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06/20/2014

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On Wednesday, June 18, 12th Judicial Circuit Judge Charles Williams dismissed a suit using Florida's Sunshine Laws to seek state and federal documents about the use of cell- phone tracking equipment. Sarasota Police Detective Michael Jackson was named in the suit as a possible cus- todian of records. S a r a s o t a a t t o r n e y A n d r e a M o g e n s e n , r e p r e s e n t i n g t h e A m e r i c a n C i v i l L i b e r t i e s U n i o n , was joined by Greg Thomas, representing a second plaintiff, Michael Barfield, in bring- ing the action. They were requesting public documents concerning the use of "stingray" devices to monitor cellphone transmissions in Sarasota. The monitoring involved the U.S. Marshal's Office and the U.S.-Caribbean Fugitive Apprehension Task Force. Detective J a c k s o n i s a l s o a sworn deputy U.S. Marshal and is a mem- ber of the task force. Williams' order dis- m i s s e d t h e s u i t "without prejudice," LEAVING THE DOOR AJAR A CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE DISMISSES A SUNSHINE SUIT OVER CELLPHONE MONITORING BUT ORDERS LOCAL DOCUMENTS BACK TO STATE CLERKS OF COURT The U.S. Government on or before June 23, 2014 will file with the issuing Florida state court those applications for orders approving the using of stingray devices. Judge Charles Williams 12th Judicial Circuit Court Sarasota Cellphone monitoring was at the center of a Sunshine lawsuit filed in Sarasota. Photos courtesy of freeimages.com By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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