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Associate Dean Daniel Yeager cited by US Supreme Court Justice in Carpenter v. United States

Daniel Yeager

Friday, June 22, Associate Dean Daniel Yeager was cited by Justice Thomas in the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Carpenter v. United States.

In a dissenting opinion, Justice Thomas cites Yeager’s 1993 article published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology— Search, Seizure, and the Positive Law: Expectations of Privacy Outside the Fourth Amendmentwhich attempts to reconcile property and privacy rules within Fourth Amendment doctrine.

The cite is in footnote 10 on page 17 of Justice Thomas’s dissenting opinion.

In summary, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a warrant is required for police to access from a cell-phone company the detailed geo-location information generated by a cellphone’s communication with cell towers. As predicted, Chief Justice Roberts authored the majority opinion, reversing the Sixth Circuit’s decision. He was joined by Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan. The remaining four justices, Justices Kennedy, Thomas, Alito, and Gorsuch each filed separate dissenting opinions.