Mistrial in landmark GPS tracking case

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Local,DC,Crime,Scott McCabe

A federal judge in D.C. declared a mistrial Monday against a D.C. nightclub owner at the center of a Supreme Court ruling that curbed police use of a warrantless GPS tracking.

The mistrial was declared when jurors could not reach a verdict for Antoine Jones after deliberating for more than seven days in the drug conspiracy case.

Jones was convicted in 2008 and sentenced to life behind bars. His case made its way to the Supreme Court after the federal appeals court in D.C. overturned his conviction, saying the GPS tracking violated Jones' reasonable expectations of privacy.

D.C. police had placed a GPS device on Jones' Jeep for a month in 2005 without a warrant.

The U.S. Attorney's Office expects to retry the case, a spokesman said.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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