Pa. bus driver charge might violate wiretap law

ROCHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors have withdrawn charges against a western Pennsylvania school bus driver accused of endangering children after police say he let two students fight instead of intervening.

The Beaver County Times ( ) reports the district attorney withdrew the charge because some evidence may be illegal under the state’s wiretap act, which prevents audio recordings without a person’s permission.

North Sewickley Township police charged Braden Hollis, of Baden, after viewing surveillance video of the March 4 incident in which police say Hollis can be heard telling other students to “clear the aisle and let them fight.”

Defense attorney James Ross has declined comment, but has said in court papers he believes the recorded evidence is “improper, and possibly unlawful.”

Prosecutors say they plan to refile the charges using other evidence.


Information from: Beaver County Times,

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

blog comments powered by Disqus