Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Best Headline & Creepiest Story of the Month

I cracked up when I was reading a story on the Washington Post site and saw the below headline under the heading "People who read this also read..."

Wis. court: Cops illegally taped nursing home sex

Naturally, I clicked on the link (wouldn't you?), then exclaimed, "EWW!" at the lede:
Police who videotaped a man having sex with his comatose wife in her nursing home room violated his constitutional rights, an appeals court ruled Thursday.
EWWW!!, EWWW!!! EWWWWWW!!!! were my responses to the next few grafs:
David W. Johnson, 59, had an expectation to privacy when he visited his wife, a stroke victim, at Divine Savior Nursing Home in Portage, the District 4 Court of Appeals ruled. Therefore, police violated his Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches when they installed a hidden video camera in the room, the court said.

"We are satisfied that Johnson's expectation of privacy while visiting his wife in her nursing home room is one that society would recognize as reasonable," the unanimous three-judge panel wrote.

The ruling means prosecutors cannot introduce the videotapes as evidence in their case against Johnson, who is charged with felony sexual assault for having intercourse with his wife without her consent at least three times in 2005.
I don't like to think of what Mr. Johnson would do at his wife's wake.

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