RIVERSIDE, CA - Lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice would like to find out if America's biggest wiretap operation, in southern California, was illegal.
It's not what a Riverside judge ordered, but how many wiretaps were approved that's got lawyers' ears perked up.
Reportedly, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Helios Hernandez approved nearly four times as many wiretaps than other judge in the country between 2013 and 2014.
The 963 wiretaps were said to help the DEA catch drug traffickers coming from Mexico. More than 2 million phone calls and texts were intercepted between 44,000 Americans.
The Justice Department believes the approved orders were missing information required by law. Wiretaps are supposed to be used as a last resort, and only if less intrusive methods have been tried.
Reportedly, Judge Hernandez had no words about the findings. If this is a case where the wiretaps were in fact illegal, it might make you wonder what should happen to those whose job is to uphold the law but end up breaking it to catch crooks at all costs.