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Revenge Porn Laws Do Not Deter

Last week, a profile on a revenge porn website was created for a woman who lives in Maricopa County, Arizona.  Many sexually explicit photos and a couple of videos are posted of this young woman, along with links to her social media accounts, and her place of employment.  After all, this was posted a couple of months Arizona made posting revenge porn a felony in the state.

I might be jumping the gun (because many of these laws are only a week or two old), but I do not think the revenge porn laws offer effective deterrence.  Instead the laws are pushing revenge porn underground into the “deep web” (I will define later) that will be next to impossible for law enforcement to track.

Also, I want to go on record that many if not all of the revenge porn laws only deal with half of the issue.  Revenge porn is certainly a problem, but then personally identifying information is posted along with the photos that are used to destroy lives.  The photos are one thing.  Posting one’s place of employment, phone numbers, information about friends and family, are arguably just as much as the problem as the pictures themselves.

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Arizona Legal News

  • Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the ‘Revenge Porn,’ bill into law this week.  The law with  seeks to establish privacy rights on the Internet, but some say it may unconstitutionally infringe upon the First Amendment. [Phoenix New Times]
  • Some are accusing the Phoenix Veterans Health Care Center of corruption and unnecessary deaths.  A preliminary investigation from the Veterans Administration indicates no wrong doing on the part of the hospital. [ABC 15]
  • Gravity author sues Warner Bros. over lack of attribution in movie.  A failure to credit one’s work in an area where there is a standard practice of credit/attribution may be a civil violation (think of movie credits, magazine credits, CD credits, etc).  [NY Times]
  • For anyone who has ever made a mistake in a court filing, it may be comforting to know you are not alone.  United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a dissent in EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, L. P. To make his argument, he cited a case he authored the majority opinion more than ten years ago.  However, his dissent misstated the holding. [NPR]
  • It is six years after the housing mortgage meltdown on Wall Street. The government has only prosecuted a single person, so far.  Corporations may be too big to fail, but can they also be too big to prosecute?  [ProPublica]
  • An execution by lethal injection in Oklahoma this week was botched.  After the experimental cocktail of drugs was intravenously injected it took over forty-five minutes for the inmate to die.  Fifteen minutes into the execution, it is reported that the inmate tried to talk.  Then the Director of Prisons allegedly said the chemicals did not make it into the veins.  After drug companies said they did not want their drugs to be used in executions, death penalty states, including Arizona, are searching for new ways to perform lethal injections.  Are these experimental executions a violation of the Eighth Amendment?  [Atlantic]
  •  There are rumors of facial recognition technology being deployed on the internet by private companies to the government.  Where are the privacy protections?  Legislators, are you listening? [Guardian]