[funsec] Court says cops can't yank video: 'Baby cam' catches
arrest on tape
Richard M. Smith
rms at bsf-llc.com
Tue Feb 21 12:24:52 CST 2006
Court says cops can't yank video: 'Baby cam' catches arrest on tape
By Laurel J. Sweet
Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - Updated: 09:20 AM EST
State police have been cuffed with a restraining order by a federal judge
that temporarily bars them from threatening to prosecute a Leominster
housewife over video, posted on her Web site, of a local man's arrest.
"I couldn't ask for any more from the judicial system than a fair shake and
I got that," said Mary T. Jean, a stay-at-home mother of two and First
The grainy black-and-white footage of Paul Pechonis, 47, being handcuffed in
front of his wife and mother for allegedly posting threats against Westboro
District Court Judge Paul Waickowski in cyberspace has been on Jean's Web
site since last month. But when state police got wind of it last week, they
ordered Jean to "cease and desist" its broadcast or "the Department will
refer this matter to the District Attorney's office for further
investigation and possible prosecution."
Under state law, Jean could be jailed for up to two years if tried and
convicted of taking the tape public, provided she knew it was intentionally
recorded without the permission of state police.
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