By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police need to get a search warrant before installing a GPS device on private property used to tail a suspect, siding with a D.C. nightclub owner convicted in what authorities had called the largest cocaine seizure in city history.
The Supreme Court expressed deep reservations Tuesday about police use of GPS technology to track criminal suspects without a warrant.
The Supreme Court invoked visions of an all-seeing Big Brother and satellites watching us from above. Then things got personal Tuesday when the justices were told police could slap GPS devices on their cars and track their movements, without asking a judge for advance approval.
The Metropolitan Police Department is being ordered to pay nearly a quarter of a million dollars in attorney's fees to three police officers who were improperly dismissed from the department in 1998.
Ruling that federal agents erred in attaching a satellite tracking device to a vehicle without a search warrant, a federal appeals court has reversed the life sentence of man accused of running a major Washington drug ring.
Ruling that federal agents erred in attaching a satellite tracking device to a vehicle without a search warrant, a federal appeals court Friday reversed the life sentence of man accused of running a major Washington drug ring.
"It's pretty scary," Mr. Leckar said.
Leckar said perhaps police could use the GPS device to follow someone for one day or one trip, without first getting a warrant.