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Carrie   Leonetti  - University of Oregon. Eugene, OR, US

Carrie Leonetti

Professor, Constitutional Law | University of Oregon

Eugene, OR, United-States

Carrie Leonetti is an expert in wide-scale surveillance, wrongful convictions, prosecutorial charging, privacy, and search and seizure.






KVAL's Shelley Kurtz interviews Oregon Law's Carrie Leonetti



Carrie Leonetti is an expert in wide-scale surveillance, wrongful convictions, prosecutorial charging, privacy, and search and seizure. At the University of Oregon, she is an associate professor of constitutional law, criminal procedure, and evidence. Carrie is the Dean's Distinguished Faculty Fellow and leads the university's Criminal Justice Initiative. Her research focuses on privacy and search and seizure, prosecutorial charging, the effectiveness of defense counsel, comparative criminal procedure, and international rule-of-law reform.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Evidence Constitutional Law Criminal Procedure Research

Media Appearances (6)

Homeless Privacy

Oregon Public Broadcasting  radio


A recent appeals court ruling in Washington found that a homeless person had an expectation of privacy under state law when police looked inside his tarp shelter. In Oregon, a similar case turned up a different ruling. We hear from law professor Carrie Leonetti about how privacy laws apply to the homeless.

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With FaceID, Apple’s iPhone X wades into Fifth Amendment gray area

PBS Newshour  online


“There’s at least a very open question if [police] said, ‘Tell us your iPhone password.’ You could successfully assert your Fifth Amendment privilege,” Leonetti said. “The Fifth Amendment protects communication and probably thought processes. It does not protect other tangible things, like your fingerprints or your face.”

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Law professor discusses DeVos comment on black universities

Around the O  online


But UO law professor Carrie Leonetti says in an op-ed piece that black educational institutions actually came from policies explicitly preventing students from choosing their schools.

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Amazon releases Echo data in murder case, dropping First Amendment argument

PBS Newshour  


Carrie Leonetti, an associate law professor at the University of Oregon, said the Bates case highlights an important ongoing open issue in the field of constitutional criminal procedure.

“In my mind, as well as the minds of a lot of other privacy experts, the Echo has been a ticking constitutional time bomb, along with a lot of other features of smart homes and the internet of things,” Leonetti, who teaches criminal and constitutional law, said.

“The same issue has arisen with the NSA’s pattern analysis of American’s ‘telephony metadata,’ cell-site location tracking of suspects via subpoenas to the phone company, and GPS cell-phone tracking,” she added...

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Media week: UO scholars in the news during the past week

Around the O  online


Professor Carrie Leonetti talked about privacy issues around Amazon Echo in an online story for PBS NewsHour. And the Phoenix affiliate of National Public Radio interviewed professor Liz Tippett about whistleblower laws.

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Oregon police ID officers involved in fatal Bend shooting



University of Oregon law professor Carrie Leonetti countered that that theory "flies in the face" of nearly all social science research. Leonetti said via email that there are studies that claim the delay enhances accuracy, but questioned their validity.

"They are widely criticized as lacking good methodology, because they were conducted by people with ties to law enforcement and lack any meaningful peer review of their findings," Leonetti wrote...

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Articles (5)

Showing Up: Eyewitness-Identification Requirements in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Comparative Case Study Penn State Law Review


Almost all jurisdictions in the United States, at least under some circumstances, permit the highly suggestive procedure of a" showup"-in essence, a one-person lineup containing only the suspect.

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Painting the Roses Red: Confessions of a Recovering Public Defender Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law


The failings of the public defense system are well chronicled and oft bemoaned, but for me the failings are also personal.

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Counting Heads: Does the Existence of a National Consensus Give Rise to a Substantive Due Process Right to a Particular Criminal Procedure American Journal of Trial Advocacy


In this Article, the author argues that a" national consensus methodology" should be used to extend a federal substantive due process right to criminal defendants in situations where a large majority of states offer such protection.

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When the Emperor Has No Clothes: A Proposal for Defensive Summary Judgment in Criminal Cases Southern California Law Review


When combined, three doctrinal areas of criminal adjudication create a perfect storm for the long-term, unreviewable pretrial detention of individuals who are not only presumed innocent as a constitutional matter, but who may also, in fact, be innocent ...

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Independent and Adequate: Maryland's State Exclusionary Rule for Illegally Obtained Evidence University of Baltimore Law Review


The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place ...

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