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Criminal Resource Manual 1043 Definition -- "Wire Communication"

1043

Definition—"Wire Communication"

The definition of a wire communication is set forth in 18 U.S.C. §  2510(1). It is limited to "aural" transfers made by aid of "wire, cable or other like connection." Because the 1994 Act specifically eliminated the exclusion from this definition the radio portion of a cordless telephone communication that is transmitted between the cordless telephone handset and the base unit, such communications are now protected by the statute. See H.Rep. No. 103-827, 103d Cong., 2d Sess. (1994), reprinted in 1994 U.S.Code Cong. & Ad.News 3489, 3510. See McKamey v. Roach, 55 F.3d 1236, 1238 n.1 (6th Cir. 1995) (noting change in law).

[cited in USAM 9-60.200]

Updated February 19, 2015