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Feds Install Cameras on Private Property; Not a Search per Court

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

A federal court in Wisconsin has ruled that the government may install security video cameras on private property and use that evidence in criminal proceedings. In U.S. v. Marco Magana, the defendant’s motion to suppress evidence was denied by the district court. In the case, DEA agents entered rural private property and installed cameras that recorded activity on that property. The evidence collected by the cameras led to a search warrant, arrests, and convictions. The court ruled that the DEA’s actions were permissible in spite of the undisputed fact that the property’s perimeter was posted with signs declaring “No Trespassing” and “Private Property.” The defendants intend to appeal to the Seventh Circuit Court.