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Long-Term Use of Pole Camera to Watch House Unconstitutional

June 4, 2019, 8:22 PM

The long-term use of a pole camera in front of suspects’ home to watch and record their daily activity violated the Fourth Amendment, a federal district court said June 3.

Nia Moore-Bush and her mother, Daphne Moore, are therefore entitled to have the evidence from the surveillance suppressed, the opinion by Judge William G. Young of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts said.

The pole camera was in place for eight months. It could be controlled remotely and could be zoomed in to read license plates on cars in the driveway. Though it didn’t make audio recordings, ...