Son of Sam law

noun
\ -ˈsam- \

Legal Definition of Son of Sam law

: a law preventing criminals from profiting from media depictions (as in books or films) of their crimes

History and Etymology for Son of Sam law

after Son of Sam, pseudonym of serial killer David Berkowitz, whose profits from the sale of his story a 1977 New York statute attempted to divert to his victims

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“Son of Sam law.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/Son%20of%20Sam%20law. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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