Friday, February 25, 2011

Private Investigator News: U.S. Marshals Service explains mug shot release

"In 1996, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati (6th Cir.) held in Detroit Free Press v. Dep't of Justice that mug shots must be released. Since that ruling, the Marshals Service has been releasing mug shots to requesters that reside within the Sixth Circuit's jurisdiction.

Gonzales insisted that the Marshals Service has no position on the issue of releasing mug shots. 'Personally, we don't care if they're released,' he said. The decision on whether to release the photographs is a matter or policy and law.

'We are generally forbidden to release [mug shots],' he said. 'We must abide by the law.'"

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