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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Chemerinsky
United States v. Knotts
Citation:460 U.S. 276 (1983)
Knotts (Defendant) was charged with conspiring to manufacture controlled substances after officers monitored his car using a beeper. The police had placed a beeper in a five gallon drum containing chloroform purchased by one of Knotts’s co-defendants, and used the signals from it to track the car to a remote cabin where the defendants were manufacturing drugs. Knotts filed a motion to suppress this evidence, arguing that the police’s warrantless use of a beeper violated his Fourth Amendment rights. The district court denied his motion, and he was then convicted of the charges.
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