Case Brief – United States v. Antoine Jones
132 S.Ct. 945, 181 L.Ed.2d 911, 80 BNA USLW 4125, 12 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 887, 2012 Daily Journal D.A.R. 895, 23 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 102 Parties:
United States, Petitioner/Plaintiff
Antoine Jones, Respondent/Defendant
The United States Government obtained a search warrant permitting it to install a GPS device on a vehicle registered to respondent Jones's wife. The warrant was for installation in the District of Columbia and within a 10 day time frame, however agents installed the device on the 11th day and in the state of Maryland. The Government tracked the vehicle's movements for 28 days and secured an indictment of Jones and others on drug trafficking conspiracy charges. The District Court suppressed the GPS data obtained while the vehicle was parked at Jones's residence, but held the remaining data admissible. Jones was convicted. The D.C. Circuit reversed, concluding that admission of the evidence obtained by warrantless use of the GPS device violated the Fourth Amendment. Prior Proceedings:
Defendants were convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia after their attempts to suppress evidence (451 F.Supp.2d 71) and motion for reconsideration (511 F.Supp.2d 74) were denied. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed that decision (615 F.3d 544). Issue:
Does the attachment of a GPS tracking device to an individual's vehicle, and subsequent use of that device to monitor the vehicle's movements on public streets, constitute a search or seizure within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment. Holding:
The Supreme Court held that attachment of GPS tracking device to vehicle, and subsequent use of that device to monitor vehicle's movements on public streets, was search within meaning of Fourth Amendment.
The Government's attachment of the...
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