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Wiretap Charges Tossed in Videotaping of Trooper
myfoxdc.com ^ | Updated: Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010, 8:12 AM EDT | BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press Writer

Posted on 09/28/2010 5:07:26 PM PDT by RedMDer

BALTIMORE - A judge threw out criminal charges Monday against a Maryland man who videotaped his traffic stop by a plainclothes state trooper and posted the video on YouTube.

Anthony J. Graber III had been indicted under Maryland's wiretap law, which requires the consent of both parties to record a private conversation. His video shows the trooper pulling his gun and telling Graber to get off his motorcycle before he identifies himself as a police officer.

Harford County Circuit Judge Emory A. Plitt Jr. ruled that the wiretap law did not apply to a traffic stop because the conversation was not private.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: camera; donutwatch; privacy; public; trooper
IMHO, it was rediculous that the police could video us in public but not the other way around. Public is public.
1 posted on 09/28/2010 5:07:27 PM PDT by RedMDer
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To: RedMDer

The prosecutor should be sued for malicious prosecution.


2 posted on 09/28/2010 5:11:19 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: RedMDer
wiretap chargesW.T.F.

so who footed the troopers legal efforts? Oh, the taxpayer.

3 posted on 09/28/2010 5:13:39 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (after your fifteen minutes are up you get a lifetime of ignominy.)
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To: RedMDer

IMHO police, fire and other public employees have no right to privacy while they are performing their duties. The public should be able to record - not interfere - with any public employee anywhere.

This and other stories like it continue to promote the idea that the government is above the people and that rules that apply to us, don’t apply to them (i.e. recording interactions with us, police able to lie to the public - but it’s a crime if we lie to them, etc.).


4 posted on 09/28/2010 5:14:35 PM PDT by MS from the OC (Obama foreign policy"If you're an enemy we're sorry; if you're a friend, you're sorry" Abe Greenwald)
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To: the invisib1e hand

I hope he sues the state and the Trooper. The Trooper’s bills would probably be paid by their union but it would send a big message.


5 posted on 09/28/2010 5:20:02 PM PDT by RedMDer (Throw Them Out! Forward With Confidence!)
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I hope he sues the state and the Trooper. The Trooper’s bills would probably be paid by their union but it would send a big message.

The only union with right to use deadly force?

If he sues, he'll pay for the rest of his life. His loved ones, too.

6 posted on 09/28/2010 5:21:51 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (after your fifteen minutes are up you get a lifetime of ignominy.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

He can move and sue. Life will go on.


7 posted on 09/28/2010 5:30:57 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

If he continues to be harrassed, he can sue for that as well.


8 posted on 09/28/2010 5:31:27 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: RedMDer

If you watch the entire video you will see why he was pulled over.He was a danger to himself and everyone else on the road with his high speed wheelies and speed over 100 mph.Zigzagging through traffic and giving the sport of motorcycling a bad name.

As for the charge of wiretapping or whatever that charge was , it is BS. That charge wasn’t even placed on him until after he posted a Utube of his little joy ride, but it should never have been placed.

I hope they fine him enough that he has to pawn his motorcycle to pay the fine, and take away his permit forever, for the traffic charges.

That kind of flagrant recklessness to promote other a-holes to do the same thing and place their antics on Utibe has no business on America’s highways.


9 posted on 09/28/2010 5:32:55 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

I agree about the recklessness but I’m also glad that law was challenged here.


10 posted on 09/28/2010 5:41:12 PM PDT by RedMDer (Throw Them Out! Forward With Confidence!)
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To: RedMDer

Yes: The law against taping police officers is a boatload of crap.


11 posted on 09/28/2010 6:04:34 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: RedMDer; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


12 posted on 09/28/2010 11:56:32 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Muslims are not the problem, the rest of the world is! /s)
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To: RedMDer

As I predicted. Now the gentleman should sue.


13 posted on 09/29/2010 1:41:21 AM PDT by Abundy
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To: Venturer

There is no law against taping police officers.


14 posted on 09/29/2010 1:45:23 AM PDT by Abundy
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To: Venturer

I’m not sure about wheelies, but he definitely was speeding greatly. I would’ve been angry at him seeing him zoom by. I don’t recall if he did anything else illegal - such as taking to the shoulders, etc, to get by traffic, which also really frosts my buns.

How did the police find out he had this video, anyway? Did they go searching YouTube, or did he have to give out his pseudonym at the stop? How in the heck did that happen if they didn’t know he had a head-cam? I think this is an important question.

Otherwise, I am very glad the judge struck this down. It is total BS the cops can’t be filmed on the street - especially since the guy already had it running anyway. He was filming to show how thrilling his ride is. It was incidental that the cop was filmed.


15 posted on 09/29/2010 7:20:28 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

That is a relief.


16 posted on 09/29/2010 8:30:19 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (Government does nothing as economically as the private sector. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Secret Agent Man
He can move and sue. Life will go on.

I don't guess you subscribe to the "the legal system is an orgy of police, lawyers, judges, and assorted thugs and leeches" theory of history.

But there is an element of truth to it, I've found.

17 posted on 09/30/2010 1:16:30 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (after your fifteen minutes are up you get a lifetime of ignominy.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Unlike an average guy, there are plenty of gay legal groups that would have been more than happy to work pro bono for THIS particular person.


18 posted on 09/30/2010 3:16:31 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Oops, sorry, got this thread crossed with another.


19 posted on 09/30/2010 3:17:20 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: RedMDer

don’t most troopers have dashboard cams? if this guy didn’t, I can see why.


20 posted on 09/30/2010 4:56:33 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: RedMDer

Maryland,MA, and IL-—the 3 states that have laws making it illegal to tape cops in public.

all 3 dominated by demonrats.


21 posted on 09/30/2010 5:12:36 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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