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.