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SCOTUS: Police GPS Trackers Require Warrant

January 23, 2012  | 

Federal agents violated a suspect's privacy rights, when they used a Global Positioning System device to track his movements for 28 days without a warrant, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.

The court handed down its unanimous ruling Tuesday, and split 5-4 on the rationale for the decision in Unites States v. Jones, reports the New York Times.

The case centered around Antoine Jones, the owner of a Washington D.C. nightclub who was suspected of being involved in a cocaine-selling operation. Agents placed a tracker on his Jeep Grand Cherokee without a warrent. He was sentenced to life in prison based on the evidence obtained by agents. A majority of justices considered the placing of the device an unreasonable search.

Tags: GPS, U.S. Supreme Court Cases, Fourth Amendment


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Rob @ 1/23/2012 6:52 PM

5-4

JARVIS D. KRAZMAZE 6GUNNS @ 1/23/2012 8:34 PM

SOMETIMES A INSTANCE JUDGEMENT CALL CAN END ALL. BUT IT'S A SITUATION WHEN YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE ABIDING BAY THE LAWS OF THE LAND AND COURTS. MY WORDS IS SOMETIMES IT IS WHAT IT IS BUT THAT IS WHY BE MUST MACKE THE RIGHT CHOICES TO CONTINUE OUR WORK AND UNDERSTAND THAT OTHERS LIFES MY BE AT STAKE WETHER GUILTY OR NOT.

LAW ABIDING CITIZENS.

Bill @ 3/6/2012 3:04 AM

well said Frarvis

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