For only the second time in the last few years, a Northern District judge has deemed rotten the evidentiary fruits plucked from a federal wiretap.
Last week, Oakland Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong ruled that a wiretap application signed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Pougiales and approved by Senior Judge Thelton Henderson on Oct. 31, 1997, did not have the appropriate authorization from Department of Justice officials.
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