Michael Allison, 42 year old mechanic, recorded a police visit to his mother’s home regarding old vehicles, which police claimed were not properly registered. Those cars were confiscated, and he is suing to have them returned. For the act of recording, he now faces up to 75 years in jail for five counts of eavesdropping on himself and the cops.
Allison has been offered a plea bargain, (probation for a lower class felony with no jail time) but refused in order to go through the trial. His hope is to challenge the state’s interpretation of an old eavesdropping law, and overturn it.
*Copblock.org has contact information for prosecuting atty. Tom Wiseman.
*analysis from Reason Foundation