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A Maryland university student has pleaded guilty to illegally wiretapping a congressional staffer and putting the conversation on Facebook Live without consent.

Jake Burdett, a Maryland Marijuana Justice advocate, participated in a rally in front of Republican Congressman Andy Harris’ Salisbury office in October. A staffer of Harris’ office came out to speak to the group and offered to meet with their members. Burdett and a few others agreed to join the meeting in a location that could only fit a limited number of people. Other members of Harris’ staff told participants in the meeting to put away their phones, as recording in the office was against office policy.

Burdett did not disable his phone, instead recording the entire meeting and streaming it on Facebook Live without the consent of the staff member who conducted the proceeding, the prosecutor’s release said.


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