Sensenbrenner Wants to Criminalize TV Indecency
Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) has come up with another doozy of a crime bill: Instead of fining those who make indecent comments on television, let's throw them in jail.
Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner III, R-Wis., told cable industry executives attending the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. conference here on Monday that criminal prosecution would be a more efficient way to enforce the indecency regulations. "I'd prefer using the criminal process rather than the regulatory process," Sensenbrenner told the executives.
People who are in flagrant disregard should face a criminal process rather than a regulator process," Sensenbrenner said. "That is the way to go. Aim the cannon specifically at the people committing the offenses, rather than the blunderbuss approach that gets the good actors.
Sensenbrenner is a one-man disaster for justice. He's been the driving force behind the Real ID Act and bills to strip judges of their discretion in sentencing and subpoena judges' records. In 2004, he wanted to add mandatory minimum penalties to non-violent drug offenses (one example: a five year mandatory minimum sentence for passing a joint to someone who had been in a treatment center.)
He was a a holdout to the bitter end on the Innocence Protection Act and architect of its watered down version which is a victims' rights bill; and a relentless crusader for the Amber Alert bill that included the Feeney Amendment on sentencing and Joe Biden's anti-RAVE bill as amendments.
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