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WI Supreme Court rejects appeal in GPS planting case


MADISON (WKOW) -- The appeal of a man who says police violated his constitutional rights by seizing his vehicle and planting a GPS device has been rejected.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the appeals court ruling denying James Brereton's motion to suppress evidence obtained through monitoring by the GPS device.  

Brereton argued his Fourth Amendment rights were violated. That prohibits unreasonable seizures.

But the court rejected 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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