Well as if there wasn't enough negative stigma around someone that has been arrested, someone has taken it to a new level. A Kansas man has created a website that posts up the mugshots of people arrested in Johnson County. Now this is kinda a jerk thing to do but this has already been done. The Johnson County sheriff's office already does this with inmates, so that relatives and such can confirm who has been arrested and have some basic information about their charges. But this guy took it a step further. Way further. He then promoted the website and charged people to take their picture and information off the site.
Imagine. You get arrested for something as simple as failure to register your car. (Pretty common especially since the Kansas Department of revenue just went through a huge computer system problem that lasted for months) This jerk takes your photo and blasts it all over the internet. Then you go and try to get a new job, or have a job interview. The employer searches your name on google. Bam they come up on this moron's website. Not good.
So then after people start calling this jerk asking to have their name taken off the website, what does this jerk do? He charges them nearly $200.00 to take it down. This guy is a total bottom feeder. Here is the article that inspired this post.
Kan. (AP) — A northeastern Kansas man whose website posted mug shots
and addresses of people arrested in Johnson County — then asked for up
to $200 to take them down — is defending the site in the wake of a
massive backlash from critics who complained it took advantage of people
who hadn't been convicted of anything. Matthew Creed,
30, of Shawnee, said he developed the website, Blabbermouthkc.com, as a
community service to help make people aware of potential lawbreakers in
their area. "That
was the biggest thing, to make others aware of those that were living
around them that were breaking the law and to try to get those breaking
the law to think twice about their future actions," Creed said Friday. Critics
slammed the website, which launched in May, saying it was akin to
extortion or blackmail. The Johnson County District Attorney's office
said Friday it was continuing to investigate whether Creed had violated
any state laws.
"This guy is just a bottom-feeding vulture," said Jay Norton,
a lawyer in Johnson County who represented some people featured on the
website. "The idea that he was trying to help the community is a
total farce." Creed's
website featured a map of the Kansas City metro area with dots showing
the Kansas or Missouri hometowns of people arrested in Johnson County.
Clicking on the dots brought up the mugshots and addresses of people
arrested — whether they were formally charged, much less convicted, The Kansas City Star reported (http://bit.ly/KY3bOx ). Some
of the photos were of people arrested for such infractions as being a
minor in possession of tobacco or driving with expired registration.
said Friday that the current version of the site was an initial test
version and that it hasn't yet been fully realized. The site was
temporarily offline late Thursday but was back up Friday evening. "It's
going through a transition," Creed said. He said in the future, he
would like the website to focus more on charges related to drugs,
alcohol, sex abuse and child support nonpayment, and perhaps eliminate
some of the lesser charges.
websites post news of arrests, and often include mug shots. Some offer
people a way to get such postings removed for a fee. Creed struck a
nerve by combining both features, including an elaborate scale of
payments to remove photos and arrest information from the site — $199.99
for prompt removal, $149.99 for removal within a few days.
said he is seeking to have the site established as a nonprofit and
intends to give 40 percent of proceeds to other charities. As an
alternative to charging for removal of postings, he suggested he could
do it if a person performed 180 hours of community service. Creed said he knew he was delving into gray areas of the law but thought his business model was legal. Wayne Logan,
law professor at Florida State University, said Friday that Creed
doesn't have any legal authority "to impose community service on
anybody" and that while websites like Creed's may be legal, they also
raise ethical concerns because they're "trying to make money off other
peoples' misfortunes." "Of course these are arrests, not convictions very often, so there's an important distinction there," Logan said. Citing
"Wanted" posters, Logan said people have been publishing information
about suspected criminals for decades, but noted that the online factor
in naming and shaming is different.
Internet is both more pervasive and more permanent. The reputational
ramifications are much more significant," Logan said. "There's a kind of
perverse gratification people get from looking at other people being in