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GA: Commercial mug shot bill clears Georgia Senate

ATLANTA — They’ve become popular viewing on the Internet, but pretty soon those online arrest mug shot websites could get some handcuffs of their own from Georgia’s state legislature. Monday evening, the State Senate overwhelmingly passed HB150 by a vote of 53 to 0.

Sponsored by Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta), the bill would force those mug shot websites to take down photos of those who’ve been cleared without charging them for it. Full Article

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Aside from charges dropped, false arrest, etc., many have had record clearances which should also be a valid criteria for being exempt from these pariahs. The states ought certainly to disclose this type of information on their own web sites so there can be measurement of sorts to delineate at another level – or better yet, use it as a valid criteria for exclusion from public disclosure. Aside from the simple public shaming, and subsequent extortion attempts, these sites should be more regulated in every state if they rely on information provided by government agencies. One thing is public safety… Read more »

I questioned myself about this bill. Even though I loathe the creators of these websites, I have to believe it would be hypocritical for me to think that lawmakers should create a new law that should be applied retroactively to these businesses that are already in operation.
Please don’t misunderstand me or call me a sympathizer towards these weasels; Like many other situations, including my own, I think we have enough laws to keep things in order. These businesses are already facing racketeering charges for extortion and God willing they’ll get what’s coming.

How about a petition? To Google, Bing, etc. to blacklist these sites. First Amendment does not protect extortion. With new sites coming weekly, many people would be interested in signing such a petition. Get some publicity, get some press, get Google to notice. A well-crafted petition could do much. I’ve looked at a couple on change.org begging mugshots.c*m to cease operation. That won’t work. The way the sites exist is by feeding off their victims’ shame and vulnerability. People who are actually mostly normal, who make legal mistakes like normal people. Some are fiends, but that information is right there… Read more »

I really like this answer.

I support Georgia 100%. More states should pass similar laws and shut down these extortionists. Mugshots.com and all these “ticks” have made it impossible for falsely accused people to move on with their lives. No matter how much you send them paperwork of dismissal, nolle prosse or expungement, they DEMAND THEIR POUND OF FLESH worth $399+. If these people were really out to do a public service, they should remove mugshots after people have been exonerated – without cost. It was the mugshot websites that REFUSED to do the right, fair and just thing. So now people had to go… Read more »

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