Updating an earlier blog entry, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has unanimously ruled that law enforcement officers MUST obtain a search warrant to track criminal suspects with GPS tracking devices. Justice Antonin Scalia said that the installation of a GPS device by the governement was a search and did require a warrant.
Justice Scalia further noted that "[b]y attaching the device to the Jeep . . . officers encroached on aprotected area." He concluded that the installation of the GPS device on the vehicle was a trespass and that without a warrant, amounted to an illegal search.
Jones, a Washington night-club owner, had been charged with, and convicted of, drug conspiracy. His appealed the conviction to the Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals overturned the conviction.