Historic Mug Shots Line New Supreme Court Brief as Court Weighs Privacy Dispute

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As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to weigh a dispute over mug shots, a new amicus brief, backing the Detroit Free Press in its suit, presents a collection of historic and contemporary booking photos. The brief, filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, included the photos to argue that the images have a historical value, building an understanding of the context behind arrests, and should be widely available to the public. A federal appeals court ruling in July cited the privacy interests of defendants in concluding that the U.S. government does not have an obligation under public-records laws to release mug shots.

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