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                 High Cost of 'Big Brother' Police

                 Critics of wiretap accord contend damages out
                 of sync with damage done

                 Thomas Scheffey 
                 The Connecticut Law Tribune 
                 June 1, 1999 

                 In dollar terms the pending $17 million settlement
                 between Connecticut criminal defense lawyers and the
                 state police over secret wiretaps on all police
                 barracks phones between 1978 and 1989 is nailed down.

                 But the public policy lessons of this battle, by the
                 settlement's very terms, are open to question. The
                 state admits no wrongdoing. 


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