Thursday, September 06, 2007

Caught on tape - Mass. State Police Making Illegal Arrest

Massachusetts Attorney General's office and State Police have attempted to block this video from being posted on the internet with the threat of felony charges.

The "nanny cam" video shows the state police making an illegal arrest of Paul Pechonis and a search of his home.

See for updated details.

A cease and desist letter with 48 hours notification was issued by Massachusetts State Police, Deputy legal Counsel Ms. Ann McCarthy on February 14, 2006. The letter claims under an organized crime statute MASS. GEN. L. ch. 272 ยง 99 that the display of the video is punishable as a felony.

The web site was ordered to stop the display of a video which captured Worcester District Attorney John J. Conte's Auburn State police C-Pac unit arresting Paul Pechonis under a misdemeanor warrant for threats to commit a crime (murder) some 30 days after a poster was discovered in Westborough District Court.

The web site filed in US District Court for a Temporary restraining order, which was granted, thus allowing the video to remain on the web site peding a final hearing.


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