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Are You Being Watched?? Landmark Court Case

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A landmark case has been decided in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Essentially, three men went into a Home Depot in Medford, Oregon and bought an unusual amount of fertilizer, along with deer repellant and a few other items consistent with a large scale outdoor grow operation. A DEA agent was monitoring the Home Depot (scary), and after seeing the purchased items being loaded into a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee, he decided to follow the vehicle. After the men arrived at another store, the DEA agent attached a tracking device to the undercarriage of the vehicle. By the end of the investigation, the DEA agents removed and replaced a tracking device on the vehicle no less than 7 times. Five of those times the vehicle was in a public area (parking lot or public road), however, two of the times the DEA agents went into the man’s driveway and placed a tracking device onto his vehicle. At the time, the vehicle was parked just feet from the owner’s front door. In the end, the DEA followed the men to their outdoor grow operation, and I think you can assume what happened next.

After the Jeep owner appealed his conviction, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his conviction. His only option now is if the US Supreme Court will hear his case. However, the current make up of the Supreme Court rarely takes up cases like this, and they don’t have to hear a case unless they want to. Even then, there are so many conservatives on the Court, the result would not be favorable. So what are the ramifications for the rest of society? This case essentially states that a law enforcement official can attach a tracking device to your vehicle and monitor your movements AT ANY TIME, FOR ANY REASON. It is perfectly legal. In the appellate court’s opinion, only the inside of the house is private, as well as the inside of the vehicle. The exterior of the vehicle is considered public, and even private land is considered public by the court. NOTE — THE COURT SAID IF THE MAN HAD NO TRESSPASSING SIGNS AND A GATE, IT WOULD BE CONSIDERED PRIVATE. And as far as monitoring movements, the court points to the case of US v. Knotts, which stated that it was legal to use a ‘beeper’ to track a vehicle. In that case, the US Supreme Court pointed out that tracking via an electronic device is no different than if an agent simply followed the car around. When you are driving on public streets, you have no expectation of privacy.

Because this case was decided at the Federal Appellate level, it only applies to the 9th Circuit Court at this time. The 9th Circuit Court includes; Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, and Montana. So if you live in these states, BE WARNED! BUY A GATE, SOME NO TRESSPASSING SIGNS, AND CHECK UNDER YOUR CAR OFTEN. AND WHATEVER YOU DO, NEVER EVER SHOP AT HOME DEPOT FOR GROWING SUPPLIES!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. i have to say the us laws on cannabis seem very confusing to me im not suprised sumbody has sufferd because of tracking devices i couldnd deffend myself against us law so i doubt most ppl there well or with health problems can ! all counrtys where cannabis is illegal have much higher usage than those that have legalised it or decriminalised it ie the netherlands. Prob atleast 60% of people in amsterdams coffeeshops are from other countrys ive been there loads of times. mart uk

  2. i’m beginning to believe that cut ru hair is not a real person. i find it hard to believe that this individual can be so …so… ignorant. if cut is real, we really should b sympathetic and patient, he is mentally deficient and full of judgement. he needs prayers. i have many conditions (glaucoma, degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, fused neck..) and i can’t take pills, nor do i want to. smoking med. marijuana reduces pain and anxiety . if u r in michigan i would love to smoke w/u and maybe just maybe you too can relax and not condone what u know nothing about. peace and love to you haircut guy

  3. Hell yes! Illegals going to jail is always good news. I wish we could put a GPS on every illegal mexican, that way if they tried to come back across the border we would find their ass and send them back.

  4. the biggest point here is privacy , what I do in the privacy of my home should be sacred, The constitution of the US was written with this protection , just like the right to bear arms
    not all cops are bastards , but federal agents are the first ones to strip you of your rights and property ,judges are the last protection we have unless you believe in karma!
    meantime i am the only 1 on my block with the big ugly “no trespassing” signs

  5. Yeah, its insane. When it comes to da cops, always assume the worst. They have almost zero personal accountability for what they do. Dirty bastards.

  6. Easy fix. Simply wrap your car with some makeshift fence and post a “No Trespassing” sign on it. C’mon everyone, that seems like a more reasonable solution than more litigation…

  7. Well next time I see the Batmobile in a parking lot, I will make sure to legally attach a gps device so I can finally find that Batcave….

    Seriously??? This is legal? I would be scared to be a female with a fatal attraction on her hands. Sounds like it is perfectly legal to help the stalkers find their prey.

  8. They attached a device to his car 7 times, with only 2 being on his property. Which means if those 2 are thrown out, which is what I predict will happen at the Supreme Court level, it would still leave 5 legal (although shitty in my opinion) tracking incidents. This is still enough to uphold the conviction. The only argument left would be that attaching an electronic surveillance device to a car without a warrant is unconstitutional, even on public property. But according to US v. Knotts (1983), it is perfectly legal. Believe me, this case pisses me off more than any other one I have ever read!

  9. seriously, I have a friend who studied law and he is certain this will be heard and overturned by the supreme court. Scary what happens when you don’t get a good lawyer.

  10. what this was…was bad lawyering. The guy was a stoned out stooge that didn’t understand the Constitution enough to defend it. I hope the guy gets a new lawyer on his appeal…

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