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Friday, April 29, 2005

Wiretaps Soared By 19% Last Year; All 1,710 Applications Approved By Judges

State and federal prosecutors applied for 1,710 wire taps last year, a dramatic increase over prior years.  Wiretap applications are similar to search warrants, and require a demonstration of probable cause that incriminating conversations will be recorded.  Every single wiretap application submitted to a judge last year in this country was approved.  Every single one?  When I was a federal prosecutor, some judges would approve a wiretap application after a quick skim-read, as they can be lengthy and time-consuming.  One federal judge, who shall remain nameless, looked at the size of the application and asked me, "Is there probable cause here?"  When I said yes, he started to sign it without reading a word.  I had to respectfully ask him to read it.  But most judges really busted my chops on the probable cause issue.  All 1,710 applications approved?  Have our judges become rubber stamps after 9/11?  Story . . .  [Mark Godsey]

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