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AG Coakley says wiretap laws need updating to fight 'disorganized crime'

AG Coakley says wiretap laws need updating to fight ‘disorganized crime’

April 18, 2011 02:35 PM
By John R. Ellement, Globe Staff

Attorney General Martha Coakley today called for updating wiretap laws so law enforcement can attack the “disorganized crime’’ behind street gangs, human trafficking and shoplifting rings – all of whom are untouchable under current state wiretap laws.

Coakley spoke in reaction to comments by two Supreme Judicial Court justices, who declared that wiretap laws enacted in the late 1960s wrongly limit the reach of police and prosecutors.
“The SJC couldn’t have been blunter,’’ Coakley said today in a telephone interview. “Things have changed. The whole face of crime has changed totally and technology has changed.’’


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