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Clifford Fishman, professor, law, was quoted in a USA Today story on police use of illegal wiretapping. See below.

Police used apparently illegal wiretaps to make hundreds of arrests

From: USA Today
Date: Nov. 20, 2015
Author: Brad Heath and Brett Kelman

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In Riverside County — a Los Angeles suburb whose court and prosecutors approved almost one of every five U.S. wiretaps last year — the district attorney turned the job of reviewing the applications over to lower-level lawyers, interviews and court records show. That practice almost certainly violated the federal wiretapping law and could jeopardize prosecutors’ ability to use the surveillance in court.

“A district attorney is playing with gunpowder if he ignores the potential implications of letting somebody else handle the entire process. That’s potentially catastrophic,” said Clifford Fishman, a Catholic University of America law professor who studies wiretapping.

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