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Wisconsin court upholds cellphone tracking cases

Wisconsin court upholds cellphone tracking cases
Posted July 24th, 2014 @ 10:08am by Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ The Wisconsin Supreme Court has sided with police in two separate cases where cellphone data was used to track suspects.

The court's rulings Thursday came in a pair of homicide cases in Milwaukee and Kenosha counties. Police in both cases used data from the suspects' cellphone providers to track them down. They arrested the suspect in the Milwaukee case, Bobby Tate, in his mother's apartment. They arrested the Kenosha suspect, Nicolas Subdiaz-Osorio, in Arkansas.

In Tate's case, police obtained a warrant before tracking his phone. He argues that detectives didn't have enough evidence to justify the order. Subdiaz-Osorio contends the search of his phone was illegal.

But the Supreme Court in each case said police were within their rights.

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