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Palm Beach Gardens cop Tim Connors wanted to charge pbsotalk.com blogger Mark Dougan with illegal interception of communication August 14.
The charge is a serious felony commonly known as “wiretapping.”
Dougan was accused of videotaping Bradshaw campaigner Bill Stewart with a cellphone without permission. Stewart was campaigning outside the Christ Fellowship headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, and Dougan questioned him on video about his wearing a sheriff’s deputy hat.
Stewart said he saw the video on pbsotalk.com, Dougan’s website several days later and complained to police that he felt ”embarrassed.” Cops referred the case to interim State Attorney Peter Antonacci‘s office.
Prosecutor Daniel Funk, who wrote the memo explaining why Dougan wouldn’t be charged, described Dougan as “a person well known in the police community as an anti-Bradshaw blogger and disgruntled former employee of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.”
Yet, Funk wrote, for a wiretapping charge to stick, the alleged victim must be in a situation where he expects privacy.
And the heat of a campaign, according to Funk, is anything but private.
Said Dougan: “I talked to my attorney before I even taped this, and there’s case law that protects me.”