Apr 26, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix on the field at the press conference for first round draft pick quarterback E.J. Manuel (not pictured) at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills' Wiretappers plead Not Guilty

The wiretappers, Massachusetts’ youths, have entered a plea of not guilty for the action of secretly recording a call between Mark Dominik and Buddy Nix.  They were released without bail.

The youths stated that they were trying to work a tryout with the Buffalo Bills for Joshua Barber, when they called Buddy Nix pretending to be Dominik.

“Mr. Barber is of the belief he has the skills to play in the NFL, and was endeavoring to get the attention of Mr. Nix to get a tryout,” Kasier’s lawyer, Rodney Personius, told the AP.

It turns out that they youths have also contacted 2 teams in the NHL, the New York Islanders and the Montreal Canadians.  They also contacted two NBA teams, the Denver Nuggets and the Dallas Mavericks. These were supposed attempts to secure tryouts over three different sports.

Mike Florio, from profootballtalk.com, reports that

“Personious believes that 1968 federal statute they allegedly violated doesn’t contemplate modern technology, which makes it much easier to record conversations.  Still, for decades technologies have existed that allow the secret recording of discussions between two or more people who don’t know their discussions are being recorded, from surveillance cameras the specifically don’t have microphones because of the 1968 statute to digital recording devices that comes in many shapes and sizes”.

The way I see it is, the youths did it knowingly, and recorded a call without the knowledge of the parties at hand.  Thy should be punished but anything more than a fine and/or probation would be overkill.  Send a message and work from there.

 

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