Ruling advances SB police tapes case

(WNDU) - Another judge has proverbially split the baby in the South Bend Police wiretapping case.

A ruling Monday comes in favor of releasing some but perhaps not all of the tapes to the South Bend Common Council.

The judge ruled that some calls were recorded without anyone’s knowledge and it’s impossible for those calls to be illegal.

Those recordings made after the practice was discovered may be illegal, unless evidence of caller consent surfaces.

The ruling has no immediate impact on the status quo, because the date of discovery is in dispute as being Feb. 4, 2011, or sometime in January.

A pretrial hearing has been set for May 1.