Tory Pennsylvania college student convicted of wiretapping, social media ban confirmed for illegally recording teacher

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A University of Pennsylvania student who claimed he was rated unfairly for his conservative political views has been rightly convicted of illegally recording a conversation with a professor, a panel of the Court of Appeals for the United States found. ‘State.

The Superior Court judges also found that a county judge had the power to prohibit Jared Schafkopf from posting anything on the internet or on social media about math professor Rachell Bouchat of the University of the ‘Indiana, Pennsylvania for the 7 years he is to serve on probation.

Investigators said Schafkopf harassed Bouchat online because he believed she had given him low marks due to his policies. This harassment began after Schafkopf, now 24, secretly recorded a conversation he had with Bouchat in his office on campus in February 2019, police said.

Six months later, Bouchat began to receive threats after an article describing Schafkopf as the victim of a liberal professor appeared in The College Fix, a conservative newspaper that focuses on higher education, the judge noted. Judith Ference Olson in the Superior Court opinion dismissing Schafkopf’s appeal from his felony conviction in the illegal registration case. This article listed Bouchat’s home address.

Schafkopf continued to target Bouchat via posts, tweets, TikTok videos and a GoFundMe page, prosecutors said. Her case was also mentioned on the Mark Levin Show on Fox News.

On appeal, Schafkopf argued that his conviction for illegal recording was inappropriate because Bouchat was not entitled to expect privacy during the conversation in his office.

Olson noted that Schafkopf hid his GoPro camera in a backpack when he visited Bouchat’s office. He did not say anything to the professor until the end of the conversation and Bouchat then told him that she refused to consent to his recording it.

Under Pennsylvania’s wiretapping law, all parties must consent to the recording of any conversation in a non-public place, unless a court has authorized a surreptitious recording.

Upholding Schafkopf’s conviction, Olson concluded98i “Bouchet possessed an objectively reasonable expectation of confidentiality and non-interception during a private conversation with a student supposed to examine the student’s performance in class and his final grade” .

Olson also found that Indiana County Senior Judge William J. Martin had the power to bar Schafkopf from posting anything online to Bouchat while on probation.

Schafkopf argued that the ban violated his right to free speech.

“This special condition is limited to the period during which (Schafkopf) is serving his criminal sentence. During this time, (he) can continue to speak out against unfair rating systems, political prejudices or any other subject on the Internet or on social networks as long as he does not include information about the victim in this case – the Dr Bouchat. Also, that doesn’t prevent (Schafkopf) from talking about Dr Bouchat in any other offline forum, ”Olson wrote.

“The conditions of probation (of Schafkopf) are valid,” she concluded.

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