Supreme Judicial Court Rules In Favor Of Police Using GPS Units

September 22, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – The Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that police can legally break into vehicles owned by suspects and secretly install GPS units, as long as they have a warrant and reasonable cause.

The ruling ends the appeal of Everett H. Connolly, who was arrested on drug trafficking charges in 2004 after police installed a GPS in his vehicle, and tracked him movements.

In addition to installing the GPS, police now have 15 days before they are required to prove that it needs to remain. That is more than twice the past allowance to law enforcement.

While some may question the privacy issues, officials say it will actually protect the public. Police will be required to provide more evidence than was once needed to get clearance from a judge to install the GPS.

“It’s good for the public, and it’s good for the rule of law. I don’t think it is currently a frequent law enforcement tactic. But the important point now is that it is much less likely to become a frequent tactic,” Committee of Public Counsel Service chief William Leahy was quoted on the ruling.



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