Michigan Supreme Court to hear marathon drone privacy case
As virtually inevitable after a long series of protracted legal battles, the seemingly eternal case of a Michigan couple suing local authorities for having allegedly violated their privacy and constitutional rights by using a drone to inspect their cluttered yard is now heading to the state’s Supreme Court for final adjudication.
In response to the voluminous arguments submitted by both parties, the Supreme Court of Michigan’s Order 164948 laconically granted Long Lake Township residents Heather and Todd Maxon’s appeal in their case against the municipality to be heard by justices. The dispute dates back to 2007, when authorities began using a drone pilot to collect aerial evidence the couple’s use of their yard to stockpile cars that violated zoning laws – observations the Maxons called an illegal infringement on their privacy.
During the ensuing legal tussle, the basis of complaints has evolved to include claims the drone also…