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Motorcyclist Faces Wiretap Charge for Videotaping Off-Duty Maryland Trooper

August 05, 2010  | 

A motorcyclist who was pulled over by a Maryland State Police officer could serve up to 16 years in prison for using his helmet camera to videotape the trooper.

The incident was brought to a national audience by a Time Magazine editorial that asked the question, "Should Videotaping the Police Really Be a Crime?"

During a traffic stop in March, trooper Joseph Uhler pulled over Anthony Graber, a Maryland Air National Guard staff sergeant who was speeding on Interstate 95 while riding his motorcycle.

Graber used a high-definition camera mounted to his helmet to record video and audio of the trooper pulling him over, drawing a pistol and ordering him off the bike (Watch a 24-second YouTube video of the incident).

Following the issuance of a citation, Graber learned the Maryland attorney general's office would be filing wiretapping charges against him. In Maryland, it is a felony to record someone without them knowing.

However, the incident occurred on a public roadway while the officer was performing a public act, which may unravel the case, according to the magazine editorial.

VIDEO: Watch a news report from the local ABC affiliate that includes an interview wih Graber and footage from a Maryland State Police press conference.

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