Parents Can Legally Eavesdrop On Kids, NY High Court Says

By Steven Trader (April 5, 2016, 5:52 PM EDT) -- New York's highest court on Tuesday ruled that a parent who believes their minor child is in danger can legally record an overheard conversation by giving consent on behalf of their child, countering a state wiretapping law that requires the consent of at least one person on the call.

The New York Court of Appeals in a 4-3 decision affirmed a lower appellate court's ruling that a recording made by a child's father, who through an open phone line overheard his ex-wife's boyfriend Anthony Badalamenti threatening abuse, was admissible evidence in the underlying criminal trial against Badalamenti, on the grounds that...

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