Two Tehachapi residents have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of eavesdropping and conspiring to commit a crime in a case where they are accused of secretly recording a meeting.
April Biglay and Clifford Suazo entered their not guilty pleas March 11 at the Kern County Superior Court Mojave Branch.
Biglay's defense attorney, Arturo Revelo, told Biglay not to comment to Tehachapi News or media representatives and to not post to social media.
Suazo requested court-appointed counsel at the hearing, and did not comment after the hearing.
According to Tehachapi Police reports filed in court, Suazo and Biglay "are suspected of conspiring to eavesdrop when they secretly recorded a meeting with a (redacted) employees in a controlled area regarding personnel issues." This occurred on June 18, 2019, according to the police report. Another unnamed person was with Biglay and Suazo, the report said.
The location of the incident is redacted. However, the latitude and longitude numbering listed on the Tehachapi Police report is at a public parking lot near Tehachapi City Hall.
The inside location where the incident allegedly occurred is described in the report as a place with a solid door partially with smoked glass. Staff unlock the door using a switch at the reception counter.
Even though Suazo, Biglay and an unnamed person didn't have an appointment, they were "buzzed through" to a controlled area and the employee's office, the report said.
The unnamed employee said she had prior contacts with Suazo and they had been "heated." Two other unnamed employees were asked to be in the meeting, the police report said. As the meeting progressed, an employee saw that a smartphone was lying on Biglay's lap and noticed it was running a recording application similar to the employee's iPhone. The employee asked Biglay if she was recording as she was unaware of the recording. Biglay admitted to the recording, justifying she had a right to record, according to the police report.
Suazo handed the employee a printout and asked her to read it aloud. It was a complaint against another employee "in reference to the (redacted) employee allegedly being rude and using bullying tactics during a meeting regarding business code compliance," according to the police report.
A social media video posting from Suazo's personal Facebook account was later recorded with a digital camera and downloaded to a CD file as evidence, said the report.