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Supreme Court To Hear Case Regarding Warrantless Police Use Of GPS

July 1, 2011 by  

The Supreme Court is hearing a case that may affect some warrantless searches.The United States Supreme Court recently said that it would review a case regarding whether the placement of a GPS device on a suspect’s car by police constitutes a warrantless search.

The case the high court will review involves Antoine Jones, a nightclub owner and suspected drug dealer in Washington, D.C. According to The Washington Times, police obtained a warrant to place the GPS on Jones’ car, which specified that the device must be installed within D.C. and within 10 days.

However, authorities installed the device 11 days after receiving the warrant, while the vehicle was parked in Maryland. According to the news provider, this forced police and prosecutors to argue that a warrant is not needed to install a GPS device.

A number of courts have ruled differently on the case, with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals overturning the life sentence Jones received for allegedly dealing drugs. The news provider reports that because of the differing opinions of lower courts, the Supreme Court has an incentive to hear the case and determine whether GPS devices can be used by police without warrants.

Reuters reports that the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case after an appeal was filed by President Barack Obama’s Administration.

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  • Marty

    It figures that the obie administration filed an appeal because holder doesn’t want his people prosecuted for dealing drugs. Its okay for his people to be protected by the DOJ to include the batfe which let guns go south and are killing innocent people. But no one knew in the higher ups about it. There excuse for gun control!!!!!! Join the NRA buy a gun and plenty of ammo.

    • DanB

      I might despise drug dealers, however, as much as it might disgust me, I must state that the terms of the warrant must be enforced or the Rule of Law is lost and we ARE under tyranny of the state. Some will argue that this is already true, and I know in many cases it is. That does not mean that we go and yield more of our freedoms just because we want a particular drug dealer behind bars. If the law is thrown out so we can get an otherwise known criminal behind bars, where else will the law be conveniently ignored? Isn’t it already ignored enough? Why add more to the list of powers we give to our government over us? If they no longer need a warrant to plant a GPS to track a suspected criminal, then what happens if they decide to plant a GPS on my vehicle because I subscribe to the conservative media, such Personal Liberty Digest online? Because we decided to take away the rights of the criminal to Rule of Law, we also surrender our own rights to Rule of Law. So when they come and throw me and others like me in internment camps for being conservative, perhaps I will remember that it was piece by piece we threw away our freedoms. Each piece sacrificed because it was for some little good cause until in the whole we have no freedoms left.



  • Bert Cundle

    THAT IS SO, SIMPLE… [X]Yes [ ] No

  • Bob Marshall

    Any thing seem to be legal for the police because we are living in a police state.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Confoundme once but not twice

    Don`t You Get IT Yet…That Impeaching b.Obama would not accomplish anything Good ( In the interest of This Countrys` well-being ) UNLESS the Majority of Congress ( House and Senate ) IS Also Replaced ? THEY would only ‘place someone else in b.Obamas` stead..who would be of their ilk..and more willing to ‘roll over & play dead’ everytime they called on him to do so. Folks, 2012 just can`t arrive soon enough. My best advice would be… Prepare yourselves for a Bumpy Ride…but Hold your Fire ! Any anger-tantrums will be used against us. THe “powers-that-be’ are just itching for an excuse to call for ‘martial law.. so as to start rounding up ‘dissident citizens,’( anyone who is showing Disapproval with this ‘guvmt’ in any manner ) and begin, in earnest, to fill those ‘secret internment Camps that are scattered all over these United States ..[in excess of 600 …that are standing in a readiness hold millions of people. And don`t think for one second that THEY don`t have enough ‘paid mercenaries’ imported into this country Already.. who can Do the JOB. ( Can`t expect OUR Nationl Guard to do this Deed.. the family-ties and friends,You Know ?? ) Noone Wants a Fight..but I don`t think the Patriots of this Republic will ever run from it, but if provoked..Will Fight to uphold our Constitutional rights…( Rights that millions have died to attain, and that we hold dear…and will never accede to give up.) I`m certain There are millions here who hold My views. B.I.O. !

  • Raggs

    Next step…. RFID chipsets imbedded in every Americans citizens hand or forehead.

    BTW that will be the day I kill as many of them as possible.

  • richard

    So if someone attaches something to my vehicle then that thing is mine. Right ? So if I remove it and attach it to a cross country semi trailer, I’ve done nothing illegal. Right ?….Hahaha ! The stupid cops will be trying to figure out why I’m in Miami one day and Detroit a few days later, and in L.A. a week later !

    • Raggs

      No just attach one to a mexican it makes for an easier target.

      • tremenda

        Why not an Italian…remember Mafia? come on…stop making dumb statement.

    • tremenda

      That was funny what you said about confusing the cops…why one day in Miami the next in Detroit..If it’s for a big serial killer or the worst crime there could be then I would approve it. But…what can one find in a smaller investigation…the person going to Walmart, CVS, or home or to work. waste of time for those in uniform that we pay their salaries.

  • s c

    If it was only local police who wanted this option, it might be tolerable. However, since all law enforcement agencies answer to the The Anointed One [aka Pretender-in-Chief], screw it and all who want it.
    From now on, everyone will want us to trade our freedoms for a temporary sense of security. It is a sign of the devolving times, and anyone who falls for it will soon regret it.

  • Abby

    A person who has nothing to hide,hides nothing.
    Have you ever wondered why in a court case everyone who speaks takes an oath to tell the truth—- except the Lawyers.
    This is similar to everyone being required to check their guns at the door. EXCEPT the assassin.


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