The Wire: Higher Likelihood Innocent Conversations Are Being Intercepted

May 1, 2012  |  New York Law Journal

According to government data, the number of wiretaps authorized by courts has more than doubled in the past decade. The number of individuals interecepted by wiretaps also has increased significantly. Yet, the percentage of authorizations resulting in incriminating evidence and convictions has steadily declined. The inevitable conclusion is that the number of innocent people being wiretapped over the past decade has increased. Despite this trend, federal courts have been inconsistent in their application of federal wiretap law intended to protect the crucial interests at stake.

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