SB 118 and More News

SB 118 made its way through Florida Senate hearings last month. This proposed law will allow someone whose booking photo is on a site that offers payment for removal to “bring a civil action to enjoin the continued publication or dissemination of the photograph if the photograph is not removed within 10 calendar days after receipt of the written request for removal.” Furthermore the bill reads, “Refusal to remove an arrest booking photograph after written request has been made constitutes an unfair or deceptive trade practice in accordance with part II of chapter 501, Florida Statutes.”

The State of Texas filed a bill back in March looking to improve its existing law regulating mugshot sites. HB 4201 would reduce the legal mugshot removal fee from $150 to $0. As well as, prohibit a law enforcement agency from posting mugshots on a website “unless the person depicted in the photograph has been finally convicted for the offense in connection with which the photograph was taken.” The bill still allows for release of the records upon request. Refraining from publishing people’s mugshots en masse online until they are actually found guilty sounds like a good policy for all law enforcement agencies so please contact Texas lawmakers and ask that they support this legislation.

In case you’ve missed some of the recent news about mugshot sites, here are a few articles:

The Chicago Tribune reports a federal lawsuit seeking class action status out of Illinois.

The New York Times followed up on a 2013 piece, once again bringing the issue to Google’s attention. It looks like the website featured in this particular story ( is no longer ranking very high in google search results. Let’s hope the SEO downgrade is permanent. But in case it is not, please be aware the website’s “general manager” is capable of removing mugshots with a few clicks before you consider paying any of those go-between reputation companies:

Please help support the cause against the online mugshot extortion racket by asking your elected officials to pass 2017 legislation.


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2017 Legislation Update

Earlier in 2016, Ohio HB 172 (Creates fair and accurate publishing of criminal records law) unaminsouly passed through the state House then the Senate but was unable to make it to the Governor’s desk before the session ended. The bill is planned to be reintroduced to the Ohio Legislature in the 2017 regular session.

For the 5th year in a row, Florida lawmakers have drafted legislation hoping to get rid of online mugshot scams (SB 118). More on the many issues behind this bill later… But again, the Sunshine State also happens to be ground zero for the national online mugshot extortion dilemma —so please don’t hesitate to contact Florida lawmakers and ask them to support SB 118 when they convene March 7th.

North Carolina recently filed a bill (HB 18) that would exempt mugshots from public record. This isn’t the first time NC lawmakers have proposed doing so. Much like those who disagree with a recent Federal Court ruling in favor of individual privacy, seemingly concerned journalists solely want to place blame on those shady extortive mugshot websites for inspiring the government to take this kind of action. Perhaps these same reporters should give themselves and their colleagues a share of the credit for taking part in commercially over-publicizing mugshots. Numerous North Carolina media outlets like WRAL publish “mugshot galleries” for clicks under the guise of journalism.

Meanwhile in South Dakota, advocates of SB 25 are probably hoping that any negative publicity associated with the exploitive practice of for-profit mugshot publishing doesn’t blow their chances of making booking photographs part of public record. South Dakota is one of the few states where these photos are currently not made public. Expanding the online mugshot extortion industry’s clientele base is a very avoidable circumstance —so long as South Dakota legislators, as well as, the attorney general choose not to ignore the laws passed by 14 other states. SB 25 should include a provision to discourage despicable profiteers from exploiting unbridled access to these records if this bill is going to be signed into law. Today, SB 25 was advanced by the South Dakota Senate judiciary committee with a vote of 6-1. The one senator who opposed the measure said “The photos, if made public record, are available to literally anyone,”… “My concern is with the unintended consequences of what we’re doing here.”

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Due to the insistence of media lobbying organizations, the Florida Legislature has disappointingly left mugshot site bills sitting on the table year after year. Meanwhile, people all over the USA continue to be hit up for money by profiteers hustling online mugshots within this state., described in a recent press release as a “top 5 aggressive mugshot website”, is a perfect example of this problematic situation made possible by the Sunshine State.

I attempted several times to contact the owners of this up-and-coming mugshot scam in order to ask them why google’s search results lists their site falsely stating that individuals arrested years ago are “currently incarcerated” —but had no luck. While I was searching for contact info for, I found the site was previously registered by Florida residents organized as Kyle Grant 1 LLC in November 2015. During that time directly charged $74.99 for mugshot removal according to archived records of this website. The going rate for mugshot removal is currently at $399.

A recently updated business address found on points to the same individuals according to public record. I noticed this website links to another site solely sharing the same IP address also registered under Kyle Grant 1 LLC called Its worth noting that this LLC has registered several “bail bondsman” domains but no records could be found indicating that anyone within the organization is licensed to preform that service in the state of Florida.

Another website called popped up just last month obviously looking to capitalize on business opportunities created by this hot new scam. The removal site claims:

“No. We are NOT We are not owned by a mugshot website. We are an Independent Removal Company and we charge for Removals.  We just happen to have extremely intelligent people in our SEO marketing department that figured out that by looking like and having a name similar to we would get the most traffic. They were right!

BUYER BEWARE: Similar claims by similar websites have been proven to not be exactly true. The removal site goes on to make a plain warning for customers (as many other sites do):

“If we discover that you have filed a charge back after services rendered then we can guarantee you that your mugshot will not only get re indexed in Google but will remain their permanently.”

-Gosh, they really sound serious about making sure no one tries to screw them out of their money.

Please continue to contact state lawmakers in Florida and ask them to put an end to the unethical dealings within the online commercial mugshot industry.

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Citing Online Publication and Privacy, Feds Exempt Mugshots From FOIA

Attention State Lawmakers and Staffers,

The United States Government has just closed a loop-hole within the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals by overturning a 1996 ruling that gave the press routine access to federal mugshots. Agreeing with previous decisions by the 10th and 11th circuit courts, a vote of 9-7 concluded that these records do not have to be released under the Federal Freedom of Information Act.PrivatePropertySign

Judge Deborah Cook writes:

“…booking photos need not be released when requested by media under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

She said the internet gives criminal defendants a “non-trivial” privacy interest in their photos, which can stay online for years, that they lacked in 1996, when photos might appear on TV or in print media and then never been seen again.

A disclosed booking photo casts a long, damaging shadow over the depicted individual,” Cook wrote. “In 1996, this court could not have known or expected that a booking photo could haunt the depicted individual for decades. Experience has taught us otherwise.”

However, attorneys representing media outlets have been fighting for access to these photos for decades and hinted at a possible appeal to the supreme court in response to the decision.

We ask that elected state officials acknowledge the clear privacy interests outlined by this court’s latest ruling and continue to introduce legislation to curb the exploitative practice of online commercial mugshot publishing.

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Help Reach A 1,000 Signatures On This Petition is asking for YOUR HELP reaching the goal of only 1,000 signatures on this online petition in opposition of mugshot website scams.  Just as soon as the 1,000 signature goal is met, will go down the list of companies advertising on and share this petition with all of them!  


Thank you for your support!


For even more info on how you can help MAKE A DIFFERENCE visit

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Another Win For Online Mugshot Scam Victims

Thanks to readers like you, the 2nd Annual Mugshot Extortion Awareness Month was an overwhelming success. If you haven’t already seen’s spectacular six-part investigative documentary inspecting the commercial mugshot industry then with my highest recommendation I encourage you to check it out:

In even more great news, legislation in Kentucky aimed at stopping mugshot scams successfully made its way through the state’s senate earlier this month and shortly will be placed on the Governor’s desk for autographing. This makes Kentucky the 14th state in the nation to specifically pass a law against these types of scams.

As always thank you for supporting the cause of changing the law to stop mugshot extortion.

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Mugshot Site Owner Publishes Own Booking Photograph

The commercial mugshot industry’s “2015 Trendsetter Award” goes to Busted! Mugshots’ visionary, Kyle Prall, for being the first mugshot website owner to actually publish his own booking photograph. Under Prall’s brilliant leadership, Busted! Mugshots grew from a locally sold shame rag into a nation-wide extortion scam.kylepralldwi2

Mr. Prall’s other achievements include a 2013 class-action lawsuit settlement in which he agreed to stop charging money to remove mugshots from his website.

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My Opinion: Why google should treat revenge porn and mugshot sites the same.

A few year’s back Google adjusted its search algorithm to demote mugshot sites. While that was a nice try and a great start, this company should do more like extending the same courtesy to mugshot scam victims that revenge porn site victims have to remove links from search results. Also, this company shouldn’t allow mugshot removal scams to take place on blogspot.

Until recently, James Howard Patton of Navasota, Texas, was using google’s blogspot platform to operate a “sexy” mugshot website which surprisingly promoted a removal site that he also happened to operate. The lucky women deemed sexy enough to make an appearance on his site were tagged in such a fashion that ensured their prominent ranking in a google search query. He also took it upon himself to editorialize upon official charges brought against these women. Here’s one example:

“According to public arrest records, it seems [name remove] knows how to make a fool of herself –with a little booze.”

The irony is, of course, that this former funeral home director has a history of being very sensitive about others mentioning the salacious details of his 2009 arrest for abuse of a corpse. JamesHowardPattonTexastroll

I felt it was bullshit that someone who got busted taking naughty pictures with a non-consenting female corpse while under investigation by police for online harassment of his ex-girlfriend was trying to pull off a mugshot scam targeting women half his age –so I decided to launch a protest. In response to this protest, Patton offered to remove all mugshots from his blog site for free along with his associated removal site:JamesPattonmugshotremoval

So far, it looks like Patton has posted statements on only about a dozen websites basically expressing how strongly he disagrees with anyone interfering with his first amendment right to use public records in order to scam people. One of his criticisms towards this blog is actually not all that far off:

“I can’t seem to get it through my fuckin’ thick skull that mugshots and public records are public information”

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to contact lawmakers about the commercial misuse of mugshots.


I found another sketchy website the other day called Check out the homepage banner:ohmybanner

That crying girl is a real nice touch, but even more charming is that their disclaimer almost looks like it was actually written by a real lawyer:

The information included on this website is for entertainment and informational purposes only and is reflective of actual news reports, stories and feeds from around the world, including appropriate source links and text. The informational materials are not the creation of the site’s owner. In any legal cases concerning those charged or accused, the site owner believes in the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise in a court of law. The information contained herein is not intended as a platform for offending anyone or any party involved directly or indirectly. Furthermore, it is not intended as an outlet to defame, purge or humiliate anyone or any party involved directly or indirectly. Comments left by visitors and viewers are the sole responsibility of the comment authors and in no way reflect the opinions or views of the site’s owner. The owner cannot verify the accuracy of any information provided by the reporting news sources and source links and takes no responsibility over validity of information posted in comments sections. Those leaving comments, any sites linking to this site, as well as any news sources are in no way affiliated with the site’s owner. The owner is not responsible for any information shared with another party, website or additional media outlet. This site is not compensated to present or for the presentation of any material contained herein. Mugshots appearing on this website are pulled from the governing agencies in which the photo originated. Any additional photos may be collected from a variety of “public” profiles and sources.

Conveniently, this website’s owner is nice enough to provide a few links to what I’m sure is yet another trustworthy reputation outfit called The blogger(s) at keep their readers up to date about current events surrounding mugshot sites. Here is just one example of a priceless insight:

“At least, you say, the mugshot websites can no longer make any money, right?
 Well, not so fast. If you visit any of these sites, you will notice banner advertisements. When a visitor clicks on one of the ads, guess who makes a commission?

Bet the lawyers and the lawmakers didn’t see that one coming.”


Now, I just don’t feel that last comment was very fair of Mr. James Howard Patton given that people in Texas have gone to an awful lot of trouble in order to stop “businessmen” like him:

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Mr. Patton’s websites aren’t ranked high in the search engines yet (and please don’t visit them) but I think America is sick and tired of these same old scams. BUT if you’re STILL NOT CONVINCED that google should continue to thwart mugshot websites then CLICK HERE:

Is Former Houston Funeral Director James Howard Patton A Necrophiliac?

For more completely unrelated news, here is another blog’s take on this particular website:

JANUARY 14, 2015

Mugshot blog exploits attractive female criminals — Are you one of them?


The internet is still relatively new ( only 25-years-old). So, it’s a lot like the wild west. While there are plenty of laws pertaining to use and behavior while online (depending on state/country), there are still parts of the web that are pretty much lawless — and there are also parts of the web that push the envelope when it comes to free speech and use of public records. The blog Oh My Mugshot is one of those sites that pushes that envelope, to the point that may be offensive to some people. That’s especially if you’re an attractive woman who’s ever been arrested.
The blog’s writer(s) peruse the internet several times a week to find the latest arrests — and the accompanying mugshots ordinarily shared by media reports or police departments from all over the country. They sift through these mugshots to find the most attractive women and then they search the names in Facebook and on other social media networks. From there, a profile is posted publicly onthe blog showing an attractive selfie or other photo posted to the women’s public profiles alongside their embarrassing mugshots.

The mugshot blog has been up for a year or two, and it doesn’t look like it will end any time soon. That’s because it’s somehow affiliated with a service that charges people to have their mugshots removed from the internet — which seems like quite the scam. Have you ever been arrested anywhere in the United States? Is your mugshot publicly available online through a police department or any other source? If so, you may want to search the Oh My Mugshot blog to see if you’re one of the numerous women being exploited for click money.

Mugshot Removal

Recent studies have shown that one in three people under the age of 23-years-old have been arrested, which is an astonishing number of people. USA Today reports that the arrests of young people have become rather commonplace, which is an unfortunate side effect of new policies and laws. Getting arrested when you’re young — or really any age — is not a big deal when the crimes committed aren’t serious, but unfortunately mugshots can — and do — become publicly available. They’re shared in media reports, released by police departments and even posted in public places in some situations.

Your mugshot can be used against you in many ways:

Potential employers, landlords or property managers may choose not to hire you or rent to you based on seeing your mugshot in a Google search. It’s one thing to be able to view an arrest report with your name attached to it, but mugshots ordinarily show us when we’re at our worst. That’s not a good impression to give a potential employer or someone who may rent a home to you.

Friends, family members or potential lovers may alienate you. If your mugshot is easily found online, people in your life may distance themselves from you to avoid social embarrassment.

Bullies may use the mugshot against you to embarrass you or torment you.

Worse yet, companies and individuals may use your mugshot to promote their services or advertise their businesses. Your image may be used right now without you even knowing about it. Your mugshot could also go viral and become a meme. Nobody wants that.

If your mugshot is on this blog and you want it removed, there are two ways to go about this. 

  1. If you have been cleared of the charges related to the arrest/mugshot discussed on this blog, contact Crime Scene Media with a scanned copy showing the dismissal of your case or the innocent ruling.

2.  Click here and have your mugshot removed from the internet.

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Urge Gas Stations and Liquor Stores Not To Retail Mugshot Newspapers

Somewhere around 2010 the American mugshot shame rag industry was pioneered by individuals with zero background in journalism. In order to justify shamelessly humiliating members of the community for profit on a biweekly basis, publishers must continue to market their products as “crime-fighting” “public services.”

There will always be those who will do or say anything to make a buck, but for anyone who would presume to call themselves a journalist while at the same time copycatting this ill-conceived business model is more than a disappointment –they are a disgrace to the profession. Undermining the notion of civic duty and making a mockery of due process is probably not what forefathers envisioned when they guaranteed freedom of the press in the constitution. Let’s face it, even someone who would spend money on one of those tabloids is probably aware enough to know that it is nothing more than voyeuristic garbage.

The best thing any citizen can do in order to disrupt a fledgling local mugshot mag is to speak to those who retail the publication. Going after the advertisers is a waste of time because they will just ignore you. However, the corner store where you get your coffee in the morning and know the people who work there will listen. If these shame rags rub you the wrong way, then say something about it. If you don’t want these things in your communities then speak up. Retailers refusing to stock these publications will diminish circulation and eventually drive down the value of ad space. If profit disappears so will these tabloids. Do you think these publishers are so committed to community service that they will reach into their own pockets and keep things operating? I don’t.
This memo is a few years old but outlines useful tactics for combating this form of public disservice:

And Remember Folks… “Don’t Get Arrested”

Updated 1/4/17

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The Value of Florida’s Exemplary Sunshine Laws and Mug Shots

For those of you who haven’t already heard, @_FloridaMan on twitter currently is the hottest thing in the evolving field of mugshot journalism. Some credit the state’s “Proud Sunshine Laws” for cultivating an environment in which this unique form of regional literature is flourishing.

The Florida press is batting a 1,000 when it comes to killing legislation aimed at mugshot sites. Another bill written this particular session dealing with the commercial mug shot industry died earlier this month joining the other six. Some may be beginning to wonder if this state is simply unequal to the task of passing a law against mugshot scams while, at the same time, preserving the enjoyment, nay, the First Amendment right of the public to make fun of and laugh at idiot criminals who look stupid in their mug shots.

Remember when the New York Times did an investigative piece on the Mugshot Racket and saw considerable changes before the darn thing was even published? –Florida media isn’t going to do anything like that so it’s time to start thinking outside the box. Perhaps, Florida should solicit bids from various online newspapers that display mug shot galleries on their homepages then hire the best programmers the state has to offer and create a government-sponsored online booking photograph database. The maintenance of this database could be financed by court-ordered “publicity” fees remitted by those arrested. The photograph will then permanently be cataloged in this database giving Florida reporters an invaluable go-to resource when doing research for “Florida man” stories. As an added bonus, this plan will undoubtedly dry up the state’s demand for mugshot removal. It’s a sure bet that sooner or later someone will to start whining about the lack of benefits this type of public shaming has had on societies throughout history. In which case, we will frankly tell them to shut up because mug shots are public records.

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