No charges in laptop spying case

    U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger says there was not enough evidence to indict employees of the Lower Merion School District.

    Federal prosecutors will not seek criminal charges against the Lower Merion School District in connection with allegations the district used cameras on school-issued laptops to spy on students. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says a criminal prosecution in this case isn’t warranted.

    In a statement, U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger said of the spying incident “We have not found evidence that would establish beyond a reasonable doubt that anyone involved had criminal intent.”

    Two civil cases against the school district are still continuing. Mark Haltzman is the lawyer in both suits. He says the decision not to prosecute reflects the current state of the law on this type of incident.

    “The inability of the federal government to prosecute those persons involved in the spying on the Lower Merion School District students and their families through school issued laptops underscores the importance of Senator Specter’s efforts to amend the criminal statutes to close the loopholes in our current laws.”

    Senator Arlen Specter introduced legislation in April to broaden federal wiretap laws to include remote video surveillance.

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