Court rules that politicians may not seize citizens’ cameras at town hall meetings

August 28, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More

PoliticusUSA has the report:

According to a recent Federal Appeals court ruling, Republican members of Congress who confiscate citizens’ cell phones or cameras and do not allow filming at town halls are violating their constituents First Amendment rights.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Edgar Montrose says:

    What about Supreme Court Justices who confiscate voice recorders at speeches in public places?

    • Erich Vieth says:

      Where are you going to ultimately appeal that case? It’s the similar problem with rules of ethics. The U.S. Supreme Court Judges are the only judges who are not subject to any rules of ethics.

  2. Niklaus Pfirsig says:

    Erich,

    If the act of confiscation is itself unlawful, could the citizens press criminal charges of robbery against the the enforcement officers who take the cameras? Just wondering..

    • Erich Vieth says:

      Niklaus: It seems like it is an unlawful taking to me, which would likely give rise to an action for conversion. I haven’t done the research, but that is my gut feeling. It might qualify as the crime of stealing, but good luck getting the prosecutor to prosecute a police officer, or those on whose behalf he/she acted.

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