United States v. Juan Pineda-Moreno

August 30, 2010 – In The News
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Scott Vernick was interviewed regarding the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that grants law enforcement officials the right to conduct warrantless GPS tracking of the movements of suspects’ vehicles, in the case of United States v. Juan Pineda-Moreno.

In 2007, Drug Enforcement Administration agents attached a GPS device to Pinedo-Moreno unbeknownst to him to prove he was growing marijuana. Pinedo-Moreno appealed, and the Ninth Circuit rejected it twice. The ruling will affect the nine western states covered by the court.

Many are split on the impact of the decision, with some stating it is in direct violation of people’s rights, while others feel it is no more intrusive than other means of surveillance.

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