Miscontrues Ruling In Class Action Lawsuit

A leading mugshot publisher is misinterpreting a recent U.S. District Court decision to provide constitutional protection for their extortion-based business model, when in reality the case does nothing of the sort. The real takeaway from the case is that to get these extortionists, who try to hide their identity, into court, is much easier than some would think. Continue reading

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Mugshot Sites That Charge for Removal Should be Sued Under RICO

Any one of the tens of thousands of people who are being adversely affected by parasitic mug shot websites can use a powerful federal law, originally used to prosecute the Mafia, to bring down the entire mug shot website industry. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) enables private individuals to file a civil suit against those who engage in a wide-range of crimes, including extortion and wire fraud.The past few years have seen a dramatic increase in mug shot publishing sites. These sites differ from the government and newspaper websites that have a genuine First Amendment purpose for publishing the images. Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Gun Ban Case

The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to hear a case that will define the scope of the Lautenberg Amendment, a federal law that prohibits individuals convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from possessing a firearm. Federal law makes it a crime for any person convicted of a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” to possess a firearm. The phrase “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” is defined to include any federal, state, or tribal misdemeanor offense, committed by a person with a specified domestic relationship to the victim, that “has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon.”
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Google and the Credit Card Companies Attempt to Kill the Mug Shot Extortion Industry

Google has updated their algorithm to prevent mug shot websites from appearing at the top of their search results, and credit card companies and payment providers are investigating the business practices of websites that publish arrest photos and extort money from individuals desperate to get them removed. Continue reading

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Expungement Bill Unanimously Passed by Pennsylvania State Senate

Pennsylvania is one step closer to being the next state to have updated expungement laws, thanks to the unanimous vote from the Pennsylvania Senate that passed Senate Bill 391 earlier today. SB 391 would amend Pennsylvania’s existing expungement law so that qualified offenders with low-level misdemeanor convictions can expunge their conviction after proving that they are rehabilitated and by satisfying the necessary statutory waiting period. Continue reading

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