One of Jeremy Dewitte’s felony charges stems from an incident in which he called the State Attorney’s Office to complain that the police were conducting a criminal investigation into Metro State.
That call didn’t go as planned. Instead of the State Attorney stepping in to rescue Jeremy, Motor One found himself facing with a felony wiretapping charge, since Florida is a two-party consent state and Jeremy recorded the conversation without the investigator’s knowledge or consent.
It gets better.
In that phone call, Jeremy refers to Metro State’s vehicles as “police cars,” then quickly catches himself with this gem: “But I shouldn’t say that, ’cause then it sounds like I said it.”
Nailed it, genius. It certainly does sound the way you said it.
This is the complete felonious recording.
Note that this reproduction of the illegal recording is permissible. On May 21, 2001 the Supreme Court decided the case Bartnicki v. Vopper, summarized below courtesy of Oyez:
In a 6-3 opinion delivered by Justice John Paul Stevens, the Court held that the First Amendment protects the disclosure of illegally intercepted communications by parties who did not participate in the illegal interception. “In this case, privacy concerns give way when balanced against the interest in publishing matters of public importance,” wrote Justice Stevens. “[A] stranger’s illegal conduct does not suffice to remove the First Amendment shield from speech about a matter of public concern.”
Noting that the negotiations were a matter of public interest, Justice Stevens wrote that the “debate may be more mundane than the Communist rhetoric that inspired Justice Brandeis’ classic opinion in Whitney v. California, but it is no less worthy of constitutional protection.”
Oyez is a multimedia archive devoted to making the Supreme Court of the United States accessible to everyone. For more information on Bartnicki and other Supreme Court cases, visit www.oyez.org.
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