By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, January 23, 10:02 AM
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that police must get a search warrant before using GPS technology to track criminal suspects.
The GPS device helped authorities link Washington, D.C., nightclub owner Antoine Jones to a suburban house used to stash money and drugs. He was sentenced to life in prison before the appeals court overturned the conviction.
Before EASTERBROOK, Chief Judge, and BAUER and
POSNER, Circuit Judges.
EASTERBROOK, Chief Judge. The Supreme Court held
in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), that
a federal enclave’s ban on operable handguns in the
home violates the Constitution’s second amendment.
In 2008 the City of Chicago and the Village of Oak Park
had ordinances that were functionally the same as the
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law in Heller. After the Supreme Court’s decision several
plaintiffs, including Otis McDonald and the National
Rifle Association, filed suits against the City and the
Village, which defended by arguing that the second
amendment does not apply to the states. The district
court agreed and dismissed the suits; we affirmed. 567
F.3d 856 (7th Cir. 2009). The Supreme Court granted a
petition for certiorari and concluded, to the contrary,
that the second amendment applies to states and municipalities
as a matter of due process. McDonald v. Chicago,
130 S. Ct. 3020 (2010).