Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ACLU of Arizona Files Suit Against New “Revenge Porn” Law for Being Unconstitutionally Vague

Remember, Virginia passed a “Revenge Porn “Law during this year’s General Assembly session, it's a misdemeanor and not a registerable offense but it could be elevated to either or both at any future session.

Arizona’s Law Against Revenge Porn: Nice Try, But It Makes All Nudes Illegal, September 23, 2014

If you shared or re-published any of the images of nude celebrities that leaked online earlier this month, you could be charged with a felony under a new Arizona law. 

You could also be charged for sharing an image of a woman’s unclothed breast while she’s feeding her infant, or for publishing images of the stripped Abu Ghraib prisoners piled inhumanely in a pyramid. There’s even potential risk from publishing the latest nip-slip image of a celebrity suffering a wardrobe malfunction or caught in an ungraceful sprawl while exiting a taxi sans underwear. 

That’s essentially the argument in a lawsuit filed in Arizona today by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a coalition of media groups, librarians and others who are challenging the law on the constitutional grounds that it restricts free speech and freedom of the press protections guaranteed under the First Amendment. They also say it violates the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, and is “unconstitutionally vague” and “vastly overbroad” in reach.

September 23, 2014 Virginia State Crime Commission Meeting

Today was the Virginia State Crime Commissions first meeting of 2014. 

Senator Tommy Norment is the Chair for 2014 and Delegate Rob Bell is the Vice-Chair. 

There are 6 new members to the 13 member Commission for 2014. 

Every member received my business card, a Dissemination of Information Law rack-card and a Legal Do’s and Don’ts brochure. The 3rd brochure Building a Better Registry is still being printed and will ship in a few days.

The VSCC presentations from today’s meeting are posted on-line 15 minutes before the meeting begins, click links below. 

I.        Introduction of New Members and Staff
II.     Discussion of Work Plan, Staff Work Load and Work Product of Staff

The Child Pornography presentation was on Reproduction of Child Pornography and there were 3 points/issues discussed. 

#1- §18.2-374.1:1 currently says “knowingly possesses” in section A. but not in C.  

Question: Should it be added to C.?