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December 19, 2013
After our 2012 mug shot gallery became one of the most popular stories on NJ.com last year, we decided to go with more mugs for this year’s treasury. Click through the photos below to see what we think are some of the best New Jersey mug shots of the year gone by. Check the links in the captions to learn more about the person’s alleged misdeeds. Got a memorable mug shot we missed? Post a link in comments.

A post on the Newark Star-Ledger’s site introing a New Jersey mugshot roundup. The state of New Jersey is considering a ban on the public release of mugshots prior to conviction, but the Star-Ledger opposes it officially.

Don’t want to lose your access to these mugshots, Star-Ledger? Don’t run crappy mugshot roundups and talk up the amount of traffic they drive for you. Improve your standards.

10:05 // 7 months ago
October 6, 2013

More on mugshot exploitation websites

betsumei said: That seems like blackmail rather than blackballing.

» SFB says: Honestly, it’s both. Regarding these mugshot sites, someone’s been ostracized from career choices and social outlets (or blackballed) due to these websites, and the only way to get them taken down is via paying money (or blackmail). Either way, it sucks. — Ernie @ SFB

18:08 // 9 months ago
The assistant to this state rep called my friend back and said, ‘We’d like to hire him, but we Google every potential employee, and the first thing that came up when we searched for Maxwell was a mug shot for a drug arrest.’ I know what I did was wrong, and I understand the punishment. But these Web sites are punishing me, and because I don’t have the money it would take to get my photo off them all, there is nothing I can do about it.
College student Maxwell Birnbaum • Discussing his arrest for possession of ecstasy, and subsequent blackballing by a selection of mugshot websites through Google. If Birnbaum wants his mugshot to go offline, he’ll have to pay hundreds of dollars per site to remove it. The New York Times has a great piece on the issue—caused by sites like JustMugshots, which take content from police websites and repost it on their own—and the damage it causes people who have been arrested, even after their records have been cleared. Read to the end. Reporter David Segal seriously got some great results on this piece.
9:31 // 9 months ago
August 21, 2013
Today in fresh-faced mugshots: Former teen heartthrob David Cassidy, who was charged with a felony DWI.

Today in fresh-faced mugshots: Former teen heartthrob David Cassidy, who was charged with a felony DWI.

12:37 // 11 months ago
December 10, 2012
Recently, a Pennsylvania newspaper started using Pinterest to post pictures of wanted criminals in the area. It worked.

Recently, a Pennsylvania newspaper started using Pinterest to post pictures of wanted criminals in the area. It worked.

11:19 // 1 year ago
July 27, 2012

redeyechicago:

redeyewebguy:

These Olympic mugshots are golden. More of them here.

Dare to dream, folks. 

Michael Phelps looks like a drifter that mustachioed Tommy Lee Jones picked up.

(Source: brithewebguy)

13:48 // 1 year ago
February 22, 2011
New Jared Lee Loughner mugshots, courtesy of a legal battle
A bunch of news organizations fought hard for these photos. More than a dozen media outlets, in fact. And these pics of Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in last month’s Gabrielle Giffords shooting, only came to light after a court decision forced their release (which prosecutors and defense attorneys fought against, saying that they unfairly biased potential jurors against Loughner). But it wasn’t a total loss for the lawyers. They managed to prevent the release of the search warrant records in the case. That said, these photos don’t seem quite as bad as the iconic one released after he was arrested. source
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A bunch of news organizations fought hard for these photos. More than a dozen media outlets, in fact. And these pics of Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in last month’s Gabrielle Giffords shooting, only came to light after a court decision forced their release (which prosecutors and defense attorneys fought against, saying that they unfairly biased potential jurors against Loughner). But it wasn’t a total loss for the lawyers. They managed to prevent the release of the search warrant records in the case. That said, these photos don’t seem quite as bad as the iconic one released after he was arrested. source

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23:47 // 3 years ago
January 12, 2011

On the differing play of Jared Loughner’s insane mugshot

bitshare said: I am not surprised by the NY Post front page because they are always a bit TMZish to me. However, I was taken back when I saw the NY Times front page and how they covered his image large on the front page. I thought it was very distasteful.

» We say: Obviously it’s matter of preference, but we actually thought that the NY Times played it the way it should’ve been played. Let’s face it – this photo ranks up there with similar shots of cultural monsters like Charles Manson and the Unabomber, and will be remembered decades from now, unfortunately. As the Times has a paper-of-record role going on, the truth is, that shot is what everyone will be talking about, and none of the other photos on the wires had a tenth of its power. Many other papers gave it similar play. As for the other papers we mentioned, we clearly don’t recommend emulating the NY Post, and the Washington Post felt timid. Either way, it’s fascinating to see, in situations like this one, how different papers handle the same story.

1:08 // 3 years ago