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NY Times: Ron Paul Supporter wins right to photograph fed buildings!

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/18/you-can-photograph-that-federal-building/?hp

The settlement, filed on Friday, ended a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security by Antonio Musumeci, 29, of Edgewater, N.J. He was arrested Nov. 9, 2009, as he videotaped a demonstrator in front of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse at 500 Pearl Street. His principal camera was confiscated but he recorded the encounter on a second camera. On two later occasions, he was also threatened with arrest.

The protective service, which guards buildings and properties that are owned by or leased to the federal government, is part of the homeland security agency.

“This settlement secures the public’s First Amendment right to use cameras in public spaces without being harassed,” said a statement issued by Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, which represented Mr. Musumeci in Federal District Court.

On behalf of the Federal Protective Service, Michael Keegan, the chief of public and legislative affairs, said in a statement that the “settlement of Mr. Musumeci’s lawsuit clarifies that protecting public safety is fully compatible with the need to grant public access to federal facilities, including photography of the exterior of federal buildings.”

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Re: NY Times: Ron Paul Supporter wins right to photograph fed buildings!
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2010, 12:04:38 am »
U.S. Settles Lawsuit Over Courthouse Photo Ban
http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/10/18/31153.htm
By BARBARA LEONARD

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Authorities can't arrest public citizens for taking photographs and recording videos outside federal courthouses, the government acknowledged Monday in a settlement with the New York Civil Liberties Union.

     The NYCLU sued the federal government in April on behalf of Antonio Musumeci, a New Jersey man who was arrested after filming a protest outside of the Manhattan federal courthouse.

     Officers confiscated Musumeci's video, detained him for 20 minutes and cited him for violating a federal regulation, according to the NYCLU.

     The charge against Musumeci was later dismissed, the NYCLU claimed, and federal officers threatened to arrest Musumeci on two subsequent occasions when he was filming protests at the courthouse.

     Because Musumeci was filming on public property paid for taxpayers, the NYCLU said the arrest violated Musumeci's First Amendment rights.

     "While we understand the need for heightened security near federal buildings, any rule that results in the arrest of people for exercising their First Amendment rights is clearly unconstitutional," NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said in a statement.

     The U.S. Attorney's Office acknowledged in the settlement that there are no federal laws or regulations prohibiting photography outside federal courthouses.

     The government also agreed to release the memory card seized from Musumeci's camera, pay him $4,850 and instruct federal officers that it is not illegal to take photographs or video recordings outside federal courthouses.

     U.S. District Judge Richard Holwell signed the settlement order.
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Re: NY Times: Ron Paul Supporter wins right to photograph fed buildings!
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2010, 12:05:38 am »
Original story on the lawsuit:


Manhattan Libertarian sues fed cops for illegal arrest
http://www.examiner.com/libertarian-news-in-national/manhattan-libertarian-sues-fed-cops-for-illegal-arrest
April 23rd, 2010 10:57 am ET
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Re: NY Times: Ron Paul Supporter wins right to photograph fed buildings!
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2010, 09:08:28 am »
 ;D

Oh yeah!

Suck on THAT, Unamerican scum!