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06-20-12, 02:00 AM
In the past year, two different appeals courts have ruled (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/05/court-blocks-illinois-law-used-to-charge-those-who-video-police-officers/) that recording the actions of police officers in public places is protected by the First Amendment. A new legal analysis (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2043907&https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2043907) argues that the right to record the actions of law enforcement is also protected by the Constitution's due process clause. This right can apply even in non-public settings.

The paper is written by Glenn Reynolds, best known as the author of the Instapundit (http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/) blog. He has a day job as a law professor at the University of Tennessee, and he co-authored the paper with attorney John Steakley.

Reynolds and Steakley point to two ways that a right to record interactions with law enforcement officials is implicated by the due process protections of the Fifth Amendment. One is as a check against police misconduct.

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