- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says he will refile legislation to ban so-called “revenge porn” after the bill was vetoed by Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo.

Kilmartin said Wednesday that the bill was wrongfully vetoed, so he will reintroduce it in the General Assembly session that convenes next month.

The legislation would criminalize posting nude pictures online without the consent of the person in the photo. Such images are often posted by ex-spouses or partners seeking to embarrass, or by extortionists demanding ransoms.

The legislation easily passed through the General Assembly but Raimondo vetoed it in June, saying it could have a chilling effect on free speech.

Raimondo said she’d support a better-written measure. Kilmartin says he hasn’t changed it because it’s already vetted and protects free speech rights.


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