MagazzuGate is no WeinerGate … but very close
Nude Photos of N.J. Politician Put Spotlight on Internet Privacy
Louis Magazzu Nude
One of Cumberland County’s most influential politicians, Louis N. Magazzu, is using an attorney to fight a political activist who is behind a website posting embarrassing photos and emails from a cyber-affair Magazzu admits to having while married.
Magazzu, also an attorney, acknowledges taking the nude pictures of himself with a cellphone. He told The Daily Journal he forwarded the photos, along with others in which he is fully clothed, to an unidentified woman. The explicit shots were sent at her request after he sent other pictures in which he is fully dressed, Magazzu said.
Magazzu said the two never met in person, and only shared the pictures and flirty exchanges by email. He is in the process of divorcing his wife, an action that started before Carl B. Johnson, a Center City resident obtained and published the photos on his website, magazzuwatch.com.
Meanwhile, the website still carries the images that touched off the dispute — nude photos of Magazzu it censored.
“The website isn’t about posting shots of Lou naked or anything,” Johnson said. “It is about exposing the underbelly of local politics. He was the figurehead, the person who ran the party and the freeholder board for a decade. Even though he has stepped down, I don’t believe he has stopped wielding influence.”
Rocco C. Cipparone Jr., a criminal defense attorney and former federal prosecutor hired by Magazzu, states “posting and disseminating” of the photos and messages should stop immediately. He warned Johnson he may face criminal charges and civil liability.
On Monday, Cipparone released a statement to The Daily Journal on behalf of Magazzu. It said the images were sent to another “consenting adult solely as private communications between them and not for further distribution.”
Unlike the scandal earlier this year in which New York congressman Anthony Weiner used Twitter to accidentally publish a photo of himself wearing underwear while aroused, Magazzu exchanged his images only privately.
Louis Magazzu Nude Sex Scandal
The festering situation hit a new level early in July:
• On July 4, Johnson posted a head and chest photo of a shirtless Magazzu.
• On July 6, Johnson sent The Daily Journal an email containing uncensored photographs and accompanying private email exchanges between Magazzu and the unidentified woman. Daily Journal editors decided not to write a story about the materials at that time, judging it a private matter between consenting adults that did not involve any evidence of illegality or improper use of government resources. Johnson criticized the newspaper’s decision on his website.
• The material subsequently was offered to other area newspapers and other media, none of which published a story about them.
• On July 7, Johnson posted a photo of Magazzu in which he is pantless and his genitals are exposed. An image is imposed over Magazzu’s genitals, however.
• On July 8, Johnson posted more censored nude photos, plus an Internet exchange between Magazzu and a woman.
Johnson also posted mocking and taunting messages.
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Another politician has done it again. Except, well, has he? Nude photos of New Jersey local politician Louis Magazzu have appeared on the website of questionably named GOP activist Carl B. Johnson. Magazzu allegedly sent the photos to a woman with whom he was having an online relationship.
Before you file him away in a folder with former Rep. Anthony Weiner, Magazzu’s situation is different. Reportedly he’s been separated from his wife for two years; Weiner was married only a short time and his wife announced her pregnancy shortly after the scandal broke.
The bigger issue in this case is not that a grown man sent a grown woman a compromising picture. The question is how it arrived in the hands of the blogger and whether that blogger has the right to post it.
With the recent News of the World hacking scandal, electronic privacy demands attention. We do not know what measures the blogger may have undertaken to obtain the photo, but if it involved any hacking, those actions are firmly barred by U.S. law.
But if he didn’t use any hacking or wiretapping to get the photo, if someone sent it to him, does he have the right to post it?
Any person should have the power to prevent the distribution of nude photos unless they have previously signed a consent. The removal of such photos should be immediate and complete. There is no reason a person shouldn’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy in regard to his or her own body, and no justification exists for Johnson to have posted such photos, particularly when how he obtained them is cloudy.
The problem of people being exploited in this way will only grow with technology. Earlier this year, a hacker in California obtained nude photos from women’s accounts and sent them to their contacts. In July, another hacker stole nude photos from women, many of whom he knew, and posted them on their Facebook walls.
As the story of ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews, who was secretly filmed by a peeping tom, illustrates, the violation never goes away in this Internet age. In fact, it was far easier to find search results purporting to offer the intrusive peephole video than references to the news story.
For Magazzu, an embarrassing battle has started at a point too late for him to undo the harm, as a picture once on the Internet is a picture forever on the Internet. The time has come for law to catch up with technology and prevent the problem from growing, with penalties harsh enough to cause a potential poster to reconsider putting them up in the first place.
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August 2nd, 2011 05:03 PM EDT
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August 2nd, 2011 04:52 PM EDT
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August 2nd, 2011 01:56 PM EDT
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August 2nd, 2011 01:03 PM EDT
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August 2nd, 2011 12:42 PM EDT
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August 2nd, 2011 12:28 PM EDT
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August 2nd, 2011 01:30 PM EDT
Cumberland County Freeholder Louis Magazzu Resigns After Nude Photos Surface Online Louis N. Magazzu( Credit: http://www.co.cumberland.nj.us) TRENTON, N.J.( CBSNewYork/AP) It seems like another local politician has been caught with his pants down. Just weeks after Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned after sending lewd photos of himself to women he met online, Cumberland County freeholder Louis Magazzu has called it quits after nude photos he sent of himself to a woman online …
August 2nd, 2011 11:59 AM EDT
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August 2nd, 2011 10:40 AM EDT
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August 2nd, 2011 10:58 AM EDT
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August 2nd, 2011 03:20 PM EDT
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August 2nd, 2011 12:39 PM EDT
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August 2nd, 2011 07:11 AM EDT
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August 2nd, 2011 05:43 AM EDT
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