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Constitutional Law Keyed to Farber
Bartnicki v. Vopper
Citation:Bartnicki v. Vopper, 532 U.S. 514 (2001)
Bartnicki, the chief negotiator for the local teachers’ union, spoke to the union president on her cell phone about the negotiations and the union president used hyperbolic language about making the school district move in their favor; a proposal favorable to the teachers’ union was later accepted. The call was intercepted and Vopper, a radio personality, played a portion of this phone conversation on air as part of his news coverage of the settlement. Bartnicki sued under the federal anti-wiretapping statute which prohibits the interception of cell phone calls. Vopper had nothing to do with the incerception, the radio station obtained the tapes legally, and the tapes involved a matter of public concern.
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