States Losing Fight Against Mugshot Websites

Eighteen states have passed laws designed to crack down on mugshot websites by banning them from charging removal fees, stemming the flow of mugshots from law enforcement agencies, or requiring that the postings be accurate. The laws have been largely ineffective in providing relief to those whose photos are featured on the sites.

Do Criminal Defendants Have Web Rights?

A Supreme Court ruling in June overruled the conviction of a sex offender for violating his probation after posting on Facebook. But that opens up a new legal minefield over limitations on internet access for anyone convicted of a crime, warns a Washington, DC attorney.

Tech Firms Back Facebook In Court Access Fight

Facebook is fighting a court order that prohibits it from letting users know when law enforcement investigators ask to search their political communications. Facebook contends that the ban tramples First Amendment protections of the company and individuals. The case apparently involves search warrants relate to demonstrations during President Trump’s inauguration.

Should Police Shame Suspects on Facebook?

Police departments increasingly use Facebook to inform the community about who they’re arresting, sometimes even adding humor to the mix. Civil rights advocates say posting mugshots and written, pejorative descriptions of suspects amounts to public shaming of people who have not yet been convicted.