17 October 1997

Date:         Fri, 17 Oct 1997 01:35:18 -0400
From: Dwight Hines <Elmhines@AOL.COM>
Subject:      Notice

October 16, 1997

  Please take this electronic message as legally sufficient notice that:

1)  The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has stated that they are
not competent to investigate illegal electronic surveillance.  This fact has
been filed in the U.S. District Court, Middle District, Jacksonville
Division.  This fact is congruent with the views in a recent published
article: Marc D. Goodman, Why the Police Don't Care About Computer Crime,
Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, 10(3), 1997.

2)  The travellers' advisory warning for those staying in motels in Florida,
Georgia, North Carolina and Michigan are still in effect for those who are
concerned about computer privacy, personal privacy, and consequent
activities.  For an excellent review of case and statutory, as well as some
good common sense approaches to privacy, see Christopher Slobogin,
Technologically - Assisted Physical Surveillance: The American Bar
Association's Tentative Draft Standards, Harvard J. Law Technology, 10(3),
1997.  Also recommended for parallel reading with this article is Federal
Prosecution of Violations of Intellectual Property Rights, Department of
Justice, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, May, 1997.

3)  Please be advised that your failure to intiate appropriate actions for
the protection of you or your clients, for harms already suffered, may result
in the forfeiture and loss of any and all claims, and related claims, in the

4)  The Law Enforcement Code of Ethics states:
"As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to
safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the
weak against oppression or intimidation and the peaceful against violence or
disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of men to liberty,
equality and justice. . . .  I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol
of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am
true to the ethics of the police service.  I will constantly strive to
achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my
chosen profession. . . law enforcement."  From Goodman, id.  There would
appear to be substantive conflict between the reality of paragraphs 1 and 2,
supra, and the Code of Ethics.

5)  For those of you who are participating in the work on the state by state
corruption index, modeled after Transparency International, please do not
reply to this email address.  Send your information to Dwight Hines, P.O. Box
61524, Jacksonville, Florida 32236

Thank you,

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