Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Thune's amendment to SESTA seen as unworkable by EFF


Senator John Thune (R-SD) has floated an amendment t SESTA (S 1693) that would criminalize online platforms that “assist, support, of facilitate” sex trafficking, and reinforce “state of mind” provisions.  The “manager’s amendment” is explained in an EFF article Nov. 3 by Sophia Cope.
  
    

Thune seems to believe his amendment will make the law less of a problem for “legitimate” hosts and forums, as they purport to implement what Thune calls a “knowing” standard. 

(See correlated post today on my main "BillBoushka" blog.)

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Anthony Weiner begins sentence for criminal behavior that really had indirect unintended consequences for all "the people"


Former Congressman Anthony Weiner was  sentenced to 21 months in prison for a few instances of receiving or transmitting obscene images with a minor under 16, in early 2016.  Some of the images had been transmitted with apps that normally delete images after viewing.

He will also have three years of supervised release and have to register as a sex offender. CNN
CNN ran the story Sept. 25 here

The Huffington Post reported on Nov. 6 that he had reported to start his sentence at a federal “treatment center” in Massachusetts.

Weiner’s activities wound up leading to complications during the last two weeks of the 2016 regarding the discovery of emails from Hillary Clinton to his ex wife.  Had this not happened. Hillary might have won the election.

  

So Weiner’s conduct had accidental consequences that affected many people. This is a true example of where criminal justice is for “the people” and not just one “victim”.