Friday, February 20, 2009

The right to privacy

The Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution safeguards the basic human rights of individuals, including the right to privacy. The U.S. Supreme Court has issued rulings regarding the right to privacy in Griswold v. Connecticut, Roe v. Wade, and perhaps other cases.

Staff members of the Los Angeles Police Department and the district attorney's office should be boning up on constitutional law judging by the latest leaked celebrity evidence photo obtained by TMZ and then picked up by other "news" media organizations. The media coverage of this act of violence has been unethical and immoral. No crime victim, not even a celebrity such as Rihanna, should be treated this way by "journalists" and law enforcement officials who have sworn to uphold the Constitution.

No wonder so many women are afraid to report acts of domestic violence and sexual assault. One can see why journalists and goverment officials rank lower than used car salesmen in public opinion polls.

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