Bob Guthrie: Can’t trust Carson’s statements

June 2, 2014 

Is Frank Carson ignorant or misleading in his statements about the use of wiretaps by law enforcement in Stanislaus County? Either way, it makes him completely unqualified to be the district attorney of our county.

As the former chief of investigations for the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office, I would like to help clarify the facts about wiretaps. When law enforcement has reason to believe that they can capture information about criminal activity, they request authorization from a judge to permit them to tap a communication line. It is the role of the District Attorney’s Office to ensure that the wiretap is done in accordance with the court’s order. This is an investigation tool used by law enforcement, and it is paid for by law enforcement, just like patrol cars and handcuffs. I question Carson’s allegation that the District Attorney’s Office spent in excess of $300,000 on wiretaps in 2012. I believe his information is incorrect or that Carson has chosen to use that figure without verification. Wiretaps are part of the investigation of a case.

After decades of representing violent criminals and thugs, I question how Frank Carson would not understand these proper legal procedures.

Bob Guthrie, Oakdale

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