Legal Counsel to the Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee and NBC12 Legal Analyst Steve Benjamin thinks the Revenge Porn bill is unconstitutional and yet Virginia’s Delegates and Senators passed it anyway!
It’s the Legislatures job to vet proposed State laws, NOT the citizens.
At best the Virginia General Assembly should have made this a civil matter, not a criminal one!
'revenge porn' bill makes bad manners a
crime, March 1,
Could a bill making "revenge porn" a crime punishable by jail time actually be unconstitutional?
The bill is now heading to Gov. Terry McAuliffe's desk, but critics say it's a case of lawmakers trying to legislate morality.
"Revenge porn" is the practice of posting an ex-lover's naked photos online. The bill would make posting "revenge porn" online punishable by up to a year in jail.
"It's about time," said
resident Anita Denny. "That's pretty good. That's going to stop a lot of
people from doing that, and maybe it will stop people from sending those type
of pictures also." Richmond
NBC 12 legal analyst Steve Benjamin says the law has flaws.
"We've made bad manners a crime," said Benjamin. "Because that's really all it is. The crime doesn't apply if you are licensed or authorized to disseminate the photograph. Now what in the world does that mean? I'm a lawyer, and I don't know."