United States v. Vargas

In this criminal case, the government installed a pole camera overlooking a defendant's front yard and secretly recorded for more than a month. A federal judge invited EFF to participate as an amicus in the case and in two amicus briefs, EFF argued that prolonged video surveillance of a person's home violates the Fourth Amendment's protections against unreasonable searches and that the government needed to disclose the technical details of the surveillance equipment used.

The court ultimately agreed with Vargas and EFF, found the video surveillance unconstitutional and suppressed all the video evidence and any other evidence derived from it. The government has appealed that decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and EFF now represents Mr. Vargas directly on appeal.

The government's opening appellate brief is due April 13, 2015.

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