“Get a warrant”—Florida appeals court admonishes cops in two murder cases

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Enlarge / A SunCruz Casino ship heads out into the Atlantic Ocean from Port Canaveral for a night of gambling in international waters August 11, 2005 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

A Florida state appellate court has made two recent pro-privacy rulings that take into account a landmark Supreme Court case from earlier this year.

In Florida v. Sylvestre, the District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fourth District, affirmed a lower court’s granting of a motion to suppress evidence. In doing so, the court found that the warrantless use of a stingray is unconstitutional.

In the second case, Ferrari v. Florida, the Fourth District reversed a lower court ruling that denied the suppression of cell-site location information (CSLI). This data was specifically at issue in the June 2018 Supreme Court decision, Carpenter v. United States.

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