Judge: Pa. inmate on YouTube clip had no privacy
PITTSBURGH (AP) - February 22, 2012 (WPVI) -- A federal magistrate in Pittsburgh says a county jail inmate who can be seen on a guard's YouTube video of another sleeping guard can't sue for damages because he has no privacy rights while in jail.
Fifty-one-year-old Alvin George White Jr. had sued the Lawrence County Jail and the guard who recorded the video on his cell phone, seeking $1 million in damages for "mental issues" he claimed to suffer from being involuntarily recorded and posted on YouTube.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Tuesday that U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa Lenihan dismissed White's lawsuit.
Among other things, the judge wrote in her opinion that "Incarcerated persons have no right of privacy in prison. Plaintiff's incarceration is a matter of public record" so revealing that in an online video doesn't violate his rights.
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