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U. S. Supreme Court rules that warrant is necessary to attach GPS devices to vehicles

The U. S. Supreme Court ruled today that police must first obtain a search warrant before using GPS devices to track a suspect’s vehicle, agreeing with an earlier appeals court ruling, but rejecting the Obama administration’s position on the case.

In delivering the decision, Justice Antonia Scalia wrote that the court holds “that the government’s installation of a GPS device on a target’s vehicle, and its use of that device to monitor the vehicle’s movements, constitutes a ‘search,'” and therefore violated the individual’s Fourth Amendment rights.

The case itself concerned a Washington, D.C. club owner and suspected drug dealer, Antoine Jones, who had his vehicle’s movements monitored for a month and was eventually sentenced to life in prison. Jones’ conviction was overturned by the aforementioned appellate court on the grounds that the police did not have a search warrant when they placed the GPS tracking device on his vehicle.

This is a win for U. S. citizens’ rights.

Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chief
Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chiefhttp://www.mikodreamz.com
Vice-President & Asst. Editor-in-Chief of The Heat Magazine, Arlene is a Louisiana native, Certified Paralegal, Publicist, Owner of MIKODreamz PR, co-owner of 504Diffusion, writer, producer, and jack of all trades, who is heavily involved in her community as well as serving as Media Advisor for New Orleans Union for Entertainment (NOUE), Member of the NOLA Music Awards from 2012-present & Member of the Press Club of New Orleans. Her work is published across the web. Her PR work has been highly recognized & awarded. She was/is publicist for the late great BTY YoungN, 0017th and more. She is also working on her first novel & aspires to turn it into a film & is currently writing the authorized biography of the legendary Pimp C of UGK. She can be reached via email at Arlene@theheatmag.com. Follow her on Twitter - @CategorySeven & Instagram - @hurricanearlene.
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