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Kevin-- read the article. This guy is being prosecuted in Federal Court not Gwinnett County. The rest of your rant doesn't merit comment.
Prior to this decision, Georgia law was silent as to whether the listening post was required to be physically located in the jurisdiction of the issuing judge. Georgia law specifically says that anything permitted under the Federal wiretap statute is permissable under Georgia law. Federal circuits are divided on whether the listening post has to be in the same jurisdiction as the issuing judge. The DA had a valid legal basis to proceed -- the Supreme Court ruled the other way. No one, not even a first year law student could have predicted how the court would rule in a case of first impression given the current state of the law.
Maybe it's a pilot for a new TV show "The Political Walking Dead" co-starring Shirley Lasseter.
This entire fiasco has been a triumph of vanity and pettiness on both sides.
The whole thing could have been settled for a total 3.5 million dollar payout two years ago, but one commissioner wouldn't agree because he was mad at one of the cities.
The agreement specifically says the county police MAY NOT provide police services in the "police cities". Wait until the first big wreck at rush hour on I-85 which now has parts of the highway within the cities of Suwanee and Norcross and then we'll see how self-sufficient these city departments really are.
Everyone got screwed in this deal, the city residents will just have to wait to feel the pain as the city budgets expand to pay for police services they're going to need.
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