A Medford man plans to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether his Fourth Amendment rights were violated when police installed mobile tracking devices on his vehicle prior to arresting him on drug charges.
Juan Pineda-Moreno's Portland defense attorney, Harrison Latto, said his client's constitutional rights to privacy and his protections against unreasonable searches and seizures were violated when U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents attached tracking devices to his sport utility vehicle while it was parked on his property as part of a marijuana investigation.
"Police snuck into Pineda-Moreno's property in the dead of night and attached a GPS tracking device to the underside of his car," 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Justice Alex Kozinsky wrote. "There is something creepy and un-American about such clandestine and underhanded behavior..." (more)