Defense attorneys have asked a federal judge to throw out a lot more than 200 hours of conversations FBI agents recorded utilizing hidden microphones planted near the methods of a county courthouse in Silicon Valley.
The lawyers are representing defendants accused of engaging in an illicit actual estate bid-rigging and fraud conspiracy. The measures to the San Mateo County courthouse are often the scene of public auctions for foreclosed homes. Federal prosecutors have admitted that on at least 31 occasions in 2009 and 2010, FBI agents used concealed microphones to record auction participants as they spoke, typically in hushed voices with partners, attorneys, and other folks. Simply because the federal agents didn’t obtain a court order, the defense attorneys argue the bugging violated Constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.
In a court short filed Friday in the case, attorneys wrote: