September 7, 2010

Va court upholds police use of GPS attached to sex offender's car

See earlier story. Hummm, so if I find something attached to my car which I did not place there, am I allowed to destroy it, if I so desire? Or, maybe attach it to a roving police car? Better a local wild dog... Enough is enough, this is getting crazy.. Folks need to sweep for bugs nowadays... See also "How to Detect GPS Tracking Devices"
9-7-2010 Virginia:

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Court of Appeals has upheld the use of a GPS device to track a sex offender's movements.

The court unanimously ruled Tuesday that Fairfax County Police did not violate the privacy rights of David Foltz Jr., a registered sex offender, when they attached the device to the bumper of his work van and tracked him as he drove around.

The GPS log put Foltz near the scene of a sex crime, which prompted police to follow him in person the next day and arrest him during an attempted assault.

The court rejected Foltz's claim that use of the GPS device amounted to an unconstitutional search and seizure and violated his privacy rights. The judges said there is no expectation of privacy on public streets. ..Source.. by


Anonymous said...

Question is did they put the device on the car at the person home or on a public street? I see a new business venture brewing. Quick stop drive thru gps detection screening for a fee, as need or monthly :)

Anonymous said...

Within the case is more information of how the GPS was installed and where. There is no doubt this man was guilty as he was caught in the act, but the GPS unit is still the question.. How far will the courts allow this method? Suppose a spouse drives the car, would that be legal? Many questions are left open...

FurEBear said...

"The judges said there is no expectation of privacy on public streets."

This is really a good ruling we need to watch. For instance, many Police hold that they can't be recorded on the Streets due to privacy issues. Mass in particular says it is illegal to record Police on a "Public Street" because there is an expectation of privacy and thus can't be recorded without their consent under "Wire Tap Laws".