Larry Neff gets away with murder
Posted in the Germansville Forum
#1 Nov 12, 2012
Why do the local police, ambulance and fire departments allow Larry Neff to take photos of dead people and tragedies and then sell them to insurance companies or submit them to newspapers or television stations? He was fired as a deputy coroner years ago and everyone still believes he is a coroner in Schuylkill County!! The police and fire companies won't challenge him because he takes photos for the media and they are scared of him. This guy is a terrible person and gets away with everything! I might start taking photos too, as Mr. Neff is no better than anyone else!! Come on police and firefighters... open your eyes!!!
#2 Nov 12, 2012
I agree that he is pretty much a knucklehead. Does he over step his boundaries? Yes! Can he be abrasive? Yes! Sadly this is covered under the first amendment as freedom of press. He is a freelance photographer, these photo's are being taken in public, not in the privacy of peoples homes so that is the difference.
If youíre in public, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy. Thatís the difference between what is public and what is private. Itís the reason that all those security cameras that are on every city street are allowed to photograph us, because when weíre out in public we have no reasonable expectation of privacy.
Thereís a big difference of taking a picture and the use of a picture. If I take a picture of someone on the street they donít really have a right to tell me that I canít take their picture. They can ask nicely,ďHey, would you mind not taking my picture?Ē But they canít enforce it, because there isnít a law.
If itís in public view and youíre on public property, then youíre allowed to take a picture of it.
There are permutations. If youíre standing on a public sidewalk and youíre taking a picture with a 50-millimeter lens, and itís a wide shot of the city street, thatís fine. If you now put on an 800-millimeter lens and take a picture through somebodyís window, youíve now invaded their privacy and that could be a civil tort.
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