O'Melveny's Dellinger Quoted in The National Law Journal on Supreme Court GPS Case

July 09, 2012

O’Melveny & Myers LLP partner Walter Dellinger is quoted in The National Law Journal’s July 9, 2012, article reviewing the United States Supreme Court’s recently concluded term, “Happy Together?” The article mentions several cases in which the justices found a surprising amount of common ground on hot-button issues that many commentators expected to divide the Court, including US v. Jones. In one of the first Supreme Court decisions to address the scope of privacy in the context of satellite surveillance and could have a significant impact on police procedure, the Court unanimously held that the Fourth Amendment prohibited law enforcement from using GPS devices to conduct surveillance on suspects without a valid warrant. Dellinger and other O'Melveny lawyers prepared briefs and organized four moot courts in preparation for the oral arguments on behalf of client Antoine Jones.

"What's really important about the Jones case is what [the justices] didn't do," Dellinger said. "Had they affirmed Jones' conviction, it would have meant any law enforcement officer could, for any reason or no reason, install a GPS device on a car because there is no reasonable expectation of privacy."

Dellinger is a member of O'Melveny's Appellate Practice and resides in the Firm's Washington, DC office.