Mug Shot Blackmail?

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3 Responses

  1. PrometheeFeu says:

    Would the mugshots actually subject anybody to public ridicule, contempt or degradation given that they are already publicly available?

  2. Brett Bellmore says:

    I’ve never really understood the blackmail exception to the 1st amendment. You can talk about something all day, and you’re ok, but if you offer to shut up for renumeration, it’s suddenly a crime? The whole class of “Taking money to do something you’re legally entitled to do for free” crimes stumps me.

    I suspect it’s just that too many influential people, including judges, worried about being blackmailed, for the 1st amendment to hold up against the pressure.

    Anyway, how about if somebody created a new “social media site”, gave people free ‘memberships’, but charged for the higher grade of membership that let you change your profile picture and description?

  3. Andy Geoffrey says:

    The problem is that some people turn their lives around and desperately try to become a normal citizen. These photos prevent them from getting jobs, relationships, friendships, etc. It can be a source of bullying for the children of the parents in the pictures. And it’s simply not being to done for any “good” reason. It is being done for profit under the mask of a public service. This is the kind of thing that will drive a person who is trying to be a good person back into the shadows and into crime again. It is despicable and should be stopped.