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Wiretap Evidence Not Suppressed Despite Missing Name on Order

July 31, 2020, 7:22 PM

The wiretap evidence against a defendant convicted on drug charges didn’t need to be suppressed, even though the orders under which it was collected didn’t fully comply with statutory requirements, the Fourth Circuit said Friday.

Title III of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act (Wiretap Act), says that the application for a wiretap must identify the federal officer submitting the application, and the order granting the wiretap must specify “the identity of the agency authorized to intercept communications, and of the person authorizing the application.”

The applications involved in Joey Brunson’s case contained the necessary information, but the...

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