MA’s Wiretapping Statute Targeted by Coalition of Free Speech Advocates

Along with Illinois and Maryland, Massachusetts has the most draconian and outdated legislation targeting those who film “public servants”. Case in point the arrests of myself and Ademo and our felony wiretapping charges for filming while in Greenfield last July.

Unsurprisingly such an excessive and illogical punishment is not without major criticism and push-back. Those who claim the right to cage another person for such non-violent, non-victim actions are on the loosing end of this issue in the court of public opinion.

Just this past week an amicus curiae brief was filed with the First Circuit Court of Appeals targeting Massachusetts’s wiretapping statues. Its signers – Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, the Citizen Media Law Project, The Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association, The New York Times Company and other freedom of speech advocates – filed the brief on behalf of Simon Glik, who four years ago was charged with felony wiretapping for filming Boston cops making an arrest. Though his charges were later dismissed he and those who stand on the side of justice are still working to get accountability and to safeguard this right.

Nice. Hopefully those in Greenfield seeking to put Ademo & I in a cage are paying attention, especially as we have trial this Friday.

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Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability.

Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation.

In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.