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ACLU: Reasonable Suspicion Not Enough for Warrantless Searches

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 18, 2012

In United States v. Robinson, the government says “reasonable suspicion” of wrongdoing justifies GPS tracking, an argument a federal magistrate judge recently upheld, Ars Technica reports. But the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says the court should “adhere to the Supreme Court’s longstanding directive that warrantless searches are presumptively unreasonable.” The ACLU has filed an amicus brief pointing to Jones v. United States, in which nine justices agreed that Antoine Jones’s Fourth Amendment rights were violated when police placed a GPS on his Jeep without a warrant. The court did not decide at the time whether a warrant is always required for such tracking.
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