FBI Returns Video Camera Confiscated During Raid!

Canon-HFG30

No longer in FBI custody.

It’s been just over a month since the FBI, state police, and Keene police raided the Free Talk Live and LRN.FM studio in a search for alleged child pornography.  They confiscated dozens of storage devices and computers and though we don’t expect them to find any child porn, we also didn’t expect to get anything back anytime soon.  Apparently these investigations can take months or as much as a year or more.  (It took the DEA nine months to arrest the owners of Phat Stuff after their raid.)

However, in a pleasantly unexpected development, the FBI has returned the video camera I use to record court hearings and other various activism, the Canon HF-G30, when my attorney requested it!

When they were searching the house and found the camera, I asked them to google it to make sure it didn’t have any internal storage (it doesn’t), but they refused and confiscated it anyway.  So, given how little they cared at the time, I didn’t expect to see it again for a year.

They were certainly not required to accede to the request, but they did.  Thank you to the US attorney and FBI lead agent Scott Bailey.  Hopefully this is the beginning of our vindication and a good sign for the return of our church’s equipment sooner rather than later.

Stay tuned here to Free Keene for the latest on the raid.

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