Founder of CopBlock.org gets jail for wiretapping
Anti-law enforcement activist secretly recording conversations with police that were used in a video report posted to the site
By PoliceOne Staff
MANCHESTER, N.H. — The founder of CopBlock.org was found guilty Monday of three felony wiretapping counts for secretly recording conversations with police that were used in a video report posted to the site.
Representing himself at trial, Adam "Ademo" Mueller, 30, told jurors he was seeking "jury nullification" of the state wiretapping law, which states all parties must agree to the recording of conversations.
"The defendant doesn't want to follow the law," Assistant County Attorney Michael Valentine said. "He's essentially asking you to join him in not following the law."
The recordings were made in October in connection to Officer Darren Murphy's arrest of a West High School student, 17, who acted disorderly during a dispute in the cafeteria. Mueller's video used cell phone footage from a student who school officials say wore a T-shirt promoting videotaping police instead of talking to them.
At the time of the trial, Mueller was approaching the end of a 60-day sentence for resisting arrest after chalking messages on the walls of the Police Department, The Boston Globe reported.
Mueller faced a maximum of 21 years in prison for the wiretapping charges, but was sentenced to just less than three months.