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Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown (Photo: Rick Kopstein/NYLJ) Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown (Photo: Rick Kopstein/NYLJ)

He was once referred to by a news reporter as the “King of the Bugs.” The title of the article had nothing to do with his physical stature, though despite standing at about five feet, District Attorney Richard A. Brown, otherwise known as “the Judge,” was always the tallest man in the room. Instead, the reference was to his preeminence in the world of electronic surveillance. When he was appointed the District Attorney of Queens County by the Governor in 1991, he articulated his primary mission—to elevate the level of professionalism in the office—and he took particular interest in the office’s then-dormant capability in electronic surveillance under Article 700 of the New York State Criminal Procedure Law (CPL).

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