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Federal Judge OK’s Police Surveillance Cameras on Private Property

U.S. District Judge William Griesbach has approved the warrantless placing of surveillance cameras on people’s private property. In a recent case, the judge ruled that it was permissible for the Drug Enforcement Agency to enter the defendants’ rural property without permission or warrant and install several “covert digital surveillance cameras” to determine whether or not the owners had 30 to 40 marijuana plants. CNet News reports:

“Two defendants in the case, Manuel Mendoza and Marco Magana of Green Bay, Wis., have been charged with federal drug crimes after DEA agent Steven Curran claimed to have discovered more than 1,000 marijuana plants grown on the property, and face possible life imprisonment and fines of up to $10 million. Mendoza and Magana asked [Magistrate Judge] Callahan to throw out the video evidence on Fourth Amendment grounds, noting that ‘No Trespassing’ signs were posted throughout the heavily wooded, 22-acre property owned by Magana and that it also had a locked gate.”

But both Judges Callahan and Griesbach stated that police placing surveillance cameras outside the curtilage does not violate the Fourth Amendment. The “curtilage” refers to the area immediately surrounding a person’s house. Callahan had based his decision on a 1984 case where the majority of Justices decided that law enforcement could search someone’s “open fields” without a warrant because it was outside the suspect’s curtilage.



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  1. Sandollar45

    November 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I am tired of this jerk thinking he can do what ever he wants. Lets take one of those cameras and
    stick it up his backside. Enough of this mini dictator he has done his best to distroy this country it
    is time we take the trash out of the White House and fumigate.

  2. joe

    November 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Communism people!

  3. regulus30

    November 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Zeig Heil………………

  4. Tom

    November 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I would have shot the cameras with a 30.06 and put it out of commission.

    • sandraleesmith46

      November 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      AND our misery!

    • Old American

      November 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      That is exactly what we need to do… could be the mexican drug cartell watching us. It would be a shame for the government to waste all of that money on cameras, for us to shoot or take down and put to our own use, which would serve them right.

    • Bandit

      November 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Even a good high powered PELLET gun would do the trick on one of those that and a can of spray paint.

  5. sandraleesmith46

    November 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Where, in the 4th Amendment, is THAT permitted???

  6. Prescreener

    November 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    If anyone wants to start a petition against this communist, post it here and we’ll sign it. I believe that there are last ditch effort programs being OK’d prior to the election just in case.

  7. John Brashear

    November 2, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    ALL federal judges are appointed for periods of good behavior……….NOT life, read the US Constitution, dont take anyones word for what it says……NO where does Our Constitution provide LIFE appointments to ANY Judges……ANYwhere….

    Article 3 – The Judicial Branch
    Section 1 – Judicial Powers

    The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.

  8. Ron

    November 2, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    were it placed on my property I would have shot the darn things As I am not into growing any pot and there ain’t a reason to be “watching” me . before shooting it I most likely would have dropped my drawers and taken a big one for their benefit . then Bang.

  9. chet

    November 2, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Anybody that puts a camera on or near my property will be delt with. Person for tresspassing and camera for target practice.

  10. go for it

    November 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    If you vote for obamer or you don’t vote at all this will be the normal for everyone….

  11. thismustend

    November 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Surprised they would bother since these are most likely ILLEGAL Mexicans. They allow them to bring in TONS of dr ugs EVERY DAY & not only do NOTHING to stop it but REWARD the criminals with LOTS of ENTITLEMENTS paid for by U.S. TAXPAYERS.
    We have no Constitution, we might as well stop pretending. We live under a soft dictatorship, carefully manipulated into “thinking” we have rights & freedoms that were stripped from us decades ago & more every day under Chairman ObaMAO.

  12. James Fontana

    November 3, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Too more judges drinkinng the Obama Kool Aid and violating the constitutional rights of the public. Growing weed is against the law but so are the digital cameras. The judges need to be impeached for not holding up the constitution. Of course if marijuana was made legal all this would go away and more time could be spent by authorities on more important issues.

  13. mickey

    November 3, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Judges should be done away with, our whole judicial system just plain sucks. There has got to be a better way. No one person should have such power that we have given to them, they come back to bite us. Most judges are either Gay, Crooked, or Biased in some way, it’s not a good/fair system, and needs to be overhauled.

  14. granny

    November 3, 2012 at 9:42 am

    If those hispanics were drug runners than most certainly a camera would be appropriate to gather info about their actions. Neighbors should be available to give info, but it looks like they are looking the other way. I am for anything that gets the drugs off of the streets. I am especially against illegal aliens living in these United States & that means the illegal in the WH. Our United States are being destroyed by illegals, muslims, and the organizations that are bent on destroying our laws.

  15. john

    November 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    more of hitler haussan obamas worthless thugs.

  16. Patriot-Research

    November 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    It’s about to happen people, it’s about to HAPPEN…and you know what I MEAN…!!!

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