OH Police Get More Time to Install Tracking Bugs


The Ohio Supreme Court is giving law enforcement extra time to install tracking devices after obtaining a search warrant, reports the Columbus Dispatch. A rule change announced yesterday by the court, effective next Tuesday, will give prosecutors and law enforcement up to 10 days, instead of the current three, to safely install an electronic device to track a person or property. The device may remain in place no longer than 45 days.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien was among those who asked the court to modify the rule. Gregg Marx, a county prosecutor, argued that it sometimes takes more than three days to safely and secretly install a tracking device. O'Brien said the three-day rule has been in effect for about 40 years, starting well before the development of sophisticated electronic devices to track either a package or a vehicle. The rule also requires that suspects whose vehicles are tracked be given a copy of the search warrant within 10 days after the tracker is removed, unless police can show that a longer delay is warranted.

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