A state statute that prohibits a convicted criminal from profiting by selling his or her story rights to a publisher or filmmaker. *State law usu. authorizes prosecutors to seize royalties from a convicted criminal to place the money in an escrow account for the crime victims' benefit. Such a law was first enacted in New York in 1977, in response to the lucrative book deals that publishers offered David Berkowitz, the serial killer who called himself "Son of Sam." In 1992 the U.S. Supreme Court declared New York's Son-of-Sam law unconstitutional as a content-based speech regulation, prompting many states to amend their laws in an attempt to avoid constitutionality problems. Simon & Schuster, Inc. v New York State Crime Victims Bd., 502 U.S. 105, 112 S. Ct. 501 (1992).

Berkowitz maintains that the dog told him to do it.

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