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Appeals court: Kenosha police okay to sneak GPS units into suspects car in 2011

The judge's gavel is seen in court room 422 of the New York Supreme Court at 60 Centre Street February 3, 2012. Picture taken February 3, 20
The judge's gavel is seen in court room 422 of the New York Supreme Court at 60 Centre Street February 3, 2012. Picture taken February 3, 20

WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - A state appeals court said it was okay for Wisconsin police officers to sneak GPS units onto suspects' cars, before the U.S. Supreme Court started requiring warrants in 2012.

Kenosha Police failed to get a warrant in 2011, so they could quietly use a GPS to keep track of Scott Oberst and his alleged drug dealing. They used the tracker to build evidence against him, and Oberst was later convicted on two drug charges.  

The arrest came before the Supreme Court ruled that warrants were needed to put GPS on suspects' vehicles.  

In the wake of the legal opinion, Oberst said the evidence against him should not have been allowed to be used against him. Wednesday, the Second District appellate court in Waukesha disagreed with him.  

It said the evidence was properly admitted, because officers at the time did not believe they would need a warrant. Oberst's lawyer said he'll talk about his client about a possible appeal of his conviction to the State Supreme Court.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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