November 2015

Louis Feuchtbaum discusses his discovery of illegal, secret recording devices used by the FBI at the San Mateo County courthouse in The Recorder


You might want to watch what you say on your way in and out of court.

According to court papers filed Friday, federal agents placed secret recording devices in at least three locations around the entrance to the San Mateo County courthouse in Redwood City without first getting judicial approval.

The courthouse bugs were used in 2009 and 2010 to investigate bid-rigging at public foreclosure auctions. Their existence surfaced in a motion from defense lawyers for a group of five real estate investors accused of colluding to deflate prices at the auctions, which were held on the courthouse steps.