‘Revenge porn’ law goes before Texas’ top #criminal #court


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AUSTIN — The state’s highest criminal court has agreed to decide the constitutionality of Texas’ so-called “revenge porn law” in a legal battle pitting free speech against expectations of privacy when sharing nude or explicit photos the subject expected would stay private.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals announced Wednesday it would take the case challenging the 2015 “Relationship Privacy Act.” The case involves Jordan Bartlett Jones, a man accused of intentionally disclosing an explicit photo of a woman and her identity.

His lawyer, First Amendment attorney Mark Bennett, of Houston, has argued that while sharing the photo can be “pretty obnoxious stuff,” the image qualifies as speech protected by the U.S. Constitution. Texas’ 12th Court of Appeals ruled in his favor, deciding in April the law is “extremely broad” and applies to anyone who shares the visual material regardless of whether a person knows the circumstances of its creation.

Source: https://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Revenge-porn-law-goes-before-Texas-top-13105642.php


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