Thursday, February 22, 2024

All Party Consent Laws to Record Conversations Only Protects Extortionists!

Phoenix, AZ—The Arizona Legislature is considering a bill to make recording conversations telephonic or otherwise without the consent of all parties a felony crime.  

One thing for sure is that there are no legitimate harmed victims of these types of recordings. However, these types of recordings have often saved people from wrongful criminal conviction, civil judgments and destroyed careers. 


Several states have adopted this kind of a law which only protects criminals.  How so you ask?  It is quite simple. A crooked politician or bureaucrat or their co-conspirator/s tells a person with a problem that they can be helped, but of course they first must make the appropriate “contribution”.  Of course common street criminals simply say, pay or die!


If you must first obtain permission to record a conversation from law enforcement it’s often much too late to obtain a repeat of the extortion demands.  


Actually, “One Party Consent” recordings exposed several members of the Arizona legislature in the 1989 “AZ-Scam” scandal. Politicians shamefully demanded money to help an undercover operative establish legalized gambling in Arizona. The recordings made were laughable, humiliating and downright disgusting.  Most importantly the guilty ones were adequately exposed and punished.


The intent of this current legislation is to prevent any outlawed recordings to be used in a court of law. This is EXACTLY WHERE THESE KINDS OF RECORDINGS BELONG. They are proof of what was said and what happened. 

So far, efforts to use artificial intelligence or in any way doctor such recordings are easily thwarted by sound technology experts.  When you have actual recordings in court, swearing contests end as solid evidence emerges. Why must our triers of fact be forced to guess who is telling the truth? 


I absolutely challenge anyone who supports this kind of legislation to provide even a single anecdotal example of how someone was improperly damaged by such a recording.  


As a lobbyist for the Arizona association of licensed private investigators during this AZ-Scam period, I too found myself shaken down by a convicted Arizona House member.  Bobby Raymond told me that, “If your private investigators want my help, you better start treating me like I’m alive like all the other smarter lobbying groups.  You’ve not sent me a single dime.”  We had no money to give Representative Raymond, so that was out of the question. 


As for myself and my colleagues, both in the private investigation business and TV news investigative I-teams have redundantly exposed extortion via one party consent recordings. 


I have gotten people out of jail, saved professional careers and have exposed perjury using such recordings in Arizona. 


Don’t let Arizona politicians pass the Extortionist Protection Act, House Bill 2038.  





Friday, February 02, 2024

Christina Pascucci’s California Senate Campaign is on Life Support.

Los Angeles, CA— Former TV news reporter and anchor, Christina Pascucci made a bold primary election run to fill the Senate seat of Dianne Feinstein.  She walked away from an anchoring job with the local LA Fox affiliate giving short notice in order to run for the Senate.

Her campaign centered around her previous reporting on the very problems plaguing California.  Of course, as a reporter she was precluded from suggesting solutions but was required to simply report the facts.  For the most part, Pascucci’s campaign didn’t offer any real solutions, only suggesting she would somehow do things differently as a centrist Democrat.  

She took a mean spirited blow from the Secretary of State that refused to publish her occupation on the ballot.  Although she is well known in Los Angeles, people outside the local News viewing area are unfamiliar with her name.  

The sad news is Pascucci was unable to garner beyond a single digit percentage in recent polls.   The Left Wing, Russiagate instigator, Adam Schiff seems to be the current front runner.  

Let me say that Pascucci carries no political corruption baggage and unlike the other two, has displayed a squeaky clean image.   I had really hoped that she would’ve offered some real solutions to the Democrat created crime and current humanitarian crisis.

I don’t know what’s ahead for Pascucci.  I expect her leaving her anchoring job with such short notice will make it difficult for her to return to TV news.  Pascucci is about to become a mother and that will keep her busy for a while.

Pascucci has much more to offer this world and I’m sure whatever she decides to do will bring success.  I sincerely hope she will not disappear into mediocrity.