Wire Tap Legislation to be Modernized
Malden Mayor Gary Christenson joined Attorney General Martha Coakley in Boston, along with a number of legislators including State Senator Katherine Clark and law enforcement officials, to announce legislation to modernize and update the Massachusetts wiretap statute in an effort to target street, gang and gun violence.
The existing law, which dates back to 1968, would be expanded to include today’s and future technologies, and to prosecute not only organized crime, which was the original scope, but also crimes involving street gangs, child pornography, illegal firearms, and human trafficking. The legislation also seeks to extend the length of time a wiretap can be employed from 15 days to 30 days, which is consistent with federal law. The requirements of judicial approval in obtaining a wiretap will not change.
“I thank Attorney General Coakley for taking the initiative to reform the current wiretap statute so that the present day advances in technology and communication, such as cell phones and internet, can be addressed,” said Mayor Christenson.
“These updates will work to further protect the public by providing our police officers with better tools to combat crime,” said Lt. Marc Gatcomb of the Malden Police Department.