State Police find no violation of state eavesdropping laws in Saints inquiry
POSTED: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 2:34pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 8:55am
NEW ORLEANS, LA — State Police investigators have concluded that there is no evidence to support allegations that state laws were violated by Mickey Loomis or the Saints organization following an extensive investigation into disclosures that Loomis had improperly monitored coaches’ conversations when visiting teams played in the Super Dome, according to State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson.
The investigation began in April after an anonymously sourced report that aired on ESPN suggested that Loomis’ booth in the Dome was wired in such a way as to permit him to eavesdrop on visiting coaches’ communications during games.
In response to the allegations, the Louisiana State Police joined with the FBI to determine if any violations of state laws had occurred. While it is a violation of both a state and federal statutes to intercept communications between two independent parties without the consent of one of the parties, the State Police investigation does not offer any opinion or conclusions as to whether any federal statutes were violated.
“This has been an intensive investigation, and after numerous interviews we have determined that there is no evidence that state laws have been violated,” Edmonson said.
“I would caution that we are not in a position to affirm or comment on the status or existence of any federal investigation. Today’s release pertains only to the State Police inquiry,” Edmonson said.
The State Police findings were disclosed today after Colonel Edmonson met with Saints owner Tom Benson.