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Hello,Thank you for the information and your question. If an officer knowingly, or recklessly, provides false information in an effort to obtain a search warrant, then that is a violation of Federal law (see 42 U.S.C. 1983). The individual harmed by the false statement could file a Federal lawsuit against the officer. In addition, of course, if the person is arrested and charged with a crime, their attorney can file a motion to suppress any evidence gathered as a result of the warrant that was issued based on false information. Please let me know if you need any clarification. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.
What would the federal lawsuit be? Libel? Slander?