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Warrantless GPS tracking before court decision OK

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state appeals court says Wisconsin police were within their rights to place GPS trackers on cars before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled they need warrants.
   Police in Kenosha attached a tracker to Scott Oberst's car without a warrant in 2011. They used the tracker to gather evidence to build a drug case against him.
   The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that police need warrants to affix trackers on cars. Oberst was convicted on two drug counts but argued the evidence against him should have been suppressed in light of the ruling.
   The 2nd District Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday the evidence was properly admitted because police believed they didn't need a warrant in 2011.
   Oberst's attorney says he'll talk to Oberst about appealing to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

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