Richard Blumenthal, Lead Threatener Of Craigslist, Doesn't Even Have Jurisdiction Over Prostitution

from the totally-bogus dept

We've discussed in the past how Connecticut Attorney General (and Senate candidate) Richard Blumenthal is one of the most ridiculous grandstanders out there -- especially with his bogus threats against tech companies, often with absolutely no legal basis. However, it turns out that it goes beyond just the fact that Blumenthal regularly ignores the actual laws involved (such as Section 230 safe harbors). Blumenthal, of course, has been leading the terribly misguided attack on Craigslist for having some prostitutes use the service. Once again, the law is pretty clear that Craigslist is protected by Section 230, and if Blumenthal really was concerned about prostitution, we've wondered why he doesn't go after the actual people involved for breaking the law -- as actual law enforcement officials in Connecticut have done.

Well, according to Jacob Sollum, over at Reason, perhaps the reason is that prostitution cases aren't even within Blumenthal's mandate and jurisdiction:
As Connecticut's Division of Criminal Justice explains on its website, the state's attorney general "has no jurisdiction whatsoever over criminal matters and no authority to prosecute criminal violations of the law."
So, here we have an attorney general, who you would think knows both the law and his own jurisdiction, going to the press and grandstanding, rather than filing an actual lawsuit because (a) he can't actually file the lawsuit and (b) even if he could, he'd lose.


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    Jay (profile), Sep 9th, 2010 @ 9:16am

    A few thoughts.

    Why does this remind me of that case where the Lacrosse players stood accused of raping a girl, and yet at least one showed that he was in a different place, receipt and everything, until that AG was disbarred for bad behavior?

    It seems to me that the entire power of an AG supercedes a need to be right on the subject involved.

     

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    Pierre Wolff (profile), Sep 9th, 2010 @ 9:16am

    CNN???

    Wonder if CNN's Amber Lyon is on the case or ever thought to speak to law enforcement that uses Craigslist. Perhaps these are just inconvenient truths for her form of journalism :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 9th, 2010 @ 9:59am

    He's pimping himself

    Betcha he'll run for a higher office on a tough on crime platform.

     

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    Kingster (profile), Sep 9th, 2010 @ 10:10am

    Re: He's pimping himself

    You mean like his run for a Connecticut Senator seat?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 9th, 2010 @ 10:30am

    Re: Re: He's pimping himself

    The sad part is that he probably win.

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Sep 9th, 2010 @ 10:45am

    On the Corner

    Prostitutes also tend to hang out on the sidewalks, in public right-of-way, along streets to solicit their services. We should ban sidewalks and streets!

     

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    redrum, Sep 9th, 2010 @ 11:17am

    "(a) he can't actually file the lawsuit and (b) even if he could, he'd lose."

    And yet CL turned over faster than a drunk whore. Their lack of balls is astounding.

     

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    dostadawg, Sep 9th, 2010 @ 11:20am

    nice to leave out the party he is in..thats just more of your wise and elitist libs there...

     

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    Overcast (profile), Sep 9th, 2010 @ 11:41am

    He has no time to worry about the law while he's enforcing the law.

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Sep 9th, 2010 @ 11:53am

    Re:

    His political polarization is irrelevant since both parties suck. (wouldn't this be conservative anyways?)

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Sep 9th, 2010 @ 12:17pm

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    And yet CL turned over faster than a drunk whore. Their lack of balls is astounding.


    That's not true at all, really. They've been fighting this for at least 3 years. They stood firm for a while, then did a "settlement," which didn't help, so they did a second "settlement." And now this. What's really ridiculous is that the reason the AGs are so upset this time is that CL makes money from these ads. The only reason they started charging for those ads in the first place was because of the first settlement, where the AGs pressured CL to start charging for CL ads in order to figure out who placed them.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 9th, 2010 @ 12:18pm

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    Did they really? The 'Censored' box was only up for one day. I assume that was just to make a statement against the AG in question. Yep, all those supposedly 'censored' ads are back up.

     

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    ofb2632 (profile), Sep 9th, 2010 @ 2:07pm

    the law?

    Of course he does not have any legal standing.. He dosent want real results, he wants HEADLINES!!

     

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    Pixelation, Sep 9th, 2010 @ 10:22pm

    "Richard Blumenthal, Lead Threatener Of Craigslist, Doesn't Even Have Jurisdiction Over Prostitution"

    Aawww crap! and I was hoping he could hook me up.

    Oh well.

     

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    bob, Sep 10th, 2010 @ 3:26am

    Re: A few thoughts.

    You really should check the facts in the Duke Lacrosse case and Durham, NC DA prosecutor Mike Nifong.

    AG Roy Cooper came out and said the Duke Lacrosse players were Innocent.

     

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    Fugly dudes gotta get laid, Sep 10th, 2010 @ 3:58pm

    what?

    "What's really ridiculous is that the reason the AGs are so upset this time is that CL makes money from these ads."

    I thought they were complaining about underage sex trafficking. You mean they are complaining because when they told Craigslist to charge for their ads they didn't realize they would make money from them. Yeah, the AGs are pretty dumb.

    Thanks for fighting our fight Mike. So glad to have a smart guy like you in our corner.

     

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