United States v. Jones.pdf - United States v Jones 565 U.S 400(2012 Facts of the Case Jones was the owner and operator of a nightclub in D.C and there

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United States v. Jones 565 U.S. 400 (2012) Facts of the Case Jones was the owner and operator of a nightclub in D.C. and there was suspicion of narcotic trafficking. The police issued a warrant that lasted 10 days to apply the GPS tracker on Jones’ vehicle in D.C. and on the 11th day they attached a GPS on the Jeep in Maryland after the warrant had expired. In October of 2005 Jones was arrested for drug possession after police put a tracker on his vehicle and followed him around for a month. Issues Does putting a GPS tracking device on a suspect’s vehicle without a warrant violate the Fourth Amendment rights? Decisions (9-0) Unanimous Decision Yes Reasoning Justice Scalia wrote the reasoning of the Court. He stated that the use of the GPS tracking device without a warrant constituted as unlawful search under the fourth amendment. Separate Opinions
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Unformatted text preview: Justice Sotomayor wrote the concurring opinion agreeing that the government invaded Jones’ privacy, although it was his wife’s vehicle he was the main driver and it violated the expectation of privacy. Justice Alito concurred in the judgement stating that analysis of a "search" under the Fourth Amendment did not apply to electronic situations in this case therefore the search was reasonable. Analysis I agree with the Justices in this case. The applying of a GPS tracking device on a suspect’s vehicle without a warrant is unlawful and violates the fourth amendment. Jones’ privacy was violated and the government had no warrant to put a tracking device on his car. Although he could have been drug trafficking, any evidence obtained through the unlawful “search” should be deemed inadmissible in a court of law....
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