Here are some of the legal news stories making headlines this week:

Former President Donald Trump is challenging the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search.

  • Trump filed a motion in federal court exactly two weeks after the FBI executed a search warrant at his Florida estate. Since the search, the court has unsealed the search warrant, property receipt, and other related documents. In the new filing, Trump argues that the search warrant violated his Fourth Amendment rights and that the warrant was overbroad. 
  • The motion also requests that the court appoint an independent, third party to review the seized documents. “​​In light of recent FBI behavior when President Trump is a part of its aim, this Court should feel obliged to demand candor and transparency, and not just ‘trust us’ assertions from DOJ. The appointment of a Special Master with a fair-minded approach…is an appropriate use of this Court’s authority on such sensitive matters,” the motion said.
  • Trump also criticized Attorney General Merrick Garland for holding a press conference to announce that DOJ filed a motion asking the court to unseal the search warrant. “President Donald J. Trump is the clear front runner in the 2024 Republican Presidential Primary and in the 2024 General Election, should he decide to run. The statement clearly suggests that the decision to raid Mar-a-Lago, a mere 90 days before the 2022 midterm elections, involved political calculations aimed at diminishing the leading voice in the Republican party, President Trump,” Trump argued.

A former police detective pled guilty to a federal conspiracy charge in connection with the police killing of Breonna Taylor.

  • Former Louisville Metro Police Detective Kelly Goodlett admitted to misleading a judge into approving the search of Taylor’s apartment, during which police shot and killed her. Goodlett also admitted to conspiring to cover up her false statements to the judge by further making false statements to investigators after police killed Taylor.
  • Goodlett admitted that she, along with former detective Joshua Jaynes, included false information in the affidavit in support of the search warrant, including that a U.S. Postal Inspector confirmed that Taylor’s boyfriend—who was the subject of a drug investigation—was receiving packages at her apartment and that he was using her apartment as his home address.
  • Goodlett also admitted that she conspired to obstruct the investigation into Taylor’s death by providing a false “investigative letter” to criminal investigators. In addition, Goodlett met with Jaynes in his garage to devise a false cover story to recite to investigators about the formation of the affidavit.
  • Goodlett is facing up to five years in prison. Earlier this month, a grand jury indicted three other former officers, including Jaynes, on charges of, among other things, violating Taylor’s civil rights and making false statements. Goodlett is expected to testify against Jaynes at his criminal trial, which is slated to start in October.

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