Thursday, March 08, 2007

The right to videotape public meetings

Oh, how I love the New Jersey Supreme Court and its Chief Justice Zazzali, who not only has a cool name but also wrote this really cool opinion that starts with a quote from Patrick Henry -- "[t]he liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them" -- and holds that people have the right to videotape public meetings.

Read more here.


Blogger Anonymous said...

For years I have had a video camara on the dash of my car. I have been ticketed many time because it sticks out. I have seen a lot of accidents and wanted to try to capture them. Ofcourse it never works when I need it. I do have photos of flipped tankers, multicar pile ups and a bus kissing a wall. The 3 times I have gone to court I simply tell the judge I record video, not watch TV or movies while I drive. I explain the Screen it pointing toward traffic so its impossible to watch the screen. I did make a copy for the state patrol once when a driver tryed to run me off the road for going the speed limit. The state patrol thanked me and told me to drive in the right lane if I was going to drive the speed limit. Though my exit was in the left lane. More reason to video tape traffic. Even law enforcement is inconsistent.

7:43 PM  

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