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 (AP) — Prosecutors have withdrawn charges against a western Pennsylvania school bus driver accused of endangering children after police say he let two students fight instead of intervening.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 (http://bit.ly/1ab1E6X ) 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.

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Information from: Beaver County Times, http://www.timesonline.com/

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