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State Can Secretly Track Employees Using GPS

The New York Court of Appeals on June 27 held that while the state’s round-the-clock surveillance of an employee, via a GPS device attached to his car, was unreasonable, using GPS to track employees during business hours is perfectly legit. Ironically, the employee, Michael Cunningham, was a director at the state Department of Labor.   Fun on the Side Cunningham had been working at the DOL for 28 years, according to the opinion, when his employer became suspicious that he …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
No Right to Privacy When it Comes to Stolen Property

Word to the wise: In the field of Fourth Amendment protections, individuals have no expectation of privacy when it comes to stolen property. A cell phone thief in San Francisco saw his defense strategy shot down by an appeals court when he tried to argue that police violated his rights by remotely tracking down the phone and arresting him. Lorenzo Barnes robbed a couple at gunpoint near the marina at Fort Mason in 2009 and ran away, according to a …

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Posted 1 year ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Do Police Need a Warrant to Track Your Cell Phone?

Can police track your location via your cell phone without so much as obtaining a warrant? The answer, for now, is maybe. At issue is the practice of pinging a phone through the service carrier to create a real-time GPS or triangulation data point that law enforcement can use to figure out the phone’s location. A ruling issued in March by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared that the judges would “assume without deciding that pinging is a search.” …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Google Earth Used To Nab Suspect on the Lam

Police everywhere must be thankful that crooks and thugs just can’t bear to leave their phones at home. In a recent case, a domestic abuse and kidnapping suspect with a bodacious hairstyle was captured thanks to phone tracking technology and Google Earth. Edward Johnson, 36, was tracked to a Philadelphia suburb based on location data from two calls he made on his cell phone. Law enforcement officials then pinpointed the specific block he was on using Google Earth. Johnson was …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Jennifer King  
Read the Latest Issue of the Criminal Law Newsletter

Eyewitness Identifications Lead to Wrongful Convictions Convicting a defendant based on eyewitness testimony was once a sure thing for prosecutors. But recent evidence has shown eyewitness accounts to be extremely untrustworthy. An attorney for the Innocence Project says nearly 75 percent of the exonerations achieved by the group involved eyewitness accounts of the crime. Find Out More…   Police Don’t Need a Warrant to Track Your Cell Phone The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled police do not need …

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