Revenge Photos

l4Because of technology being what it is, new crimes emerge from time to time, and one of the new crimes that hasn’t been completely absorbed into the various criminal justice systems around the world is that of the revenge photo.

This is the misuse of nude or provocative pictures taken and exchanged between two people in a loving relationship. After the relationships splits up, one partner uses these photos to humiliate the other one.

For example, a lady that was known as Sandra found out one day that her ex-boyfriend had viciously posted nude photos of her on Facebook! The photos went viral and were shared across many social media platforms. Once the cat’s out of the bag in social media, you can’t control how many places the photo can show up, and this can go on indefinitely.

In some areas, there are laws against posting this kind of photo even if nude or pornographic photos are allowed on a particular platform, because the “model” did not consent to having the pictures displayed publicly. In one case, the laws were so lax that the woman who was victimized actually had her chest copyrighted so she could use copyright laws to force the removal of nude pictures of herself.

Some social platforms, such as Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, and Instagram, have policies against this kind of revenge, but even when they do, their customer service may not be as attentive as they could be. Therefore, people can send email after email requesting the photos be removed without hearing any response.

In some areas of the world, there are laws on the books that could be used to protect the victims even if there are no laws specifically targeting revenge photos. For example, in parts of the US, there are civil laws against coercion, stalking, and harassment, so it may be possible to use the civil courts to remove the photos even though there has been no crime under current law. Many other places are passing new legislation specifically targeting these revenge photos because a person’s whole life can be disrupted, knowing that he or she can be recognized anywhere and even barred from getting certain jobs because of the photos.

Exchanging photos between two members of a committed, loving relationship can go horribly wrong when the relationship goes sour and one party has neither the respect, dignity, or ethics to let it go gracefully. Even though it reflects poorly on the character of the perpetrator, the victim is normally the one who suffers the most. Laws with mandatory financial punishments may help perpetrators think twice about posting revenge photos. Sometimes the perp might actually make money by distributing the photos, but money is not usually the motivation.

The Injustice Of Jury Duty

l3If you commit a crime, you have the right to a fair trial in which the court decides whether the government has the right to lock you up. But if you don’t commit a crime, the government has the right to “lock” you up (in a jury room) against your will and force you to render a decision as to whether the government has the right to lock up some one else who has committed a crime. Is there something wrong with this picture?

Jury duty is essentially community service for people who haven’t committed a crime.

About a half million people a year in New York State alone are subjected to jury duty. A great portion of them do not want to serve. To many of them it’s everything from a gross inconvenience to a physical hardship to emotional torment. And all this, for what? A voluntary jury system would do just as well as, if not better than, a mandatory jury system.

We have a robust military despite the fact that it’s voluntary and despite its inherent dangers. Why does anyone think people would not apply for jury duty if it were voluntary?

We give lip service to the notion of giving a person accused of a crime a fair trial. But the current jury system is anything but fair. Does anyone know how many jurors on a given case are actually paying attention to the court proceedings? Take for example someone who’s going through a bad divorce. He’s worried about losing his kids, losing his house, how to deal with lawyers, and how his estranged wife is strangling him financially and emotionally. All this is not enough to get him out of jury duty.

So if someone with such a disheveled state of mind sits on a jury, what on earth do you think he’ll be thinking about? The case in front of him? If he wanted to he probably couldn’t do it!

What about someone with a very sick close relative? He’s likely preoccupied with doctors, treatments, hospitals, medicines, etc. All this is also not enough to get him out of jury duty, as long as someone is currently taking care of that relative. Will he be able to get all this out of his mind to focus on a court case? Not very likely.

Then there are people with all sorts of ailments — chronic headaches, backaches, abdominal distress, flatulation, muscle cramps, knee pain, etc. — which are not severe enough to incapacitate them yet intense enough to make their lives miserable. They must also serve on jury duty. Such maladies can sometimes be disturbing enough to keep people from focusing on simple, everyday chores. They’re going to sit on a jury and pay attention to what’s going on? Gimme a break!

It’s not only adversities that interfere with one’s focusing on extraneous matters. People who run a business, for example, are plucked out of their lives and told, in effect, to stop thinking of their business and focus on a trial. Really? People can actually redirect their thoughts that easily? Who are we kidding?

And how about people who are just so irate over being forced to serve as a juror that they just don’t give a darn about what’s going on in the courtroom. I spoke to one guy who was a juror on a murder trail. He said he didn’t care which way the verdict went, he just wanted to go home!

How to Protect Your Prized Car Under Lemon Law

l2Have you noticed your car facing the same performance issue multiple number of times, and that too within the warranty period? Even after multiple attempts to repair the defect, roughly three times or more, if your car is still facing same the problem then your car qualifies to be a Lemon and is protected by the law.

Thus, in order to protect your most prized possession, i.e. your car, from any damage, the following six points should be kept in mind.

• During the initial months of purchase of the car, it is very difficult to identify a car as a lemon until the warranty period has expired, or the mileage has exceeded a said limit. Thus, it is very important to maintain a record which lists down all the events of repairs starting from the very beginning, as this will help you protect your consumer rights. Having repair logs can make the entire process of maintaining the number of repair attempts much more user-friendly.

• All the data should be put on paper, which includes the people you communicate with, the date and time details. Do be very particular about taking a printed invoice on collection of your car. Even if the dealer is unwilling to issue any invoice this situation must be noted down. The warranty repair order should be asked for from the dealer. The dealer might disagree to issue an invoice, especially in case of no charges taken for servicing. However, it depends on you to proof that the servicing was done.

• Describing the defect your car is facing is also an important concern. One must make sure that the dealer pens down your complaint in the Repair Order in the same way as you have described it to be.

• Ask for technical bulletins or manufacturer’s recalls for your car which explains your problem.

• Make it a point to note the date and time details, as well as the odometer reading on the day the car is given for repair. Also, note the date on which the car is collected from the dealership.

• If you get stranded on a deserted place with no assistance then take note of the time you had to wait for any further assistance and also the hassle faced due to this overall haul. This would give a lot of weightage to your case, in front of a jury.

Do a Quick Search for Any Inmate

l1There are some situations where you need to find some information about a convicted person. This should not be a problem. You can get easy and conveniently free inmate locator/search services online. These services can help when doing research on criminals’ background information. These services also come handy for persons who need to get information on details about prisoners transferred between facilities

All you need is have is the essential details about the prisoner for example their name and the system would bring back detailed feedback about inmate. This could include their full names, any aliases, mugshot photos and contact information. You also get to know criminal offences they supposedly committed, charges prison facility they are located. This could be useful information for persons who would like to know about how to visit them while they are in prison. You could also find out about bail details in case you would like to post it for them.

Another advantage of doing an online search is that you are able to find out more information about the correctional facility. This includes details on the rules and regulations to be observe in the facility. You also get contact information about the facility. This, coupled with the rules, can help you when planning to visit the convict. Chances that you get turned away at the gate or your email being trashed just because you did not meet the rules are hence reduced.

In case you need to find out the type of offence for which one is convicted, you need not worry. It is possible to get court conviction records and the type of facility they were sent to. You are thus able to identify whether the person committed. State crime include homicide, robbery assault, burglary or sexual battery. Federal offences, on the other hand, include international money laundering, identity theft, drug trafficking and gun crimes among others.

Information on those sent to jail would also differ in some way from in prison. One major difference is time. Jail inmates spend up to a maximum of one year. They also include persons awaiting transportation to a state or federal penitentiary. You can also check if a jail inmate has been involved in any work release programs such as boot camps or home weekend visits. Reviewing of the inmate’s past criminal history is also possible.

Prison inmates comprise of persons guilty of felonies that carry charges that include sentences of over one year. These persons have previously served multiple jail terms for several different offences. Their record often include a complete incarceration history including the different authorities under who individual has been detained before. Maybe you would like to conduct a complete background check on the individual. I am sure will be pleased to hear that the prison inmates’ records also include all the case numbers of every single incarceration event in the past. Parole eligibility notices will also be viewable in these records.

Another added advantage of using online searches is that it is reduces time spent moving from office to office trying to find record about a single person. You can even refine your search in case you know the specific state that the convict is imprisoned in. The online search platforms often comes with drop boxes that help in refining your inmate locating process. These include refining by gender and by state. You can thus make your work well cut out.

Inmate records not only help in finding more about the persons past. Most jails and prisons require that prisoners pay a daily fee for food and housing utilities. They also have canteens where the inmates can purchase personal hygiene items and snacks. However, the inmates are never allowed to carry cash. This may lead to the brooding of illegal trading activities among the prisoners. The money is often deposited in jail accounts created for them upon incarceration. You can use several ways to send the money based on how the facilities rules and regulations allow. Different facilities have set up online means of sending money to these accounts. Such means are often the only means of sending the money but are safety is usually a guarantee.