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Sennett v. US, 11-1421

In a suit by a photojournalist seeking money damages against the federal government for FBI agents' alleged violations of the Privacy Protection Act (PPA) stemming from a search of her apartment, the district court’s order granting summary judgment to the United States is affirmed, where: 1) the facts as alleged showed that the officers had probable cause to believe that the plaintiff was involved in criminal activity; and 2) the search of her home related to the investigation of that activity, so that the "suspect exception" to the PPA applied.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 01/30/2012
  • Published 01/30/2012


  • Traxler


  • United States Fourth Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Jeffrey Louis Light, Julie Ann Edelstein