Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, January 23, 2012

Supreme Surprise, or
Why Nobody Pays Me For This Shit

I sure didn't see this coming:
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that police must get a search warrant before using GPS technology to track criminal suspects.
I would have thought it would have been another 5-4 or maybe 6-3 case, with the usual cliques arguing that the government is free to monitor whoever they want and so on.

Here is another wrinkle: The cops were monitoring that dude for four weeks, which the Supremes said was far too long without a warrant. They declined to address what shorter period of time would be OK.

So the court stuck to narrow grounds. Unlike in Citizens United, where the nuts in black took a narrow question and used it to subvert the entire political system.

1 comment:

Mule Breath said...

According to Erin Kerr, this may not be an entirely accurate evaluation of the Jones ruling.

Kerr's interpretation
is that the ruling merely defined the placement of a GPS tracking device on Jones' automobile was a search, without ruling if it was a reasonable or unreasonable search.

The Justices said that leaving it on there for four months was too long, but didn't define what length of time might be acceptible.