Md. Lawmakers Consider Making ‘Revenge Porn’ a Felony

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Del. Jon Cardin
Del. Jon Cardin

Del. Jon Cardin made good on his promise to introduce into the House a bill that would make the “nonconsensual disclosure of sexually explicit pictures and videos” a felony in Maryland. Under Cardin’s proposal, conviction of maliciously posting “revenge porn” would come with a five-year prison term and a fine of $25,000.

It may sound like a stiff penalty for leaking a dirty picture, but revenge porn has devastating consequences for its victims, more than a few of whom wind up committing suicide.

Two other delegates have written up their own bills that would criminalize revenge porn — one is yet to be introduced. Both would make the act a misdemeanor rather than a felony and tack on a shorter prison term and a smaller fine.

 



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  1. I’m trying to find a downside to legislating severe punishment for someone who makes explicit photos public without the subject’s consent……I don’t think there is a downside, but I’m willing to listen?

  2. Should be a shorter prison term (maybe 6 months) and a LARGE FINE (maybe $25,000 for each picture posted). The fine should be paid to the court and then given to the victim to compensate them for their embarrassment. So go ahead, pervs, post your porn, and make someone rich!!!

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