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State Supreme Court to rule in GPS stalking case


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether police violated the law when officers placed a GPS tracker on a man's car.

Police suspected Michael Sveum of stalking a woman. Officers got a warrant to place a GPS device on his car and secretly attached it while the car was parked in Sveum's driveway.

The device helped officers develop enough evidence to eventually arrest him. Sveum argued the tracking violated his constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

A state appeals court has ruled the tracking was legal. The court said the device supplied information that could have been obtained through visual surveillance and police didn't need a warrant.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to release an opinion in the case Tuesday morning.

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