Portland Peeping Tom and Privacy Issues

There is much talk about Portland campers who caught an alleged peeping tom and tied him to a tree where he was left for an hour and photographed. The case raises a couple of interesting legal questions. First, he was in a public area where there is a lesser expectation of privacy. The women were using this area as an outdoor latrine. Nevertheless, there is a common law protection against intrusion of seclusion and other privacy interests. For the campers, he could charge them with false imprisonment and his own privacy violations in the photographs. They would have to allege self-defense and holding a known felon caught in the midst of a crime.

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