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Justices Decline to Hear Home Surveillance Privacy Case

Feb. 22, 2022, 2:40 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court won’t review a case questioning the constitutionality of warrantless surveillance of a suspected drug trafficker’s home.

The case asked whether law enforcement violated the Fourth Amendment’s privacy protections by monitoring Travis Tuggle’s movements over 18 months after installing hidden video cameras on utility poles without obtaining a warrant.

Appeals courts have split on whether pole camera surveillance is an unconstitutional invasion of privacy. The First, Sixth, and Seventh Circuits have held that long-term warrantless surveillance of a home doesn’t implicate the Fourth Amendment, according to Tuggle’s petition. The Fifth Circuit and some state supreme courts have ...