posted on May, 9 2009 @ 01:08 AM
South Carolina Attorney General Threatens Craigslist With Criminal Prosecution Over User Content
A new sortie in the battle over craigslist's "erotic services" section came today when South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster sent a letter
to craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster threatening company management with "criminal investigation and prosecution" over the website's alleged
facilitation of prostitution and -- more unexpectedly -- its hosting of "graphic pornographic pictures" posted by craigslist users. The letter gave
the website until May 15, 2009 to permanently remove those portions of the site "containing categories for and functions allowing for the
solicitation of prostitution and the dissemination and posting of graphic pornographic material," and threatened legal action if it did not comply.
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After all of these years, all of the violence and failed attempts to legislate morality; it seems that even now in 2009 our elected officials wont or
Now don't think for a moment that I like, endorse or appreciate prostitution; but I do like, endorse and appreciate common sense. Something that is
sadly lacking here.
First I see a "First Amendment" issue with the "Government" of South Carolina telling Craigslist that they must filter what the users of their
site present to them.
Second I see another "First Amendment" issue in telling people they can not post whatever they choose to as long as it falls within the guidelines
of that particular website. (Much like here)
All over the nation the police have been using Craigslist for "Sting Operations" to arrest and prosecute Prostitutes and their Johns. It is fast
becoming the most popular area to facilitate meetings between those wanting to sell sex, and those wanting to pay for it.
Perhaps it is morally reprehensible; I try and not cast dispersions on other peoples actions. I just know that the fight to legislate and enforce
morals imposed by society has always been and continues to be a massive failure.