Bartlesville, OK asked in Criminal Law for Oklahoma

Q: A wiretap warrant was signed by an appellate judge in okla city, the wiretap was being monitored in Tulsa co by the OBN

and the target of the wiretap was in Washington county. The district attorney in Washington co is who brought the charges against almost 20 people for drug conspiracy. I found that "The Court of Appeals held that under both 18 U.S.C. § 2516(2) and CPL article 700.05(4), eavesdropping warrants are “executed” in the geographical jurisdiction where the communications are rerouted, heard, and accessed by authorized law enforcement" So in this case would this criminal appellate judge have "geographical jurisdiction"?? Also would there be a jursidictional issue because the command post where all conversations were being monitored was in a different county than where the target, his phone and his associates were (allegedly) conspiring to commit crimes? These are state not federal charges. Thanks for your time.

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Charles Watts
Charles Watts
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: The Criminal Appellate Judge has jurisdiction for the entire state therefore yes all those areas fall into the geographical location. Additionally, OBN is also statewide and therefore also meeting the geographic location. It is not uncommon for criminal investigations to span multiple jurisdictions including other states even. Law enforcement often work together in investigations such as what you have questioned. If you feel there are issues still then you need to contact an experienced criminal attorney very soon.

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