July 23, 2002
BYLINE: Brit Hume, Catherine Herridge, Mike Emanuel
HUME: And now the most interesting two minutes in television, the latest from the political “Grapevine.”
A student at American University here in Washington is on probation and
faces charges of theft of intellectual property because he tried to
videotape a speech on campus by Tipper Gore. The student campus gadfly
Ben Wetmore says he thought there should be some recorded record of the
speech by the former vice president’s wife, especially, he says, since
she was being paid. So he sat in the bleachers and quietly began taping
it on his camcorder.
Campus police arrived and demanded the tape. And, after a scuffle,
Wetmore was arrested, handcuffed and required to testify against
himself at a hearing. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
is backing Wetmore and has hired a lawyer to represent him.