Bill Would Prevent Websites from Posting Mugshots for Money

4 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, March 26 2014 Mar 26, 2014 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 4:31:02 PM CDT March 26, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri lawmakers are trying to crack down on commercial websites that post police mugshots of people who have been arrested, then demand money to have the photos removed.

A House bill given first-round approval Wednesday would require the operators of such websites to delete the photos for free within 30 days of a request. Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor.

The House sponsor, Columbia Republican Caleb Jones, called the mugshot businesses "extortion." Many people whose booking photos are posted are never charged with crimes, but still must pay to have the images deleted.

The bill would exempt the news media and organizations producing something for public information, entertainment or education.

The measure needs a second House vote before moving to the Senate.

 

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