Dear Jerk: mgshamster: Dear Jerk: I wouldn't have a problem with that if those same people would have front page stories about their innocence when they get off.That is a long-time fault of media.But my first concern is with the folly of letting the police/judiciary operate in private.My secondary concern is that the general public do not take the concept of 'innocent until proven guilty' seriously.Not taking a photo is extremely different from not being allowed to report on the case or court proceedings as a journalist.Not from a first amendment point of view. If you (most people) would get over your assumption of guilt, and see the defendant as innocent, you'd see that media is there mainly to keep the powers-that-be in check.
Dear Jerk: skinink: I never liked how mugshots are public information and allowed to be shown. We're supposed to be innocent until proven guilty but having a mugshot out there doesn't help you. I think it's Germany that outlaws the showing of mugshots.I'm a 180 from you. The police have no right to conceal the identity of anyone the've taken into custody.It's only been since the mid-80s that cameras were allowed in court. They still aren't allowed in many.Some states ban the taking of pictures at a perp walk.I don't have a problem with defendants trying to evade photographers during arraignment.Defendants shouldn't be allowed to conceal their faces in open court./former photojournalist
letrole: Falsely accused people don't hide like that.
FlyingLizardOfDoom: Defendants who are charged but not convicted should have the same right to privacy as the alleged "victims". When they are convicted, that's when they lose that right.
Dear Jerk: FlyingLizardOfDoom:Defendants who are charged but not convicted should have the same right to privacy as the alleged "victims". When they are convicted, that's when they lose that right.You're talking about a fantasy right to privacy that is incompatible with our rights before the government. We have an accusatorial judicial system and if you want to introduce some misguided libertarian sense of privacy into it, we'll degrade back to an inquisitorial system.
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