Imagine that you’re out and about, perhaps phone in your hand, when you witness a crime take place either in front of you or you’re the victim, so you start using your phone to record the incident to use it as evidence or proof of the crime taking place. Sounds fine, right? Imagine the surprise of a Pennsylvania sophomore who discovered that he had been charged with wiretapping instead of being able to use his recordings as evidence.
The story goes like this: a Pennsylvania sophomore complained to his mom about being bullied in school. To prove that he was not making this up, he decided to use his school-approved iPad to record the incident on audio. The audio recordings did prove he was being harassed, with students making fun of him, making extremely rude comments, and even mock hitting him so as to scare him, as one of them admitted on audio. (more…)