In a case that bears a striking resemblance to the one that happened near me in Kannapolis, NC two men have been arrested for the rape of woman who was set up through craigslist.
27-year-old Jebidiah James Stipe of Twentynine Palms, California has been arrested for allegedly setting up the rape of a woman in Natrona County, Wyoming through craigslist. 26-year-old Ty Oliver McDowell of Casper has been arrested for the rape itself. The rape is said to have taken place on December 11th.
What is unclear at this time is Stipe’s relationship to the victim and what the ad that solicited the rape said.
Of course the EFF is quick to defend craigslist…
Matt Zimmerman, senior staff attorney at Electronic Frontier Foundation in California, said Craigslist is protected from liability for posting ads requesting illegal activity under the 1996 Federal Communications Act.
“The law is pretty clearly on the side of Craigslist and (other similar sites),” Zimmerman said.
“To give Craigslist a little credit, they negotiated an agreement with attorneys general across the country where they basically said, ‘We’re not obligated to do this, but we’ll do a number of things to alleviate your concerns,'” he said.
“That’s above and beyond what they’re required to do by law,” Zimmerman said.
You would think that being such an allegedly socially conscious organization that craigslist would do more than just the bare minimum of what the law requires.
Much like the ACLU the EFF is choosing the wrong battles and giving itself a credibility problem.
Considering that McDowell is also accused of violating the victim with a foreign object I don’t see how the EFF and craigslist can say that they’re doing enough.