To: President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate
Stop Guilt By Internet
Stop online content that compromise the privacy of individuals who have had their court records expunged or sealed.
Why is this important?
Our government is made up of federal, state, and local court systems that are relied upon by citizens to mete out justice according to the law. This means, all citizens are held accountable based on the law. The laws concerning expunging a person’s court record should be held with the same acknowledgement of justice as any other law.
This is not the case, however, because the internet has become the court of public opinion, and is literally ruining the lives of tens of thousands of people who made a mistake at one point in their life, but paid their debt to society and now deserve (and by law have been granted) the opportunity for a second chance.
It’s unfair that negative content that stays on the internet for years and years can make you guilty for life, even after the courts have cleared your name, and even after you have done everything in your power to turn your life around.
This needs to change! Now is the time to push back against online publishers' claim of “free speech” and fight for the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Guilt by internet should be stopped.