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Federal Wiretap Statute and Suppression Motions

Judge Kozinski offers an interesting opinion today.  It ledes:

The federal wiretapping statute requires court orders approving wiretaps to “specify . . . the identity . . . of the [Department of Justice official] authorizing the [wiretap] application.” We decide whether suppression is required when wiretap orders and corresponding applications say nothing about who authorized them.

United States v. Callum, No. 02-10210, Slip op. at 3 (9th Cir. Apr. 20, 2005).  The answer is, no.