Thursday, August 16, 2007

California May Criminalize Profiting From Photos Behind Bars

Source: Crime and Justice News, August 16, 2007,

"Amid concern over the entertainment blogs and tabloids competing for inside information on Paris Hilton's jailing and Mel Gibson's tirade during a drunk- driving arrest, California legislators may clamp down on some forms of checkbook journalism, says the Los Angeles Times. A pending bill would make it a crime for law enforcement or court employees to profit by releasing confidential information gathered in criminal investigations or unauthorized photographs of people in custody. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who requested the legislation, said it was needed to preserve the integrity of the justice system in an age when a photo of a jailed Paris Hilton could fetch up to $500,000."

San Jose Mercury News

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