Massachusetts v. Lowney

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Criminal Charge

Date: 

12/01/2007

Status: 

Pending

Location: 

Massachusetts

Disposition: 

Verdict (plaintiff)

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

$500.00
Peter Lowney, a political activist from Newton, Massachusetts, was convicted in December 2007 of violating the Massachusetts wiretapping statute (Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 272, § 99) and sentenced to six months probation and fined $500. The criminal case arose out of Lowney's concealed... read full description
Parties

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Peter Lowney

Type of Party: 

Government

Type of Party: 

Individual

Location of Party: 

  • Massachusetts

Location of Party: 

  • Massachusetts
Description
Peter Lowney, a political activist from Newton, Massachusetts, was convicted in December 2007 of violating the Massachusetts wiretapping statute (Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 272, § 99) and sentenced to six months probation and fined $500. The criminal case arose out of Lowney's concealed videotaping of a Boston University police sergeant during a political protest in 2006. Apparently Lowney was shooting footage of the protest when police ordered him to stop and then arrested him for continuing to operate the camera while hiding it in his coat. According to a press release from the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, the footage appears to have been posted on a "video-sharing website." As part of the sentencing, the court ordered Lowney to remove the footage from the Internet.
Details

Content Type: 

  • Video

Publication Medium: 

Website

Subject Area: 

  • Newsgathering
  • Criminal
Court Information & Documents

Jurisdiction: 

  • Massachusetts

Source of Law: 

  • Massachusetts

Court Name: 

Brighton District Court, Massachusetts

Court Type: 

State
CMLP Information (Private)

CMLP Notes: 

to-do: monitor to see if there is an appeal; if not, switch to "concluded"