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Prosecutor: Ruling on Taping Cops Creates Problems

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BALTIMORE (AP)- Harford County State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly says a judge's ruling that it's OK for citizens to record police officers on public streets could make it more difficult for officers to do their jobs.

Judge Emory Plitt threw out criminal charges Monday against Anthony Graber, who videotaped his traffic stop by a plainclothes state trooper and posted it on YouTube.

Plitt's ruling says officers on public streets have no reasonable expectation of privacy. But Cassilly says that ruling "creates problems" and may make it more difficult for officers to interview reluctant witnesses. He says if a conversation between an officer and another person on a street isn't private, then any third party can record it.

Cassilly adds that he believes Maryland's wiretap law should be changed.

 

 

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