Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Mistrial declared in Antoine Jones' third trial

Antoine Jones, the defendant in the high-profile Supreme Court case on GPS tracking United States v. Jones, had his third trial declared a mistrial yesterday. Since his arrest in 2005, the feds have repeatedly tried to prosecute him for drug crimes.

Jones' first trial also resulted in a mistrial, but it was his conviction after a second trial that led to the landmark Supreme Court decision that modified the Fourth Amendment as we know it. After the high court forbade the government from using the evidence they had collected as a result of a GPS tracking device on Jones' vehicle, the government went back to trial using location information acquired from Jones's cell phone.

Last week, jurors notified District Court Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle that they had deadlocked, 6-6, after seven days of deliberations. The U.S. Attorney's Office says it plans to again retry Jones.

In the latest of trials, Jones chose to represent himself. The parties are expected to appear back in court this afternoon.


  1. Seems like voir dire process worked well with a 6-6 outcome. I wonder if Jones will take on a lawyer next time around; it does feel like triple jeopardy at this point. Even if the government wins, I'm curious if they really want to assert the "no expectatios of privacy in cell tower location data" argument in front of Sotomayor and Kagan.