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Kyllo v US - KYLLOv.UNITEDSTATES CIRCUIT...

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SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES KYLLO  v.  UNITED STATES CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH  CIRCUIT No. 99—8508. Argued February 20, 2001–Decided June 11, 2001 Suspicious that marijuana was being grown in petitioner Kyllo’s home in a  triplex, agents used a thermal imaging device to scan the triplex to determine  if the amount of heat emanating from it was consistent with the high-intensity  lamps typically used for indoor marijuana growth. The scan showed that  Kyllo’s garage roof and a side wall were relatively hot compared to the rest of  his home and substantially warmer than the neighboring units. Based in part  on the thermal imaging, a Federal Magistrate Judge issued a warrant to  search Kyllo’s home, where the agents found marijuana growing. After Kyllo  was indicted on a federal drug charge, he unsuccessfully moved to suppress  the evidence seized from his home and then entered a conditional guilty plea.  The Ninth Circuit ultimately affirmed, upholding the thermal imaging on the  ground that Kyllo had shown no subjective expectation of privacy because he  had made no attempt to conceal the heat escaping from his home. Even if he  had, ruled the court, there was no objectively reasonable expectation of  privacy because the thermal imager did not expose any intimate details of  Kyllo’s life, only amorphous hot spots on his home’s exterior.
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