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Democratic hopefuls for attorney general in Maryland eye ‘revenge porn’ legislation

“Revenge porn” is becoming a hot topic in Maryland’s race for attorney general.

Del. Jon S. Cardin (D-Baltimore County), among four hopefuls vying for the job, plans a press conference Wednesday to unveil legislation that would make it a felony to post a sexually explicit image of another person on the Internet without their consent.

Cardin is scheduled to appear with a University of Maryland law school professor who is an expert on Internet privacy, as well as a victim of “revenge porn,” according to an advisory.

One of Cardin’s rivals for Maryland’s top law-enforcement post has already started working on similar legislation for the upcoming 90-day legislative session.

Del. C. William Frick (D-Montgomery) has staff drafting a bill similar to a legislation signed this month in California by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) that makes posting naked pictures of an ex-significant other punishable by jail time.

Frick said his interest in the legislation was inspired by the “awful experience” of a constituent of his.

Two other lawmakers — Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery) and Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Prince George’s) — are also running for attorney general in the June primary.

Frosh picked up the endorsement over the weekend of the Maryland-D.C. AFL-CIO Council.

No Republicans have yet announced bids for the post.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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