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Jim Bergenn quoted in the CT Law Tribune article, "Photographer's Drone Suit Pits Journalists Against Police"

Part-time TV employee says he was barred from taking video of accident scene

Connecticut Law Tribune

September 1, 2014

Jim Bergenn, partner in the Hartford office, was quoted in a Connecticut Law Tribune article focusing on a part-time TV employee's use of a drone at an accident scene. The case addresses the alleged violation of integrity at the crime scene.

Jim commented, "that allowing drones to go into the airspace above crime scenes could lead to the public learning facts about an investigation that only the perpetrators would know. Investigators often want to keep such information out of the public limelight. The possession of investigative facts is a "truth detector, a truth insurer" for law enforcement."

He also remarked that, "the right to use drones in newsgathering also implicates the Fifth Amendment right to due process. The courts will have to balance the strict scrutiny given to Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights with the 'need in an orderly society for law enforcement to be able to act unimpaired in response to dangers to public safety.'"

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