Free speech or profit through others’ humiliation?
State Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta) falls into the second category when it comes to whether or not websites have the right to display mugshots of those arrested in Georgia. So strongly, in fact, that he plans to introduce a bill concerning the matter for the coming 2013 General Assembly Session. WSBTV brings us his reasoning:
“The notion that you can take a public record and distort what that record represents, and then charge people to fix a problem that you created, I don’t think that’s right,” said Bruce.
The charge referred to here is a removal fee that “can range anywhere from $70 to $400″ to have a picture removed from such sites.
Bruce, and others covering the matter, have noted that “mug shots are public record” and several websites are already invoking the First Amendment as a defense.