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Woman Charged with Wiretapping Her Own Arrest

It turns out you can’t be your own Big Brother.

A Massachusetts woman found herself on the wrong side of the law after she surreptitiously recorded her own arrest with her smartphone, leading local police to charge her with warrantless wiretapping.

24-year-old Karen Dziewit was arrested early Sunday morning for disorderly conduct and carrying an open container of alcohol, and as the police approached her right before her arrest, she secretly activated the audio recording feature on her phone and slipped it into her bag. During the booking process, however, the police discovered that the phone was still recording — and dropped a third charge of unlawful wiretapping on Dziewit. (But it’s not wiretapping if there isn’t a wiiiiirrrrrreeeee, Dziewit probably whined upon being released under her own recognizance.)

According to MassLive.com, the state “prohibits the recording of audio without the consent of the person being recorded,” though there are certain First Amendment exceptions made for people recording police officers at work. That said, it hasn’t stopped police departments in Massachusetts from attempting to invoke the statute when other people attempted to record arrests.

[MassLive]
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