NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Attorneys for 15 New York City police officers facing trial on ticket fixing charges asked Judge Stephen Barrett on Monday to toss out or limit key wiretap evidence against the cops.
Their claim is that the wiretapping of police officers violated federal law in this case and that there’s a less intrusive way to have conducted the investigation.
Defense attorneys pointed out that this was not organized crime or narcotics trafficking, but parking tickets.
There has, however, been an expansion of the use of wiretaps under federal law. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara used wiretaps extensively to make major cases in the non-violent crime of insider trading.
Barrett said that there are complex issues that won’t be resolved until the summer.