Sunday, March 15, 2009

Spatial Law and Policy review

From The Daily Star, in Oneota, New York, an article describing how information obtained by a GPS device was used by police in convicting a man of second-degree murder. Interestingly, the device had been placed in his car by her husband, who apparently believed he was having an affair.

In a related matter . . .

Amici Curiae brief filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation in connection with the use of GPS device to track individuals suspected in drug distribution. EFF claims that use of such devices by law enforcement without first obtaining a warrant is a violation of an individual's Fourth Amendment rights. For those interested in this topic, it is worth reading to see how they distinguish this case from use of "beepers", which Supreme Court has permitted being used without a warrant.

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