Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Definition Of Assault Could Be Expanded

State Representative Ryan Williams has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives which would expand the definition of assault under Tennessee law. As introduced, under certain circumstances, the bill makes it a Class A misdemeanor to capture visual images of persons, except elected officials. It also increases penalties for assault, false imprisonment, criminal trespass, trespass by motor vehicle, what is called "unlawful observation," and reckless driving when done with intent to capture such images. It would be considered a crime, under the bill, to photograph someone who should have a reasonable expectation of privacy. The companion bill in the Senate is being sponsored by Mark Norris.