two search warrants for 199 Walker Road in Hilton are denied.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

ENTER:

Charles J. Siragusa

20120824

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