Michigan drone photography privacy dispute returns to court
They’re back… The Michigan couple that has been battling Long Lake Township officials over drone photography of their yard to substantiate allegations it was being illegally used as a dump are going back to court again – this time to have the evidence invalidated with arguments the UAV flights violated their Fourth Amendment rights.
The saga originates in 2007, when officials in northern Michigan’s Long Lake Township sought to enforce zoning laws prohibiting residents Todd and Heather Maxon from using their property as a de facto dump for several vehicles. An out-of-court settlement was struck on the understanding the stockpiling did not expand – a condition neighbors reported violated after additional cars appeared.
To prove that was so, town officials hired a Michigan drone photography service provider to take shots of the Maxon land on several occasions between 2010 and 2018, the images from which serving as the basis for a case filed to…