Controversy: The Son Of Sam Law

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Son of Sam The Son of Sam Law has only been invoked a couple of times in cases such as Mark David, John Lennon assassination and a couple others such as Scarsdale diet. The Son of Sam law has been in effect in the past, present, and even has been challenged as unconstitutional. While in prison a serial killer or con-artist can profit off of their crime by writing a novel or selling movie rights about their crime and make millions. That’s why the Son of Sam law was created. On July 29, 1976 David Berkowitz started his killing spree (“David Berkowitz”). He went around New York shooting innocent couples that happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, in a car, on the street or benches (David Berkowitz). The ruthless killer …show more content…
Now the court is deciding if the profits from the Real Housewives or future books will be ruled under the Son of Sam law (Vicky Himon). Not only is the Son of Sam law affecting celebrities it also stops white collars. There has been much controversy over the 2013 film Wolf of Wall Street (Prosecutors). Officials at the US Attorney’s Office say the Mr. Belfort had earned more than $1 million in recent book and movie sales from his crimes as the Wolf of Wall Street (Prosecutors). The production team was forced to turn over $25,000. Mr. Belfort’s lawyer, Nicholas DeFeis, commented to reporters that his client had paid every restitution payment required of him (Prosecutors). Belfort pledged 100 percent of his book and movie proceedings to his victims (Prosecutors). Belfort also noted that in 2011 he made $940,000 and paid $21,000 in restitution and claimed $24,000 on deduction of income tax …show more content…
One of the biggest companies that didn’t agree was Simon and Schuster. In 1986 the board learned about the contract between petitioner Simon and Schuster and admitted organized crime figure Henry Hill (Highlights). In 1981 Hill entered a contract with author Nicholas Pillage for the production of a book of a book about Hills life (Highlights). The following month signed publishing rights with Simon and Schuster. Hills book describes in colorful detail, the day to day extend of organized crime (Highlights). Within 19 months of its publication more than a million copies were in print (Highlights). The board ordered Hill and Simon and Schuster to turn over all money to Hill payable at the time. In 1987 Simon and Schuster brought a lawsuit in (Highlights). Seeking that the Son of Sam law violates the first amendment which states that anyone has the right to freedom of speech and press. They concluded that the Son of Sam law is a consistent with the first amendment (Highlights). Now that the Son of Sam law has been reviewed by cases in the past such as the Sinatra Case, and the Scarsdale Murder. Cases that are present such as The Real Housewives scandal and The Wolf of Wall Street, and how it could be seen unconstitutional by violating the first amendment that states “freedom to speech and press” it can be looked at as either the absolute best law or

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