Constitutional Law

Woman charged in wiretap case after videotaping traffic stop wins $57K settlement

In the wake of a recent federal appeals court decision that greenlighted her civil rights suit, a New Hampshire woman has won a $57,000 settlement over a criminal case pursued against her for videotaping a friend’s 2010 traffic stop.

The wiretap case against Carla Gericke wasn’t prosecuted, but she sued alleging a violation of her First Amendment rights. Weare and its police department don’t admit wrongdoing under the settlement, according to the Associated Press. A Boston Globe editorial provides further details about the case.

See also: “1st Circuit says woman had right to video traffic stop, OKs civil rights suit against police”

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