Federal Appeals Court Hears Warrantless GPS Tracking Case

It’s the issue that just won’t go away, and for good reason. Many Americans are passionate about their privacy, and this case puts that well-protected privacy at risk. In March, the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments from both the ACLU and the Obama administration, and must decide whether or not to allow the act of placing GPS tracking devices onto the vehicles of suspected criminals without a warrant.   This all stems from the Jones case, where the court ruled then that it was unconstitutional to do so – it goes against the Fourth Amendment, after all.Read More

Obama Administration Argues For Warrantless GPS Tracking

As you may recall, last year we covered the U.S. v Antoine Jones case in detail. The case involved an alleged drug trafficker in the D.C. area. Police gathered enough evidence to convict Jones, but the verdict was appealed because police failed to obtain a warrant before attaching a GPS tracking device to his vehicle. Jones went back and forth in appeals courts until his case landed in the high U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court judges ruled that a warrant was necessary for tracking suspects with a GPS device. More than a year after that historic ruling, the ObamaRead More

ACLU Sues FBI For GPS Tracking Memos

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been on the front lines of the warrantless GPS tracking debate from day one. Now, almost a year after the Supreme Court ruled that tracking suspects with a GPS device is considered a search under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the ACLU is suing the FBI over documents regarding the ruling. At that time, the FBI had an estimated 3,000 GPS tracking devices on the field, with and without warrants. When the Supreme Court’s ruling was announced, the FBI sent out two memos to agents, instructing them to turn off allRead More

Obama Administration Claims Warrantless GPS Tracking is Legal and Necessary

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Back in January of this year, the US Supreme Court ruled that a warrant is constitutionally required before attaching a GPS tracking device to a suspect’s vehicle. In the historic case, US v. Jones, the evidence gathered from a GPS tracking device, placed on Antoine Jones’ vehicle by federal agents was deemed unusable. Despite the ruling from the highest court in the land, the Obama Administration is arguing that GPS tracking does not require a warrant. “A warrant is not needed for a GPS search, as the [Supreme] Court … did not resolve that question.” said a spokesperson from theRead More

Violation of Warrantless GPS Tracking Ruling in CA

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Yet another “good faith” warrantless GPS tracking case, this time in California, has come before a judge. This time, fire investigators collected evidence from a suspected arsonist using a GPS tracking device which they affixed to the suspect’s vehicle. Now Jonathan Griffin, his defense attorney, is attempting to have all evidence gathered via the tracking device suppressed in the case against Jairo Perkins-Grubbs. Perkins-Grubbs is suspected to have set suspicious fires on upper Paradise ridge from late July to October 3 rd and faces 20 felony charges. He is a former volunteer firefighter found to have an arson conviction outRead More

Evidence Collected With Warrantless GPS Tracking Device Deemed Admissible

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It appears not all citizens are protected from warrantless tracking after all, despite the recent Supreme Court ruling in the Jones case which declared GPS tracking of suspected criminals conducted without a warrant unconstitutional. In Iowa, a federal judge decided evidence gathered with a warrantless GPS tracking device installed on the vehicle in the case against a suspected drug trafficker is admissible in court. DEA agents affixed a GPS tracking device on the car of Angel Amaya without first obtaining a warrant, and US District Judge Mark Bennett declared the evidence was admissible in court because the device was placedRead More

Iowa Police Chief Weighs In On Supreme Court’s Warrantless Tracking Decision

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We’ve provided extensive coverage of the recent Supreme Court ruling calling for authorities to first obtain a warrant prior to placing a GPS tracking device on a suspect’s car. The FBI is merely one of many agencies who have frowned upon the decision, arguing that it is just going to make their jobs more difficult by making it harder to prove the wrong-doings of certain suspects. Others, like Iowa City Police Chief Sam Hargadine, disagree. Regarding the court’s ruling, Hargadine said, “I’m surprised it’s taken this long, and I would agree with the court that this is an invasion of privacy.Read More

Warrantless GPS Tracking: An Open Door That Must Be Closed

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The U.S. v. Jones case came before the Supreme Court on January 23 rd, and for those who haven ‘t a clue what this case is about, here’s the rundown: Antoine Jones, wanted for drug distribution, had a GPS tracking device installed on his personal vehicle after the warrant claiming the Washington, DC authorities could do so had expired. He was convicted based on the information gathered by the GPS device, but the DC court overturned the ruling due to the fact the tracking device was placed without a warrant. The Supreme Court, after much deliberation, agreed with the lowerRead More

How Will GPS Tracking Change Modern Law Enforcement?

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Before the United States Supreme Court gave its recent ruling mandating a warrant for clandestine GPS tracking of suspects, police in Staunton, VA, were tracking a small-time criminal. Kameron Dee Coverstone-Jenkins was allegedly on a spree of break-ins, smash-and-grabs, and general thievery. Police had secretly placed a GPS locator on his truck. Law enforcement used the device to track Coverstone-Jenkins as a dirt bike was stolen, and then a car theft that allegedly yielded the criminal $14,000 in jewelry. Police arrested Coverstone-Jenkins as he attempted to sell the jewelry to a shopping mall jewelry store. The GPS tracker aided police as theyRead More

Supreme Court Ruling Could Make or Break First-Degree Murder Trial

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In wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling, calling warrantless GPS tracking unconstitutional, attorneys around the country are digging through their cases and filing appeals. Eric Vernon, Shon Pernice’s defense lawyer, is no exception. Pernice, an independent firefighter in Kansas City, MO, is charged with first-degree murder of his spouse, whose body has yet to be found. He is scheduled to stand trial later this month, and his attorney hopes that the recent Supreme Court ruling will work favorably in Pernice’s case. Renee Pernice, the suspect’s spouse, was reported missing in January of 2009. Investigators and Renee’s family believe herRead More