I am now convinced that "all party consent" laws are designed to foster corruption and protect criminals.
Specifically in Maryland, they used this law in an attempt to punish Linda Tripp for exposing what was at that time probably the greatest Presidential scandal in history, and now it looks like Maryland may attempt to punish these two brave kids for their exposure of what may eventually surpass the Lewinsky scandal in scope and horror, the ACORN brothel videos.
State's Attorney Considers Prosecuting ACORN Video Posters
I won't copy the entire article here, as it contains embeds of the two YouTube videos, but here is the quoted statement from the State's Attorney's Office for Baltimore City.
STATEMENT OF STATE’S ATTORNEYS OFFICE FOR BALTIMORE CITY RELATIVE TO THE ALLEGED BALTIMORE ACORN INCIDENT
Baltimore, MD – September 11, 2009 – We have received inquiries from citizens and the media asking whether the Baltimore City State’s Attorneys Office would initiate a criminal investigation for acts allegedly committed at ACORN offices located in Baltimore. The only information received in reference to this alleged criminal behavior was a YouTube video. Upon review by this office, the video appears to be incomplete. In addition, the audio portion could possibly have been obtained in violation of Maryland Law, Annotated Code of Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article §10-402, which requires two party consent.
If it is determined that the audio portion now being heard on YouTube was illegally obtained, it is also illegal under Maryland Law to willfully use or willfully disclose the content of said audio. The penalty for the unlawful interception, disclosure or use of it is a felony punishable up to 5 years.
To stay on topic, it appears to me the lesson to be learned here is that if you encounter illegal behavior from a Maryland LEO, well, you're toast, and there isn't much you can do about it... unless there is some sort of an exception due to the public service nature of their job. I guess the entire state of Maryland joins the ranks of Hazzard County, Georgia, and Jericho, Arkansas, for "hillbilly justice".
This is yet one more reason to avoid the state of Maryland like the plague... Unless you are a criminal. I am starting to sense a theme.
happy to live and work south
of the Potomac River!)