Elisha Strom has been sitting in Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail for two weeks. Her alleged crime? Publishing the address of an officer on the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement, JADE, task force.
The Code of Virginia forbids publication of law-enforcement officers’ addresses or photographs with the “intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass” in §18.2-186.4. Most recently updated in 2007, the Class 6 felony carries a mandatory six-month jail sentence.
“It’s not illegal to publish the address,” argues Strom in an exclusive jailhouse interview nearly two weeks after her July 16 arrest. “It’s not illegal to publish the photograph. It’s illegal to do so with the intention of harassment.”
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