Despite public interest in remarks made by Romney — particular concerning the "47 percent" of Americans who "believe that they are entitled" to healthcare, food, and housing — the tape, which was released in full today by Mother Jones, could land the person or persons responsible for its recording in serious legal trouble.
The event took place in Florida — a private home in Boca Raton, to be exact — which has a strict wiretapping law that prohibits the "interception" of private "oral communications" without express consent from all parties being recorded where there is a "reasonable expectation of privacy."
The question then turns to whether Romney has a justified expectation of privacy.
Think Progress says modern recording devices make it impossible for Romney to assume no one would be documenting his remarks at all times, and Forbes agrees, saying politicians should just learn "not to make off-the-cuff candid remarks, especially if you are running for president."
Should Romney seek to make an example of the anonymous videographer who may have derailed his campaign, that freedom-of-information fighter could spend up to a year in prison if convicted.