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February 04, 2005

Policing the police III

While the FBI frequently use wire taps and recording devices to eaves drop on suspects, for some reason they don't want their own interrogations recorded. Since so many people have been proven to have been falsely charged by the FBI, victims of over zealous agents who see “closing the case” as more important than actually putting the correct person in prison, it's now cost them.

Denis Carlson, was one of a number of Philadelphia businessmen questioned by the FBI after he was overheard speaking on a wiretapped phone with Ronald A. White, a lawyer and Democratic fund-raiser who allegedly was trying to buy influence with city officials.

As part of the probe, agents tapped City Hall telephones, bugged White's office and phones for nine months, and installed a listening device in the office of Mayor John F. Street.

Carlson was charged with making statements to two FBI agents that seemed to contradict things he was secretly recorded as saying on the phone to White and others.

The only evidence against him were the hastily scrawled notes of the FBI agent that interrogated him. The jury didn't buy it.

Juror Patty Acri, a pharmacist, said: "We didn't know with certainty exactly what was asked. ... My advice to the FBI would be to tape their interviews."

“A good name is better than precious ointment;” -- Ecclesiastes 7:1a

Translation: You can try to cover it up, but if you've got a bad reputation, you'll still give off a foul stench.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 4, 2005 09:36 AM

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