The Supreme Court has said a “search” occurs when the police invade your “reasonable expectation of privacy.” So what is a “reasonable expectation” to be free from video surveillance in a world where everyone has a camera, everywhere? Rob Frommer tells us the Seventh Circuit says there basically is no such thing as long as what you’re doing can be seen from a public place (or in this case, three cameras mounted on a utility pole for 18 months). But the court isn’t happy with the result and utters a cry for help. Also, have you ever had to fill out forms that don’t make any sense? Ben Field joins the podcast to tell the tale of what forms you need to lose your U.S. Citizenship, and how it’s difficult to sign them from federal prison.

Transcript: https://ij.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Short-Circuit-183_otter.ai-FINAL.pdf
United States v. Tuggle, http://media.ca7.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/rssExec.pl?Submit=Display&Path=Y2021/D07-14/C:20-2352:J:Flaum:aut:T:fnOp:N:2733467:S:0
Farrell v. Blinken, https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/E73FAF5B041FF05685258711005181D8/$file/19-5357-1906101.pdf
Katz v. United States, https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/389/347
Vogon Bureaucracy (21:30), https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4syjrl
Rob Frommer, https://ij.org/staff/rfrommer/
Ben Field, https://ij.org/staff/ben-field/
Anthony Sanders, https://ij.org/staff/asanders/

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