posted on Feb, 16 2011 @ 09:42 AM
There is more here than many would suspect, as this kind of a ruling will send ripples across the country and resonate in all 50 states. The first
being that as this was a ruling in favor of the person who did the recording, it then can play out in all 50 states as it sets precedents. Most court
cases, if you look at them, the rulings are often based off of similar cases, be they in other cities, counties and states, to help a judge determine
on how to rule. In this case, the court in Georgia determined that such was permissible and that the police, had no legal standing to prevent a
person from being able to record them in a public venue. The courts decision is documented and it would stand to reason that there are many places,
where the officer could be recorded, and without the active consent being present, such as a gas station or a bank. And it would stand to reason,
that any activity would be caught on tape or disk.
So then what will the police do, as it would be their right to ask for a copy of such, as it would be evidence, using it in court, and the person who
got arrested, also would have full rights to that video as part of their defense. So while it may seem like a good idea to be able to video the
actual goings on of police, it ultimately will play against the persons taking the video, cause they can be compelled in a court of law to hand over
the video to the lawyers, and never see it again, until after the trial is over, as it is evidence, and both the prosecution and the defense would
want to review it, to see all information was present, along with the person who shot the video. That also could be a dangerous thing, as the person
then becomes a witness in a trial and may become a target of a crime themselves.