Update: Photographer Arrested For Taking Pictures at Airport Wins in Court


Nancy Genovese has been vindicated. A federal jury awarded her over $1.1 million in damages according to her attorney, Frederick Brewington, as reported in Newsday. For the original story, click here: Mother of 3 Arrested for Taking Pictures at Airport Genovese, you may recall, was arrested by the Southampton Town Police, charged with third-degree trespassing […]

The Other Side of the Story: Motion to Dismiss Filed in Nancy Genovese Case

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   A motion to dismiss was filed recently in the Nancy Genovese v Town of Southampton case (Mother of 3 Arrested for Taking Pictures of Tourist Attraction at Airport). The motion seeks to dismiss the complaint against the Town of Southampton and former Southampton Town Police Lieutenant Robert Iberger, and FINALLY reveals the the town’s […]

Lawsuit Defends Right to Film Police in Suffolk County

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. Wednesday at 1:00 PM in Central Islip, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the National Press Photographers Association, and a law firm representing a commercial videographer will hold a press conference to announce a legal action regarding Suffolk County’s policy and practice of obstructing the First Amendment right of the press and the public […]

Updates on the Nancy Genovese Case…


FOR A RECAP, READ THESE PRIOR POSTS: Mother of 3 Arrested for Taking Pictures of Tourist Attraction at Airport Town of Southampton Defaults in Genovese Lawsuit Some Comments on the Nancy Genovese Case New Southampton Town Attorney Hired Southampton Police Lieutenant Robert Iberger RETIRES The Other Side of the Story: Motion to Dismiss Filed (With […]

T&T Gunnery: Nassau County Gun Store Raid Update

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  For previous case details, see this post. Here’s a quick update on the case. Settlement negotiations have stalled, even though the defendants (County of Nassau, Police Officer Faltings, et al) have offered six figures to settle. Yes, that’s right. Nassau County is essentially admitting it was at fault for the botched gun store raid, […]

Is It Legal to Photograph or Videotape Police?


The ACLU wants you to know that you have every right to photograph or videotape that police officer, and reinforce that “Taking photographs and video of things that are plainly visible in public spaces is a constitutional right – and that includes the outside of federal buildings, as well as transportation facilities, and police and other […]

NY Attorney General Gives Long Island Residents a Place to Report Government Corruption Without Fear of Political Influence


New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced this week that he is appointing “public integrity officers” to Nassau and Suffolk County, most likely in response to an alarming number of government corruption and retaliation cases reported to the attorney general’s office recently. If you feel you’ve been the victim of police corruption or government […]

Southampton Town Board Names New Town Attorney


The Southampton Town Board has named Tiffany Scarlato, 36, to fill the position of Town Attorney left vacant by Michael C. Sordi’s controversial departure. She has served more than nine years in the East Hampton town attorney’s office, where in her words, she was recently “let go” for personal and political reasons. We’ll see if […]

Nancy Genovese Lawsuit Updates: Town of Southampton in Default


UPDATE:   The Town of Southampton has failed to timely file an answer to the Nancy Genovese lawsuit, (updates here), possibly leaving the taxpayers of the town on the hook for $70 million dollars. A motion for a default judgment has been filed against the Town of Southampton and Town of Southampton Police Officer Robert […]

Photographers’ Rights Affirmed in NY – You Cannot Arrest Someone Simply For Taking Pictures in Public, Even Outside of Federal Buildings

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In a photography rights lawsuit today, the federal government conceded that people have a constitutional right to take photographs and create video recordings outside of federal buildings.  The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a federal photography rights lawsuit last April on behalf of Antonio Musumeci, a  software developer for an investment bank, who was […]