Radio: Crime & Punishment

To the ancient, dishonorable fraternity of ambulance chasers, the Federal Communications Commission last week issued fair warning: no chasing police-radio accident alarms. Authority: a Supreme Court decision interpreting the Communications Act of 1934 as protecting intrastate as well as interstate and foreign radio communication from misuse by eavesdroppers. Maximum penalty for radio ambulance chasers (as for all other radio highjackers): $10,000 fine, two years in jail, or both.


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