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.