You've probably wiped your BlackBerry once or more for various reasons. You've sold your BlackBerry, you wanted to do a fresh install of an OS on your device, or maybe you were handing down your phone to a friend or family member. It's perfectly acceptable to wipe your data from your phone. In actuality, it's a necessity now in these days.
But when is it a crime to delete your information from your phone? Well you may need to ask Lois Lerner, the former head of the Internal Revenue Service. Apparently it has been established that her BlackBerry was "wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012."
That's a big problem because Lerner was in the middle of a congressional investigation in that time frame, being questioned about targeting conservative groups for wholly political reasons. The news that her BlackBerry was wiped and destroyed coincided with her interview with congressional staffers. Evidence on Lerner's BlackBerry, in the form of emails, would have been critical in a case against her.
"We had already talked to her. Our personal staff and Oversight Committee staff had sat down with Ms. Lerner and confronted her about information we were getting from conservative groups in the state of Ohio and around the country," Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News.
"If you intentionally destroy evidence, that is a crime. If you make a statement in court saying the evidence is not available and it is, that is also a crime," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice.
Sullivan has stated, ""When government does not meet its obligations to turn over evidence, the system falters."