A case from 2009 where police in Washington seized the cellphone of a suspected drug dealer, then replied to text messages impersonating the suspect and setting up drug deals.
And the judge in the case has ruled this is just fine and dandy.
Fair game you may say. The people were guilty. And stupid…
But here’s the rub. I have been in this situation. Two decades ago a person at a house I was renting was busted. I was no longer living there. Basically subletting while I lived with a woman, but maintaining the house to store much of my belongings, and in case the relationship went south.
While the police were there, a friend of the person called, someone I had never met nor spoken to. And the police impersonated me, set up a drug deal, and busted the person.
And then wanted to charge me with a felony crime I knew nothing about with a person I had never met. Used it as an excuse to seize every item of value I owned. And left me with numerous potential charges hanging over my head for a decade.