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Pinellas sheriff says civil liberties bill would protect drug dealers, pedophiles

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.

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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.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/criminal/pinellas-sherif...

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why don't we just have bi-weekly LE inspections on every home,

car, phone, computer, office, etc. That way they wouldn't have to worry about those pesky warrants. Pam Bondi makes me sick.

Gualtieri, backed by sheriffs, prosecutors and Attorney General Pam Bondi, says the change would make it harder for police to investigate crimes, and in the time it takes to get a warrant, a suspect could delete the evidence.

"This is a bill that really protects people engaged in child pornography, drug dealing and murders," Gualtieri said in testimony before a House committee. "We can't collect the evidence we really need to prosecute these cases."

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