U.S. Supreme Court decision in GPS-tracking case alters prosecutors’ tactics

The government seems intent on keeping defendant Antoine Jones locked up for life in a case involving drug charges of conspiracy and distribution.

Jones’s legal battle began in 2006, shortly after law enforcement authorities discovered hundreds of thousands of dollars and roughly 100 kilograms of cocaine in a house that Jones traveled to, as Mike Scarcella reports for Legal Times, and the battle continues today.

The case centers on the fact that the only reason law enforcement was able to find this particular house and pin Jones to the money and drugs inside was because they put a GPS-tracking device on his vehicle.

In the most recent development, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the cops couldn’t put a GPS-tracking device on the vehicle without a warrant, and sent the case back to the lower courts.

Now prosecutors must proceed without the GPS data, which has led them to alter their tactics: now they’re going after cell tower data in order to find similar evidence.

But Jones’s defense attorney objects: “In this case, the government seeks to do with cell site data what it cannot do with the suppressed GPS data.”

 

Source: Lacking GPS Data, Prosecutors Turn To Cell Tower Information