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Pennsylvania Prisoners' Privacy not Unlawfully Invaded by Mayor's Monitoring Their Cells via Video Camera from His Home

Robert DeBlasio and Deborah McFadden, prisoners in a Pennsylvania county jail, sued the county, its cops and its mayor for invasion of privacy after learning that the mayor monitored their cells from his home via video cameras in the cells. The trial court dismissed, and the prisoners appealed.

On appeal, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania held that the prisoners had no expectation of privacy while in their cells, and that the images of them in their cells had not been made public. Thus, the Court found no unlawful invasion of their privacy and affirmed the trial court's dismissal of their cases. See: DeBlasio v. Pignoli, 918 A.2d 822(2007).

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