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Convicts shouldn’t expect privacy rights

Wendy Murphy: Convicts shouldn’t expect privacy rights

The ACLU in Massachusetts has been scaring people with a fear-mongering claim that cops are violating Criminal Offender Record Information laws by searching through the state’s criminal records database to see whether certain celebrities have rap sheets. They’re using the story to gain support for a proposed amendment to CORI that will provide even more privacy protections for criminal records.

Gov. Patrick wants tighter CORI laws, too. Yet neither Patrick nor the ACLU can explain why a person convicted of a crime should expect to have any “privacy” rights. Maybe this is because there is no rational way to attach the word “privacy” to criminal conduct – which is why most states don’t have CORI laws.

Source – Wendy Murphy, on Enterprise News

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