High Court GPS Case Doesn't Cover Stolen Phone, Court Says

Law360, Los Angeles (June 12, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT) -- A California state appeals court ruled Tuesday that police did not violate a suspected robber’s privacy rights when they used a stolen smartphone’s GPS system to track him, saying the U.S. Supreme Court's 2012 ruling in U.S. v. Jones that GPS tracking of private property constitutes an invasion of privacy doesn’t apply to stolen property. 

A three-judge panel for the First Appellate District unanimously upheld the conviction and sentence of Lorenzo Barnes, who pled guilty to stealing the phone in a 2009 armed robbery in San...
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