Dec 262010
 
 December 26, 2010  Court, Surveillance

Eryn Correa reports:

A Pennsylvania appeals court on Saturday overturned the Chester County Court of Common Pleas decision banning the use of evidence obtained with global positioning systems (GPS) technology. The three judge panel of the appeals court ruled to allow the admission [Daily Local News report] of evidence that could bring four more alleged burglaries to light. In 2008, GPS tracking devices had been placed in SUVs thought to be used in the commission of several burglaries around Philadelphia. The GPS devices later showed the SUVs at or near the scene of further crimes. Chester County Judge Thomas Gavin originally upheld the movement to suppress the evidence obtained by GPS citing a lack of case history and unease with the invasion of privacy such technology allowed.

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