Tuesday, July 20, 2010

on cameras on cops

On March 15, the trooper obtained an arrest warrant charging Graber with a violation of the state wiretap law. Based on the wiretap charges, the State Police also obtained a search warrant authorizing them to seize all of the Graber family’s computers, along with Graber’s video camera. Several weeks later, the Harford County State’s Attorney obtained a grand jury indictment adding several additional motor vehicle charges, and additional wiretap violations, including one alleging possession of “a device . . . primarily useful for the purpose of surreptitious interception of oral communications,” referring to the widely sold and clearly noticeable GoPro video camera that had been mounted on Graber’s motorcycle helmet.
Graber, a Staff Sergeant in the Maryland Air National Guard, and a computer systems engineer, faces up to 16 years in prison if convicted on all of the charges, along with the loss of his job if he is convicted of any of the wiretap charges, each of which is a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Graber lives in Harford County with his wife and two young children.
Anthony Graber’s legal counsel includes Deborah Jeon and David Rocah of the ACLU of Maryland, and John I. Stewart of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Crowell & Moring, LLP
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1 comment:

The 4th Sister said...

and look Pat, this one was not black or mexican....The police in our country have just gotten out of control...I am sure the police dept knew this and that is why they are trying to blame this man....thinking the American public will side with them...I could not see anyone thinking it is OK for a police officer to jump out of a car and draw his gun without identifing himself first...