This suit in the federal district court in Puerto Rico seeks to enjoin the telephone company from cooperating with the federal government in wiretapping in Puerto Rico.
The Constitution of the Commonwealth contains an absolute prohibition on wiretapping. A federal law, however, permits federal agencies to engage in wiretapping under court order throughout the United States. Plaintiffs, Puerto Rican activists whose phones were tapped, claim that Puerto Rican telephone company must obey the Puerto Rican Constitution, and is prohibited from wiretapping. The government moved to dismiss the case and won. Plaintiffs are appealing to the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Michael Ratner, Sara Rios, Frank E. Deale, with Charles Hey, Instituto Puertorriqueno de Derechos Civiles, and CCR cooperating attorney Jose Antonio Lugo