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Cellphone pinging valuable tool, sheriff says

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Updated: 1/24 8:46 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida Sheriffs oppose effort to require law enforcement officers to acquire a warrant before tracking someone’s location on a cell phone.

A bill banning the type of warrantless search did not make it out of committee in Tallahassee last year.  But a Florida Supreme Court ruling restricted the type of information law enforcement can gather from electronic devices.

Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford called it a valuable tool.

“It's not that we can go out and ping every cell phone that we wish. We have to go before a judge and get a court order,” Rutherford told a meeting of the Duval County Legislative Delegation.

He cited a case where the technology was used to help rescue an abducted mother and child.

The U.S. Supreme Court plans to take up the issue of what information can be obtained from electronic devices during this year’s term.

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gloriahelms222 - 1/26/2014 2:27 PM
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my classmate's step-aunt makes $62 an hour on the internet. She has been out of a job for 5 months but last month her payment was $20720 just working on the internet for a few hours. you could look here.... www.jobs74.com

MadameX - 1/25/2014 8:16 PM
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I put the Sheriff's Office in the same category as the SA's office when it comes to official abuse of the law.

RFM2009 - 1/25/2014 6:48 AM
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The Bill of Rights - Unlawful Search & Seizure says it all. Warrants are part of the system of "Check and Balances" in protecting Citizens. Official Abuse always lurks right around the corner.

imtellin - 1/25/2014 6:12 AM
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without the signed paper, the judge can deny the event occurred... with a signedb warrant, the deal is sealed...

viejo - 1/24/2014 9:42 PM
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OF COURSE the badges don't want search warrants. They never did. Watch your rights erode, folks.

Realchange - 1/24/2014 8:27 PM
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What is the difference in appearing before judge for warrant and appearing before a judge for approval ? Currently they do not have to go before a judge for approval. Something else action news is not reporting is some police agencies in Fla are using cell phone jammers to prevent people from calling for help from families or atty's when they suspect the police intend to question them or arrest them.
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