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 January 3, 2012  Posted by  Court, Surveillance, U.S.

While SCOTUS deliberates whether law enforcement needs a warrant to attach a GPS device to your car, Joe Harris reports that in the meantime, another federal court has ruled that no warrant was required:

The FBI did not need a warrant to secretly install a GPS tracking device on a St. Louis City Treasurer’s Office employee accused of not showing up for work, a federal judge ruled.

Fred Robinson, 69, is accused of stealing more than $250,000 of public money from the Paideia Academy charter school to start a day-care business, and of taking as much as $175,000 from his job in Treasurer Larry Williams’ office, where he was allegedly a no-show.

Robinson was indicated in September on one count of wire fraud and seven counts of federal program theft.

Robinson’s lawyer argued that the GPS results should not be allowed for several reasons, including the agents’ failure to get a warrant and violations of his Constitutional rights.

But U.S. Magistrate Judge David Noce disagreed, finding that appellate courts have found use of the tracking devices legal, even though the U.S. Supreme Court is still deciding the issue.

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