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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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