Son of Sam Agree or Disagree

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Son of Sam Law
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Son of Sam Law – Should convicted criminals be able to profit from their crime? If a person is convicted of murdering an individual and writes a book to tell their story, they should not be able to earn money from the profit of their book. Some people believe that it can be a good way to earn money for the criminal’s defense,while othersmaintain that any money earned should be given to the victim’s family or even create some type of trust account for future victims or programs to help others.

Son of Sam Law While watching the news the other day, I caught a story about a criminal who wanted to make a movie about his crime. My first thought was, “No way!’. That is horrible for someone
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Many believe that the Son of Sam Law goes against the fundamentals of the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Another opposing belief is that if a person is convicted of a crime can be compensated for telling their story they will be able financially to take care of their family members. If anyone is to profit from a crime it should be the victim or their loved ones. Some victims may need financial help paying for medical expenses or even day to day living expenses depending on the level of injury they have. Another solution could be that all proceeds from a book or movie, etc. could be placed in a victim’s assistance account to help all victims and their families.I will not buy anything that has been written by a convicted criminal if the criminal is the person to receive the profits. There have been stories that have been told in the past that I refuse to pay for.
Currently there is a case in the California Supreme Court Frank Sinatra, Jr. v Barry Keenen over the kidnapping of Sinatra, Jr. that happened over forty years. Keenen served his time for kidnapping Sinatra, Jr. and receiving $240,000.00 from Frank Sinatra, Sr. in 1963. (Sealey, 2012). The California Supreme Court is deciding whether Keenen or Sinatra, Jr. can receive any money for telling the story of kidnapping Frank Sinatra, Jr. Keenen believes that it is his story to tell and Sinatra, Jr. feels that as the victim he should be compensated.
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