6th Circ. Backs Police Use Of GPS Data To Track Cellphone

Law360, New York (August 14, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT) -- Federal agents didn’t violate a drug runner’s Fourth Amendment rights when they tracked him with GPS data on his pay-as-you-go cellphone, the Sixth Circuit said in a published opinion Tuesday, adding that a court order authorizing the surveillance wasn’t necessary.

Convicted marijuana trafficker Melvin Skinner, known as “Big Foot” to his accomplices, argued his privacy rights were violated by secret monitoring of his phone, but the majority opinion said high-tech devices possess no special exemption from observation.

“The law cannot be that a criminal is entitled...
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