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By Randy Means
In January, when the United States Supreme Court finally ruled in United States v. Jones, the long-awaited Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking device case, its “decision” created more questions than it answered. It held that the installation of a GPS tracking device on a private vehicle in a public place and the subsequent use of the tracking device to monitor the vehicle’s movements in public areas were “searches” within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment—notwithstanding its earlier decisions that seemed to run to the contrary.
(This article was originally published in Law and Order Nov 2012)