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Monthly Archives: November 2014

recordingIn the latest installment of the drama surrounding the lawsuit between the two owners of Websleuths.com comes the revelation that there are a massive number of secretly recorded telephone calls. I find this revelation disconcerting since as owners and administrators of a true crime forum, the parties involved would have been  aware the legal ramifications of such an act as well as the ethics of engaging in such an activity.

One of the individuals involved in the lawsuit is a resident of the state of Utah. Part of the statute regarding this practice reads as follows :

Utah Code Ann. § 77-23a-4:  Reads that the practice is legal. However, there is also an exception where “a reasonable expectation of privacy exists between one or more of the parties being recorded.”

On the other hand, there is also the question of weather or not it is ethical to record these conversations and then release the contents to the general public. There are quite a number of people, from what I understand, how have had their conversations with certain individuals recorded without their knowledge or consent and now find themselves being heard by an unknown number of strangers who have become interested in the Websleuths lawsuit drama.

It is hard to say if this practice is going to hurt or help any of the parties in the lawsuit or if there are any legal options for those who have been recorded secretly. What is clear is that the debate regarding the ethics of such a practice is ongoing.

Time will tell what the effects of this latest revelation will be. One thing is for certain. It seems that there are people out there who will take advantage of this situation and publish things that should remain private.  Many social media website owners are gleefully releasing the recordings or at least the links to them.

This blog is not going to be one of them.

Stay tuned

MURT

potvoteIn the midst of the uproar over the failure to pass Florida’s amendment 2, that would have legalized medical Marijuana is the fact that over 3.1 million voters said YES.

There was an enormous 12% gap between those who favored the amendment and those who did not.

The legislators need to take note of this vital fact. A LOT of people in Florida want this right and will be watching the Florida state legislature to see what action they do or do not take.

Two years pass quickly and it is assured that this issue will come up for a vote yet again. The proponents of this measure will have that much more time to refine the language for the next amendment proposal to address the concerns of those in law enforcement who voiced their strongest concerns over the proposed amendment that was defeated.

The defeat of amendment 2 may will have an unexpected effect. There are now calls for a proposed amendment to repeal the 60% rule and restore the original “majority rule” to the Florida constitution.

There are many that feel that the requirement of a 60% majority is too high a standard to meet when attempting to pass voter initiatives.

There was just over a 100,000 difference in the vote tally and it would have taken far less than that to reach the necessary 60+% that would have been needed to pass this measure.

Judging by the anger by those in favor of amendment 2, legislators up for reelection in 2016 might want to take note of  these numbers as well as the fact that Florida was in the minority when it came to pot legalization measures voted on in this election cycle.

Stay tuned

MURT