Some time ago, I wrote about cases involving warrantless GPS tracking of automobiles; those cases were bound to be appealed. Now one of them has been. (You can read the original posts here, here, and here.) NPR recaps the situation nicely:
In the case against Antoine Jones (discussed in the second link, above), a conviction relying heavily on the use of a warrantless GPS tracking device was thrown out by the Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. The question for the Supreme Court is this: do police need to get a warrant from a judge before attaching GPS device?
The government argues that there is no expectation of privacy regarding the location of one's vehicle on public roads; the Fourth Amendment only applies to the interior spaces, such as a glove box, locked drawer, etc. The defense points out that GPS tracking might be okay . . . if it's supported by a warrant, which in this case, it wasn't.
Stay tuned for the final ruling!
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