Supreme Court Watch: US v. Jones Decision
This morning, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in United States v. Jones, which we covered in November. As a reminder, this case involved law enforcement officers surreptitiously installing a global positioning satellite tracking device on a suspect’s vehicle.
While the decision was unanimous, there were three differing opinions, ranging from Justice Scalia’s (the majority, and most moderate, opinion), to Justice Sotomayor’s.
The Court held that attaching such a device constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment, because it violates the suspect’s reasonable expectation of privacy. As such, a tracking device requires a warrant.
What was less clear was the details of just how far law enforcement officers can go before they need a warrant. Justice Scalia refused to comment on the reasonableness of the search itself, since the lower courts did not address that issue. For this reason, we can expect future cases to be argued before the Court, involving the intersection of GPS devices and reasonable suspicion.
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