Re: RARA-AVIS: hard boiled mug shots

From: Jeff Vorzimmer (
Date: 22 Sep 2006

> But I really wonder... these documents IMHO really belong to historical/
> national sociological archives or museum collections, and I am really
> puzzled to see that they are exhibited with names and facts concerning
> the people appearing on these photos. Worse, they are on sale... They're
> old, OK, but they are not from the 19th century! so I wonder if it is
> legal to display names...etc of people in trouble with the police?? Even
> 50 years after the facts, is there nothing protecting the families and
> prohibiting this kind of information to be publicly displayed??

Here in the U.S. it's completely legal--it's public record. In fact we have a website that has made big business out of publishing police records, court transcripts and mugshots. It's got some pretty funny stuff.

Here's a link:


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