Baltimore police officer pleads not guilty to wiretapping judge

Prosecutors allege he recorded conversation with judge

October 11, 2012|By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore City Police Sgt. Carlos M. Vila pleaded not guilty to charges that he wiretapped a judge discussing a warrant, in a brief hearing Thursday.

In announcing the indictment in August, prosecutors said Vila recorded part of an April telephone conversation with Maryland District Court Judge Joan B. Gordon without her knowledge and played it a month later at the Southeast District Police Station.

Another officer "heard the recording and confronted Vila," which led to an investigation, prosecutors said.

Catherine Flynn, Vila's attorney, said she is confident her client will beat the charge and said she has seen no evidence as to Vila's alleged motive for recording the conversation.

A trial is set for Dec. 4.

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