Tennessee appeals judges say it’s OK to make creepy videos of women without their consent

The following article printed by Gannet owned Knox News shows their discontent.


Three judges – all men – wrote three separate but nearly identical opinions concluding it’s not a crime in Tennessee to film fully clothed women without their consent if they’re in public.

The issue arose in the case of an admitted sexual deviant who was convicted of unlawful photography and admitted he stalked women in retail stores and filmed their “private areas” for sexual gratification.

Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judges D. Kelly Thomas Jr., James Curwood Witt Jr. and Thomas T. Woodall collectively and separately tossed out unlawful photography convictions against the Sullivan County man, who has a history of public indecency charges.

In three separate opinions, the trio reach the same conclusion: No one has a right to expect privacy in the digital age.

“Exposure to the capture of our images by cameras has become, perhaps unfortunately, a reality of daily life in our digital age,” Thomas wrote.

“When nearly every person goes about her day with a handheld device capable of taking hundreds of photographs and videos and every public place is equipped with a wide variety of surveillance equipment, it is simply not reasonable to expect that our fully-clothed images will remain totally private,” he concluded.

Thomas, Witt and Woodall agreed evidence showed David Eric Lambert intentionally filmed women for sexual gratification, took “close-up” footage of three women’s “private areas” in three separate stores, tried to hide his filming and admitted he “crossed moral boundaries.”

The three men also agreed Lambert had a string of prior misdemeanor convictions for exposing himself and committing sexual acts in public.

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