Ohio Sen. Shirley Smith has introduced a bill that would allow ex-convicts to erase online information about their arrests. The bill would give repeat offenders the ability to "delete their record" from public view, which might also require newspapers to remove all old articles about their arrests and convictions. Come again? Smith is arguing that the First Amendment was never intended to apply to news stories. Uh-huh. If this bill becomes a law, then those who do not delete information (individuals and newspapers) would face serious fines. Clearly Ms. Smith has bumped her head. We don’t know who she’s trying to protect, but it's certainly not the public.
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