Ruling: Police must get warrants for GPS trackers


If the police have to get warrants for these now, then what will the states do about these harebrained schemes to track mileage via GPS to tax citizens?

A federal appeals court has laid down new restrictions on police who use GPS to catch suspected criminals.

The recent ruling by the 3rd Circuit Court in Philadelphia is putting many cases on hold and might overturn quite a few more as evidence is thrown out in Maryland and elsewhere.

The panel expanded an earlier Supreme Court ruling and requires police to get a warrant before attaching a GPS tracking device on a suspect’s vehicle.

The court agreed that the practice which has been commonplace since the system became available a few years ago amounts to a violation of 4th Amendment protection against unreasonable searches.

The exception is in the case of an imminent danger.

The justice department is considering an appeal.

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton

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