Tuesday, January 24, 2012

SCOTUS Makes It Harder for the Snoops

Good ruling.

The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday that when police use GPS tracking devices on suspect vehicles, that does constitute a search. That ruling effectively wipes out a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that said the opposite, and could mean big changes for local police.

Some are calling this ruling the biggest Fourth Amendment ruling of the computer age. The U.S. Supreme Court has decided that police will need to get a search warrant from a judge in most cases, before they can stick a GPS tracking device on a suspect's vehicle.

If it's a solid case, the warrant will be issued.  Right?


Billiam said...

about time...Of course, Scalia apparently differentiates between privacy in your auto and private property, ie: Kelo.

James Pawlak said...

With Wisconsin's new "Castle Law" persons seen on your property who represent a threat (Was is a "bug" or a "bomb"? Where they openly identified as law-enforcement officers?) can be killed with the mandated presumption of legality given to the home owner/lessor.

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