Monday, March 29, 2010

GA - Just Busted: Newspaper Focuses Solely On Mugshots

Original Article

08/06/2009

Go to almost any convenience store in the area and you're likely to see them. It's called "Just Busted" and each week, it's loaded with mugshots--pictures of people charged with everything from D-U-I, to child sex, to assault, to trespassing, even murder. And publisher Wanda Gilham says it's very popular.

"How successful? Very successful. We run out of papers, weekly," she says.

The paper has only been in operation for a few months. William Fix, who's an advertiser in the paper, says it's had a noticeable impact on local crime. He should know. He's also a bail bondsman.

"We started with nine fugitives and by the end of 5 weeks we had all of the fugitives in custody," he says.

But attorney Jerry Summers says he doesn't like it.

"It's kinda like holding a skunk," says Summers. "You can get rid of the skunk, but you can't get rid of the smell."

Summers says people in the magazine -- some of them his clients -- have only been *accused* of a crime.

"The fact that anybody can go to the jail and get mugshots in a newspaper and sell it for a dollar. I certainly think it infringes upon the rights of the accused under the 6th amendment to have a fair trial," Summers says.

He adds, "I had one that lost a very lucrative job and their case has not been decided yet and i sincerely believe we have one good opportunity to win that case."

The paper does say, "innocent until proven guilty" right on the front page. Fix says he deals with some of the people in this magazine.

"When you look at 'Just Busted' magazine, don't judge those people. You don't know if they're innocent or guilty. it's just a picture of someone who's been arrested," says Fix.

Gilham says the purpose for their paper is clear. "The purpose of this is to help cut back on crime, save lives, families, so people can make a mistake so long as they learn from the mistake."

Just Busted says they're also expanding. Later this month, they'll be launching an edition of the paper in Memphis.




16 comments :

Zuz007 said...

My Daughter was molested, I walked in and caught it in action.The scene is premantly burned in my brain. sorry about your son's experience. But yes, we need to offender list. he has molested 2 more female children.since.I also think that for repeat offenders they should tattoo child molestor on their foreheads and be castrated

Zuz007 said...

if he did the crime 20 years ago, Just Busted didn't exist back then. So, hummm, What has he done now to end up in the publication?

Zuz07 said...

AMEN !!! I think its a good idea. Embarrass this ghouls into behaving. Cut back on crime. and we need the sex offender list. We are notified any time he moves, buys a car etc. I for one want to know where the creep is, don't want him to sneak up on us.

Shawnya829 said...

I am in oklahoma, the same thing is happening to my daughter at school for a mistake she made. it got so bad at school she was talking about suicide and she had to be hospitalized. not only were students spreading the paper around a teacher was as well! if you know of an attorney please let me know.

TorrieM said...

i think its an awesome newspaper... i mean really by it once a week and find out who your neighbors really are....

No2sc2 said...

I live in Cobb county. I was "accused" of this drug offend. My lawyer said I would do 40 years in prison if found guilty on trial or accept the Plea deal of 1 year probation... Well you never know what stories Prosecutor will say and cOnvince the "public" jury whom most are always against crime. I doubt they summon criminal to jury duty.

So the saying is more like "Guilty until proven innocent"

No2sc2 said...

Lawyers and court justice all works together to bring in the money. Look they don't want to approve Sunday Alcohol sale because of Christian holiday but why can you still go out and drink at restaurant? They want that DUI. $$$$

Anonymous said...

BULLSHIT! That's all this paper really is. Making a quick buck and using public information for your own gain. I think someone should start taking pictures of him and his daily activities and see how he likes it.

Tclnick203 said...

It gets worse!  For those that are incarcerated, rags like this one threaten the safety of inmates.  It also becomes a security issue for the guards...
Then, for every inmate that is injured, attacked, transferred or placed in protective custody because of crap, a family member, friend or other loved one is hurt in the process!
Have a heart, use your brain and let the law do it's job (incompetently, yes, but it's better than vigilantes)...
Jack Nicholson said it best:  "You can't handle the truth!"  Society as a whole is not ready for it...

ONoHeDidnt said...

How about covering production and distribution expenses!

Wisconsin Law Reform said...

When people lose their jobs because of this paper, then are acquitted, the lawsuit is going to make the papers' owners very very poor.

This is one of the most vulgar displays of harassment against a group of individuals since the 50's. 

Frenchfry said...

My 12 year old granddaughter accused my 24 year old son. Yes, he took the plea because he had a baby due any day. He told me he didn't want to miss seeing his son grow up. His lawyer told him if the girl sheds one tear you will be in prison for a long time. All this because she didn't want to spend spring break at her Grandmas house, she had other plans. Her father(my eldest son) is deceased and was never married to her mother. My sons life is ruined along with everyone in our family. So sad

Hazel Kimbrell said...

Hey, if you don't want your picture in the paper, don't break the law. It's that SIMPLE

SOIssues said...

 Bahhh, nice little sheeple.  I guess if someone said "If you don't want to be searched at random, then don't go out in public," or "If you don't have anything to hide, then we are coming into your home anytime we wish to search your home!"  Go back to sleep now!

whowrotewhat said...

Ever get a traffic ticket? That is breaking the law. Want your photo in the paper, or are you perfect?

Mj said...

Your missing the point these people are trying to make. Innocent people are paying for the mistakes of others. By the way, there are people out there that are accused and wrongly arrested everyday