Big brother and the law of unintended consequences

 Never thought the Supreme Court ruling on GPS tracking devices would create such a wave of actions. Parts of it are almost humorous and it means the law enforcement community will have to go back to good old detective work.

No doubt it will also mean that more than a few men and women will get released from prison as a result of fruits of the poison tree. Then there is the potential for reversing sentences and convictions.

“…Mr. Weissmann, speaking at a University of San Francisco conference called “Big Brother in the 21st Century” on Friday, said that the court ruling prompted the FBI to turn off about 3,000 GPS tracking devices that were in use.

For instance, he said, agency is now “wrestling” with the legality of whether agents can lift up the lid of a trash can without committing trespass. The majority opinion in U.S. v. Jones held that the agents had trespassed when placing the GPS device on a car without warrant….”

FBI Turns Off Thousands of GPS Devices After Supreme Court Ruling.

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