Judge Belvin Perry suspends GPS use in new Orange County criminal cases

Published On: Apr 02 2013 03:03:56 PM EDT
Updated On: Apr 02 2013 05:44:29 PM EDT

Chief Judge Belvin Perry has suspended the use of GPS trackers in new criminal cases in the Ninth Judicial Circuit until further notice.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

Chief Judge Belvin Perry has suspended on Tuesday the use of GPS trackers in new criminal cases in the Ninth Judicial Circuit until further notice.

The individuals who are currently being monitored by Court Programs of Central Florida or Electronic Resource Associates GPS tracking programs will continue to be monitored by the private companies. The GPS monitoring devices are often used as a condition of bail.

"The judges lose a tool that they thought was important for them, maybe for their piece of mind but I'm not sure the tool was that effective anyway," said Public Defender Robert Wesley.

Wesley says he believes judges use the GPS devices too often.

"I think judges just put too much reliance that it's going to solve every problem or every worry they have, and I think judges overuse it as a result," he said.

According to the Orange County release, in light of the events associated with the Wilfred Gregory case, a comprehensive review of these private vendors will be conducted immediately. 

Gregory is accused of opening fire during an Apopka Easter party while on private GPS monitoring. Police said Gregory then cut off the device and has not been found since.

In February, Orange County also suspended its home confinement program after defendant Bessman Okafor violated and allegedly killed a witness that was going to testify against him in a home invasion trial.

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