Milwaukee man asks 7th Circuit to review stingray ruling

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A dissenting opinion by a federal appeals court judge on police use of secret cellphone tracking technology has convinced a Milwaukee man to take his case a step further.

The Milwaukee Journal reports that attorneys for Damian Patrick filed a petition this week asking for a rehearing in front of the full U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, following a split decision in November by the court's three-judge panel.

It's the first time the use of cell tower simulators, known as stingrays, has reached a federal appellate court.

A U.S. House committee report issued Monday said clearer guidelines are needed for law enforcement's use of secretive and intrusive cellphone tracking technology, and police and federal agents should be upfront with a judge about their deployment.

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