Thursday, 15 March 2012 08:24
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) _ The South Dakota Supreme Court has joined
the nation's highest court in requiring police to get a warrant
from a judge before using GPS technology to track a suspect.
The state Supreme Court's unanimous ruling Thursday overturns a
South Dakota man's convictions for possessing marijuana and
intending to distribute it.
Aberdeen police attached a GPS tracking device to Elmer Wayne
Zahn's vehicle and determined he often visited storage units. They
then got a search warrant and found marijuana in one of the storage
The high court says the use of the GPS tracking device without a
warrant violated Zahn's constitutional protection against
unreasonable search and seizure. The South Dakota justices say that
means evidence seized from the storage unit cannot be used against
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