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Lower Merion School computer tech invokes 5th Amendment

Monday, April 12th, 2010



The investigation of alleged spying on students through school-issued laptops in the Lower Merion School District has hit a roadblock.  The school’s technology coordinator has refused to answer any questions at a deposition.  An attorney for the family suing the district says it will tie up the case unnecessarily.

The family’s attorney Mark Haltzman, says Carol Cafiero invoked her fifth amendment right against self-incrimination when declining to answer questions at a deposition Friday.

Haltzman: The Robbins family is extremely concerned as to why this one witness who was at the heart of the ability to control the technology that could spy on students in the home has refused to testify when everyone else has come forward to testify as to what they knew.

Haltzman calls the move a roadblock in settling the case quickly.

Cafiero had tried to quash the subpoena. But a federal judge had suggested that she could invoke the fifth amendment when he declined her motion.

Cafiero has not been indicted or named as a target of any investigation.

Her attorney, Charles Mandracchia, has said that his client did nothing wrong.

District officials have acknowledged secretly activating web-cams to find 42 school-issued laptops. I


3 Comments

  • Joe says:

    Wow — tuns out the school secretly took over 50,000 pictures of the high school kids, in their bedrooms, etc., without telling them or their parents. This is incredible!

  • Mike Smith says:

    Carol Cafiero had to do this because the Robbins’ brat stole a laptop from the school district.

    • echidna says:

      Why do you say the laptop was stolen? It was assigned to him, the school knew he had it. There is not a shred of evidence that he had stolen the laptop.

      Don’t you have libel laws in the US? You are maligning a child who is not accused or charged with any wrongdoing.

      Even if the laptop were stolen, Carol Cafiero could see the ip address and geographic location without needing to activate the webcam. Using the webcam was totally unnecessary, and wrong.

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