Judge Makes Feds Pay Pocket Change To Two Lawyers It Wiretapped Without A Warrant
from the well-that-will-stop-them dept
Yes, if you share a a few songs you love with others, you may get fined millions of dollars, but if you're the US government, and you violate the 4th Amendment by spying on people without a warrant, you get fined $100 per day. And only for the two people who were able to bring a lawsuit because you screwed up and sent them the details of how you wiretapped them without a warrant. For everyone else who was wiretapped (or is still being wiretapped) without a warrant, you're out of luck, unless the government makes the same mistake with you, and then you go through years of trials to get $100 per day of wiretapping for your troubles. That said, the court did also require the government to pay these guys' legal fees, which amounted to about $2.5 million. But, still, the whole thing suggests it's unlikely that there will be any other legal challenges, and the US government can and will continue to break the law in the way it handles its wiretaps.