O’Melveny’s Dellinger Quoted in Lawyers USA on Review of US Supreme Court Term

July 19, 2012

O’Melveny & Myers LLP partner Walter Dellinger was quoted in the July 19, 2012, Lawyers USA article “US Supreme Court term: More than health care and immigration,” which highlighted some of the other big cases from the US Supreme Court’s last term that will have a major impact in criminal, family, and employment law.


The Court’s landmark ruling in United States v. Jones held that the Fourth Amendment prohibited law enforcement from using GPS devices to conduct surveillance on suspects without a valid warrant. Dellinger, who authored the winning brief in the case, said that the decision gave protections beyond the criminal context. "What is really important about the Jones case is what it did not do," Dellinger said. "Had they confirmed the [defendant's] conviction, it would have meant that any law enforcement officer--federal, state or local--could for any reason or no reason at all install a GPS device on anyone's car because there is no reasonable expectation of privacy, no search, no Fourth Amendment."


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