Court Rejects Stalker’s Appeal

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court has rejected a convicted stalker’s claims that his rights were violated when a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy tracked him down through his cellphone’s Global Positioning System without first obtaining a separate search warrant.

A three-judge panel on Thursday affirmed Michael Meisler’s conviction, saying officers had obtained a valid arrest warrant before requesting his phone’s GPS coordinates.

Justices said because an arrest warrant would have allowed entry into Meisler’s home, it likewise justifies a digital entry into his cellphone to retrieve GPS coordinates to locate him.

Meisler is a disbarred lawyer who had a previous stalking conviction. He was convicted in 2012 and sentenced to four to 12 years in prison for stalking a woman and her teenage son.

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