City Paper is not for tourists
We’ve monitoring the case of Antoine Jones, the nightclub owner and suspected drug kingpin who was sentenced to life in prison thanks in part to evidence that MPD gathered illegally. In January, the Supreme Court ruled that GPS tracking a car without a warrant—even if it travels on public roads—constitutes a search, and was therefore illegal.
But! Emily Babay is reporting in the Examiner that this is just a setback for prosecutors, who will be going after Jones for a third time:
Judge Ellen Huvelle on Monday tentatively set a May 7 trial and also scheduled a status conference for next week, court records show. Bill Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District, confirmed that prosecutors are seeking another trial for Jones but declined to comment how the Supreme Court ruling would affect the government’s evidence.
Evidence obtained from the GPS tracking formed a key part of the prosecution’s case: An indictment details Jones’ movements to and from the purported stash house, including how long he spent there on some occasions. But the indictment also describes other evidence against Jones, such as his conversations with other members of the drug ring.
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