This prosecution is based on a series of bank robberies. The Government used the Stored Communications Act to obtain cell site location information for the defendant’s cell phone. The Court, in a brief order, invoked the good faith exception, stating that there was binding Third Circuit precedent permitting these actions. That case is :In re Application of U.S. for an Order Directing a Provider of Elec. Commc’n Service to Disclose Records to Government, 620 F.3d 304, 313 (3d Cir. 2010). Interestingly, this case is not mentioned in the Carpenter case among the other Circuit Court rulings that Carpenter was overruling. This holding was apparently reaffirmed in United States v. Stimler, 864 F.3d 253 (3d Cir. 2017) (“However, Riley focused primarily on protecting the contents of cell phones, not metadata generated from cell phone usage. This distinction is far from trivial . . . .”).
The case is United States v. Boyle, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 166096, 2018 WL 4635783 (E.D. Penn.) (September 27)