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Student may have violated Florida criminal law

A student at Barry University may have crossed a line in recording a secret video of an on-campus meeting in which individuals discussed creating a pro-Islamic State group. The woman was acting in support of the conservative group Project Veritas when she filmed the meeting. Because Florida has laws in place that prohibit making a video recording without the permission of all who are being recorded, the student may have run afoul of Florida criminal law.

The meeting that was recorded came about because the student herself, a senior in the communications department, had suggested to Barry staff members that she was interested in starting a group that would support the Islamic State organization. The proposed group would be named Sympathetic Students in Support of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Members of the group would take action to collect money and supplies to send in support of the Islamic State organization.

One of the staff members shown in the video claims that he did not give his consent to be filmed and that the student did not obtain his consent before releasing audio and video footage of him. A complaint was filed with police, which could lead to criminal charges for the student who filmed the meeting. In the meantime, the student has been suspended from Barry and asked to leave the campus.

Should criminal charges be filed in the matter, the issue at hand will become whether the staffer had the right to expect his privacy to be protected during the meeting. Florida criminal law requiring the consent of all parties being filmed only applies to scenarios in which there is an expectation of privacy, such as within a private home. In this case, the filming took place during a meeting in a college office. That detail may be the key to avoiding conviction, if charges are brought against the student.

Source: The Daily Caller, "Student Who Helped O'Keefe Might Face CRIMINAL Charges", Blake Neff, April 9, 2015

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