I missed this one last month, but thankfully, Mike Scarcella just tweeted attention to it.
Julia Love reports:
A Bay Area judge has hit the brakes on a government request to indefinitely delay notifying a suspect that his vehicle is being tracked.
Magistrates routinely allow federal agents to delay informing targets that their movements are being monitored if the investigation could be jeopardized. But U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal wrote in a three-page order issued Wednesday that throughout 2013, law enforcement officers apparently failed to inform suspects of the tracking, even after the deadline passed.
Now, the government has asked Grewal for a new privilege it calls “prospective delayed notice authorization.” With this “twist,” Grewal wrote, “the already lapsed period of delayed notice would remain unauthorized, but the government would remain free not to notify the target going forward.”
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