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The victims they don't want to talk about

2002-05-07 17:41:59+00 by Shawn 3 comments

An Oklahoma couple were arrested for taking [innocent] pictures of their daughter. After being ambushed at their house by police cars, $20,000 in legal bills, having their daughter taken from them for almost two months and lost wages, the judge has ruled that the pictures were "not intended as a sexual stimulant". But the stigma remains:

Last week, Beverly Compton returned to work. Her husband continues his job as a computer programmer. They say they know some people will always think of them as guilty.

[ related topics: Photography Sexual Culture Nudity Law Law Enforcement Civil Liberties ]

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#Comment made: 2002-05-07 18:30:15+00 by: TC [edit history]

Hmm I'd assume there is now civil litigation against Pawnee County law enforcement. What I find most puzzling about this is that they make no mention of what started this investigation? From the looks of this, the law enforment agency should be spanked hard but are we to assume the cops swooped in on a tip from local psychic or disgruntled employee? If it was a neighbor complainting about the noise from grips and film crew that would change things a bit so I really wanna know. Did some anonymous phone call get sheriff Rosco to bust these criminals??

#Comment made: 2002-05-07 19:18:22+00 by: Diane Reese

Law officers were responding to evidence of film developed at a store in Jenks, according to reports.

Apparently it was a "helpful" film clerk, like the one in San Jose last year who busted Al deGuzman for plotting to storm DeAnza College. I wonder if you have to pass a background check to be a photo clerk these days.

Digital photography ought to cure these problems someday.

#Comment made: 2002-05-07 21:26:02+00 by: Shawn [edit history]

Yes, a <snort>helpful</snort> clerk - like the one who "caught" Cynthia Stewart three years back. And like the one(s) who destroyed my negatives because they were nude pictures of my girlfriend - the same year, if I remember correctly. (I strongly discourage anyone from getting their film developed at Top Food & Drug.)