Marijuana Runner Had No Phone GPS Privacy Right, Court Says
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Marijuana Runner Had No Phone GPS Privacy Right, Court Says

marijuana trafficking had no reasonable expectation of privacy with the mobile phone he was using when apprehended, a U.S. appeals court ruled.

A man convicted of marijuana trafficking had no reasonable expectation of privacy with the mobile phone he was using when apprehended, a U.S. appeals court ruled. Federal agents tracked Melvin Skinner to Abilene, Texas, using the global positioning signals emitted by his mobile phone, found him in possession of more than 1,100 pounds (498 kilograms of marijuana and arrested him in July 2006, the court said in its 2-1 ruling today.

Skinner appealed his convictions for trafficking and other federal crimes as well as a lower court ruling that the GPS tracking was lawful and that evidence found in the ensuing search was admissible.

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