TRIALS: The Line Was Very Busy

In 11th century Coventry the penalty for snooping was stern indeed: the original Peeping Tom, according to legend, was struck blind for stealing a glance at Lady Godiva during her famous ride. Nowadays, the punishment is less severe, but it is still enough to bring tears to the stoniest private eye. In a Manhattan courtroom last week Private Investigator John ("Steve") Broady, 52, was near to tears. Reason: he had been convicted of illegal eavesdropping, on 16 counts related to wiretapping. Maximum sentence: 27 years in prison.

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