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Mugshot of the Day

The LASIS Staff

An Arizona sheriff famous for his tough stance on immigration has a soft spot — for funny mugshots. He’s taken to posting them on his website and asking visitors to vote on the funniest ones.  He categorizes the mugshots by the type of crime committed.  All in good fun? Or a violation of arrestee’s rights?

A few months ago, LASIS wrote about a New Jersey township police department that was up to similar shenanigans.   And analyzed the legality.  Read it here.

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Arrested In Evesham Township, NJ? See Ya’ on Facebook!

By Paul Irlando

Being arrested can hardly be a happy experience.  In addition to being locked up in a small cell with a stranger and having to call a friend, or worse, your parents to bail you out, comes the shame of standing accused of committing a criminal act.  But as reported by CNET.com, the Police Department in Evesham Township, New Jersey, tacks on one more blow: Facebook infamy.

Last month, the Department started posting arrest photographs of people charged with drunk driving on its Facebook page.  As a result, any Facebook user worldwide can visit the Evesham Township Police Department page (which has already amassed over 6,000 followers) and view photos of individuals arrested for DUI, along with their name and age.  While shoplifters, burglars, and drug users have had their pictures posted since the Department created its Facebook page seven months ago, the decision to add DUI photos stirred so much controversy that the Department took them down as it awaits a “legal interpretation” from Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi as to whether the photos, a matter of public record, nevertheless should not be posted because DUI is a motor vehicle rather than a criminal offense.

In the meantime, photos of people arrested for other crimes remain on the Department’s Facebook page, and many arrestees are arguing that their reputations and careers were negatively impacted by their crimes being heralded on Facebook –before they were even convicted.  They are not the only ones concerned. (more…)

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