ONAWAY, Mich. (AP) — A judge has dismissed an unusual felony charge against a Northern Michigan woman who used her phone to record a conversation between two school officials.
Erin Chaskey, who complained that a history teacher at Onaway High School was too liberal, said she stood outside the superintendent’s office and recorded a conversation between two people because they were talking about she.
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“They didn’t close the door,” Almost Isle County Judge Aaron Gauthier said Monday in dismissing the eavesdropping charge, referring to Rod Fullerton, who served as Onaway’s superintendent at the time, and a member of the school board.
In October, Chaskey was standing in a reception area about 10 feet from the office, and “they should know people are coming and going,” Judge said.
A message seeking comment was left with the county attorney on Wednesday.
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“This vindictive lawsuit was an unwarranted and retaliatory effort to silence Erin,” Chaskey’s attorney Daren Wiseley said. told the Detroit Free Press.
Chaskey, whose son attends the school, raised questions about the program. She was barred from school property after the case was filed.
The judge said Wiseley raised “interesting constitutional questions” about whether Chaskey had been charged as he tried to “hold the government to account”. But he said he didn’t need to go that far to solve the case.
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