Law Is Stranger Than Fiction | Episode 12 Big Brother

good afternoon and welcome to today’s

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episode of law is stranger than fiction

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I’m one of your co-hosts Barry shoal

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I’m your other co-host Steven Bergman we

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are shareholders in the Salt Lake City

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law firm of Richards brandt miller

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nelson in today’s episode of law is

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stranger than fiction involves a

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situation where big brother is always

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watching even if it turns out your big

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brother Barry that’s right Steven

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today’s story involves a former Utah

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policeman who was charged with theft by

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extortion after threatening to reveal

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incriminating photos of his ex-wife to

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discourage her from pursuing his pension

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as part of a divorce proceeding now I’m

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assuming this had something to do with

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him being caught on camera making these

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threats yes on his own police camera was

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it like his dashboard camera that you

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see or is it on his body there was a

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body cam and what was he

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doing that the body cam caught him

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confessing to extorting his soon-to-be

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ex-wife well he was responding to a

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domestic violence complaint and talking

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to the suspect sort of on the job therapy

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as it were wait stop for a

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second he was talking to the suspect yes

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let’s see if I get this straight

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so on the job police officer is called

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to a domestic violence scene

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presumably he separates the two parties

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and he’s talking to the suspect the

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person who he might be arresting for

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committing domestic violence that about

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sums it up and he starts confessing to

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him about his own actions towards his

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ex-wife that’s right he confessed to

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this domestic violence suspect that it

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sucks you got to play dirty games like

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that but that he had incriminating

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photos of his ex-wife that she didn’t

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want revealed and that he had used those

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photos or the threat of revealing those

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photos to discourage her from pursuing

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his pension did he like later try to

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explain himself to superiors by saying I

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was trying to establish rapport with the

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suspect so he’d admit what he was doing

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no okay

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and so what happened to this police

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officer well he was charged with theft

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by extortion and later resigned from the

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police force I’m assuming he didn’t turn

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his own camera in and say hey look what

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I said on camera how did this get

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discovered I believe it was just part of a

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standard review of footage from body

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cams and it was discovered there and

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then reported by one of his peers and

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did he give any explanation for why he

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was making a confession of a crime

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knowing he was recording himself none at

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all so the officer had texted his

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soon-to-be ex-wife a copy of the photo

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and threatened to reveal and share the

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photo she said she was embarrassed and

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didn’t want family members to be exposed

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to the photo and investigators

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interviewed her she admitted the the

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circumstances and subsequently

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investigators went through his ex-wife’s

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phone and through text messages and

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confirmed several dates when the photo

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was used to threaten his ex-wife so not

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only did this guy record himself

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confessing to committing a crime he sent

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incriminating evidence by text message

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to the target and created his own

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evidentiary trail his ex-wife the target

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yes some quality police work right there

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anyway how much was this over $5,000

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okay so he essentially risked his career

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trying to prevent splitting $5,000 with

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his ex-wife that’s correct

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this is an example of probably a

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divorce getting a little too down and

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dirty if you are going through a divorce

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or you need help in a family law

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situation please contact the attorneys

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at Richard’s Brandt Miller Nelson we

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have a number of family law attorneys

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who can assist you and for now this is

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law is stranger than fiction