28 Nov '11, 2pm

GPS Tracking Without a Warrant

In 2005, the Washington, D.C., police suspected a nightclub owner, Antoine Jones, of being a drug dealer. They installed a fixed camera near his nightclub, they obtained phone records that showed the phone numbers of everyone he called on his cellphone, and they got a Title III wiretap for the cellphone conversations themselves. The police also got a warrant to attach a GPS device without Jones’s knowledge to his Jeep while it was parked in a public lot. Based in part on the GPS tracking, they found a drug stash house in Fort Washington, Md., and went on to convict Jones of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The GPS tracking, in other words, was a success. But in legal terms, they had botched the job—they attached it on the 11th day, when the warrant gave them 10 days, and they did it in the D.C. suburbs, when the warrant was limited to the District of Columbia. So, technic...

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