Legal experts—including a former US magistrate judge—are dismayed and appalled at the stingray-related e-mails published late Thursday evening by the American Civil Liberties Union.
As we reported last night, the 2009 e-mail exchange between police departments in Sarasota, Florida and North Port, Florida, shows that local law enforcement had concealed the use of cell phone-tracking devices, known as “stingrays,” in court documents. This deception could lead to punishment for law enforcement officers or perhaps even their lawyers, the legal scholars said.
Specifically, one e-mail from Sarasota police to North Port police states, “In reports or depositions we simply refer to the assistance as ‘received information from a confidential source regarding the location of the suspect.’ To date this has not been challenged…”
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