The New Hampshire Supreme Court has thrown out the felony wiretapping convictions of the founder of CopBlock.org, a police watchdog group, saying the judge made a mistake in instructing the jury, an error serious enough the jury could have found Adam Mueller innocent, reports the New Hampshire Union Leader. Mueller, 31, was convicted of secretly recording telephone conversations he had with a Manchester police captain, the Manchester West High School principal and her assistant in 2011 and spent three months in jail.
He phoned the three seeking comments on a video he posted on YouTube that showed a confrontation between a West High student and a police detective in the school’s cafeteria. Harrington was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Mueller, who also goes by the name “Ademo Freeman,” posted his telephone recordings online. He acknowledged he did not inform his phone subjects that he was recording. The Supreme Court reversal concerned the trial judge’s use of the word “purposely” instead of “wilfully” in instructions to the jury. as the applicable mental state.