Brett Kelman reports:
A Riverside County judge Friday upheld the legality of a massive wiretapping operation that secretly intercepted phone calls and text messages by tens of thousands of people to make arrests throughout the United States.
Superior Court Judge John Molloy ruled that the district attorney was allowed to delegate the responsibility of approving wiretap applications to his second-in-command. Defense attorneys, who had sought to persuade the judge that federal law required the district attorney to authorize the applications himself, said they would appeal.
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