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Attorney Jesse Bright records Wilmington Police Officer claiming it is illegal to record him. (Photo: Jesse Bright/Facebook)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An attorney is speaking out after he says two law enforcement officers told him it was illegal to film them during a traffic stop.

Jesse Bright said he was pulled over on February 26 by the Wilmington Police Department and a deputy from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

Bright is an attorney, but he said he is also an Uber driver. Bright said he was taking a fare on a round trip when he was pulled over near Dawson and 16th streets.

“I explained that I was an Uber driver and that, you know, my passenger, I don’t even know him,” Bright said.

Bright said the Wilmington Police Officer told Bright he had just taken his passenger to a known drug house.

“They questioned me and what I was doing there,” Bright said. “Didn’t seem to believe I was an Uber driver.”

Then, Bright said the officer noticed he was recording.

“Sgt. Becker told me it was illegal to film the police and told me to turn it off or he would take me to jail,” Bright said.

Bright did not stop recording. A Wilmington Police spokeswoman confirmed Sgt. Kenneth Becker was the officer involved in the case.

“I knew that he was just trying to coerce me to not film him anymore,” Bright said.

As an attorney, Bright said he tells all his clients to record interactions with law enforcement.

“I didn’t want to see anyone get fired or anything come of this I really just want people to understand their rights.”

Bright said his biggest concern is that this is happening often.

“If he’s willing to directly lie to me, and tell me you know this is against the law to film police, then it worries me you know most people when they’re given an order by an officer they don’t know that it’s an unlawful order,” Bright said.

The wilmington police department has launched an internal investigation.

“The police department contacted me,” Bright said. “He assured me that recording the police was in my right and that I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Bright already knew that. He just wants to make sure you know that.

“You know to stand up to police if you do so lawfully. If you’re within your rights you can tell an officer no I’m not going to do that. You don’t have to be afraid to just to listen to everything that they say.”

No one was arrested that day. A spokeswoman with the Wilmington Police Department said they have launched an internal investigation regarding the recent video-tape on February 26, of the interaction between one of their Police Sergeants and an Uber Driver.

“Taking photographs and videos of people that are in plain sight including the police is your legal right,” Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said. “As a matter of fact we invite citizens to do so when they believe it is necessary. We believe that public videos help to protect the police as well as our citizens and provide critical information during police and citizen interaction.”

New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said he has viewed the Uber driver’s video and believes it is clear that Officers were incorrect in stating that it was illegal to record the encounter. Not only does the Sheriff agree that it is legal to record encounters, he invites citizens to do so. As a result, the Deputy involved has been counseled.

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  • henrybowman_az

    “I didn’t want to see anyone get fired”

    I do. Thugs don’t belong in uniform. A cop who doesn’t want you recording him is a dirty cop, and a dirty cop is a thug.

  • Jim Steele

    The lawyer is an idiot. The cops should be fired for lying to the public and trying to intimidate them. I suppose he could keep his job if he stuffed some jews in a gas chamber or oven, because he “thought” it was the law…

  • John

    Couple things to keep in mind.
    1. A policeman can most certainly lie to a suspect. Just not in this particular circumstance. Police are allowed to lie (in certain circumstances) during an investigation while questioning a suspect.
    2. Police are allowed to stop you from filming if it is impeding an investigation. (it clearly was not in this case)
    3. Two ignorant policeman doth not an entire police force make.
    4. The overwhelming majority of LEO’s just want to do their “8” and go home. I know it is hard to believe but it is true.

  • Cory

    Even if they would have found something in the car. The search would be very suspect. Was there even pc to pull the car over?

  • OldJarhead

    This egoistic rent a cop obviously has an inferior complex which results in him needed to feel power hungry. Lazy people like him should not be paid with our tax dollars, as his employers we should fire him.

  • MSM=FictionalNews✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ2020

    Odd, if I should violate someone’s Constitutional Rights, like say, pull them out of their car and rummage through it, can I expect “counseling” or JAIL? Just curious, as I was under the impression that here in America, we are all EQUAL under the law?

  • gop facsist pigs in the south. anyone who supports the commie russian apparatchik in the wh should be taken out and with extreme prejudice, be executed publicly.

  • Old Surfer

    Not defending the policeman, but does anyone have any idea how many laws are on the books? It is impossible to memorize every law in NC, and new laws get added every time the legislature. That being said, the policeman needs to apologize to the lawyer and the lawyer needs to thank the policeman for all the free publicity. One last thing you know LEO’s have to be so tired of having a phone shoved at them day in and day out in an attempt to “get out of whatever they were accused of doing”.

  • ILoveIsrael

    It’s perjury to lie while on duty. The officer should be terminated from his job. It’s not ok to lie to the general public that pays taxes that goes toward an officer’s salary.

    Perjury in most states is a felony, therefore not only the officer should lose his job, he should be sitting in prison while all of his guns at home are confiscated. People with a felony record cannot own firearms and they also lose their right to vote.

    On top of that, (my opinion) when an officer, who has sworn an oath on a document called, “The United States Constitution” and violates other people’s Constitutional rights while on duty should be charged with treason and face a military firing squad.

  • MoorlandNative

    If it’s a known “drug house” why aren’t they kicking in doors instead of pulling over UBER drivers? Nothing in the video suggests that the passenger went into the house and re-entered the vehicle. Many people do not rely on the police for protection they rely on their second amendment right.

  • Oingo

    Lose their job are you kidding, they will have a laugh about it over drinks. Criminal cops don’t lose their jobs they get promoted.

  • stylin19

    thank God he didn’t have a dog in the car.

  • chitown

    Lawyers take a lot of flak (and granted, many of them are wastes of oxygen) but this is a good example of where they are essential to a free society.

  • Jeff Mo

    Why are officers “incorrect” rather than “in jail” when they threaten arrest and unlawful search over a law that doesn’t exist?

    Why is there “counseling” going on instead of actual consequences?

  • ML NJ

    So what happened?

    Did the cop “take him to jail” as he threatened? If not, why not?

    Did anything happen to the cop? Did the “attorney” get anything out of this beside the opportunity to write a story?

    Something isn’t right here.

    • James from Dallas

      It is obvious the police in the field were wrong and did not have a leg to stand on. They still searched the attorney’s car without probable cause. The actions of the police might be considered illegal without probable cause, and without probable cause this would be immoral and unethical treatment of citizen who is an attorney, someone with high moral and ethical standing in the community. SCOTUS years ago stripped the 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable unwarranted search and seizure protections; a warrant was but is not now required to search a vehicle or easily moveable trailer, not a mobile home basically. So, in other words, if probable cause exists and COPS pull you over, they can search your car whenever they want without a warrant. But, probable cause is the key here, and without a warrant there is no judicial oversight before this is carried out. Officers can abuse this right as they did here with this attorney. What makes this case egregious is that these officers had no probable cause, in my opinion, and they harassed, intimidated, and threatened this citizen-attorney with a K-9 unit given this attorney anxiety and fear. As I understand it, the officers forced this attorney from his vehicle and searched his car only to find nothing. What would SCOTUS say about the SCOPE of this case? Would SCOTUS say that it is okay for Police to lie to citizens about the law in other to facilitate coercion of citizen, violating the civil rights of this same person. There is no known evidence from what I read that this attorney is the subject of any investigation? So, I can only guess that this is police abuse of power on its face.

  • Paul W.

    This is where I have a problem with the President’s recent comments about the need for all of us citizens to support Law Enforcement. Above everything else, LEO’s “protect and serve themselves!” To be sure, we have many, perhaps even a majority of LEO’s who deserve our support. At the same time, we MUST DEMAND that LEO’s assiduously respect our rights as citizens, and that those of their number who abuse us without cause, be removed from being in Law Enforcement in any capacity and be barred forever from returning.

  • The Truth

    An internal investigation…give me a freaking break. Police officers are some of the most corrupt people in our society. It’s a “good ole boys club” where COPS NEVER ARREST THEIR OWN. Basically, police officers are modern day Hitlers. They are disgusting, they abuse their power constantly. And the police officer even called the guy a jerk in the video. I bet Jesse didn’t receive an apology either.

    • Paul W.

      And I will bet that Jesse is having to look over his shoulder now for having raised this issue. Cops take retribution if they can get away with it.

  • DeWhit

    This was not a private or new officer on the force.
    This Sargeant has others answering to him and should know a bit more about the law than what he exhibited in the video.
    The scary part of all this is what happens when there are no cameras or citizens that understand their rights ?

    • Heimie Schmelter

      The REAL “scary part” is that, most people AREN’T scared unless they are routinely breaking the law. Those of us that aren’t, don’t have a thing to be “scared” about.

      • Vog46

        So a Taxi or Uber driver brings someone and drops them off at a drug house is breaking the law?
        My my………

        Vog

      • Heimie Schmelter

        Here, I’ll clear the fog for you. If a home is under surveillance for drug dealing, manufacturing, anyone that pays a visit there will be suspect. This is Dick Tracy 101 so pay close attention. He did nothing illegal, but they evidently had suspicions about his activity and investigated.
        We have a drug problem in this town of epic proportions. I’ve heard it stated it’s the worst city in the US concerning the opioid crisis alone. We are losing children. mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters every single day due to overdoses. Ridding the streets of this arm poison can be a tough and dangerous job. I happen to support our local LEO’s in that effort.

      • Bill the eighth

        While I, on the other hand, do not support the war on some drugs. You do realize more people die from prescription drugs than street drugs in this country don’t you? Do you also advocate raids on doctor’s office’s?

      • Bill the eighth

        So in your fantasy world, cops never threw a bag of dope in the back seat. How very soviet of you.

  • Old Surfer

    So an attorney takes someone to a drug house? An attorney has to have a part-time job? Pathetic.

    • J. Shea

      Bright told The Washington Post that he is working for Uber to help pay off his law-school loans. Yep pretty “pathetic” when someone tries to work hard to pay back their student loans.

      • James from Dallas

        Yes, I also agree with you. Sounds like the Uber attorney is pretty smart if you ask me.

      • Old Surfer

        I tried to find info as to why he was an Uber driver, thanks for the update. Still, most of us “working folks” think of lawyers as having lots of money, usually by fleecing someone else. :-)

      • Old Surfer

        First, so the Washington Post thinks a policeman telling a lie in NC is worthy of being a national new story. Just more anti-cop rhetoric. Also, in my defense, poor though it may be, I have never heard of a lawyer having to take a side job to pay bills. Aren’t all lawyers “rich ambulance-chasing sharks”? :-)

      • Bill the eighth

        No, most lawyers do not make the big bucks when fresh out of college and starting a career. They are just like the rest of us.

    • Tarheel Slim

      So a cop lies to a civilian. Then he gets another cop to corroborate the lie. Pathetic. But, even more pathetic? Someone comes along and defends the action of lying police officers and tries to blame the victims, neither of which were charged with anything. There was no proof hey were at a drug house, just an accusation from a cop – a cop who also lied to at least one of the civilians. What kind of person defends lying cops? Pathetic!

    • Jeff Mo

      Did you notice that the “someone” didn’t get arrested either?

      There’s a much simpler explanation. The cops were lying.

    • James from Dallas

      He is not asking for entitlements of welfare or any other handout. So, what is your point? You have no valid point.

  • Old Surfer

    I get so sick and tired of seeing a dozen phones out every time law enforcement tries to do their job.

    • Tarheel Slim

      Having all that evidence of cops lying to the public really seems to bother you, doesn’t it? Why do you support police officers who lie? There are plenty of fine cops in the city and county who don’t lie, why don’t you try supporting them instead of the lying cops who make them look bad?

    • James from Dallas

      Oh well. I do not see officers complaining about the tape recorders in their vehicles. But, COPs might be complaining about the body cameras and the GPS locaters on their vehicles. Why is that? The departments will say it is all about safety of the officers in the field. But, it might also be about citizen complaints against policers. Could some officers in the past take police cars someone where they are not supposed to go during work hours, maybe girl friend’s house, to long at the donut shop? Technology keeps the honest honest in their duties; it also keeps the otherwise dishonest honest. Technology is not all a bad thing. Officers now live in the tech age and they adapt to it or leave the business. I am a software engineer and architect. I am tracked in what I do, how well I do it, how long it takes to do it, etc… COPs need to get over it and move on with the job.

    • Kitt McIntyre

      It’s called holding the officers accountable to make sure that they are doing their job CORRECTLY.

    • Michael Crichton

      If the “Bad Apples” like Officer Pantsonfire up there would actually DO their job properly, the general public wouldn’t feel the need to film them.

    • kevinl4000

      Video from multiple angles will corroborate his incident report. They’re doing the officer a favor.

    • henrybowmanaz

      It smells like freedom.

      Me, i get tired of hearing that all the cops’ body cameras mysteriously went offline. So we’re HELPING.

  • Heimie Schmelter

    What kind of “lawyer” has to resort to Uber to make a living, then makes “quickie deliveries” in drug-infested communities and known drug houses? IQ=27
    Perhaps Jesse should learn to recite, “Paper or plastic, Ma’am?” and go get a job where he can be successful for a change.

  • guest45

    counseling? how about termination so it set’s an example for the rest of the law enforcement to follow the law, if this had not involved a lawyer it would probably got way out of hand, not good for the average public folks.

    • Com Eng

      I don’t if he really didn’t know the law or had it confused with the recent revisions regarding recordings made by police versus private citzens. It appeared he was making up rules and regulations relative to the recording law. Either way he should have known the law. Certainly 1 of the 5 cops should have known he law and corrected him. He should be terminated and the other officiers involved should be sanctioned some how.

      • henrybowmanaz

        Ignorance of the law is no excuse for you or me. A cop’s job is to enforce the law. A cop who doesn’t know the law is incompetent, and a cop who tried to enforce a law he makes up is a tyrant. Two strikes against his continued employment.

  • michellebarron

    bravo Jesse! Thanks for having the courage to stand up for what’s right. The police use intimidation as a tactic often. It’s scary and I hope what you did will set off a chain reaction.

    • Old Surfer

      You, too.

    • Old Surfer

      That is what people use phones for, to intimidate the police.

      • Michael Crichton

        Anyone who could be “intimidated” by being recorded doesn’t have the fortitude needed to be an officer in the first place.

  • Kimberly O’Hara

    In order to enforce the laws one must first know them. I’d say this was a very good learning experience.

  • g3po

    Mr. Bright.

    I find it interesting you (1) did not cooperate with law enforcement (2) you are an attorrney located on Leland NC – Brunswick County (3) You were in a known drug area as evidence from the PAWN store parking lot on your video (4) You attempted to make a point of NO CAUSE.

    Allow me to get to the facts: (1) Yes, it is your right to video any and everything provided you retain “releases” before publishing (2) Law enforcement in Wilmington fights a battle every hour of the day and night. (3) Your actions as an attorney, yet as an UBER driver is most questionable by LAW ENFORCEMENT and the majority of citizens.

    What did you prove Mr. Bright?
    What positive action was gained by your video

    And finally, when you are in danger, it will be the WPD, Leland NC PD, NHC Sheriffs Dept, and/or Brunswick County Sheriffs Dept to assist you.

    Facts only Mr. Bright.

    • Alex

    • Heimie Schmelter

      One more important fact; He must be a pretty sorry attorney to have to resort to Uber to make his money!

      • J. Shea

        Driving to make extra money to pay off law school loans, pretty certain they are substantial. I am sure you can relate as a college educated individual??

      • Joan Olsen

        I doubt very seriously that “Heimie” could relate to a college educated man….or an educated man….or even a man. How do you ridicule someone making an honest living?

      • Tarheel Slim

        …and another important fact: Those must be pretty sorry cops if they have to lie to the public. Come to think of it, you must be a pretty sorry person if you think it’s OK for the police to lie to the public, Heimie.

      • James from Dallas

        I would not go that far. Some very educated people want to give back to the community in some way. I would rather have an American attorney in my ride-for-hire than someone who just got hear from Syria. You think? As a former army officer, I worked with an enlisted man who held a PhD, a former professor at Villanova University. I taught history or political science. He didn’t to give back to his nation for a certain number of years and wear the uniform. He said he wanted to be a part of history for a while with his service. So, it is not fair to knock this guy for gaining some money with his own car by being an Uber driver. I am sure this attorney raises the level of respect for Uber as a company. I find no shame in that. This attorney most likely is honorable and respects other people. I also agree, however, not all attorneys are that way. There are always exceptions.

      • Bill the eighth

        And how much did your first job out of college pay? I made a whopping 20K a year as a EE. The man is being responsible and trying to pay off his loans and you bash him? This tells me all I need to know about you.

    • Tarheel Slim

      Mr g3po,
      I find it interesting you (1) failed to mention that an officer of the WPD blatantly lied to and misled a civilian while in the line of duty (2) failed to mention the second officer from the county also lied. (3) This is captured on the video Mr Bright recorded. (4) You falsely claim that Mr Bright did not cooperate with police.

      Allow me to get the facts: (1) Yes, it is his right to video any and everything without need of retaining “releases” before publishing (2) Stating that “Law enforcement in Wilmington fights a battle every hour of the day and night” is totally irrelevant to this case and provides no reason for police to lie (3) Your actions as an attorney, yet as an UBER driver is not questionable by LAW ENFORCEMENT and the majority of citizens. He has a right to work when and where he pleases. This is still America.

      What did he prove, Mr g3po? He proved that some officers will lie to people if they think they can get away with it. Exposing this to the public would be a positive action to any and all honest people, Mr g3po. Why does it not seem that way to you?

      And finally, when you are in danger, it will be the WPD, Leland NC PD, NHC Sheriffs Dept, and/or Brunswick County Sheriffs Dept to assist you, so you really don’t want them to lie to you in the process!

      Facts only, Mr g3po.

    • cheese101

      Only thing I have to disagree with is the need for a release. I believe people out in public are fair game for recording and publishing without the need for a release. Might be wrong, not 100% sure.

    • DiSousa

      “Point of NO CAUSE”??? So, in other words, YOU condone the absence of law by a law enforcement officer over the lawful rights of another, right? In even simpler terms, it’s ok for the police to tell you a lie. THEN you have the audacity to ask “What did you gain”? Quite simply, he exposed the route some officers will take to subvert citizens from their rights. He exposed that they do indeed tell LIES to get you to conform.
      It would be fun to see YOU, Mrg3po in Mr.Bright’s shoes at that moment when you are dragged out of your car, slammed to the ground and somehow your phone was smashed in the melee.
      I would walk up to you and say “This is what the majority of citizens wanted to see.”

    • PhoenixM

      Did not cooperate with law enforcement? How exactly didn’t he cooperate? By refusing to stop recording the encounter WHEN HE HAD A LEGAL RIGHT TO DO SO, DESPITE THE LIES OF THE OFFICER ATTEMPTING TO INTIMIDATE HIM?

      “And finally, when you are in danger, it will be the WPD, Leland NC PD,
      NHC Sheriffs Dept, and/or Brunswick County Sheriffs Dept to assist you.” Um, last I checked, the police department isn’t a volunteer organization; our TAXES pay for them, and so yes, they darn well better be there to assist when called upon.

    • The Truth

      You are an embarrassment to society. If you actually listened and watched he explained why he filmed the video.

    • Tim Blanchard

      Are you trying to justify the cops behavior and ignorance?

    • xav8tor

      My guess is that you Mr g3po are some type of law enforcement officer and to you these officers did nothing wrong as it is something “YOU” do every day. It is you Mr g3po and your type of officer that are the embarrassment to law enforcement and Mr. Bright just provided the proof.

      Just the facts Mr g3po

    • James from Dallas

      This is a point where law enforcement showed itself as a disgrace to the department and the community it protects and serves. Multiple circuit courts have ruled taping is free speech 1st Amendment protect right. The second circuit ruled that you can even sue the officers involved for the infringement of a citizen’s civil rights. This attorney did not interfere now obstruct your duties in any way. His was minding his own business in his vehicle. Police are public servants and should have absolutely no protection of privacy in the performance of their duties to preserve and protect the community. You are employed by the citizens of the community. Citizens do not work for police. This is not a police state. Your number 1 above has absolutely no merit. Your number 2 is expected of you; do not ask the citizens for sympathy. You know the risks of your job. Your number three is a joke as the only ones that questions the cops involved in this case are more dumb or stupid cops who do not know the law, especially anywhere near as much as this defense attorney who may be nice enough not to sue the officers, the police department, and the city. Your support of the actions of these officers is shameful. This deserves an FBI civil rights violation investigation of this case, the officers involved, and the department in general for civil rights abuses.

      Veteran and Former Commissioned Military Officer
      Dallas, TX

    • Michael Crichton

      Watching the video, he obeyed every lawful order he was given, he just refused to heed the unlawful one. How is that “not cooperating”?

    • Joan Olsen

      Only a Cop could justify a search without permission or warrant, lying, and intimidation of a citizen. Guilt is for a court to decide, not cops. It doesn’t matter where you are, your rights are not void by location. Procedure is also a matter of law, which they blatantly ignored.

  • Wisdom1968

    May I suggest a reduction in rank for the WPD officer for his ignorance and intimidation. Appears he needs some remedial training before returning to the field.He is among the minority that gives the noble profession a black eye.I have full confidence in the police chief that he will make the right decision.

    • PhoenixM

      May *I* suggest he be fired? Who knows how many other times he has lied? And why would he even care if he were being filmed, unless he’s the type of cop who abuses his position in the first place?

      • James from Dallas

        I agree. With five officers present, this one officer was likely senior in rank, at least corporal or sergeant. This police officer knows the laws. How many other instances has he lied on reports to other cases. He word is tainted. The other officers should be reviewed for suspension and rank reduction, official reprimand to go in their permanent files.

      • bucinil

        exactly. He not only like, but tried to continue the lie when caught and told what the law actually says. This shows a pattern of behavior which can not be tolerated by Police Departments.

  • Chris Herring

    Typical cop! Their attitudes and over inflated egos constantly get them in trouble. Know your rights folks and stand up for them.

  • Don Adkins

    Been counseled meaning NOTHING was done, as usual….WE INVESTIGATED OURSELVES AND FOUND WE DID NOTHING WRONG…..PIGS

    • Heimie Schmelter

      My educated guess is that; You must have an extensive criminal record with a lot of run-ins with LEO’s to be that disrespectful!
      Another educated guess is that;That is probably going to continue to be repetitive in your future!

      • Jeff Mo

        The officers in the video were being disrespectful. Do you think they have extensive criminal records, too?

    • Old Surfer

      so when you need help, call a gangsta.

      • Bill the eighth

        Never needed a cop in my life, except to write a report for the insurance company. By the time the cops arrive, it is just in time to take your statement or slip you into a body bag

  • cheese101

    Both departments need to get their checkbooks ready.

  • Old Surfer

    At one time, if you posted a photo of someone without their permission, you WERE breaking the law. A photo studio used a photo of a child without permission, were sued by the parents, and the parents won. Take all the photos you want, but be very careful about showing them.

    • Alex

      If it’s in a public place you are within your full rights.

    • Tarheel Slim

      You’re not an attorney, are you, Gomer?

      • Old Surfer

        No, I am a former professional photographer and saw the company I once worked for get sued and lost big time for posting a photo without permission. And so glad you had to take it right down in the gutter with name-calling.

      • Jeff Mo

        You should read up on the difference between what you did and the perfectly legal activity of Mr. Bright.

      • James from Dallas

        I will bet that photo was copyrighted work or had a trademark attached to it. Famous buildings have received trademarks, and people such as actors have trademarked their name for marketing reasons. I doubt the government is going to allow a public servant a trademark on their image or name. And, obtaining a trademark might cost 10,000 dollars or more now anyway.

      • cdc

        Did the company use it in some promotional or marketing material? Apples to oranges, is my guess.

    • DiSousa

      So, when television stations use photos of the public at large at a venue or in opinion taking do you see them asking for then to sign a release?

      • Old Surfer

        Good point. But a person could insist on that.

      • Michael Crichton

        Not if they’re out in public, they can’t.

      • Michael Crichton

        One time I had the dubious honor of being a “man on the street” for some silly “do you think there’s too much graffitti these day?” segment. They asked me to sign a release after, but I’m pretty sure they could still have aired my ‘profound’ thoughts even if I hadn’t.

    • PhoenixM

      The police are public servants, on the public payroll, whose job it is to protect and interact with the public. They should have zero expectation of privacy in the execution of their duties.

    • James from Dallas

      Sorry, this does not apply to public service officers in the performance of their duties as a public servant. Their is no expectation of privacy in that case. Sorry. You need to get over it. Aside from free speech rights of third parties, if police video tape a suspect in a conversation, the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution should also permit the suspect to tape the officers and conversations as principals to the conversation, If Texas, only one party to a private conversation need know that a conversation is being taped. But, in the attorney’s case the conversation is public with no expectation of privacy.

    • Michael Crichton

      If the lawyer up there tries to use the footage for commercial purposes, then your objection might be relevant. It still wouldn’t be a “crime” though, only a civil violation.

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