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Police Placed GPS Device On Rape Suspect's Car

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - Brentwood police planted a GPS monitoring device on the vehicle of a man accused of raping 13 women.

During the investigation, police placed the tracking device on Robert Jason Burdick's Jeep without first acquiring a warrant. Police said his Jeep was on public property.

The courts have ruled that this action isn't unconstitutional or a violation of Burdick's Fourth Amendment rights. Prosecutors and defense attorneys who spoke with NewsChannel 5 Friday agree as along as it's on public property and detectives didn't trespass inside the vehicle, there wasn't any need for a warrant. They said it's completely legal.

However, constitutional lawyer David Raybin feels this tactic jeopardizes the case against Burdick. He said this move could be inadmissible in court.

"I'm not sure why the police jeopardized an otherwise good case with this GPS thing without a warrant," he said.

Brentwood police and the district attorney did not comment on the matter other than to say that it was legal action.

Burdick's attorney did not comment on the matter other than to say he does not know if it will be brought up in court.

Police said they have strong DNA evidence linking Burdick to several rapes in Middle Tennessee.

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