Rhonda Hollander, a female traffic magistrate in South Florida, apparently believes she has the right to walk into men’s public bathrooms and photograph them while urinating because the bathrooms are, well, public.
The attorney obviously missed the section of the law stating it is illegal to photograph people who have an expectation of privacy.
According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
A man named Willie Jackson Jr., of Tamarac, said Hollander snapped a picture while he prepared to use a urinal in the courthouse at 100 N. Pine Island Road in Plantation. She took a picture of another man as he entered the bathroom, according to the (arrest) report.
When Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Darlene Harden confronted Hollander a short time later, the magistrate admitted taking a picture but refused to turn over her phone, arguing that it was a public restroom and she was not violating any laws, according to the report.
As Harden escorted both Hollander and Jackson to an office in the courthouse, Hollander continued to take pictures, according to the report. Harden pointed her finger at Hollander and ordered her to stop. “At that time she lunged towards my finger in an attempt to bite it,” Harden wrote in the report.
The two women struggled and Harden arrested Hollander. There was no indication in the report of whether Hollander and Jackson know each other.
Hollander, who has been licensed to practice law in Florida since 1990, faces charges of resisting an officer without violence, assaulting an officer, and obstruction with violence, the latter which felony that can land her in prison for five years.
Curiously, none of the charges relate to her walking into men’s bathrooms and photographing them while urinating.
In fact, all the charges seem to stem from what happened after she tried photographing the deputy, which is not a crime (as long as the deputy wasn’t urinating in a public bathroom).
Nevertheless, the deputy confiscated her camera as evidence.
I can’t wait to see pictures from this case.