FDL Book Salon Welcomes Trevor W. Coleman and Peter J. Hammer, Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith

By: Saturday November 16, 2013 1:59 pm

Damon Keith is a legend. The kind of judge other judges speak about with hushed reverence and admiration, and for good reason. I first learned of Judge Keith in law school in the early ’80s when studying what is commonly known as “The Keith Case“. It was, and is, one of the most important Fourth amendment cases in history, and undergirds all significant Fourth Amendment law on domestic targeting and electronic surveillance of persons within the United States.


Court: Absent ‘Physical Intrusion,’ Warrantless GPS Tracking Legal

By: Wednesday August 15, 2012 7:00 pm

The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents who tracked a suspect’s phone without a warrant did not violate the suspect’s privacy because he had “no reasonable expectation of privacy in the data emanating from his cell phone that showed his location.”

The court also found because the agents had not attached a device to track the suspect it was not a “physical intrusion.” The suspect had obtained the cell phone and it just so happened to give off location data that agents could use to track him.

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