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Teuerer Spass

High Cost of 'Big Brother' Police Tactics

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.