Persistent, Targeted Camera Surveillance Poses First Amendment Risks
Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Tuggle v. United States. This case from the Seventh Circuit involves the question of whether the government may engage in long-term, targeted camera surveillance of a home without the need to obtain a warrant or demonstrate individualized suspicion. The defendant in that case filed a petition of certiorari asking that the Supreme Court resolve thedeepening circuit split on this issue. This amicus brief asks the Court to grant the petition. The brief highlights the ways in which persistent camera surveillance can infringe (and historically has infringed) upon reporter-source confidentiality, arguing that the risk that standardless surveillance poses to the newsgathering right counsels in favor of a warrant requirement in this context.