Thursday, February 11, 2016

Webcam on Utility Pole

(Tennessee Rural Farm)
A federal appeals court is upholding the firearms conviction of a Tennessee man whose brother's rural farm was monitored for 10 weeks straight by a remote-controlled camera the authorities installed on a utility pole 200 yards away—without a warrant.

The decision (PDF) by the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals affirms the nine-year sentence of a man named Rocky Houston, who was caught by the camera as being a felon in possession of a gun. The man was on a Roane County Sheriff's Office watch list after he was cleared of murder charges following a gun battle that left a Roane County law enforcement official dead in 2006.

"There is no Fourth Amendment violation, because Houston had no reasonable expectation of privacy in video footage recorded by a camera that was located on top of a public utility pole and that captured the same views enjoyed by passersby on public roads," Judge John Rogers wrote for the unanimous court, which ruled 3-0 to uphold Houston's 2014 conviction.


Wireless.Phil said...

Janelle Foley, you have her on file, she just got prison.

Foley was sentenced to 2.5-4.5 years in state prison, and has been transported to Framingham to start her sentence. She was given one day of credit for the day she was initially held.

Wireless.Phil said...

High Arctic once hosted giant flightless bird

"What we know about past warm intervals in the arctic can give us a much better idea about what to expect in terms of changing plant and animal populations there in the future," said researcher Jaelyn Eberle.


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