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08/25/2010 10:19 PM ID: 85244 Permalink   

Man Faces 16 Years in Prison for Videotaping Police Officer


Anthony Graber was arrested for speeding on his motorcycle. He later posted the video of his arrest through his helmet mounted camera on the video sharing web site YouTube.

Graber is now facing a 16-year prison sentence for violating Maryland wiretapping laws. The statue in question does not mention video recording, and is supposed to apply only to private conversations.

With recording equipment becoming more widespread, it is likely we will see increased crack downs on independent journalists as governments and officials wish to hide their exercise of power.

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  It´s just like....  
living in NAZI Germany. Citizens will be held responsible for everything but the Government cannot be held accountable for anything. Any attempt to discredit the Government will result in a quick trip to the concentration camps/prisons. We have the Party propagandists screaming at the top of their lungs about the evil Muslims, the Gays and the Liberals. We have already started the wars of aggression to acquire resources necessary for world domination. We have spent a huge portion of our wealth on an unnecessary military machine. We have our scape goats to blame the politician´s failings on. We have a huge system of concentration camps/prisons across the country. We have a huge intelligence machine spying on the people, rooting out any dissidents. We have a private army of mercenaries to do the bidding of party officials. All the pieces are in place. This is exactly the same road Hitler took Germany down.
  by: valkyrie123     08/25/2010 10:36 PM     
  He won´t serve  
Mr. Graber´s post on youtube should not be taken as a means of wiretapping. Weren´t they on a public street or highway when he got pulled over. If the statute does not involve video taping but more so wiretapping cellphone/emails, then Mr. Graber should be lucky and not serve even a small portion of that 16 year sentence.
  by: NV   08/25/2010 11:47 PM     
  I am sure that the aclu  
is all over this.
  by: John E Angel     08/25/2010 11:49 PM     
anything you do in public (that isn´t already copyrighted) should fall under public domain and should be free for anyone to record, copy, or reproduce either for private use, or for commercial use.

Its not like he video taped the inside of the police station or inside a court room.

[ edited by m.i.a.elite ]
  by: m.i.a.elite     08/26/2010 12:05 AM     
  I liked the news...  
Until the opinions fall into it : /
  by: Pyronius     08/26/2010 12:16 AM     
too much power
  by: MannyisHere     08/26/2010 12:39 AM     
  What everyone seems to forget  
is that crimes like these have to be certified by a jury and that there is such a thing as "jury nullification."
  by: walter3ca   08/26/2010 08:19 AM     
Filming anywhere out in public is public domain, this never should have even been filed, it´s illegal, he cannot be prosecuted by the laws of this country for filming a cop in public.

This story makes no sense, have they completely lost their minds?
  by: Kupo   08/26/2010 12:24 PM     
  yet paparazzi roam free  
Clear case of subversion of the Law.
Sue Police Dept. for attempting to subvert course of justice. This is the only way the law can be changed.

[ edited by redstain ]
  by: redstain   08/26/2010 02:24 PM     
  I think..  
It is kind of funny that Aljazeera is the source for this article considering that where they are, is the main hub of human rights and excessive use of power and corruption voilations are happening..
  by: Allanthar     08/26/2010 02:28 PM     
you mean abuse of powers?
  by: shannon853   08/26/2010 03:37 PM     
  Opens a big can of worms on the other side too....  
If the court determines that videotaping on public streets is "illegal wiretapping/etc" then it´s going to be pretty easy for ALL CIVILIANS to claim that police use of video cameras during traffic stops is also "illegal wiretapping" because they do not have a warrant for the use of such devices... They´ve always gotten away with it because it´s always been considered "public domain."

If they´re smart, they´ll let this guy off before they really screw themselves...
  by: jeffillinois   08/26/2010 05:07 PM     
You´re assuming they won´t just have it both ways. Much more absurd rulings have held firm. The justice system has been out to lunch for years.

They´ll probably book this guy and say wiretapping laws don´t apply to Gov institutions. More and more it seems like time to GTFO of the US

[ edited by gman ]
  by: gman   08/26/2010 07:03 PM     
"False Assumption #1: Maryland law prohibits the "taping" or "recording" of conversations without the consent of all persons.

The Truth #1: Maryland law prohibits the "interception" of "communications" without the consent of all persons to the communication and does not even mention "taping" or "recording" anywhere in the part of the statute related to criminal violations.

Explanation #1: Maryland law states the following verbatim:

Unlawful acts. -- Except as otherwise provided in this subtitle it is unlawful for any person to: (1) Willfully intercept, endeavor to intercept, or procure any other person to intercept or endeavor to intercept, any wire, oral, or electronic communication;

(2) Willfully disclose, or endeavor to disclose, to any other person the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication, knowing or having reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, oral, or electronic communication in violation of this subtitle; or

(3) Willfully use, or endeavor to use, the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication, knowing or having reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, oral, or electronic communication in violation of this subtitle. Cts. & Jud. Proc. §10-402(a)(1)-(a)(3). (emphasis added)

Nowhere in the law are the words "tape" or "record" ever used. "


Perhaps the viewers of the Youtube clip are the ones who need to be charged? LOL

[ edited by vex ]
  by: vex   08/26/2010 07:31 PM     
here´s the link in ABC News ..
  by: Key2000     08/26/2010 07:39 PM     
  Guess You Better Close Your Eyes Too  
If I can´t videotape you without your consent when you speak to me then it should be illegal for my brain cells to retain a memory of it as well.

The backlash against these idiot pigs will be beyond anything they can imagine if they don´t drop this nazi crap.

To protect and serve, yeah as long as you can´t prove it with tape when they don´t right?
  by: solo4078   08/26/2010 08:22 PM     
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