Quakertown man arrested for illegally recording public works conversation

    Loose boards, splintering wood and rusting nails have Nick Scott in trouble with the law.

    The Quakertown playground activist turned himself into police after being accused of recording the town’s Public Works Director Joe Murgia about Panther Playground on April 28 without Murgia’s knowledge.

    Scott is charged with violating wiretap laws and then posting the discussion on the Internet.

    But those who agree with Scott don’t think the borough is playing fair.

    A handful of Scott’s supporters went to the police station with a petition signed by more than 170 residents demanding the charges be dropped.

    “This isn’t right. The borough is using the law, which is supposed to protect its citizens, to hide behind,” Ralph Bruch told The Intelligencer.

    Scott recorded a video documenting his concerns with Panther Playground, which can be found on the Friends of Panther Playground Facebook page.

    Sound familiar? A couple weeks ago we brought you the story of Mark Fiorino, who faces charges for secretly taping an interaction with the Philadelphia Police as Fiorino openly displayed the firearm holstered to his hip while walking down a public street.

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