US citizen loses bid to suppress Jamaican wiretaps

NEW YORK (AP) — An appeals court says U.S. authorities working with the Jamaican government had no duty to review the legality of Jamaica’s surveillance of a U.S. citizen.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled Friday in a drug case. It says a Brooklyn judge correctly denied a request by Stephen Lee to suppress wiretaps. It upheld his conviction.

The court says collaboration between an American law enforcement agency and its foreign counterpart does not necessarily give rise to a relationship sufficient to trigger constitutional protections.

And the court says U.S. law enforcement has no duty to review the legality of foreign surveillance requests.

Defense attorney Jillian Harrington calls the ruling “in line with recent revelations regarding the government’s cavalier attitude toward unregulated electronic evidence gathering.”

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