United States v. Hassock, No. 09-5193-cr (2d Cir. January 28, 2011) (Miner, Parker, Raggi, CJJ)
In November of 2009, the district court granted Hassock’s motion to suppress the gun that he was charged with possessin, finding that it was the fruit of an unreasonable search of his bedroom. On the government’s appeal, the circuit agreed that the search could not be justified under the “protective sweep” doctrine and affirmed.
In late 2008, an informant told an ICE agent named Christopher Quinn that someone known as “Basil” – in reality, Hassock – had a gun in his basement apartment in the Bronx. Quinn and other members of an inter-agency task force were unable to identify “Basil,” so on November 25, 2008, they went to the location specified by the informant. Their purpose was to conduct a “knock and talk” – that is, to interview the residents, try to confirm the …