‘Peeping Tom’: Governor Battles With Reporters For Trying To Barge Into His Home

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Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin got in a public battle with local reporters because one allegedly flew a drone over his house, while another demanded entry to his residence.

Barry Fulmer, the vice president for WDRB News, is reportedly contributing to an investigation into whether Bevin, who lives in the Louisville suburbs, received a “sweetheart deal” for his recent acquisition of a mansion.

Bevin says Fulmer crossed the line by ostensibly using a drone for surveillance purposes, especially since he has several young children.

At one point, Bevin called a reporter for The Courier-Journal a “#PeepingTom” for allegedly coming to his home yet again “with three attorneys demanding to be let in.”

He also called out other regional outlets.

Fulmer denied that he or his office was wrongfully snooping, but purported that he was complying with the Federal Aviation Administration’s rules.

City officials were ultimately allowed into the home to conduct a financial evaluation of the property, but reporters were not granted access, according to Ars Technica.

As for the drone, it appears to be legal to shoot the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) down from the sky in certain places and situations. (RELATED: 65-Year-Old Woman Obliterates Drone Hovering Over Her Property)

In fact, Kentucky seems to be one of those places.

A case against a man in the state who fired on a drone flying over his property was dismissed by a U.S. District court because there was a “lack of subject matter jurisdiction,” according to the blog DroneLife. (RELATED: Now You Can Take Down Drones Without Using A Shotgun)

Meredith was originally arrested for criminal mischief, but the judge said the UAV constituted an invasion of his privacy, and he “had the right to shoot” the drone.

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