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State Supreme Court: NJ's wiretapping law OK, Ramsey murder trial valid

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By Jessica Mazzola (Patch Editor)

New Jersey’s State Supreme Court ruled the state’s wiretapping law is constitutional in a decision that upheld the conviction of a Florida man in the 2006 murder of a Ramsey man, reported Tuesday.

In a 2009 trial that attracted national attention, Edward Ates of Florida was convicted of the murder of his former son-in-law, Paul Duncsak, in his Ramsey home, the report said.

The trial was controversial because police in New Jersey wiretapped Ates’s phone in Florida, and intercepted calls he made to this mother in Louisiana, the report said. The defense argued that the tapping was a constitutional violation of a person’s expectation of privacy because no judge in those states had approved a warrant, it said.

The Supreme Court upheld the decision of an appeals court in 2012 that ruled that since police listened to the calls in New Jersey, it was constitutional to do, the report said.


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