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State Supreme Court rejects appeal in GPS planting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man who argued police violated his constitutional rights by seizing his vehicle and planting a GPS device.

The court in a 6-1 decision Wednesday upheld the appeals court ruling denying James Brereton’s motion to suppress evidence obtained through monitoring by the GPS device.

Brereton argues that his Fourth Amendment rights prohibiting unreasonable seizures were violated through installation of the device.

But the court rejects his arguments, saying seizure of the car was supported by probable cause that it was involved in a crime and was therefore allowed under the Fourth Amendment.

Police stopped the vehicle on Oct. 5, 2007, after it was seen in the area that a string of burglaries were reported in Rock and Walworth counties.

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