Report: Troopers used wiretaps in murder investigation

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - An Alaska Department of Law report has revealed that Alaska State Troopers utilized two wiretaps in 2018 while investigating a murder case.

    According to a story in the Anchorage Daily News, the taps, authorized by a judge in April, were under the supervision of Alaska State Trooper Investigator Timothy Cronin, and while the report says they were done in connection to a murder investigation, it does not say which case or cases involved wiretaps.

    The report does not say whether either wiretap resulted in an indictment or charges. Cronin did not immediately respond to an email and phone call seeking further details. Troopers traditionally have declined to discuss ongoing investigations.

    Under Alaska law, the state is required to report to the Legislature the number of wiretaps it conducted the previous year.

    While wiretaps have been authorized under state law since 1993, the state failed to file those reports until last year, when the Juneau Empire published an article outlining the state’s failure to follow the law.

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