• Report: #800317

Complaint Review: mugshot.com

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  • Submitted: Mon, November 21, 2011
  • Updated: Wed, February 27, 2013

  • Reported By: thomas — Florida United States of America
mugshot.com
Internet, Florida United States of America

mugshot.com Authorized Vendor List: Class action against mugshot.com and all vendors Internet, Florida

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: LETS GET MICHAEL ROBERTSON ON HIS OWN WEBSITE

*Consumer Comment: update on actions against Mugshot companies

*Consumer Comment: Mugshots.com illegal and run by a former convict

*Consumer Comment: Michael Robertson Miami Florida, new ownership Mugshots.com

*Consumer Comment: marc Gary Epstein

*Consumer Comment: Free mugshot removal

*Consumer Comment: Fraudster identified

*Consumer Suggestion: Wiggins Brothers

*Consumer Comment: Sahar Sarid owns - mugshots.com

*General Comment: If this is a real petition

*Consumer Comment: Blackmail Extortion

*Consumer Comment: Welcome to the information age

*Consumer Comment: Sign this Petition

*Consumer Comment: Class Action Lawsuit & Media Exposure

*Consumer Comment: Lets get it going. I am filing a class action in Florida right now

*Consumer Comment: Why so difficult to explain ethics to mugshot profiteers?

*Consumer Comment: Why so hard to explain law to non lawyers?

*Consumer Comment: Right Information

*Consumer Comment: Wrong information

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I have looked into some of these sites and also looked in the definition of extortion. Everyone involved in this practice of posting mugshots " in the best intrest of the public" are very much a part of a criminal ring themself and the sorry part is, some of these companies are lead by attorneys. If they charge you money to remove a photo that may harm your reputation and mugshots.com or its affilates are making money then what is written below applies.

Extortion - Most states define extortion as the gaining of property or money by almost any kind of force, or threat of 1) violence, 2) property damage, 3) harm to reputation, or 4) unfavorable government action. While usually viewed as a form of theft/larceny, extortion differs from robbery in that the threat in question does not pose an imminent physical danger to the victim.

For all of the Lawyers out the....Dont forget, you are a public officer-- The punishment for extortion is a fine, imprisonment, or both[viii]. However, when the offense is committed by a public officer, the penalty can include forfeiture of office. In some states, an extortion victim can bring a civil action and recover pecuniary damages from the accused.

The minute a person pays you to take their mugshot off the internet, You have committed extortion. I encourage all persons to take this to their local and state prosecuters as well as any consumer fraud organizations.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 11/21/2011 07:12 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/mugshotcom/Internet-Florida-/mugshotcom-Authorized-Vendor-List-Class-action-against-mugshotcom-and-all-vendors-Inter-800317. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 REBUTTAL Individual responds

LETS GET MICHAEL ROBERTSON ON HIS OWN WEBSITE

AUTHOR: upmichaelrobertsonscam - ()

Mike Robertson owns Mugshots.com

Processing payments for organizations that are involved in questionable activity exposes companies like PayPal to serious legal problems, not to mention chargebacks.

Who owns mugshots.com ? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com - Criminal infringes name and likeness copyright for purposes of commercial advantage and private financial gain, 18 USC 2319 & 17 USC 506.
BOISE The Ada County sheriff says its own website is being used to extort money from people who have been arrested. Since 2003, the Ada County Sheriffs Office has been posting daily mugshots of those arrested on their website. But, Sheriff Gary Raney says recently third party websites have been "scraping" the mugshot and names of those on their website and then placing the information on their own website. Scraping websites, like Boisemugshots.com , has thousands of mugshots of those arrested since early 2011. The photos on Ada Countys website are deleted after five days. Boisemugshots.com provides a link to another site that removes the information from the Internet for $99.It's really a form of extortion, said Raney.This is something that really goes against the fundamentals of what I sense we should be putting that mugshot out there for. Raney says he is now considering taking down the website to protect those who have been arrested.There's really an injustice that happens to people, said Raney. Raney is also looking into increasing the security on the site to prevent other sites from taking information.

Who owns mugshots.com ? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com - 18 USC 641 Public money, property or records

Whoever embezzles, steals, purloins, or knowingly converts to his use or the use of another, or without authority, sells, conveys or disposes of any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof, or any property made or being made under contract for the United States or any department or agency thereof;

Who owns mugshots.com ? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com -(1) In general.Any person who willfully infringes a copyright shall be punished as provided under section 2319 of title 18, if the infringement was committed
Who owns mugshots.com ? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com - 18 USC 873 - Blackmail
Whoever, under a threat of informing, or as a consideration for not informing, against any violation of any law of the United States, demands or receives any money or other valuable thing, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

Who owns mugshots.com ? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com - 18 USC 880 - Receiving the proceeds of extortion

A person who receives, possesses, conceals, or disposes of any money or other property which was obtained from the commission of any offense under this chapter that is punishable by imprisonment for more than 1 year, knowing the same to have been unlawfully obtained, shall be imprisoned not more than 3 years, fined under this title, or both.\

http://www.linkedin.com/in/michaeljrobertson
Michael Robertson Linkedin profile:
Michael Robertson Founder & CEO, Mugshots.com
Miami, Florida (Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area) Information Technology and Services
Current job: Founder & CEO at Mugshots.com / Mugshots.com CEO
July 2011 Present (1 year 4 months)
"Within 18 months we were able to put together a team, buy a domain without a website, and turn it into a world's top 1,000 website destination
PEOPLE AGAINST MICHAEL ROBERTSON  ,,...LETS GET HIM,,. HELP
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#2 Consumer Comment

update on actions against Mugshot companies

AUTHOR: Jane Doe - (United States of America)

Update to Mugshot complaints (millions and counting) and actions against Google, Yahoo, etc.

Besides the new Ohio case, which might or might not make it as it seems insufficient in missing many causes of action against these companies and did not include the big boys, such as Google, Yahoo, etc. as a part of this anticipated litigation.

Don't count on what you read from various posts on how these companies cannot be sued.  Look at some of the attorneys who file these posts, they specialize in family law, probate law, etc.  Not remotely close to the issues at hand.  Also, none of them did any due dilligence in reading the many multiple stories on various illegal and violations of existing laws these people have violated.

Also, I just saw a mew website concerning Class Action lawsuit against Mugshots.com.  Did anyone realize that the links provided show NOTHING, there is no author, no corporate publication, really nothing.  More insulting, is the REQUEST FOR DONATIONS to an unknown "law firm" with unknown lawyers.  BUYER BEWARE.....  First the article is wrong.  No one can start a class action lawsuit in those terms.  It eventually becomes through litigation a class action lawsuit.  Yes some of the content is correct with respect to how these behind the scenes people do their thing.  I did not even bother to check out the links listed under the garbage on the front page.  Links to House Bills in two states did not work, etc.   All red flags and scum plus fraud.  Donate to a stranger??  Enough said.  One thing to remember, reported incidents have occurred to certain victims that are stranger than truth.  These organizations are not only bad, they are scary.  Threats have been made to certain individuals, etc.  Don't worry though, seems that if everything was legit, no one would have worry right? There are 65 causes of action against these companies, maybe more, as the list of Defendants is huge.  The case against Google, Yahoo, etc. will also be substantial.  Believe me, no one has done their homework.  Things are in the works, be patient.  Assumably, a website will be launched to collect data from the thousands plus more involved that are victims of this racket.  Karma is coming and she is pissed off.
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#3 Consumer Comment

Mugshots.com illegal and run by a former convict

AUTHOR: wyskiel - (United States of America)

And you are telling me this is legal?  Funny he took his own mug shot off for free......next to him must be sitting his cousin who runs busted.com and next to him his mother who runs florida arrests. com and you claim this to be an administrative fee??  I think not since he prints incorrect information and does not remove it if the individual was found not guilty , charges dropped or reduced, etc - in my case, the onlly reason it even pops up is because he has my real name as an alia which makes me look even worse.........has name wrong, charges wrong, my maiden name wrong and people are losing thier jobs over this idiot. 

I hardly think it costs him 399.00 to remove a photo and of course people are "requesting" it - you don't leave them much choice now do you? Busted.com charges about 30.00 - fl arrests charges abut 100.00 when there is a "sale" and by the time you get through the 15 - 20 sites that have scoured the daily arrests in the area if you are middle class you will be broke because it wiill cost you about 1000.00 to get everything removed.............until his brother starts a new company............not to mention the new lucrative papers that appear in every convenience store that will show your 17 yr sons photo on  the front that anyone can buy for 1.25 - it is disgusting............if a company has questions, let them run a background check to at least get the TRUTH - this former convict needs to be put back in jail
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#4 Consumer Comment

Michael Robertson Miami Florida, new ownership Mugshots.com

AUTHOR: Vig - (USA)

See linkedin new ownership. Class action is coming suckers
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#5 Consumer Comment

marc Gary Epstein

AUTHOR: Chris - (U.S.A.)

Marc Gary Epstein Born Febuary 26, 1952 is? an Attorney; bar number 344192 in Florida and is the owner of Mugshots.com
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#6 Consumer Comment

Free mugshot removal

AUTHOR: James - (United States of America)

This is how I got my mugshot taken down.

1. File a criminal complaint with IC3 - Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

US CODE
18 USC 1030 Fraud and related activity in connection with computers
(2) intentionally accesses a computer without authorization or exceeds authorized access, and thereby obtains
(c) information from any protected computer;
(g) Any person who suffers damage or loss by reason of a violation of this section may maintain a civil action against the violator to obtain compensatory damages and injunctive relief or other equitable relief.

18 USC 2701 Unlawful access to stored communications
(2) intentionally exceeds an authorization to access that facility; and thereby obtains,
alters, or prevents authorized access to a wire or electronic communication while it is in electronic storage in such system shall be punished as provided in subsection (b) of this section.

18 USC 641 Public money, property or records
Whoever embezzles, steals, purloins, or knowingly converts to his use or the use of another, or without authority, sells, conveys or disposes of any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof, or any property made or being made under contract for the United States or any department or agency thereof;
Whoever receives, conceals, or retains the same with intent to convert it to his use or gain, knowing it to have been embezzled, stolen, purloined or converted

18 USC 2511 Interception and disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic communications prohibited
(1) Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter any person who
(c) intentionally discloses, or endeavors to disclose, to any other person the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication, knowing or having reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, oral, or electronic communication in violation of this subsection;
(20) protected computer has the meaning set forth in section 1030; 18 USC 1030 (c) information from any protected computer;

18 USC 2261A Stalking
(2) with the intent
(A) to kill, injure, harass, or place under surveillance with intent to kill, injure, harass, or intimidate, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person in another State or tribal jurisdiction or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States; or
(i) that person;
(ii) a member of the immediate family (as defined in section 115 1 of that person; or
(iii) a spouse or intimate partner of that person;

18 USC 2319 Criminal infringement of a copyright
17 USC 506 Criminal offenses
(a) Criminal Infringement.
(1) In general.Any person who willfully infringes a copyright shall be punished as provided under section 2319 of title 18, if the infringement was committed
(A) for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain;

Internet Spyware (I-??SPY) Prevention Act of 2007
(1) intentionally obtains, or transmits to another, personal information with the intent to defraud or injure a person or cause damage to a protected computer; or
 
18 USC 873 Blackmail
Whoever, under a threat of informing, or as a consideration for not informing, against any violation of any law of the United States, demands or receives any money or other valuable thing, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

18 USC 880 Receiving the proceeds of extortion
A person who receives, possesses, conceals, or disposes of any money or other property which was obtained from the commission of any offense under this chapter that is punishable by imprisonment for more than 1 year, knowing the same to have been unlawfully obtained, shall be imprisoned not more than 3 years, fined under this title, or both.

18 USC 1342 Fictitious name or address
Whoever, for the purpose of promoting, or carrying on any such scheme or any other unlawful business, uses a fake name or address shall be fined or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
18 USC 1349 Attempt and conspiracy
Any person who attempts or conspires to commit any offense under this chapter shall be subject to the same penalties as those prescribed for the offense, the commission of which was the object of the attempt or conspiracy.

18 USC 241 Conspiracy against rights
If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or

18 USC 2 Principals
(a) Whoever commits an offense against the United States or aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures its commission, is punishable as a principal.

2. Send a cease and desist letter to:
Department of Commerce
Office of The General Counsel
14 & Constitution Ave. NW
Mail SWtop 5875 HCHB
Washington, DC 20230
(202) 482-4772
GeneralCounsel@doc.gov

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
12025 Waterfront Drive, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90094-2536
(310) 301-5800
compliance@icann.org
Sahar Sarid mugshots.com
4400 NE. 26th Avenue, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064


Amazon Web Services
Amazon.com Legal Department
410 Terry Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109-5210
copyright@amazon.com

3. File a DMCA Takedown Google
http://support.google.com/bin/static.py?hl=en&ts=1114905&page=ts.cs

Removing Content From Google
What Google product does your request relate to?
Web Search
Please specify the nature of your request
I have a legal issue that is not mentioned above
Choose from the following options
I have found content that may violate my copyright

Are you the copyright owner or authorized to act on his/her behalf?
Yes, I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed
I have read the above and wish to proceed
Yes
What is the allegedly infringing work in question?
Image(s)
Image is of myself
Yes
Click on here
Sign into google (You may need to create an account)

Identify and describe the copyrighted work: *
Mugshots.com criminal infringes my name and likeness copyright.


Yahoo
Copyright Agent
c/o Yahoo! Inc.
701 First Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
copyright@yahoo-inc.com


Bing & msn
Microsoft Corporation; The Microsoft Network
One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052
dmcaagnt@microsoft.com


FYI
Amazon web services which host mugshots.com has settled a claims against them.

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#7 Consumer Comment

Fraudster identified

AUTHOR: Diana C Gray - (United States of America)

NAME: Diana Gray 

DAY PHONE: 321 567-5386 

ADDRESS: 4065 Coquina Ave C 32780 Titusville, FL

EVE PHONE: 321 567-5386 

CELL PHONE: 321 567-5386 

EMAIL: dcg122259@aol.com 
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#8 Consumer Suggestion

Wiggins Brothers

AUTHOR: bustmugshot.com - (United States of America)

Ok, I had found that a mug shot of me had been uploaded by this parasite wiggins when he owned Mugshot.com in Florida. My case has been closed since 2005 and I actually was found not guilty with concerns to this one mugshot.

My original case was a divorce and I had been given clemecy as I took a plea deal.( I tore through me own home during my divorce) my wife was allowed to charge me with burg/crim misc. The case is now before a new judge to be re opened as it turns out me wife had no legal grounds to have charges filed.

Now I see this photo with Mugshot.coms water mark across it, which they do not own. I have contacted them several times and so has my Attorney. No response. I guess the new owner and I will be in a Florida court room soon. We have all the paper work and required documents Mugshot.com states they need. NO Reponse!!!!!

This is Blackmail at its best, you have these parasites and their unethical attorneys stateing since you request their services it is not extortion. Yes it is as you cannot profit in any way from public records. I am bringing fourth all of the needed information and also signing the petition for a class action law suit along with my own suit in which I will be seeking crimainal charges and damages.


I bet when the Jew is served along with the Parasite Wiggins they will respond. I guess being locked up  4 years in a federal Pen for Credit Card theft didn't phase this Wiggins punk one bit. Time to send him back along with his freinds and scumbag attorneys,which in my view are not attorneys and need be arrested and their License to practice law taken away for life!



These so called Attorneys have over looked many issues! One big issues is that not one person has filed a Freedom of information act request for anyone person that is shown on the site.



I can be contacted @ PRIMADIVER@GMAIL.COM

















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#9 Consumer Comment

Sahar Sarid owns - mugshots.com

AUTHOR: JaneSmith - (United States of America)

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
http://www.ic3.gov/

 Sahar Sarid - 4400 Northeast 26th Avenue, Lighthouse Point FL 33064

 Sahar Sarid exceeds authorized access and obtains information from a protected computer, 18 USC 1030.

Purlins, converts and conveys public records to his use and gain, 18 USC 641.

Criminal infringes name and likeness copyright for purposes of commercial advantage and private financial gain, 18 USC 2319 & 17 USC 506.

Harasses, intimidates and causes substantial emotional distress to persons in other States, 18 USC 2261A.

As consideration for not informing demands and receives money, 18 USC 873.

Receives, possesses, conceals, and disposes of money which was obtained from the commission of an offense under this chapter, 18 USC 880.

US Code
18 USC 1030 - Fraud and related activity in connection with computers
(2) intentionally accesses a computer without authorization or exceeds authorized access, and thereby obtains
(C) information from any protected computer;

18 USC 641 - Public money, property or records
Whoever embezzles, steals, purloins, or knowingly converts to his use or the use of another, or without authority, sells, conveys or disposes of any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof, or any property made or being made under contract for the United States or any department or agency thereof;

18 USC 2319 - Criminal infringement of a copyright
17 USC 506 - Criminal offenses
(a) Criminal Infringement.
(1) In general.Any person who willfully infringes a copyright shall be punished as provided under section 2319 of title 18, if the infringement was committed
(A) for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain;

18 USC 2261A - Stalking
(2) with the intent
(A) to kill, injure, harass, or place under surveillance with intent to kill, injure, harass, or intimidate, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person in another State or tribal jurisdiction or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States; or
(i) that person;
(ii) a member of the immediate family (as defined in section 115 1 of that person; or
(iii) a spouse or intimate partner of that person;

18 USC 873 - Blackmail
Whoever, under a threat of informing, or as a consideration for not informing, against any violation of any law of the United States, demands or receives any money or other valuable thing, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

18 USC 880 - Receiving the proceeds of extortion
A person who receives, possesses, conceals, or disposes of any money or other property which was obtained from the commission of any offense under this chapter that is punishable by imprisonment for more than 1 year, knowing the same to have been unlawfully obtained, shall be imprisoned not more than 3 years, fined under this title, or both.
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#10 General Comment

If this is a real petition

AUTHOR: F Dehanne - (United States of America)

Then all pertinent VERIFIABLE information, based on actual case law and not opinions should be created on CHANGE.ORG where it will have higher visibility and more probabilities of success. (public records obtained from law enforcement agencies is not invasion of privacy unless there is a bonafide expungement or sealed court order attached)
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#11 Consumer Comment

Blackmail Extortion

AUTHOR: Jane Smith - (USA)

18 USC 1030 - Fraud and related activity in connection with computers

(2) intentionally accesses a computer without authorization
or exceeds authorized access, and thereby obtains

(C) information from any protected
computer;

18 USC 641 - Public money, property or records

Whoever embezzles, steals, purloins, or knowingly converts to his use or the use of another, or without authority, sells,
conveys or disposes of any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof, or any property made or being made under contract for the United States or any department or agency
thereof;

18 USC 2319 - Criminal infringement of a copyright
17 USC 506 - Criminal offenses
(a) Criminal Infringement.
(1) In general.Any person who willfully infringes a copyright shall be punished
as provided under section 2319 of title 18, if the infringement was committed
(A) for purposes of commercial advantage
or private financial gain;

18 USC 873 - Blackmail

Whoever, under a threat of informing, or as a consideration for not informing, against any violation of any law of
the United States, demands or receives any money or other valuable thing, shall be fined under this title or
imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

18 USC 880 - Receiving the proceeds of extortion

A person who receives, possesses, conceals, or disposes of any money or other property which was obtained from the commission of any offense under this chapter that is punishable by imprisonment for more than 1 year, knowing the
same to have been unlawfully obtained, shall be imprisoned not more than 3 years, fined under this title, or both.
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#12 Consumer Comment

Welcome to the information age

AUTHOR: Lisa Garnette - (USA)

The operation mugshot sites are likely protected by the First Amendment, since the information contained on the site is public records. Mugshot sites will often charge to unpublish material from their site, and they have the right to do so. While this practice upsets those affected, it is again legal since the sites can make decisions as to which mugshots to include, and which to unpublish. Unpublishing is a major issue in the  publishing world and it doesn't start or end with one site or another (Google "Unpublish" or "Unpublishing"). This is simply the cost of living in the Information Age, when public information is readily available.
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#13 Consumer Comment

Sign this Petition

AUTHOR: Stop Star Nine Ventures - (USA)

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#14 Consumer Comment

Class Action Lawsuit & Media Exposure

AUTHOR: Stop Star Nine Ventures - (USA)

We need to consider timing so we can get all the mugscammers at once. Their best defense is using public information... I can tell you some of the people who have interests in protecting public information rights find commericial mugshot publishing a tricky problem. "The accused has a substantial personal privacy interest in preventing public dissemination of his or her non-public booking photographs. On the other hand, the public obtains no discernable interest from viewing the booking photographs, except perhaps the negligible value of satisfying voyeuristic curiosities."

Mug publishers/removers are disorganized and impulsive when it comes to media exposure. We need to put up a solid front for journalists who can see and point out the many hypocrisies regarding the lack of transparency by those who report "real crime news." The more news stories the easier it will be for the courts to identify the perpetrators. The mugpublishers need to be accountable for their actions just as they hold the individuals whose mugs are published accountable for his/her arrest.

Here is a trademark hissyfit that will help us link Florida and Texas. Attorney Bruce Denson pointed out the spat between "reputation" companies in his ripoffreport. I was willing to give Mr. Denson the benefit of the doubt but I think his flawless standing with the Florida Bar will be tarnished at the end of the day. "flynrider" and "truewrong" are obviously mugscammers- I think one or both of them may be Tyronne Jacques.

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#15 Consumer Comment

Lets get it going. I am filing a class action in Florida right now

AUTHOR: American1 - (United States of America)

Regardless of the rebuttal argument from MUGSHOTS, I believe we have sufficient evidence to get a judgement in a class action suit and likely criminal charges will be follow.

These people are indeed extorting and racketeering with public access records. All we need is to get them to court.

Contact me at kchrismon@yahoo.com if you wish to be a part of this lawsuit/criminal complaint
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#16 Consumer Comment

Why so difficult to explain ethics to mugshot profiteers?

AUTHOR: Stop Star Nine Ventures - (USA)

Ethical Criticism Mug Shots



If mugshot publishers are the modern day defenders of our 1st amendment rights why do they try so hard to cover up their own identities? Why do they not return phone calls from the press so that they may claim the glory that goes along with mugshot publishing?

Kyle Prall of Star Nine Ventures/Citizen's Information Associates also brought up the 1st amendment in a conversation we had during which he was trying to cover up SEO involvement with online mugshots. Ironically, he felt that Ed Magedson of ripoffreport.com shouldn't have the same right to this constitutional provision now that his information was online.

The fact is that many states and counties across the U.S.A have outlawed the corruption of mugshot publications and that these 1st amendment claims are bologna.

"The same is true for lists and photographs of registered sex offenders. The same is true for mug shots"

Surely you are not trying to equate child molesters to the teenager that is arrested for public intoxication. The extra measures that are done by LAW ENFORCEMENT (not seedy computer geeks) to help the public indentify this sort of criminal reflects the nature of these particular crimes in consideration with the safety of children. It is ridiculous to suggest the public benefits from your sleazy mug publishing.

More ridiculous is how you go on to blather about copyrights. Law enforcement is given exclusive rights according to lawful procedure to collect this information in order to coincide with their investigation and report. If it truly is public info what is copyrighting worth? Nothing. Unless, of couse, you are trying to use the info to extort someone by advertising it.

Who said we have a problem with giving information to the public? If it wasn't for info like this we might believe your B.S. 

What we find more disconcerning than the fact that yall not only misemploy the 1st amendment of the constitution, exploit the use of public information, but as indicated above those who publish mugshots know full well the undesirability of what they do. It is on the premise of shame that these mugshot websites and rags exsist. They were created on notions of extortion through embarassment not with the intention to "keep the public informed." This loser quit his job because he found it lucrative to extort others with mugshots.

I am not a lawyer (I doubt you are much of one either) but I do know that the loopholes in state law which are currently not written specificly enough to stop this sort of disgusting thing will be addressed.  
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#17 Consumer Comment

Why so hard to explain law to non lawyers?

AUTHOR: Truewrong - (United States of America)

From an Avvo post:

" There is this pesky constitutional provision called the First Amendment. Mug Shots or persons who were arrested and/or convicted are public documents. If you were arrested and/or convicted, and if your mug shot is publicly available, this is a public record that records an actual and truthful fact--that you were either arrested or convicted. If someone published a list of persons who had been arrested for DUI, as long as the list is accurate, no one could possibly complain about the fact that his name appears on this list. The same is true for lists and photographs of registered sex offenders. The same is true for mug shots. Do they have the potential for harming your reputation. You bet!! Do you have a claim based on this harm---no way. Is it illegal for companies to accept fees in exchange for removing your photo from its published collection of mug-shots? Clearly not. 

Here is your problem----a mug shot was taken of you. It is available from sources on line. You do not own the copyright in the mug-shot---the copyright is owned by whoever took the photograph and/or the governmental authority who paid him. Thus, you have no legal right to limit its use and distribution. It is a true picture that reflects an unfortunate but real event that occurred in your life. Guess what--you have no claim for invasion of privacy---you have no right to keep private your arrest and conviction history---including mug shots. "
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#18 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: Stop Star Nine Ventures - (USA)

Let's take a closer look at BIA:

How a net nerd in Lafayette turned an insipid business model into a public-shame machine, then ducked back into his cyber cave when the heat was on. 

We all know district attorneys are not the highest paid of lawyers. You have a point that extortion is not the easy charge to prove. In fact, here is an article titled:

 It is only extortion if you pay them right?

Well how about misuse of public information:

(c)  A person commits an offense if, with intent to obtain a benefit or with intent to harm or defraud another, he solicits or receives from a public servant information that:(1)  the public servant has access to by means of his office or employment;  and(2)  has not been made public.

Uhhohh! aren't lawyers public officers because of the state board that approves their licensing? Are you one of the bottomshelf lawyers working for one of these sleazy operations? I promise 2012 is not going to be a good year for all you rotten sons of b*****. 

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#19 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: Truewrong - (United States of America)

The person who wrote this obviously has no clue about the law. How do I know? check this out

"Lafayette Parish Sheriffs Office spokesman Lt. Craig Stansbury says the agency has looked into complaints over BIAs mugshot removal system, but the district attorneys office advised at the time that charging for mug shot removals does not constitute extortion because people requested the service. The charge to remove the photo, Stansbury says, is likened to an administrative fee."
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