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06/13/2014

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On Thursday morning, June 12, Sarasota attor- ney Andrea Mogensen wrangled two important concessions during a hearing on release of Sarasota Police Department records involv- ing cellphone intercepts. There will be an emergency hearing to prevent destruction of any documents by either local or federal agen- cies. And the documents now in possession of the U.S. Marshals Service will be segre- gated into federal and state documents, with the state documents returned to the issu- ing jurisdiction. Mogensen, representing the American Civil Liberties Union, was joined in court by Greg Thomas, representing a second plain- tiff, Michael Barfield of Sarasota. They were requesting public documents concerning the use of "stingray" devices to monitor cellphone transmissions in Sarasota. The surveillance involved the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S.- Caribbean Fugitive Apprehension Task Force. Sarasota Police D e t e c t i v e M i c h a e l Jackson, who is also a sworn deputy U.S. marshal, is a member of the task force. The Judge Lynn Silvertooth Judicial Center is in downtown Sarasota. File photo CONCESSIONS MADE THE U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE YIELDS TO SOME REQUESTS IN A CASE INVOLVING ALLEGED CELLPHONE MONITORING But it does seem curious that a federal marshal went to the 12th Judicial Circuit, not a federal judge. Process is what's important here. Greg Thomas Attorney By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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