Judge Tosses Out Wiretapping Charges Against Motorcyclist Who Filmed Cop With Helmet Cam | Techdirt Thank goodness for justice! Now the offending and arresting officer, who with flair, draw his pistol needs to sign his discharge papers... Judge Tosses Out Wiretapping Charges Against Motorcyclist Who Filmed Cop With Helmet Cam from the good-news dept Back in April, we wrote about the ridiculous case in Maryland, where an off-duty cop pulled a gun on a motorcyclist, and the whole thing was uploaded on YouTube. While the guy on the motorcycle probably was speeding, the cops later charged him with illegal wiretapping, because he posted the video with audio on YouTube. Through a very twisted interpretation of wiretapping laws, the police and courts have been claiming that any audio recording of police -- even in public places -- can violate wiretap laws. From a common sense standpoint, this is clearly nothing more than an attempt to punish people who expose questionable police activities. Thankfully, in that case in Maryland, a judge has tossed out the wiretapping claims pointing out that there was no expectation of privacy out in public. "Those of us who are public officials and are entrusted with the power of the state are ultimately accountable to the public," the judge wrote. "When we exercise that power in public fora, we should not expect our actions to be shielded from public observation." This seems so obvious that it's troubling it needed to even go this far.