Comacho v. Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico – CCR Docket 1987-1988

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 wire­ tapping. 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 the Puerto Rican telephone company must obey the Puerto Rican constitution, and is prohibited from wiretapping. The govern­ment has moved to dismiss the case and we are awaiting decision.

Michael Ratner, with Charles Hey, lnstituto Puertorriqueno de Derechos Ciuiles