Constitutional Rights Breached by Improperly Publicizing Arrest on the Internet

Alexandra Bursac sued Nassau County Executive, Thomas R. Suozzi, after Suozzi placed her name, picture, and identifying information on a Website known as the County’s “Wall of Shame” following her arrest but prior to any conviction. A court granted her injunction request, finding that she suffered significant repercussions from the Wall of Shame, including “limitless and eternal notoriety, without any controls,” which were sufficiently severe to constitute a violation of the claimant’s constitutional right to due process.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Can the police publish the name of an individual who has been arrested?
When does publication become improper?
How may damage to a subject’s reputation resulting from inaccuracies arising from the sharing of information between law enforcement bodies be remedied?


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