RENO, Nev. — A Nevada judge has issued subpoenas sought by Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve to compel a private investigator to identify who her firm hired to secretly install a tracking device on her vehicle.
Washoe County District Judge David Hardy approved the subpoenas Friday to be served on David McNeely and his private investigation firm 5 Alpha Industries, the Reno Gazette Journal reported.
Schieve filed a lawsuit against them last month after finding a GPS device attached to his vehicle that was able to track his real-time location.
The lawsuit alleges that the investigator trespassed on her property to install the device without her consent. He says Schieve was unaware she was being tracked until a mechanic noticed the device while working on her vehicle.
A “sophisticated GPS tracking device” provided “minute-by-minute updates” of her location, a constant violation of her privacy,” the suit said.
The complaint says the investigator was working for an “unidentified third party” whose identity she was unable to ascertain.
Schieve, who filed the lawsuit as a private citizen, was elected last month to her third term as mayor, a position she has held since 2014. She is seeking restitution for invasion of privacy, trespass, civil conspiracy and negligence, as well as an attorney. expenses.
Judge Hardy said in his order issued Friday that Schieve “moves this Court to issue subpoenas to David McNeely and 5 Alpha Industries, LLC, to obtain documents sufficient to identify the individual or entity that held them identified to monitor Ms Schieve.”
“On review, this Court finds good cause to allow early discovery for the limited purpose of identifying the ‘Doe’ defendant(s),” he wrote.
After the suit was filed, 5 Alpha’s website was taken down. McNeely did not respond to requests for comment, including a telephone message left at his office Saturday by The Associated Press. Jane Susskind, a Reno lawyer listed in court documents as his representative, did not immediately respond to the AP’s request for comment in phone and email messages Saturday.
Schieve told the Gazette Journal last month that learning about the tracking device was stressful for her.
“This kind of invasion of privacy and stalking is really scary because I don’t know what the purpose of this information is,” she said. “I mean, is someone trying to kill me? I don’t know,” she said.