2016 Wiretap Report: Federal Orders Rise, State Totals Fall

Law360, New York (June 29, 2017, 6:21 PM EDT) -- The number of people arrested in cases involving wiretaps more than doubled last year, despite almost a thousand fewer wiretaps by federal and state authorities, according to a report released Wednesday by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

According to the office's 2016 Wiretap Report, a total of 3,168 warrants were reported as authorized last year, down 24 percent from 4,148 in 2015. Those include 1,551 wiretaps authorized by federal judges, and 1,617 by state judges. Just two requests for wiretaps were denied.

While it’s tempting to look for narratives in the data, there’s not always a clear indication whether...

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