Thursday, September 09, 2010

Riverhead stops using google earth to enforce zoning

To read an interesting article on the topic click here.

Here is some food for thought - What is the legality of these types of searches with respect to NY Criminal Procedure Law under the Aerial Surveillance Doctrine in the first place?

The general rule is that warrantless aerial surveillance of an open field does not violate the Fourth Amendment rights of the occupier of the land. So why are they changing their practice in Riverhead? Perhaps lobbying works.