Pinellas sheriff says civil liberties bill would protect drug dealers, pedophilesSubmitted by GH on Sat, 04/06/2013 - 10:47
When a Florida sheriff sternly accuses state legislators of protecting drug dealers and child pornographers, it has a way of getting people's attention.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri made that assertion in fighting a bill filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, dealing with police access to information stored on citizens' portable electronic devices such as cellphones and iPads.
The legislation has created some odd political alliances. Brandes' position is backed by both the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and the libertarian Cato Institute.
"Thank God there are principled conservatives in Tallahassee," said the ACLU's Howard Simon, frequently a harsh critic of Florida's Republican-controlled Legislature.
Big Brother at it again.