16 Years in Prison for a Video of a Police Officer Acting Nutty?
It happened to Anthony Graber, a Maryland Air National Guard staff sergeant. What did he do? He posted a video of actions by an arresting Maryland highway patrolman.
Here is what the trooper did. He was in an unmarked car. He cut off Graber, who was on a motorcycle. Then he approached Graber in plain clothes. He had pulled out a gun. He was yelling.
This was before he identified himself as a law-enforcement officer.
Graber had a camera in his motorcycle helmet. He posted the video on YouTube.
The police later raided his home. They seized his computers.
Then they locked him up for 26 hours.
Then they took him to court.
They have accused him of wiretapping. Maximum sentence: 16 years.
Wiretapping? What wires?
The video constitutes a wire. Here is how the government argues. The audio aspect of a video violates the wiretap law.
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