Legislator Files Federal Lawsuit Over Tracking Device on his Truck


The Oklahoma legislator who thinks his anti-wind energy stance resulted in a private detective planting a tracking device on his vehicle, has filed suit in Oklahoma City federal court against a Texas political consultant.

Rep.Mark McBride’s lawsuit was filed this week against George C. Shipley, the Austin political consultant accused of hiring someone to plant the device last December.

Shipley and a “John Doe” were named as defendants in the suit which accuses them of invasion of privacy “through unlawful means.”

The Wind Coalition, also headquartered in Austin has denied hiring Shipley and of any involvement in the incident. Shipley was subpoenaed by the state to appear before the multicounty grand jury but a Texas judge on Friday ruled he didn’t have to comply.

Oklahoma prosecutors say they will try again.