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NWI Prosecutors Seek NO Wiretap Warrants in 2012

20 Jul

The Federal Government may be monitoring your telephone conversations but in Northwest Indiana criminals can feel confident that their communications are secure.   Indiana issued just 3 wiretap warrants in 2012. All of the warrants were issued  in Marion County. No wiretaps were requested in Lake, Porter, or LaPorte Counties. No data was reported for the Northern District of Indiana which would lead the reader to assume either an error in the report or that no warrants were requested.  State, Local and Federal officials are required by Federal Law to report all requests for wiretap warrants to the Administrative Office of the Federal Courts each year.

Indiana has a stricter law than most states for portable electronic monitoring requiring the chief law enforcement officer of the jurisdiction (sheriff, chief of police, or Superintendent of State Police) together with the Prosecuting Attorney of a county to verify the facts of the warrant under oath.  Only the Indiana State Police can install the monitoring equipment required for a wiretap warrant.  (IC 35-33.5-2).

In total 3,395 local, state and federal wiretap warrants were issued in 2012, the US Office of The Admistrative Courts Reports. The vast majority of those were issued for mobile devices in drug investigations. The numbers vary greatly b state with the feds, California and New York requesting the vast majority-over 2500.

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Source:  Administrative Office of the Federal Courts,  http://www.uscourts.gov/uscourts/Statistics/WiretapReports/2012/Table1.pdf