From the Winter 2001 issue of The News Media & The Law, page 30.
Bartnicki v. Vopper
- Gloria Bartnicki
Chief negotiator for Wyoming Valley West (Pa.) School District Teachers’ Union. Her cellular phone conversation with Anthony Kane was surreptitiously recorded.
- Anthony F. Kane Jr.
President of Wyoming Valley West (Pa.) School District Teachers’ Union. His cellular phone conversation with Gloria Bartnicki was surreptitiously recorded.
- Jack Yocum
President of Wyoming Valley West (Pa.) Taxpayers’ Association who received copy of audiotape of the phone conversation in his mailbox.
- Frederick W. Vopper
WILK Radio talk show host who received the tapes from Yocum and broadcast the recorded conversation over the air. Known by the on-air name Fred Williams.
- Charles Harman
Used a police scanner to listen to wireless telephone conversations of a neighbor in December 1994. Harman recorded conversations in which Peavy allegedly discussed plans to unfairly interfere in the school district’s award of an insurance contract and threatened Harman.
- Carver Peavy
A trustee of the local school district who sued WFAA and a reporter in October 1996 for allegedly violating wiretap laws and for civil conspiracy.
A Texas television station that reported on Peavy’s alleged wrongdoing, without broadcasting the recorded conversation. The station disclosed some content from the conversations, but did not make the recording.
- The Florida couple
Used a scanner, to intercept and record a conference call of Republican House members discussing an ethics investigation of then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.).
- Rep. James A. McDermott
The ranking Democrat on the House Ethics Committee, who received a copy of the tape. The representative in turn passed the tape on to The New York Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Roll Call, each of whom published a story about the conversation.
- Rep. John A. Boehner
A participant in the original conference call who sued McDermott for violation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.