Written by administrator on August 9th, 2012
Prosecutors track cellphone in Vt. custody case
News from Boston.com:
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Mennonite missionary in Nicaragua testified Thursday that he helped a woman embroiled in a Vermont custody dispute with her former lesbian partner flee the U.S. with her child, but he did not believe he was doing anything illegal.
Timothy Miller said in videotaped testimony that he knew Lisa Miller was fleeing the U.S. because of the custody battle but he believed at the time that she had full custody of her daughter Isabella. He said he picked the mother and child up when they arrived in Managua and arranged a place for them to live in Nicaragua.
‘‘I did not believe it was a crime I had committed,’’ Timothy Miller said on the tape played for jurors.
Mennonite pastor Kenneth Miller is on trial on a federal charge of aiding in international kidnapping.
Prosecutors say Kenneth Miller helped Lisa Miller and Isabella, then 7, flee the country to avoid sharing custody with Janet Jenkins of Fair Haven. Timothy Miller was originally charged in the case, but the charges were dropped in exchange for his cooperation. The three Millers are not related.
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Bill proposed to rein in cell phone surveillance
News from NBCNews.com:
Representative Edward Markey unveiled draft legislation on Thursday that would increase oversight of the growing number of requests wireless carriers receive from U.S. law enforcement agencies for their customers’ phone records.
Markey released data last month from nine wireless carriers revealing more than 1.3 million requests for cell phone records last year.
“The startling number of requests made for the personal information of mobile phone users strongly suggests that clear, consistent rules should be established to protect the privacy of innocent people,” said Markey, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Neither law enforcement nor companies are required to report such requests, making Markey’s release of information from the companies the first public accounting of law enforcement’s use of cell phone surveillance.
Markey’s draft bill would make such reporting routine by mandating regular disclosures from law enforcement on the nature and number of wireless surveillance requests made.
The draft would also curtail broad cell tower dumps, where law enforcement requests information on everyone near a specific cell tower at a given time, and hold requests for location tracking up to higher scrutiny, requiring probable cause and a judge’s approval.
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