U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Hear Hidden Camera Appeal

Ventura County District Attorney

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that the United States Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of a Ventura County man convicted of using a concealed camera to photograph under the clothing of women.  The defendant, Murat Aksu, was arrested June 18, 2010, for using a camera concealed in a briefcase to photograph up the skirts of women who were at the Ventura County Government Center.  He pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts, was placed on probation for 36 months, and ordered to serve 60 days in jail.

On January 17, 2017, defendant petitioned the United States Supreme Court to hear his case.  Defendant claimed that the wrong legal standard was applied in upholding the consent search of his person and briefcase.  The Supreme Court asked the District Attorney’s Office to respond.  In a brief written by Deputy District Attorney Michelle Contois and Special Assistant District Attorney Michael Schwartz, the District Attorney’s Office argued that the search was valid under well-established case law.  On October 2, 2017, the Supreme Court ruled against the defendant and issued an order declining to hear the case, letting the conviction and sentence stand.

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