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Posted by The Dean of Cincinnati
So this morning, I happened upon Cincinnati Mugshots, a site that scrolls through the most recent mug shots from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office. You can click on the person’s name, leave disparaging comments, and link to the Sheriff’s site—where you can usually find no information about why the person was arrested in the first place. Then, I happened upon a slightly different Cincinnati Mugshots—this one a site about how people can protect their reputation when others post their mugshots for personal amusement and/or profit. So apparently there is a local controversy about posting mugshots online!
Consider the case of Benjamin J. Durrett.
The “exploitive” Cincinnati Mugshots site showcases his picture, and links to this page with the Sheriff’s office. There you can learn he was arrested for “obstructing official business.” Naturally, we have no idea if he is guilty, and it’s totally unclear whether the Cincinnati Mugshots site will take his picture off line should charges be dismissed. Additionally, if you scroll through the listings, you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who even has a charge listed at the Sheriff’s site.
So while that site is “exploitive,” the other Cincinnati Mugshots site is “protective.” (Or so it seems at first… ) Check out this excerpt from their home page:
Sites that have pending law suites coming out…
Perhaps someone should tell the secretary at the justice center, that you can’t just post any body’s pictures online for self gain?
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Especially if they are innocent, just because they get a minor charge at the justice center, doe’s not mean they are (GUILTY) they eventually go to a real courthouse to settle the matters, and get their charge dropped or be convicted.
They owner of this site is using innocent people for self gain hitch-hiking off worthless advertisements like…....adds by Google, Face Book, Twitter, Blog-spot.
What’s with all the spelling errors, though? And check out this link. They say their website is the place…
...where you get a chance to take your pictures off the net, the site is here for frustrated innocent people who get abused where their reputations being tarnished by selfish people who want to make a buck posting there pictures without their permission.
The site clearly tries to indicate it’s doing a service to protect people and all that hog wash, Look for pending law suites on this one, this site is trying to mirror other mugshot sites, perhaps I should post the picture of the person at the justice center who actually takes these pictures, an even as go far as posting the correctional officers pictures .
I looked at the original, more “exploitive” site, and I didn’t see any advertisements. And, to my knowledge, one does not earn revenue by having people link to a Facebook Fan Page, or by following your Tweets —but maybe I’m missing something.
As for the “protective” site, it seems to be related to BestLawyers.com. In other words, the site encourages people with their mugshots posted online to hire a lawyer from their network. And interestingly, the “contact” link takes you to the clerk of court webpage.
A quick internet search turns up plenty of sites in other cities posting mugshots, but I did not quickly find counter-sites dedicated to advertising for lawyers.
And frankly, I’d be surprised to hear about anyone losing a suit because of posting public information, like mugshots.
These two sites, considered jointly, just strike me as weird…
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