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Craigslist to sheriff: Federal law protects site [CNet News]
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2009 11:53:12 -0400
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From: "Ronald J Riley \(RJR Com\)" <rjr () rjriley com>
Date: March 9, 2009 11:15:00 AM EDT
To: <dave () farber net>
Subject: Craigslist to sheriff: Federal law protects site [CNet News]
For IP if you wish. It never ceases to amaze me how those who are
supposed to enforce the law of the land constantly step outside the
law in their quest for easy solutions to accomplishing their jobs.
Ronald J. Riley,
Speaking only on my own behalf.
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founder Paul Heckel
Direct (810) 597-0194 / (202) 318-1595 - 9 am to 9 pm EST.
March 6, 2009 6:16 PM PST
Craigslist to sheriff: Federal law protects site
by Greg Sandoval
Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster has responded to the lawsuit filed this
week by the sheriff of Chicago's Cook County against the Web
Buckmaster suggested that the suit is a waste of time. Cook County
Sheriff Tom Dart called Craigslist one of the country's largest
sources of prostitution in the complaint he filed in federal court and
asked the court to force Craigslist managers to remove their erotic
Buckmaster said in a statement late Friday that Craigslist wrote Dart
in 2007 and explained that the law is pretty clear and favors
"As our counsel explained to Sheriff Dart's Department in 2007,"
Buckmaster wrote. "Craigslist cannot be held liable, as a matter of
clear federal law, for content submitted to the site by our
users...Frankly, Sheriff Dart's actions mystify me."
A spokesman for the sheriff's department could not be reached on Friday.
Dart isn't the first to ask Craigslist to do more to weed out ads for
prostitution. In Buckmaster's statement, he pointed out that in
November, the site "reached an agreement with 40 state attorneys-
general about creating a new enforcement plan for Craigslist."
Among the 40 was Lisa Madigan, attorney general for Illinois.
"And yet, inexplicably, Sheriff Dart apparently bypassed the Illinois
attorney general's office and filed this complaint through a private
law firm," Buckmaster wrote. "We assist police forces all over the
country, including members of Sheriff Dart's department. The vast
majority seem to understand that Craigslist is part of the solution
when it comes to combating terrible crimes like human trafficking and
Greg Sandoval covers media and digital entertainment for CNET News. He
is a former reporter for The Washington Post and the Los Angeles
Times. E-mail Greg.
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