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Pole Camera Didn’t Violate Fourth Amendment, First Circuit Says

June 16, 2020, 11:35 PM

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ use of a camera mounted on a utility pole to monitor the home of a suspected illegal gun seller didn’t violate the Fourth Amendment, the First Circuit ruled Tuesday.

A 2018 Supreme Court decision holding that the government can’t obtain mobile phone tracking data without a warrant didn’t affect the legality of the pole camera, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit said.

While investigating Nia Moore-Bush for illegally selling firearms, ATF installed a camera “towards the top of the public utility pole across the public street from the unfenced-in ...