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Friday, November 13, 2009

Really Starting Over with a Clean Slate

An article in the New York Times, Two German Killers Demanding Anonymity Sue Wikipedia’s Parent, discusses an interesting aspect of German law:

The legal fight pits German privacy law against the American First Amendment. German courts allow the suppression of a criminal’s name in news accounts once he has paid his debt to society, noted Alexander H. Stopp, the lawyer for the two men, who are now out of prison.

“They should be able to go on and be resocialized, and lead a life without being publicly stigmatized” for their crime, Mr. Stopp said. “A criminal has a right to privacy, too, and a right to be left alone.”

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