Rochester, NY -- State Senator Joe Robach is defending his proposed state law prohibiting the public release of police mug shots until a suspect is convicted in court.
The proposal is a response to web sites that post mugshots then demand money from people cleared of crimes to take them down. Robach says without a prohibition, there is no mechanism to rectify embarrassing use of the pictures after the fact for people who are cleared.
But the publisher of The Times of Wayne County, Ron Holdraker, says prohibiting the release of the photos to the press and the public is a slippery slope. He wonders if the media will subsequently be banned from photographing suspects when they enter and exit court buildings.
Similar legislation is pending in New Jersey.