Its Now Lawful To Use Texting To Catch Criminals

12.18.12 | Sarah Harnisch

Pennsylvania's highest court has ruled state police can use texts to catch criminals. The State Supreme Court says the police did not violate the Pennsylvania Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Act during the 2007 investigation of a vehicle along Interstate 80 in Clearfield County. There, troopers found 35 pounds of marijuana, methamphetamine, a gun and a cell phone. State troopers caught the driver by sending fake text messages. The court ruled it was lawful for officers to send texts to an alleged criminal to try to catch them.