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Bank Robbing Suspect Asks For NSA Record Of His Own Cell Data To Prove Innocence

June 13, 2013 by  

It was just a matter of time before an enterprising defense lawyer would sink his teeth into the trove of private data the National Security Agency (NSA) has been secretly collecting on Americans.

Marshall Dore Louis, an attorney representing a Florida man accused of attempting to rob several banks, is calling B.S. on the prosecution’s claim that it can’t get hold of suspect Terrence Brown’s cellphone records because the company that provided the cell service had discarded them.

Louis argued Wednesday in a Ft. Lauderdale Federal court that the government must hand over its record of Brown’s phone metadata, since the information it contains could prove his innocence (since, apparently, the burden of proof is now falling on the defendant instead of the State) by placing him away from the crime scene.

“The president of the United States has recognized this program has been ongoing since 2006… to gather the phone numbers [and related information] of everybody including my client in 2010,” Louis argued, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The presiding judge, U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenbaum, accepted the argument, but gave the State additional time to come up with a response.

Regardless of this case’s outcome, the precedent it sets could have immense nationwide significance.

“If the government is spying on our phone calls, it can’t then claim in the same breath that it won’t provide those calls when it helps the defense. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” said David Oscar Markus, an area defense attorney and legal blogger.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Sarah417

    This is great news. Obama has opened a Pandora’s Box and will he burn for this. He deserves what he gets.

    • spermwhale

      long live the Kenyan Messiah !

  • americalandofthefree

    The NSA is going to spend more time getting records to prove people are innocent and less time to troll. This could work out for alot of criminals who say they didnt do it or werent there. LMAO

  • photomat

    I need a copy of my records so I can remember what I did last Friday night.

  • guest

    I can foresee problems with this
    a cell phone is not attached to your body though some use it that way. a cell phone could be passed to someone else to use while the owner does the dirty deed and then gets their phone back
    metadata is not the actual call just that a call was made
    to enforce that the cell phone was on the person it belonged to the whole time you would need to have it implanted
    hence 666


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