BOARDS & BUREAUS: Wire Tappers

BOARDS & BUREAUS

In 28 States anyone discovered tapping telephone wires is liable to a fine, jail, or both. But since 1928, when a 5-to-4 U. S. Supreme Court decision upheld the validity of evidence procured against a Puget Sound bootlegging gang by wiretapping Prohibition agents, the Federal Government has become one of the most efficient wiretappers in the U. S. Last week another Supreme Court decision, this time 7-to-2, gave Federal eavesdroppers a sharp box on the ears.

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