Facts: Oklahoma State University provided Professor Eric Angevine with a computer linked to the university network, and through it to the Internet. Angevine used this computer to download over 3,000 pornographic images of young boys. After viewing the images and printing some of them, he deleted the files. Tipped off by Professor Angevine’s wife, police officers seized the computer and turned it over to a police computer expert who retrieved the pornographic files that the professor had deleted.
The Oklahoma State University computer policy states that:
The contents of all storage media owned or stored on University computing facilities are the property of the University.
Employees cannot use University computers to access obscene material.
The University reserves the right to view or scan any file or software stored on a computer ...view middle of the document...
” The professor appealed.
Issue: Did Professor Angevine have a reasonable expectation of privacy in his office computer?
Holding: Professor Angevine did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Oklahoma State’s policies clearly indicated that information flowing through the University network was not confidential either in transit or in storage on a University computer.
For Chapter 41, please answer the following questions:
How did the police find this illegal material?
Did the police obtain a search warrant before conducting this search?
Then why wasn’t this search illegal under the 4th Amendment? Why didn’t the court hold this evidence to be inadmissible under the exclusionary rule?
Was the court right? Was Professor Angevine unreasonable in assuming that his university computer was private?
But Professor Angevine erased the material. Couldn’t you argue that he has a reasonable expectation in deleted material?
Under what circumstances would Professor Angevine have had a reasonable expectation of privacy?
Please submit your completed assignment to the Chapter 41 Assignment Dropbox in either Rich Text Format (.rtf) or in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx).
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