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Submission + - Judge refuses to throw out case of man who videotaped ambulance crew (twincities.com) 1

Bob the Super Hamste writes: In a follow up to the case of the man who was charged with HIPPA violations for video taping an ambulance crew doing their job the St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that the trial will go forward. The charges against Andrew Joseph Henderson currently are disorderly conduct and interfering with an ambulance crew. According to Henderson he was 30 feet away from the ambulance crew and thus could not have been interfering with their work while the police claim it was 3 to 5 feed. Henderson also challenged the disorderly conduct charge which in law is defined as "offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous, or noisy conduct that the actor knows or has reason to know would tend to alarm, anger or disturb others or provoke an assault or breach of the peace." One of the issues in the previous story was the deletion of his video recording which the police took as evidence, as stated by one police officer, which had it not been deleted would have been able to clear this issue up.

The /. article that covered the previous story is this one.

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Judge refuses to throw out case of man who videotaped ambulance crew

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  • Supreme court as upheld that any private citizen has the right to record video and audio of public officials in a public place, and that the arrest of the citizen for a wiretapping violation violates the citizen's First and Fourth Amendment rights. Not sure if paramedics are considered "Public Officials" and where the HIPPA violation comes into play, but it was on public property and the press likely wouldn't have be charged with similar crimes if they were caught videotaping the same scenario, so I would

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