For those trying to put old arrests behind them, mug shot sites have a message: Pay up

  • Article by: ADAM GELLER , AP National Writer
  • Updated: June 24, 2013 - 8:10 AM

After more than seven years and a move 2,800 miles across the country, Christopher Jones thought he'd left behind reminders of the arrest that capped a bitter break-up. That was, until he searched the Internet last month and came face-to-face with his 2006 police mug shot.

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squeezemeJun. 24, 1311:48 AM

Paying to remove a mugshot from a website would be unwise for no other fact than there are several mugshot websites and many of them charge money to remove them. Furthermore, there are new mugshot websites popping up all the time that may get their hands on the original mugshot from years ago and they may publish it on their website and guess what, now you have to pay more money to get it removed from another website! There should be a federal law prohibiting publishing of mugshots or reporting of suspects names by the "news" media until a conviction has been made. It is plain wrong to tarnish the reputation of someone who may well be innocent. These charges--even if unfounded--can follow someone for a lifetime and damage their chances at getting jobs or harm them in other areas of life. What bothers me most is that some of these mugshot sites allow people to make comments on the mugshots where they say the meanest things intending to humiliate the person arrested. Once a criminal conviction has been made, then fine, publish the mugshot. Until then, keep this stuff out of the public domain.

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Cain2198Jun. 24, 1312:22 PM

I'm going to start a website that lists the names and addresses of people who run mugshot sites. They might not like it, but for a small fee they can be removed.

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scissorshendJun. 24, 13 1:15 PM

Do the crime and you deserve to have your mug shot posted. Maybe we should move these to billboards along freeways? Next time think a little before being a thug.

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tooty123Jun. 24, 13 1:46 PM

Some people will do anything to make a dollar, even at the expense of an innocent person. This really is an invasion of privacy to the fullest extent. Also, allowing comments on the pictures! This should be against the law and any website that violates it should be charged and their mugshot taken.

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ericgus55Jun. 24, 13 2:37 PM

scissorshend - According to the story, the websites publish the mugshots even if the accused is cleared. The guy in the photo, for example, wasn't convicted or even taken to trial, which according to the basic premise of our legal system, means he is an INNOCENT man.

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ericgus55Jun. 24, 13 2:52 PM

squeezeme - I'm with you on most of it, except for the part about publishing names before a conviction is made. If that were the law, we would not know the names of the Boston bombing suspects, any of the 9-11 terrorists, and we would know nothing about the OJ Simpson murder trial, the Michael Jackson sex cases, and so on (maybe we'd be better off, but we'd be less informed). Gagging the news media would likely be ruled a violation of the right to a free press and would be completely impractical in the real world (where the names of high-profile suspects or defendants would always get leaked).

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davehougJun. 24, 13 2:56 PM

In Minnesota, the data on where your car has been (stored by police license plate readers) was once considered public. Also a newspaper had an inter-active site to find people who had a gun permit used public info. Sign a petition and let the world know your views. The net never forgets.

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davehougJun. 24, 13 2:59 PM

HMMMMMMMM so if I publish a website of people with poor taste in clothes or swimsuits........ :)

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ruphinaJun. 24, 13 3:14 PM

davehoug- go ahead and publish those swimsuit pics and allow comments, but be sure to get a good liability lawyer and insurance. I think if one of your targets were to commit suicide because of the pic and comments, at the very least, you could end up with sizable legal bills. And since your targets have done nothing illegal, you might be liable for slander or even hate speech charges. Good Luck! Bill G.

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faustusJun. 24, 13 4:19 PM

I'm not a lawyer, but this sounds very much like extortion to me ... embarrassing information, we publish it, we'll only remove it if you pay us ... hmmmm ...

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