Amy Klobuchar wants to kill "Murderabilia" websites
Nothing, evidently, better brings together a conservative Republican senator from Texas and a liberal Democratic senator from Minnesota than a good old fashioned sale of murder relics.
And so you have Sens. John Cornyn and Amy Klobuchar introducing a bill called the "Stop the Sale of Murderabilia to Protect the Dignity of Crime Victims Act of 2010." Evidently they had some down time between fretting over the national debt, the Gulf oil spill and two wars.
Via Fox News:
"The niche market of murderabilia has been thriving doing just that. A murderabilia website was recently found to be selling a patch of the three miles of road on which James Byrd Jr. was dragged to death in Jasper, Texas, by white supremacists 12 years ago. Plus it was selling dirt from his grave.
"Of course there's bigger issues than this one," Klobuchar told the network. "It doesn't mean you just shrug your shoulders and say, 'Killers should be able to put their stuff on a website."
The Stop the Sale of Murderabilia to Protect the Dignity of Crime Victims Act of 2010 seeks to cripple the Murderabilia industry by preventing prisoners from mailing any object the prisoner intends to be sold in interstate commerce. The bill provides a civil remedy to Murderabilia victims, allowing them to recover injunctive relief, damages, and reasonable attorney's fees from violators of the bill and removing the financial incentive for prisoners to sell Murderabilia. Sen. Cornyn introduced a previous version of this legislation in 2007.
"As a former prosecutor, I know firsthand what it is like to work with families who have lost loved ones to violent crimes. Criminals that commit these violent crimes shouldn't be able to further profit from their acts by selling items that wouldn't have any value except for the notoriety of the seller. I'm glad to work with Senator Cornyn on this issue, and proud to continue fighting for crime victims," said Sen. Klobuchar.