SJC Rules In Hidden Cameras Case

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Nelson Mora and others were targets of a drug investigation in Essex County by the Attorney General's office. Investigators mounted hidden video cameras on utility poles near the homes of those involved without the requirement of a permit.

The cameras were used to gather enough evidence to secure indictments against a dozen people. However, in an appeal the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that moving forward, in order to put up hidden cameras for extended surveillance, investigators must secure a warrant based on probable cause.

The court wrote, "If the home is a castle, a home that is subject to continuous, targeted surveillance is a castle under siege."

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