Sheriff defends department's use of Stingrays
Defense attorneys in Baltimore are reviewing nearly 2,000 cases in which police secretly used controversial cell-phone tracking devices known as “stingrays.”
Baltimore police have commonly used stingrays to investigate even minor crimes, USA Todayreported earlier this week. Police concealed the surveillance from suspects and their lawyers, even though Maryland law generally requires that such surveillance be disclosed in court.
“This is a crisis, and to me it needs to be addressed very quickly. No stone is going to be left unturned at this point,” said Baltimore’s deputy public defender, Natalie Finegar, who is coordinating the review.
The public defender’s office is reviewing a surveillance log that lists more than 1,900 cases in which the police indicated they had used a stingray, USA Today reported. It includes at least 200 public defender clients who were ultimately convicted of a crime.