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January 23, 2012

Jones: High Court Rules No to Warrantless GPS Tracking

The U.S. Supreme Court today held that the Fourth Amendment prohibited law enforcement from using GPS devices to conduct surveillance on suspects without a warrant in the case, United States v. Jones.

The Jones case began in 2004. At that time, a federal and local law enforcement task force began investigating the defendant, a nightclub owner and operator, for alleged cocaine trafficking. As part of the investigation, the law enforcement officers attempted to locate co-conspirators the drug stash locations by conducting traditional visual surveillance and installing a camera near the defendant's nightclub.

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