Felony Wiretapping Case Against Florida Man Dropped

By: Andy Alcock Email
By: Andy Alcock Email

By Andy Alcock
August 7, 2013

Hamilton County, FL - It's about as peaceful a place as you can find.

For ten years, Bob and Kathy Burton have lived in a home along the Suwannee River in Hamilton County, Florida.

In January, 2011, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement interrupted that peace and quiet.

"They did bring fully combat ready men, fully geared in all their outfits with M16s, raided the home, took all our documents," Bob Burton said.

Burton says it all started because he was concerned about government and business corruption.

So he recorded a phone call with a State Senator's aide and posted it on Youtube.

Burton says he had the aide's approval to be recorded.

But he was charged with wiretapping and disclosure.

"Actually told us please record me, I work for you, anything I say is public record," said Burton.

WCTV was there in June, 2011 when libertarians demonstrated outside the State Attorney's office in Live Oak.

They wanted the charges against Burton dropped.

But it wouldn't happen for another year and a half.

Court documents state the case was dropped because the victim couldn't be found.

"We should've gotten a bona fide not guilty," said Burton "We still wanted to face our accuser in court," he said.

Burton says the ordeal has proved costly.

He says he lost his business defending himself.

Now Kathy is facing a stage four cancer diagnosis without insurance.

"We need help," said Burton. "We're in trouble," he said.

Third District State Attorney Jeff Siegmeister points out he was not in that office when charges were filed against Burton.

He says it was his decision not to prosecute the case.

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