Because censorship is the way to a fair trial right?
lol??? it isn't fucking censorship, it's illegal evidence. evidence obtained illegally cannot be used in any trial against any person, no matter what
But according to the article, it's being thrown out because there are other, innocent people on the recordings. And they threw out the officer's bodycam footage, too, I can only assume for the same reason. If police footage isn't admissable as evidence, what the hell are we even doing? This feels stinky, like a good excuse to get a powerful person off the hook for an embarrassing crime.
Could've sworn that if somebody obtained evidence illegally then handed it over to law enforcement without the approval/support/knowledge of law enforcement, it could be used in trial as it wasn't law enforcement who resorted to illegal measures to obtain said evidence. I'm probably entirely wrong, though, but I'm 99% sure that this was a topic covered when I was in training for my current job.
100% due process of law here! no two tiered justice system whatsoever
In a capitalist economy with private law forms, wealth must buy you reprieve from consequences.
pretty sure they had a warrant to put up those cameras. If this was drug offenders they'd have arrested everyone on the video
If this evidence being dismissed was in fact legal evidence after all, it's yet another sign that rule of law is dead in America.
Hopefully the footage gets leaked so this slippery bastard gets exposed either way.
Devil's avocado being this shouldn't be a crime in the first place, though this is obviously a power play by people in high places, and the added caveat that the person running said operation has ties to the Chinese government.
ya with all the rich people who got recorded and are wasting money sueing the fbi over this, we plebs have virtually no expectation of privacy, our cars are all tracked by legions of bounty hunters amassing vast databases that they gleefully sell to the police, our online communications are monitored, our cities are packed to the brim with survailence cameras, and the police can intercept large swaths of phone metadata without any meaningful oversight, but the FBI surveils a massage parlor engaging in prostitution and suddenly its a bridge too far.
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