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Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops To Deceive Judges About Surveillance Tech 251

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Advocatus Diaboli sends this excerpt from Wired: Police in Florida have, at the request of the U.S. Marshals Service, been deliberately deceiving judges and defendants about their use of a controversial surveillance tool to track suspects, according to newly obtained emails (PDF). At the request of the Marshals Service, the officers using so-called stingrays have been routinely telling judges, in applications for warrants, that they obtained knowledge of a suspect's location from a 'confidential source' rather than disclosing that the information was gleaned using a stingray.
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Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops To Deceive Judges About Surveillance Tech

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  • by scottbomb (1290580) on Saturday June 21, 2014 @11:26PM (#47291363) Journal

    Problem is, the same people who initiate the prosecuting are in on it. Have you heard of a guy named Eric Holder?

  • Re:And? (Score:5, Informative)

    by tysonedwards (969693) on Saturday June 21, 2014 @11:58PM (#47291467)
    Instructions were given to commit perjury, under oath, to a judge in any situation in which they were asked about the surveillance tech that they have at their disposal.

    Perjury is a crime whenever it takes place.
    Conspiracy to commit perjury or enticement to commit perjury both are also crimes, and this email chain shows that that took place.

    The real question is whether the DoJ cares about going after cops as opposed to just going after the low hanging fruit like people who beat their wives, sell drugs, or annoy the wrong person in a position of power.
  • Re:And? (Score:5, Informative)

    by fuzznutz (789413) on Sunday June 22, 2014 @01:02AM (#47291657)
    This is called suborning perjury and is a crime. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S... [wikipedia.org]
  • by ganjadude (952775) on Sunday June 22, 2014 @08:49AM (#47292581) Homepage

    Did the Obama administration pass the Patriot Act?

    yes, actually he did, he re authorized it making it his now, he could have easily declared it over but instead he kept the power. it is his fault that we still have it

    Did the Obama administration create the secret courts?

    we dont know if he did or not, but we do know he is using them, there is no point in worrying about past presidents abuse when we have a current one abusing power

    Which surveillance laws, exactly, did Obama have passed?

    once again we simply dont know being that the most transparent government is about as transparent as tar, but we do know that under obama surveillance has increased, again this is something that he could have rolled back but didnt

  • by sjames (1099) on Sunday June 22, 2014 @08:53AM (#47292591) Homepage

    Actually, it *IS* their job.

    Meanwhile, this is the Department of Justice. It is most CERTAINLY their job to obey the Constitution and such basics as not commit or suborn perjury.

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