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Hey! Rights Ain’t Dead, Yet!

This, courtesy of Wirecutter

For the first time, a federal judge has suppressed evidence obtained without a warrant by U.S. law enforcement using a stingray, a surveillance device that can trick suspects’ cell phones into revealing their locations.

U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan on Tuesday ruled that defendant Raymond Lambis’ rights were violated when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration used such a device without a warrant to find his Washington Heights apartment.

The DEA had used a stingray to identify Lambis’ apartment as the most likely location of a cell phone identified during a drug-trafficking probe. Pauley said doing so constituted an unreasonable search.


If you are keeping score, that’s the anti-constitutional Statist bastards – 356

Liberty and Freedom – 3


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


8 thoughts on “Hey! Rights Ain’t Dead, Yet!

  1. That’s interesting… Is this the beginning of the end for Stingray?

    Posted by Old NFO | July 18, 2016, 9:33 am
  2. Guffaw, I agree with your reply to KM. But it’s a precedent, nevertheless, and can be quoted & used in a court of law. Good to know, and may well come in handy.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | July 18, 2016, 5:04 pm
  3. How sad that you (and by this I mean WE) have come to feel this way about law enforcement?

    It IS sad. In order for our fight for our rights to be civil, the unlawful degrading of those rights needs to be stopped. If the DOJ and the AG aren’t going to do it…where does that lead?

    A quick search turned up this memo from the Federales to local law enforcemment about stingrays:
    In part – (appears to be circa 2014) –
    Late last night, the ACLU came out with perhaps the most explosive information so far: a set of internal police emails showing that the US Marshals have been instructing police to lie to courts about the use of such devices. Specifically, rather than revealing the use of the tool, they’re told to just tell the court they got the information from a “confidential source.”

    I don’t know the “techdirt” site, never heard of it before. They could be loons or straight up folks tired of the BS.

    Posted by KM | July 18, 2016, 7:02 pm

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