Leaf-Chronicle puts an end to daily gallery of arrest mugshots


In 2011, The Leaf-Chronicle began collecting and publishing, in an easy-to-access format, booking mugshots from the Montgomery County Jail. It was part of a national trend among journalism websites, and it built a lot of excitement as another way to drive online readership and engagement.

These mugshots have been available to the public on the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office website since 2005. But The Leaf-Chronicle was able to republish them in a manner that would make them easier to click through, packaging them with other crime news in a one-stop location at TheLeafChronicle.com. 

It was a service to readers we were glad to provide, and it proved quite popular.

Six years is a lifetime in digital years, and during that time, a lot has changed:

Judge spanks Mugshots.com hard for charging for photo removal


Websites that publish mug shots and charge for their removal have defeated one lawsuit after the other, claiming First Amendment protection. But that defense to this shady industry may be about to burst. That’s because a federal judge, ruling on a lawsuit by several arrestees suing Mughshots.com, just approved a novel class-action. It’s one that takes legal advantage of the site’s practice of displaying advertising links to paid removal services that the lawsuit claims are owned by Mugshots.com.

US District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman of Chicago didn’t go so far as to say this vile practice amounted to extortion, as alleged. Instead, she ruled (PDF) that this likely amounted to a violation of the arrestees’ right of publicity because the site was using the mug shots as actual advertisements for the paid removal service.

As pleaded, the use of the arrest photos and records in conjunction with what appear in the complaint as buttons linking to a removal service are reasonably construed as proposing a

... read more at: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/09/mugshot-website-must-face-class-action-for-charging-to-remove-photos/

Jail faces class-action lawsuit for posting mugshots online


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DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A lawyer for a man who sued a Pennsylvania county jail for posting his mugshot online says nearly 70,000 former inmates could have claims in a class-action lawsuit, though the county being sued disputes that.

Attorney Jonathan Shub represents Daryoush Taha, 46, a Sicklerville, New Jersey, man arrested on disorderly conduct and other charges in 1998. Those charges were expunged two years later.

Taha sued the Bucks County jail after his mugshot and arrest information were included in 2011 on a county website where people could look up current and former jail inmates. After the lawsuit, the county removed all mugshots and most inmates’ arrest information two years later.

The county lost its appeal of a judge’s ruling last year that it violated federal law and that Taha’s case can go forward as a class action.

The Pennsylvania Criminal History Record Information Act prohibits sharing a person’s arrest record with anyone outside of law enforcement if the person isn’t convicted of a crime.

Shub contends the county could be on the hook for between $1,000 and $10,000 in

... read more at: http://www.fox29.com/-/pennsylvania-county-facing-classaction-for-online-mugshots

Mugshots of Antifa Members Arrested at Charlottesville?


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A series of mugshots show all of the Antifa members who were arrested at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.



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In August 2017, a set of mugshots was circulated on social media along with the claim that they showed members of the anti-fascist group “Antifa” who had been arrested while protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia:

These mugshots were not related to the infamous white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally held in Charlottesville on 12

... read more at: http://www.snopes.com/antifa-mugshots-charlottesville/

Are mugshots immortal in the digital age? Here’s what state law says


Robert Malick, who was acquitted of second-degree murder in 2016, was back in court in Virginia Beach recently, seeking the expungement of records related to his arrest. (Courtesy VBSO)

Matt Williams looked for his mugshot on the internet recently.

As a William Mary undergraduate, he’d had a few brushes with the local police.

The first time, in the fall of 2012, officers spotted him walking home. He was just shy of turning 21. He woke up in jail and was charged with underage possession of alcohol and being drunk in public, he said in a recent interview.

The second time, when he was 21 and charged with public intoxication and swearing, there were handcuffs and fingerprints. There was also a mugshot.

“I thought it would be a funny picture to find,” he said.

As historical artifacts, mugshots can be iconic. Think black-and-white arrest photographs for criminals such as Al Capone. Or rockers such as The Doors’ Jim Morrison.

In 2017, though, mugshots can have long internet lives — even if they don’t belong to celebrities or gangsters.

Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors,

... read more at: http://wydaily.com/2017/08/14/are-mugshots-immortal-in-the-digital-age-heres-what-state-law-says-nws/

Facetime: The justices and injustices of mugshots in a digital age


Robert Malick, who was acquitted of second-degree murder in 2016, was back in court in Virginia Beach recently, seeking the expungement of records related to his arrest. (Courtesy VBSO)

Matt Williams looked for his mugshot on the internet recently.

As a William Mary undergraduate, he’d had a few brushes with the local police.

The first time, in the fall of 2012, officers spotted him walking home. He was just shy of turning 21. He woke up in jail and was charged with underage possession of alcohol and being drunk in public, he said in a recent interview.

The second time, when he was 21 and charged with public intoxication and swearing, there were handcuffs and fingerprints. There was also a mugshot.

“I thought it would be a funny picture to find,” he said.

Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors, seen in a mugshot in 1970. (Courtesy Google Images)

As historical artifacts, mugshots can be iconic. Think black-and-white arrest photographs for criminals such as Al Capone. Or rockers such as The Doors’ Jim Morrison.

In 2017, though, mugshots can have long internet lives —

... read more at: http://southsidedaily.com/2017/08/10/when-is-a-mugshot-an-obvious-injustice-not-just-a-bad-memory-nws/

South Dakota mugshots available starting July 1, process different than neighboring states


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) – This past legislative session, South Dakota became the 49th state to make mugshots public, but the process to request them is complicated. Neighboring states, Minnesota and Iowa, have fully public mugshots that are available, online and for free, something South Dakota won’t be doing.

“For us to get those photos for our records management — we do the exact same thing as what the public does although they do send it to us via email and snail mail,” said Rock County, Minnesota Sheriff Evan Verbrugge.

It’s the way Rock County has always done things. Mugshots are produced in Nobles County at the jail, then posted online to the inmates list. They’re widely available for the public and the press to access as soon as someone is arrested and booked.

“We’ll either get that from the jail and then distribute that appropriate or it’s put onto an inmate list on the jail website,” Verbrugge explained.

In Iowa, the mugshots are distributed the same way. Available on county jails’ websites and easily accessible to anyone who needs or wants them.

Starting Saturday in South Dakota, the process will require a little more work for law enforcement and for

... read more at: http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/South-Dakota-mugshots-available-starting-July-1-process-different-than-neighboring-states-431645573.html