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No Clear Rules for Utah County Surveillance Equipment

No Clear Rules for Utah County Surveillance Equipment

Posted - Oct. 22, 2004 at 7:42 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- It now appears there was more than one unintended consequence when Utah County Attorney Kay Bryson had an off-duty deputy put surveillance equipment in his Salt Lake City condo.

That was done supposedly to see if a burglar was around.

But now, two separate law enforcement agencies are investigating after that equipment allegedly caught Bryson's then-estranged wife meeting another man.

The Brysons were going through a bitter divorce at the time. Kathleen Bryson claims her ex-husband misused the county equipment.

And now, reporters are digging into Utah County's policy on use of surveillance equipment. But they have found there is NO such policy.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports today there is little sheriff's department oversight or clear-cut regulations to govern the use of surveillance equipment.

The sheriff's department defends the program, saying it's been used to monitor suspected break-ins, and even catch an underwear thief and even someone stealing morphine from a doctor's office.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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