Debra Cassens Weiss writes:
A federal judge in California has refused to suppress conversations recorded by the FBI without a warrant on secret devices outside courthouses in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
U.S. District Chief Judge Phyllis Hamilton of Oakland said the defendants had no reasonable expectation of privacy in the conversations, which were recorded in 2010 by devices placed by the courthouse steps, on nearby vehicles and by a courthouse bus stop. As a result, Hamilton said, there was no violation of the defendants’ Fourth Amendment rights. The Recorder (sub. req.) and FourthAmendment.com covered the July 22 opinion (PDF).
Read more on ABA Journal.