A Maryland judge has tossed out the case against a motorcyclist who was charged with wiretapping after posting a video on YouTube of a plainclothes Maryland State Trooper accosting him with a gun during a traffic stop.

The controversial case made national headlines after the video showing the state trooper drawing his weapon without identifying himself drew tens of thousands of views.

But today Harford County Circuit Judge Emory A. Plitt Jr. threw out the wiretapping charges after ruling in favor of a motion filed by the Maryland branch of the American Civil Liberties Union.

“Those of us who are public officials and are entrusted with the power of the state are ultimately accountable to the public. When we exercise that power in public fora, we should not expect our actions to be shielded from public observation.

Sed quis custodiet ipsos cutodes” (“Who watches the watchmen?”).