[Update 11/24/2008: Last I recall hearing, Nassau County gave up on the idea of posting everyone stopped (before they were convicted), and now only posts photos after people are convicted. This solves the "innocent until proven guilty" problem and addresses a lot of the concerns.-KW]
Judge rules that a woman’s name should be taken down and that the Wall of Shame is unjust. Yet, Nassau County persists in the Wall of Shame publication, and Newsday persists in supporting Nassau’s injustice. Newsday just won’t quit.
For our wilderside comments on the injustice of the Wall of Shame, and why (Democrat) County Executive Tom Suozzi and (Democrat) Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice are wrong to pursue this project, go here.
(excerpt from) Newsday
Judge orders Nassau to remove name, photo from “Wall of Shame”
BY ANN GIVENS / 12:56 AM EDT, October 21, 2008
A judge has ordered Nassau County to remove a woman’s name and mug shot from the county’s online “Wall of Shame,” saying that posting the information about her DWI arrest violates her right to due process.
State Supreme Court Judge William LaMarca said posting Alexandra Bursac’s photo punishes her in a way not authorized by the law. And because of the permanence of the Internet, it imposes an inappropriate penalty by exposing her to “limitless and eternal notoriety.”
County Attorney Lorna Goodman said her office will not remove Bursac’s name and photo, or anyone else’s, from the “Wall of Shame.” She said the county will appeal the decision, which will automatically put the judge’s order to remove the name and photo on hold.
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