Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Enforcing the Criminal Wiretap Statute

The Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section helps to protect the privacy of Americans by enforcing the criminal wiretap statute, 18 U.S.C. ยง 2511. One well-publicized interception involved a conference call in which the Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich participated. The couple that intercepted the call pleaded guilty on April 25, 1997, as is described in the press release at

On September 8, 1998, a Sheriff in North Carolina pled guilty to wiretapping and recording a high school teacher's telephone calls, which the Sheriff intended to use to force the teacher out of his job. The information is available at


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