Thursday, September 21, 2006

U.K. Attorney General Wants to Follow U.S. Wiretapping Model

Willem Marx reports on ABC News' "The Blotter":

Britain's attorney general is now urging that his own country follow the lead of the United States and permit the use of wiretaps as evidence in criminal trials.

Following a recent visit to the U.S. and meeting with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and senior prosecutors, British Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith is proposing that the U.K. follow the lead of the U.S. and allow prosecutors to use evidence obtained through wiretaps to make their cases.

Currently, evidence obtained through wiretaps is not admissible in U.K. courts. This is the first time a British official has spoken out in favor of wiretapping despite objections to such a change by Tony Blair and others.

More here.


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