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O’Melveny’s Unanimous Victory in Fourth Amendment Supreme Court Case Featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Other PublicationsJanuary 24, 2012
O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s Appellate Practice won a landmark victory before the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Jones. In a unanimous opinion in what is arguably the most important Fourth Amendment decision in decades, the Court held that the Fourth Amendment prohibited law enforcement from using GPS devices to conduct surveillance on suspects without a valid warrant. This closely watched case is 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. O'Melveny represented respondent Antoine Jones pro bono, in association with Stephen C. Leckar, who argued the case before the Justices. O’Melveny partner Walter Dellinger and associate Micah W.J. Smith were the principal strategists and authors of the certiorari-stage and merits brief and helped prepare Leckar for oral argument. The decision was featured in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, SF Chronicle, USA Today, Wired.com, and others. Dellinger was quoted in several of the articles.