Photos: Top ten most painful-looking mug shots of 2013

Categories: Crime

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As we continue our annual mug shot roundup, we point to an unexpected trend: This year, we received an unexpectedly high number of booking photos featuring people who definitely look worse for the wear. People who are bloody, bruised, in neck braces or, in one case, outfitted with an eye patch.

Clearly, these pics weren't taken on their best day. Check out the ten photos below, and be sure to click on the links or captions to see our original coverage.

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Jose Guadalupe Luna.
Read more in "Jose Guadalupe Luna, deputy, gets DUI bust -- and bloody mug shot."

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Philip Brown.
Read more in "Philip Brown's schmucky idea of a break-in target -- a sheriff's substation."

Continue to see more of 2013's most painful-looking mug shots.

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            State looks to ban access to suspects' mug shots

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey lawmakers plan to vote on legislation to make police booking photos of suspects confidential — a bill that's opposed by the group that represents 20 daily newspapers and other media outlets serving the state.

The bill, A-3906, would make mug shots off-limits unless there is a conviction. New Jersey Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, a Democrat from Essex, N.J., has scheduled it for a vote Thursday. The proposal has yet to be taken up in the Senate.

Laws governing access to public records vary from state to state, but the proposal would make New Jersey one of the few places where newspapers and websites wouldn't be allowed to use mug shots at the time of a booking.

According to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, three states exempt mug shots from public access: Kansas, Montana and Washington.

Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia all put significant conditions on the release of mug shots.

Towns established a policy last year at the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press that required every reporter to ask the police department for a mug shot after an arrest had been made. Towns said he found there was a disparity in the distribution of the pictures. For instance, many defendants who couldn't make bail were minorities, and their mug shots were posted by the jail. But suspects who could afford bail avoided having their images in the paper and on websites because they never went to jail.

Photographs of suspects in white-collar crimes almost never appeared in the paper, but those of robbery suspects, drug dealers and others with criminal pasts routinely did.

"There was and remains a huge disparity in who our readers see committing crimes each day," Towns said. "I thought it was only fair that we let our readers see all suspects, not just those who couldn't make bail. Unfortunately, local prosecutors routinely refused to release mug shots of all suspects."

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How about some "mug shots" of all the Wasteword employees ... for Christmas.

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