• Oct 23, 2013
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The Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a pervious Supreme Court ruling stating federal authorities must seek out a warrant before equipping suspects' vehicles with GPS monitoring devices. {C} Previously, the Supreme Court had ruled that attaching such a device without a warrant constituted unreasonable search and seizure, a violation of the Fourth Amendment. This latest ruling said law enforcement officials need probable cause to obtain those warrants -- meaning they can't just be suspicious that a crime is happening.



The Third Circuit case involved a crime ring targeting Rite Aid pharmacies. The FBI used a"'slap-on" GPS tracking device to follow electrician Harry Katzin, who was suspected of cutting the stores' alarms before each heist. Ars Technica reported that while the FBI had the permission of the United States Attorney, they did not have a warrant. Katzin and two of his brothers where later arrested and charged with the robberies using evidence gathered via the tracking devices. This recent ruling means the primary evidence against the Katzin brothers will be inadmissible in court.

The Supreme Court ruled in the 2012 case of The United States v. Jones that such practices were unconstitutional, however that ruling didn't address whether a lower legal standard than probable cause could apply. In 2008 Antoine Jones was convicted of operating a cocaine ring based on evidence gathered via a GPS device that police placed on his Jeep. Evidence gathered by the device was thrown out of court and his conviction overturned. After three trials, Jones accepted a plea deal for 15 years with credit for time served.

The Third Circuit Court ruled that such devices fly in the face of the protections afforded citizens by the Fourth Amendment. Katzin and his accomplices will have the evidence against them thrown out of court. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation both released statements applauding the ruling.


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      Tempany
      • 2 Days Ago
      You Know, One Law Could Change A Lot Of ALL This Corruption In Our Society... We Have People Cheering the Release Of Criminals on Technicalities Because The VERY ONES We Trust To Uphold The Law Of The Righteous Ones, Are Corrupt Themselves... EVERYDAY!!! Teachers Are Being Charged With Crimes Against The Children They Are Entrusted To Teach, Religious Leaders Cover up Pedophile Priests By Moving Them To Different Parishes, Police Officers Turning To Criminal Activity Because Lawyers Without A Conscience or Because Of An "Oath" Use Every Nefarious Means To Put Criminals Back On The Streets... Politicians With Severe Cerebral Psychopathic Tendencies Give Orders To Kill Innocent Citizens In Quest Of The Ultimate Power Trip... World Domination... ENACT THE RICO LAW FOR ALL PUBLIC SERVANTS... 20 To Life Will Run A Lot Of The Corruption Out Of Our System And Extend The Longevity Of This Great Nation, We Need To Kill This Fast Moving Cancer Which Has Destroyed So Many Other Great Empires & Dynasties Throughout History... One Law Could Do So Much Good For Righteousness and True Justice!!! Write Your Congressman... Let Him Know We Want Competent and Trustworthy Leaders... One Little Law Will Help Achieve The Most Trustworthy Leadership EVER IN HISTORY!!! "You May Say I'm A Dreamer, But I'm Not The Only One..."
      ddiribbons
      • 2 Days Ago
      This is the only country in the world where a bank robber commits the crime without a face mask in plain view of 20 witnesses. He is later arrested, identified by the witnesses, but the arresting officers fail to read him the Miranda. The judge will set him free. Our "justice" system is progressively going down the toilet.
        fishbbtnc
        • 2 Days Ago
        @ddiribbons
        Plus the "law enforcement" folks, for the most part, can't find their own rear end in a broom closet, stark naked and using both hands! Most criminals are caught by luck.
        Tempany
        • 2 Days Ago
        @ddiribbons
        You Know, One Law Could Change A Lot Of ALL This Corruption In Our Society... We Have People Cheering the Release Of Criminals on Technicalities Because The VERY ONES We Trust To Uphold The Law Of The Righteous Ones, Are Corrupt Themselves... EVERYDAY!!! Teachers Are Being Charged With Crimes Against The Children They Are Entrusted To Teach, Religious Leaders Cover up Pedophile Priests By Moving Them To Different Parishes, Police Officers Turning To Criminal Activity Because Lawyers Without A Conscience or Because Of An "Oath" Use Every Nefarious Means To Put Criminals Back On The Streets... Politicians With Severe Cerebral Psychopathic Tendencies Give Orders To Kill Innocent Citizens In Quest Of The Ultimate Power Trip... World Domination... ENACT THE RICO LAW FOR ALL PUBLIC SERVANTS... 20 To Life Will Run A Lot Of The Corruption Out Of Our System And Extend The Longevity Of This Great Nation, We Need To Kill This Fast Moving Cancer Which Has Destroyed So Many Other Great Empires & Dynasties Throughout History... One Law Could Do So Much Good For Righteousness and True Justice!!! Write Your Congressman... Let Him Know We Want Competent and Trustworthy Leaders... One Little Law Will Help Achieve The Most Trustworthy Leadership EVER IN HISTORY!!! "You May Say I'm A Dreamer, But I'm Not The Only One..."
        • 2 Days Ago
        @ddiribbons
        Your right, I for one would love to know that a GPS has been put on a vehicle of a child molester that they are watching when he grabs one of our neighborhood kids. bcrane43 must not have any family members that he loves enough to let the law enforcers protect us. Another thing, ever since the gun law thing everyone is yelling "OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS" Before that most of us couldn't tell you all of our rights without looking them up. Lets put more common sense back in our lives. Just like the government listening in on terrorist and reading their email every government does it they just don't have a Snowden. If your not a terrorist or talking to one you have nothing to worry about.
        • 2 Days Ago
        @ddiribbons
        You sir/ma,am are a moron..he would only be set free by the judge if he confessed to the bank robbery after not being read his Miranda rights and that was the only evidence against him. I suppose you would rather have a justice system like the middle east where you are tortured until you confess, then tried without a lawyer and hung in the town square.
        lewtheprof
        • 2 Days Ago
        @ddiribbons
        Key word there is "progressive"ly...
      • 2 Days Ago
      My concerns are that local police are putting scanner chips on license plates and will track people that have previous infractions like DUI's. thus targeting these cars for minor infractions with the hope of getting more DUI money. thus profiling and entraping people.
        JRivers
        • 2 Days Ago
        Number one, I think you are paranoid, neither you, nor I, is that important. Number two, IF someone is driving under the influence I hope the cops get off the road before they kill someone. If you drink don't drive, then it won't matter if the cops are "tracking" you or not.
      • 2 Days Ago
      They should have said it is part of a NSA operation. It would have been legal and no warrant needed.
      fowlerno1ins
      • 2 Days Ago
      So,they're not qiute NAZI GERMANY in America yet.
      efat53yz
      • 2 Days Ago
      how come the ACLU always has the smartest lawyers????
      SHORTY
      • 2 Days Ago
      BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.....CIRC 1984
      Buckingham's
      • 2 Days Ago
      The police can do ANYTHING these days because they are the police.
        posthuf
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Buckingham's
        Bet you didn't know you'd be living in a police state when you elected the current administration, did you. Never crossed your alleged mind!
      tsafa
      • 2 Days Ago
      About time the Court did something to protect the People from the Govt.
        iseedeadpeople24
        • 2 Days Ago
        @tsafa
        Yeah, even the crooks who are stealing and killing need protection from Big Brother.
      • 2 Days Ago
      Mark, what constitutes "legitimate"? That is very subjective. Thank God the court ruled as they did. And John, they aren't Liberal judges. They upholding your rights as well. Don't be blind and think that the cops and agents of the government are all true blue American boys.And John don't call people names. I am a Marine myself and don't need to see ignorance when you fly the flag brother
      • 2 Days Ago
      I apologize for my grammatical error typo to those who will be offended by it... "be be" should have been "will be")
      burthurt
      • 2 Days Ago
      Good for the courts
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