Journalist Striving for Accountability Faces Two Decades in Prison

Published On July 23, 2012 | By Kate | Articles

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Update – August 16th:
Philly Benefit for Ademo: TFP LIVE!!! to Feature Comedy/Music/Interview
[post] on CopBlock.org about an event happening on Friday, August 17th in Philadelphia

Update – August 15th:
Adam ‘Ademo’ Mueller, CopBlock.org Founder, Sentenced To 3 Months For Wiretapping After Reporting School Police Brutality [post] on HuffingtonPost.com

Update – August 14th:
Ademo Freeman “Wiretapping” Trial RAW FOOTAGE
from our friends at FreeKeene.com

Update – August 14th:
The State is an Autoimmune Disease [post] by Thomas L. Knapp at C4ss.org

Update – August 14th:
Founder of CopBlock.org gets jail for wiretapping [post] from our good friends at PoliceOne.com

Update – August 13th:
NH activist gets almost 3 months for wiretapping [post] via SFGate.com by way of the Associated Press

Update – August 13th:
CopBlock founder Adam Mueller, a police-accountability blogger with Greenfield ties, found guilty of illegal wiretapping in New Hampshire
[post] via MassLive.com

Update – August 13th:
Jury Deems Ademo GUILTY of Wiretapping for Seeking Accountability
[post] on CopBlock.org

Update – August 13th:
Mueller convicted of 3 charges of illegal wiretapping [post] by The Union Leader

Update – August 13th:
Blogger found guilty of illegally taping police, school officials [post/video] from WMUR

Update – August 13th:
Free State Activist Found Guilty [post/audio] by New Hampshire Public Radio

Update – August 13th:
“Wiretapping” Trial of CopBlock Founder Begins Today
[post] on Reason.com

Update – August 10th:
Ademo Gets Visited by Michael Valentine
[post] update from Ademo days prior to his trial

Update – August 9th:
Kony Droney, Utility Searches, CopBlock’d – New World Next Week via YouTube.com/CorbettReport

Update – August 8th:
Journalist facing 21 years in prison for recording police via RT.com interview of Pete Eyre about Ademo’s situation

Update – August 8th:
Journalist faces 21 years in prison for reporting on police abuse in New Hampshire high school [post] by Zach Dyer in the Journalism in the Americas

Update – August 8th:
Journalist faces 21 years in jail for recording police [post] via RT.com

Update – August 7th:
Journalist Facing Prison for Reporting Police Brutality a 3-min video by YouTube.com/SourceFed – a channel that has over 500,000 subscribers and 160,000,000 views. Solid.

Update – August 7th:
Union Leader Covers Ademo’s Legal Land Journey
a 11-min video narrated by Clyde Voluntaryist of two recent Union Leader articles about Ademo’s situation in Manchester

Update – August 7th:
Journalist faces 21 years’ prison for reporting police brutality [post] by Brett Wilkins at DigitalJournal.com

Update – August 6th:
Ademo’s Jury Selection Done, Trial In One Week
[post/video] text by Pete Eyre, raw video of jury selection process by YouTube.com/FreeKeene. and recap video by YouTube.com/MikeforLiberty

Update – August 6th:
Wikileaks Tweets about [tweet] @wikileaks shares Ademo’s situation with 1,500,000 followers

Update – August 6th:
Adam “Ademo” Mueller, Journalist And CopBlock.org Founder, Faces 21 Years In Jail After Reporting School Police Brutality [post] by The Huffington Post

Update – August 5th:
‘Copblock’ wiretap case goes to court in Manchester [post] by the Union Leader

Update – August 4th:
CNN’s iReport: Journalist Takes Wiretapping Charges to Trial: “Bring On the Circus!”
[post] by SalWigginOut and posted August 4th, 2012 to CNN iReport

Update – August 3rd:
Ademo Freeman Remains Resolute: Let the Circus Begin!
[post] by Ademo Freeman

Update – August 2nd:
Disneyland Wiretapping Crime Spree by WeAreChange.org touches on Ademo’s situation

Update – August 2nd:
Cop Block founder faces 21 years for attempting accountability [post] by William R. Toler on IndieRegister.com

Update – July 31st:
Founder of Anti-Police Website Faces Prison [post] on PoliceMag.com

Update – July 31st:
CopBlock Founder Faces Three Felony Counts of Wiretapping [post] by WarOnYou.com

Update – July 31st:
Reporter Faces 21 Years After Airing Excessive Force Complaint
[post] by Station 6 Underground

Update – July 31st:
Founder of CopBlock.org faces prison [post] by PoliceOne.com

Update – July 30th:
CopBlock founder faces 21 years in prison on “wiretapping” charges for filming police
[post] by ActivistPost.com

Update – July 29th:
Ademo requests two copies of The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose be sent to Valley Street Jail – one for him (that he’ll pass-along to someone when he leaves the facility) and one for someone else in the same pod who seems receptive to the ideas of complete liberty. Larken agreed, and even ate the cost for one of the books – he not only is an excellent communicator but more than almost anyone, walks the walk. Much thanks Larken, for this and everything you do!

Update – July 29th:
Free Ademo: An Update
gives an overview about Ademo’s legal land situation in Manchester

Update – July 28th:
Ademo’s Wiretapping Pretrial Hearing
from FreeKeene.com

Update – July 28th:
Circus for Ademo: Pretrial Hearing [post] from FreeConcord.com

Update – July 28th:
CopBlock.org/FreeAdemo tab created
- will point to this post (http://copblock.org/pledge) and CopBlock.org/DecadesForAccountability [about his wiretapping charges]

Update – July 27th:
Ademo had his pre-trial conference today in Manchester. His trial date was set: Aug. 13th. He was offered two plea deals:

The first had him sitting in Valley St. Jail for 12mo with 6mo suspended for two-years of “good time” hanging over his head, which if violated (for any level charge in or outside the ‘shire) would have incurred a 1-2yr stint at the prison in Concord. Also, a no-contact order for the three public officials with whom he spoke. Ademo declined.

The second was the same minus the 12mo in Valley St. Ademo declined.

The DA is going to “talk with his boss” and is supposed to visit with Ademo on Monday with another deal. Meanwhile, Ademo will have the weekend to think about what might be acceptable to him so he can put this latest legal land bout behind him and move forward with his life. All in all, he seems in good spirits.

Update – July 26th:
Ademo said he could use some liberty-oriented books (stories) if anyone feels so inclined as to send some his way. He would very much appreciate it. Once he has read them, he would leave them for other prisoners to read. All books must be sent new, directly from the publisher, via USPS to:

Adam Mueller
CCN# 49494
445 Willow Street
Manchester, NH 03103

Update – July 25th:
Ademo was not transported to court for his pre-trial conference – it has been postponed until Friday, July 26th. Court personnel claimed they didn’t know he was at Valley St. Jail, despite the fact that he was taken from that location directly to Valley St. Jail on July 11th [see: copblock.org/pledge] and multiple calls made to the court to confirm they knew of his location.

Ademo is supposedly now going to have that trial management meeting on Friday. Thanks to everyone who made the drive from Keene and those who turn-out from Manch to support Ademo today. Pretty redic how this unfolded. Seems part of a pattern…

Update – July 24th:
Ademo has a final pre-trial conference tomorrow (July 25th). Facebook event

Update – July 24th:
Nationally Syndicated Radio Talk Show Host Indicted on Three Felony Charges – press release on Ademo’s situation hits nationwide

NH Public Officials Act with Blatant Disregard for Glik Decision

Local journalist and police accountability advocate Adam Mueller faces 21-years in prison for publicizing comments made by public officials operating in their public capacity about an excessive force incident involving Manchester Police officer Darren Murphy and a 17 year-old student that occurred at Manchester’s West High School in October, 2011.

Another student filmed the interaction with his cell phone as his classmate was slammed to a table by School Resource Officer Darren Murphy. After viewing the video that public officials told the recording student to delete, Mueller called the Manchester Police Department and West High School seeking comment. Mueller publicized a video on CopBlock.org about the incident which included segments of his conversations with the on-duty public officials.

Almost three months after the altercation at West High School occurred, Adam was indicted on three counts of felony wiretapping, each holding a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. Mueller is ordered to appear for jury selection at the Manchester Superior Court on August 6, 2012 at 9:00AM, and the trial is expected to occur within the two weeks following jury selection.

NH statute states that to be guilty of wiretapping, another party must have a reasonable expectation that their communications are not subject to interception. A public official who is on duty and in a public space has no expectation of privacy, as is reinforced by the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Glik v. Cunniffe in a ruling that states that the First Amendment protects the right to record police in public.

Individuals throughout the country have publicly expressed their support for Mueller’s actions and voiced their recognition of clear double standards. “No matter what, nobody’s child should be abused like that in school,” said the father of the student thrown to the cafeteria table.

Please share this press release with your media contacts >> Decades for Accountability

Please share this post with those in your sphere >> CopBlock.org/Decades-For-Accountability

Hillsborough County Attorney’s Offices
300 Chestnut Street
Manchester, NH 03101
(603) 627-5605

Manchester Police Department
351 Chestnut Street
Manchester, NH 03101-2294
(603) 668-8711

West High School
9 Notre Dame Ave
Manchester, NH 03102
(603) 624-6384

Manchester City Hall
1045 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101
603.624.6500 (Ted Gatsas, mayor)

RELATED BLOG POSTS:

Ademo Indicted – 21yrs for Transparency
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Manchester’s Chalking 8

 

VIDEOS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER:

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Manchester Police Officer Uses Excessive Force on High School Student

Posted October 3, 2011

 

Update on Excessive Force in Manchester NH
Posted October 4, 2011

 

Officer Murphy Comments on Excessive Force
October 5, 2011

 

Ademo Charged with Wiretapping
December 1, 2011

 

Defensive or Offensive? That is the Question…
January 20, 2012

 

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  • Common Sense

    @Adam/Ademo

    I know your still lccked up but I am sorry this all happened. There are better ways to achieve your goal(s). One would assume that you would have done some fact checking to see if what you planned/did was in fact legal. You, just like now, wanted the PR. You hoped that the 1st would give you some blanket protection.

    Reading about what was done, as well as the wiretapping statute, on its face, you did violate it. Perhaps things will swing your way at trial. Perhaps you can request a change of venue and plead your case before a jury and you will walk out of court free and clear. There are things that you can do, and things you cannot do. Then there are those things that you think you should be able to do but cannot. I always found it interesting, that it was you that typically went hunting for the police, not the police hunting for you.

    Remember months ago when I said don’t treat this as a game? I was not surprised when the ‘legions’ of supporters did not rise up to both give you money or legal advice/representation.

    Perhaps it might be best to call Monte Hall and put this behind you.

  • Fuck you “Common Sense”

    It should never be a crime to film something you are allowed to see. What is the point really. These anti-filming laws only serve to protect crooks.

  • Bob

    The wiretapping charge is not because of filming.

  • Shawn

    Common Sense, what part of the court rulings that state recording cops is legal do you not understand? Explain to us why anything you do should be out of the public eye.
    This isn’t a home or cell phone, nor a microphone snuck into their home. This police activity in public. If that is wiretapping, then do they arrest people for filming their child’s plays and events like a balls game? No, they go after people exposing their poor behavior. That’s what this is about. Cockroaches hate the light of day. In public, government officers have no expectations of privacy. You tell us we don’t when it is YOU wanting to record us.

  • Dan

    “No matter what, nobody’s child should be abused like that in school,” said the father of the student thrown to the cafeteria table.

    http://www.unionleader.com/article/20111011/NEWS03/710129999

  • Common Sense

    the charge is not for filming, its for wiretapping…

  • shawn

    Common, they are calling filming wire tapping, so the charge is for filming. They are abusing a law in their efforts to keep people in the dark about their poor behavior. No one put a bug in their home or tapped their phone. This is just a way to block people from recording them.
    Cops hate being recorded, because they know the public is turning against them the more we see how they choose to behave.

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  • Yankee Fan

    The charges for wiretapping against him are for him calling officials and recording them based on some internet articles I have found. Here is one of them:http://www.informationliberation.com/index.php?id=37495

  • Bob

    It’s been put on here 3 times now – I wonder what part of wiretapping is not for filming does shawn not understand?

  • Yankee Fan

    In all fairness Bob, there are citizens that do get arrested and charged for violating the states felony wiretapping laws for pulling out a cell phone or some other device and recording cops. The case of Simon Glick was a good example. He was charged with that as well as a few other charges which is a gross distortion of the law to charge someone with a crime for whipping out their iphone and recording something. In this case however, he made a phone call and it seems neglected to inform the person he was recording them. What is funny is if you read the actual criminal statue on wiretapping there is usually a little disclaimer in there that says something to the effect…..exercise caution in recording conversations that common sense otherwise tells you are to be considered private conversations. I do not mean the police officer poster common sense either.

  • Bob

    that’s not the reason in this case that he was arrested and that is what we were saying

  • Yankee Fan

    I am aware Bob and thats why I linked the article I found to dispel the rumours that people may have about his charges.

  • Bob

    Sorry Yankee Fan. I guess you were one of the three that said that the wiretapping charge wasn’t for filming. I just didn’t care for the smart-aleck way Shawn was talking to Common Sense and so I put the last remark to him in the same way he did to Common Sense. You can not like someone but you don’t have to be a jerk about it. Once again … sorry.

  • Yankee Fan

    It is ok Bob, I was not offended. I am not a cop blocker but I do agree with some of what they do in principal to document and record public officials as well as holding them accountable for what they do. Thats so important in a free country. In this case here, it is sad that a person would demand accountability from the police, correctly but fail in his own basic responsiblities to get his own self squared away.

  • erik

    Ademo is getting exactly what he deserves. Great job by MPD, being patient, doing their job with professionalism and ensuring these entitled, loser, brats get exactly what they deserve… a “time ou”t….LOL…. at Vally St jail and hopefully concord state prision.

  • Common Sense

    After reading the statute, and then a sample of the jury instructions, I think Adam will be found guilty. This will of course bring about another round of appeals. Does he belong in prison? No. Can he pick up litter along the highways for a few months? Yes. Perhaps this will be a way for the wiretapping statute as a whole be adapted/changed or even ruled void for vagueness in a digital age. Either way, as written, he’s correctly charged for what he did. Adam will get his day in court, which is partially what he wanted, he wanted the PR, but I think he was mistaken that he believed he had a wide range of supporters when in fact he has very limited resources or support.

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  • Yankee Fan

    I do agree with you Common as far as changing the laws but even more important than that, we need to retrain the police. There are stories always coming out about police being forced to adopt new policies or persons being detained unlawfully and being asked the usual battery of questions about them exercising their 1st amendment rights. Here is the latest story from the Carlos Miller website: http://www.pixiq.com/article/jerome-vorus-wins-settlement
    I am not saying the police are the ultimate bad guys here but intimidating, threatening and harrassing people who film police needs to stop as it makes all police look very bad. To me, asking a citizen why he is filming this or that lawfully is like asking a citizen why he is barbecueing and then demanding ID as he cooks in his back yard. So, lets work the laws but lets sit down and instruct the police on the 1st amendment aspect of filming and recording them in a public forum or else we will see more stories like the one linked and more and more tax payer funded settlements to citizens that have had their 1st amendment rights violated by the police.

  • http://freedomsphoenix.com Fascist Nation

    If Mr. Mueller called into a police station what are the odds the police station automatically records all incoming/outgoing recordings? Or even announces to incoming callers their conversation may be monitored and recorded?

  • http://www.dnusbaum.com Douglas Nusbaum

    Well, the upside is that eventually, according to all existing precedents and court findings of which I ma aware, he will be able to sue these people, some of them personally, for a fair amount of money.

  • Yankee Fan

    Douglas,
    I am not sure he will be able to make a claim like that against the police. This was not a case of him with an iphone, he decided to make a call and recorded the call which is dangerous if you do record it. I have seen a few state wiretapping laws and they all have had something along the lines of….to exercise caution when recording convsersations that common sense othersise tells you are to remain private and it seems he did not heed that part of tghe law. I do not think he should be in jail for an hour much less picking u[p trash but he needs to make sure he is all squard away and stop playing games and make sure he is 100% right.

  • certain

    “Entitled loser brats” LOL Sounds like somebody was very unpopular back in high school, huh Erik? What, you fat with glasses? Too homely looking and couldn’t get the girls? But you’re getting sweet revenge now that you have that badge, huh? LOL

  • Henry

    It’s funny how you makes claims about the police breaking the law, then you blatantly do the same thing. While I doubt you will get any serious time behind bars, maybe this will knock you off your high horse and realize that even people with the best of intentions can make mistakes.

  • http://test.com test

    This is getting a bit more subjective, but I much prefer the Zune Marketplace. The interface is colorful, has more flair, and some cool features like ‘Mixview’ that let you quickly see related albums, songs, or other users related to what you’re listening to. Clicking on one of those will center on that item, and another set of “neighbors” will come into view, allowing you to navigate around exploring by similar artists, songs, or users. Speaking of users, the Zune “Social” is also great fun, letting you find others with shared tastes and becoming friends with them. You then can listen to a playlist created based on an amalgamation of what all your friends are listening to, which is also enjoyable. Those concerned with privacy will be relieved to know you can prevent the public from seeing your personal listening habits if you so choose