Ohio Prosecutor Will Appeal GPS Ruling

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A county prosecutor says he will ask the Ohio Supreme Court to consider whether police can use GPS devices to track vehicles without a warrant from the court.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien tells The Columbus Dispatch ( ) he will request an appeal of last week’s ruling by a county appeals court to throw out evidence in a burglary case because a detective placed a GPS device on a suspect’s car without getting a warrant.

Common Pleas Judge Michael J. Holbrook ruled in February 2013 that some evidence against 22-year-old burglary suspect Montie Sullivan was illegal because his constitutional right against illegal searches had been violated.

Last week, a three-judge panel of the appeals court upheld the ruling.

Sullivan’s attorney said authorities now “have no evidence left.”


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,



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