January 23, 2005
In several stories about our client Steven Webster, who recently received a probationary sentence related to charges of eavesdropping on executive meetings at Fox's FX Network, The Times failed to give the full picture ("Ex-Publicist at Fox's FX Gets Probation for Eavesdropping," Jan. 5). Although the deputy district attorney handling the matter described Webster's conduct "almost as industrial espionage," the court record makes clear that this allegation was totally unfounded. "There's nothing here ... where I can put my finger on a point where Steven caused his former company to suffer a loss -- in other words, somebody got ahold of a show idea, Fox lost out on this ... anything of that nature," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Norman J. Shapiro said during the sentencing hearing.
July 9, 2003 |
The former head of the state Republican Party was sentenced to three years' probation and fined $5,000 for eavesdropping on a Democratic Party conference call. Edmund A. Matricardi III apologized for secretly dialing into two calls on redistricting last year, a crime that led to his resignation.
January 25, 2006 |
Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales defended President Bush's domestic spying program Tuesday. Speaking to students at Georgetown University's law school, Gonzales said a 15-day grace period allowing warrantless eavesdropping under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act demonstrated that Congress knew such surveillance "would be essential in wartime." But Gonzales said following that law would overly burden the government with paperwork and other requirements when it needed to respond quickly.
June 9, 2006 |
Vice President Dick Cheney told the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Thursday that he was willing to work with Congress on new rules governing the administration's anti-terrorism eavesdropping program. But Cheney stopped short of promising any action as he responded to a terse letter from Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) the day before. Cheney said a final decision on any bill would be up to the president.
June 27, 1992 |
A former assistant dean at Stanford University has been sentenced to four years probation for secretly videotaping women as they undressed in his campus apartment. A Municipal Court judge sentenced Keith Archuleta on Thursday, after Archuleta's lawyer entered a no contest plea on his behalf to misdemeanor charges of electronic eavesdropping. He also was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.
January 18, 2006 |
Two lawsuits filed Tuesday in federal courts seek to end President Bush's electronic eavesdropping program, saying it is illegal and exceeds his constitutional powers. The lawsuits -- one filed in New York by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the other in Detroit by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups -- say the program bypasses safeguards in a 1978 law requiring court approval of electronic monitoring.