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Chief justice: New technology poses legal challenges

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., speaking Wednesday at Rice University, said that the biggest legal challenge for federal judges, including the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, is emerging technologies.

“Is being able to see through walls a violation of search and seizure protections? I think it will be a good opportunity to see how prescient the framers were if the Constitution will be able to deal with these questions,” Roberts said during remarks at the school, the Houston Chronicle reports. “What is the fundamental protection offered by the Constitution when applied to new technology and situations? It’s a question that comes along all the time.”

Earlier this year, the Court held that police’s warrantless installation of a GPS device on a suspect’s car violated the Fourth Amendment, and since then other courts as well as lawmakers have struggled to delineate the parameters of that ruling.

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