Originally Posted by rgregoryb
our unit used to do Title III's (wiretaps) and the warrants required were very complex and way above what was needed for a search warrant, but these were state warrants
Basically, (and for a long time now) you have five different types of wiretaps.
1. State (and done by having an enabling statute that tracks the federal Title III statute) (obtained through state courts)
2. Federal Title III wiretaps (obtained through federal courts)
3. Federal FISA wiretaps (done in secret through a special secret federal court) evidence cannot be used in regular criminal prosecutions
4. International call wiretaps (done without warrants, under the same theory as international mail being opened, or border searches. (done when the President tells you to do them).
5. (the ones that are still classified)
That's an extreme simplification, but it give one the framework to understand what the article is about.