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Videotaping Traffic Stop Not Illegal

Logic prevailed today as Hartford County Circuit Court Judge Emory A. Plitt, Jr. ruled that the wiretap law did not apply to a traffic stop by a plainclothes state trooper of a motorcyclist that was videotaped and posted on YouTube by the Defendant. (Background on the story here.)

“In this rapid information technology era in which we live, it is hard to imagine that either an offender or an officer would have any reasonable expectation of privacy with regard to what is said between them in a traffic stop on a public highway,” Judge Plitt wrote.