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Wired Wednesday

Posted by Bill on November 28, 2007

Wired — meaning wary, watchful, wide-awake.   

Hey, wired is the descriptive term for today’s mishmash of posts.

First:

Business mileage rates

IRS released the new 2008 optional standard mileage rates for business, charitable, medical/moving purposes.   yesterday announced (Rev, Proc. 2007-70, (attached). 

Rates are: 

50.5 cents per mile for business miles driven (compared to 48.5 cents per mile in 2007)
19 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes (20 cents in 2007)
14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations (unchanged from 2007)

Our favorite–Pellicano, PI to the Hollywood Stars

LA Times reports that a federal judge agreed to hold a hearing to explore defense allegations of government misconduct in the wiretapping prosecution of LA private investigator to the stars, Anthony Pellicano.  Pellicano’s attorneys argued that the federal prosecutors and the FBI violated Pellicano’s constitution rights by using his ex-girlfriend to get confidential information from him while in prison without his attorney’s knowledge.  See whole story Pellicano Story (may require registration).

Federal Prosecutors Subpoena to Amazon–Then Step Back

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Post Amazon, reports that a federal prosecutors have withdrawn a subpoena that asked Amazon.com to identify thousands of used book buyers.  Recently court records were unsealed revealing this story.  It seems that last year federal prosecutors, as part of a grand jury investigation, issued the subpoena to Amazon as part of an investigation of a seller of used books on Amazon.  The seller is Robert D’Angelo.  He was indicted on fraud, money laundering and tax evasion charges.

As part of the investigation prosecutors wanted Amazon to turn over identities of thousands of used book buyers.  Well, the federal judge said ruled that such customers have a First Amendment right to keep their reading habits private from the government.  “The chilling effect on expressive e-commerce would frost the keyboards across America” wrote US Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker in a June ruling.  “Well founded or not, rumors of an Orwellian federal criminal investigation into the reading habits of Amazon’s customers would frighten countless potential customers into canceling planned online book purchases.”

The subpoena sought records of 24,000 transactions dating from 1999.  The US Attorney said he doubted the ruling would hamper legitimate investigations.  Is he saying that the original investigations were illegitimate???

Oh, well, more to come later today. Keep “askin” questions out there.

Bill Lowrance
President PIAVA
president@piava.org

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