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The Smoking Gun is a website that posts legal documents, arrest records, and police mugshots on a daily basis. Uniform Resource Locator is an URI which also specifies where the identified resource is available and the protocol for retrieving it A slogan is a memorable Motto or Phrase used in a Political, commercial, Religious and other context as a repetitive expression of In the Philosophy of language, a natural language (or ordinary language) is a Language that is spoken or written in phonemic-alphabetic or phonemically-related English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States truTV is an American Cable Television network owned by Time Warner through its subsidiary Turner Broadcasting. A website (alternatively web site or Web site, a back-construction from the Proper noun World Wide Web) is a collection of Web pages A mug shot (also known as a mugshot, head shot, or booking photograph) is a Photographic Portrait taken after one is Arrested The intent is to bring to the public light information that is damning, shocking, outrageous, or amazing, yet also somewhat obscure or unreported by more mainstream media sources. Most of the site's content revolves around historical and current events, although it also features documents and photos relating to out-of-the-ordinary crimes and people. It is owned by TruTV. truTV is an American Cable Television network owned by Time Warner through its subsidiary Turner Broadcasting.
The "smoking gun" name refers to the smoking gun metaphor, which is commonly used to describe a damning piece of evidence. The term " smoking gun " was originally and is still primarily a reference to an object or fact that serves as conclusive evidence of a Crime or similar Metaphor (from the Greek: μεταφορά - metaphora, meaning "transfer" is language that directly compares seemingly unrelated subjects The Law of evidence governs the use of Testimony (eg oral or written statements such as an Affidavit) and exhibits (e
One section of the site is made up entirely of "riders" in the contracts of popular music acts, focusing on the artists' personal demands; some of the publicized demands are either highly self-indulgent or inherently humorous. In Theater (and musical performance a rider is a set of requests or demands that a Performer will set as criteria for performance A contract is an exchange of promises between two or more parties to do or refrain from doing an act which is enforceable in a court of law
The website was founded in 1997 by William Bastone and Daniel Green, former reporters for The Village Voice. A website (alternatively web site or Web site, a back-construction from the Proper noun World Wide Web) is a collection of Web pages Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar William Bastone is the editor of The Smoking Gun, and was an investigative journalist for The Village Voice. A reporter is a type of Journalist who Researches and presents information in certain types of Mass media. This article is about a New York newspaper For the Ottawa Hills Ohio magazine see The Village Voice of Ottawa Hills. Most of The Smoking Gun's content is obtained by Freedom of Information Act requests to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, and from public records such as court documents. The Freedom of Information Act ( FOIA) is the implementation of freedom of information legislation in the United States Law enforcement agency ( LEA) is a term used to describe either an organisation that enforces the laws of one or more governing bodies or an organisation that actively and directly Public records refers to information that has been filed or recorded by local state federal or other government agencies such as corporate and property records The site has used those requests to assemble a collection of mugshots of current and historical celebrities.
Like sister website, Crime Library in the same year, Court TV (now TruTV) purchased The Smoking Gun in 2000. The Crime Library is a Website documenting major Crimes criminals and Trials Forensics, and Criminal profiling from books 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. In January 2006, The Smoking Gun was the first to report that James Frey fabricated parts of his bestselling memoir, A Million Little Pieces. James Christopher Frey (born September 12, 1969 in Cleveland Ohio) is an American Writer. for other uses see Memoir (disambiguation As a literary Genre, a memoir (from the French: mémoire A Million Little Pieces is a controversial Memoir by James Frey.
The site published its second book, The Dog Dialed 911: A Book of Lists from The Smoking Gun, in October 2006.
A series of the same name premiered on Court TV in 2005. The series features some of the site's stories and assorted sketch humor using string puppets. This series was later moved and shown on Adult Swim. Adult Swim, (usually stylized swim with its signature square Brackets, is an adult-oriented Television network sharing channel space with Cartoon
Presently on TruTV (formerly CourtTV), The Smoking Gun sponsors a series called "World's Dumbest Criminals". truTV is an American Cable Television network owned by Time Warner through its subsidiary Turner Broadcasting.