End Revenge Porn Working Group
Active dates:June, 2015 -
The group was organized by Rep. John Lesch.
Function: To study and draft legislation to address the issue and create tough penalties for the crime of "revenge porn".
A Legislative Working Group organized by Rep. John Lesch, began meeting in June, 2015, one month after the court issued an opinion in State v. Turner on May 26. That Court of Appeals ruling, handed down by Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Denise Reilly, decided that the Criminal Defamation Statute used in a 2013 Isanti County crime was found to be overbroad and unconstitutional.
As of May, 2015, 17 states had crafted laws that attempt to address revenge porn crimes, according to Carrie Goldberg, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based volunteer attorney with the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, which has a national campaign called "End Revenge Porn."
Rep. John Lesch introduced House File 18 in Minnesota's special session in June, 2015. It was treated as a preliminary or working version and he hopes that a more refined version will be ready by the fall. He has said the group will continue working until the March 2016 legislative session begins.
The group is comprised of various stakeholders, including: legislators, attorneys, associations, and advocates.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 2015.
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