a bit supirsed
Honestly, I'm a bit suprised that athey sued for costs, since I am certain that it's easier to find suspects using an ad and following the trail than hitting the streets and hoping to catch someone in the act, as it were.
A federal judge has summarily dismissed a lawsuit Chicago's sheriff brought against Craigslist, ruling that the website can't be sued for prostitution ads posted by its users. The decision is a blow to Thomas Dart, the sheriff of Illinois's Cook County, who argued the erotic services section of Craigslist violated prostitution …
Its STILL not Craigslist's fault and the judge would have to go after the perp who posted. There are legal avenues to do that.
Why is it that whenever someone makes a sensisble ruling such as this that some moron posts a "if they did this then I bet the judge/whatever" would change their mind.
We can all come up with idiotic scenarios that could ostensibly break the ruling, but in the REAL world (as opposed to some paranoid delusion) they normally don't happen.
"The ruling by US District Judge John F. Grady is good news not only for Craigslist but for any US-based website that accepts comments,"
The ruling is only binding in states covered by the seventh circuit of the US Federal Court system, that is, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. The SC attorney general can still see if he can get a different opinion in the fourth circuit (see map: http://www.uscourts.gov/images/CircuitMap.pdf ) If the fourth circuit disagrees with the seventh circuit, it will probably wind up in the Supreme Court; if they agree, other circuits will likely toss lawsuits out of court.
If a prostitute posts an ad for their services on say one of the following:
A utility pole
A traffic signal electrical box
A bus stop
Does that mean that Utilities, Streets departments, and Transit authorities might have to start policing their properties vigorously? After all, if they don't take that stuff down quickly, might'nt they be facilitating?
Gov. had better be careful what they wish for.
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