Justice Department Petitions for Certiorari in GPS Case That Introduced the “Mosaic Theory” of the Fourth Amendment

Today the Justice Department filed a petition for certiorari in United States v. Jones (formerly known as United States v. Maynard), seeking review of the DC Circuit’s opinion holding that long-term GPS surveillance of a car in public constitutes a Fourth Amendment search. I have a some thoughts on the petition that I’ll be posting soon, both here and at SCOTUSblog, but for now I wanted just to point out the filing for those interested. Thanks to Lyle Denniston for sending me the petition.

UPDATE: DOJ also filed this Brief in Pineda-Moreno v. United States, the GPS case from the Ninth Circuit. DOJ wants the Court to hold Pineda-Moreno on the GPS issue pending the resolution of Jones.