Monday, October 15, 2007

CA - Sex Offender with No Place to Live

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Sounds like California folks are finally seeing the big picture. The comments section is very good. Video is available as well.

10/10/2007

REPORTER'S NOTES

Hena Cuevas
Various sections of Jessica’s Law are being challenged in court. One of them is its retroactivity.

Can and should it apply to those who were released before it went into effect? That’s one of the issues in Ross’ case.

He was ordered to be released in March 2006 before the law was voted in November of that year. But because there was no place for him to live, he had to wait an additional year and a half at Atascadero State Hospital.

He didn’t get out until April 2007. His attorney argues that the original release order is the one that should count. Therefore, Jessica’s Law wouldn’t apply in his case.

INSIDER VIEWPOINTS

Today, the CDC announced that 1,773 parolees must move to comply with Jessica’s Law. No one knows where they will go, yet they have to go somewhere.

On the same day, a three-judge federal panel met to consider how it will decide whether California’s prisons are so crowded that conditions violate prisons’ rights (the medical care of California’s prison population has already been taken over by a federal receiver). The relentless march of get-tough-on-crime initiatives and laws has led us to this precipice.

Will our indifference lead us over the edge? Surely, we cannot warehouse a population the size of Irvine, Calif., indefinitely.

Everyday, many—like Mr. W.—are released on parole to transition back into the community. Where will they go?

How will that be accomplished? Shouldn’t we be trying to answer these questions?

Todd W. Howeth
Sr. Deputy Public Defender
Ventura County, Calif.
Attorney for Mr. Ross W.



Jessica’s Law Proposition 83 does nothing to protect children and, in fact, displaces about one million women and children who are connected to a sex offender in California alone. People wearing GPS devices cannot get jobs, and this harms their family members who depend on them as breadwinners.

Most sex offenders did not commit a violent crime. For example, a college kid who is charged with indecent exposure is thrown in the same database classification as the most mentally ill and violent offenders.

Where we should be focusing our energy and funds, if the goal is to protect children, is on strengthening the family unit and working against substance abuse and mental illness that are often the causes of the actual crime. Sex offenders have the lowest recidivism rates of all categories of crime, less than five percent for child molestation—according to the Bureau of Justice. This is going to cost a fortune and is already putting women and children on the streets.

Reverend B. Cayenne Bird
Columnist
U.N.I.O.N.


IL - Lee County Looks into First of its Kind Ordinance Regarding Sex Offenders at Libraries

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Let's see, kids go to schools, churches, parks & amusement parks, swimming parks, lakes, movie theaters, fast food joints, etc.. Where do kids NOT congregate? Why don't you just ban all sex offenders from the country? Buy them all tickets out of the country, and I'm sure they'd leave this Nazi country very quickly. But, even if all 630,000 sex offenders, their families and children left this country, more sex offenders would be arrested who haven't been caught. Like all the corrupted cops, lawyers, judges, mayors, republicans, celebrities, etc. So this is pure punishment and nothing else. And it's cruel & unusual punishment. Everybody passing these laws are just gutless, evil cowards who do not have to balls to stand up for the Constitution which this country has held so dear. Now it means absolutely nothing, thus we might as well be the USSA (United Soviet Socialists America). Heil Bush!

10/15/2007

DIXON - Lee County's State's Attorney wants the county board to pass an ordinance that bans child predators from the children's department in county libraries. It would also force sex offenders to sign in and out of the library.

This proposal would be a first for Illinois. State's Attorney Paul Whitcombe hopes if Lee County adopts the ordinance, other Illinois counties and eventually the state would follow suit.

The idea began a couple weeks ago when Amboy's police chief asked Whitcombe what police could do about a man identified as a sex offender who was hanging out at the Amboy Library. He'd been showing a lot of interest in one of the girls there.

Whitcombe looked into it and found out there was nothing police could do. Amboy Police Chief Paul Smith and Lee County Sheriff John Varga were shocked there wasn't any law, and with sex crimes continuing to grow in the county, they decided there needed to be some kind precaution to prevent an incident at any of Lee County's three libraries.

In addition to banning sex offenders from the children's section and forcing them to sign in and out, the sheriff's department would provide libraries with names and pictures of child predators. Whitcombe says, "We've spoken to the libraries in the county. Sixty-six percent of them have been extremely positive. They can't wait for this to take effect and they want this information. One library has expressed some concerns that this might infringe on the rights of the sex offenders."

One library director supports the ordinance but worries about how her staff will be able to enforce it. Carol Schrey with Winifred Knox Memorial Library in Franklin Grove says, "That could be difficult for us. That's an extra job at the desk, which is sometimes a very busy desk."

The Franklin Grove and Amboy Libraries are the ones on board. Dixon's library has expressed concerns about the ordinance infringing on sex offenders' rights.

The Lee County Board will discuss the proposed ordinance at its meeting Tuesday night.


CA - California Supreme Court allows arrests of paroled sex offenders

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So why isn't anybody getting a temporary restraining order (TRO) for ALL offenders living in this state? The Gestapo need to get a life. Like the war on drugs, it never ends.

10/15/2007

SACRAMENTO — Parole agents can continue their sweeps of sex offenders who live too close to schools and parks after the state Supreme Court on Monday refused to grant a broad injunction seeking to halt the arrests.
- Because they are all delusional and don't have any clue what the Constitution says, and they do not have the balls to stand up for what is right.

The court previously blocked the state from arresting four parolees who claimed the law is too vague and unfairly punishes offenders after they are released from prison. But in Monday's ruling, the high court refused to expand that ruling and apply it to hundreds of other paroled sex offenders.

The request to block all arrests "is denied without prejudice to the filing of an action for declaratory and injunctive relief in an appropriate superior court," the court said in a one-paragraph order without elaborating.

Parolees' attorneys said they are not immediately sure if they will ask a lower court for that injunction. The Supreme Court is considering whether Jessica's Law is constitutional as it applies to the four parolees, meaning attorneys representing additional sex offenders could simply wait for a decision.

"We have to give it some time to figure what our next move is," said Don Specter, director of the nonprofit Prison Law Office, based in San Rafael.

Parole agents began the sweeps last week under the year-old law, which sets strict residency requirements for recently released sex offenders to keep them away from children. About 850 parolees were in violation.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered agents to start revoking paroles last week, despite the high court's decision to block the arrests of the four sex offenders who were violating the residency requirements.

"My administration will continue to do all we can to implement, enforce and fight challenges to Jessica's Law, which the voters overwhelmingly approved to protect our children and families from sexual predators," the governor said in a statement after Monday's Supreme Court decision.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation could not immediately say how many offenders have been arrested since the crackdown began, spokesman Seth Unger said.

Jessica's Law, passed with 70 percent support from California voters last November, is named after a 9-year-old Florida girl who was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a convicted sex offender in 2005. It prohibits offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park where children regularly gather.

Supporters went to voters last year after they were unable to get versions passed by the state Legislature. They were prompted by outrage over the housing of sex offenders in hotels near Disneyland and within a half-mile of schools, in violation of an earlier law.

Critics say Jessica's Law is forcing sex offenders to become homeless or move from towns and cities into rural areas because they cannot find housing that meets the law's requirements in more populated areas.

Similar laws in Florida, Iowa and other states also have led to questions over where sex offenders can live once they finish serving their prison sentences.

Sending violators back to prison also could add to severe crowding just as federal judges begin considering limiting the inmate population or releasing some prisoners before they have served their full sentences.


ACTION ALERT - All Registered Sex Offenders and their family members and supporters



In August Rep. Conyers issued a Press Release re: Hearings on Internet Sex Crimes. Apparently they are scheduled for Wed. 10-17-2007 9:30 AM

Is there a single RSO who believes that lawmakers and other fear-mongers will not blame RSOs for all Internet Sex Crimes and ultimately enact laws to make it harder on RSOs and their families. Rarely, and I mean rarely, do you find a RSOs committing such crimes?

Datelines' "To Catch a Predator" series: Remember the show, well of the over 229 offenders who showed up or were prosecuted, 4 were registered sex offenders, which is 1.7%. That is clear proof that imposing severe requirements on RSOs nationwide (through amendments to the Adam Walsh Act such as registering e-mail addresses) WILL NOT ADDRESS 98.3% of those committing such crimes. Congress must look at evidence and stop acting on "It Sounds Good"

29,000 RSOs kicked off MySpace: The Attorneys General from many states made a big to do over this and what did they find? ONE RSO who had committed a MySpace type crime; ONE! In reality what they found were RSOs who HAD ACCOUNTS on MySpace, AG's never proved (or published) whether those accounts were setup before the RSOs went on parole. That they kept from the public. Yes, some RSOs, as a condition of parole or probation, were not supposed to access the Internet, but that is not a crime it is a TECHNICAL VIOLATION of Supervision; no crime.

News Articles Showing Who is Committing Internet Sex Crimes: Over at Sex Offender Issues blog he has established a new Tag (/Crimes-Internet). The purpose is to quickly show Public Servants who have been, or are being, convicted of such crimes. Note: If you read those articles, remember, he posts 20 to a page, which means you must click on OLDER when you get to the bottom of his page.

How can you have your voice heard?: Send your comments to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee by the end of the day Tuesday, October 16 (Midnight). That way they will be available to the committee and be part of the committee record. DEMAND -Evidence Based- legislation not -Sounds Good- legislation. Cite any of the above in support of who is really committing such crimes!

Do you want to watch the hearing on Wednesday?: At the following link, click on October 17, and you can view the broadcast on Wednesday: Live Webcam Broadcast (Listen).

eAdvocate


WI - Wisconsin GOP chair faces charges in enticement of teenage boy

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10/14/2007

Brown County GOP Chairman Donald Fleischman has resigned his post, says a spokesperson, after being accused of enticement and fondling of an underage boy, reports the Green Bay Press-Gazette Saturday.

Fleischman, 37, is free after posting a $20,000 bond on September 28. "My client is innocent of the charges," says attorney Jeff Jazgar, who "declined to discuss specifics."

"Our plan is to get some witnesses to testify and present enough information to dismiss the case."

The boy was found by police in Fleischman's home on two occasions in late 2006 while being sought as a runaway from Ethan House, a home for at-risk youth. Now 17, he says he stayed with Fleischman at his house and a cabin, where he was provided with alcohol and cannabis, and regularly fondled.

On November 19, 2006, according to a September 7th complaint obtained from the WisPolitics Courtwatch Blog, the boy in question was found hiding in a bedroom closet, and a pipe was found in the house, which tested positive for THC. Shortly after, on December 8, 2006, Fleischman said he was trying to convince the boy, discovered again in the home, to turn himself in as a runaway.

Fleischman faces two counts of child enticement, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child, and one count of exposing himself to a child. He returns to court on October 29.


IL - Correctional officer pleads not guilty at preliminary hearing

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I want to see a study done on how many sex offenders are cops, politicians, celebrities, etc. From what I am seeing, it appears at least half are these people.

10/12/2007

MURPHYSBORO - A Marion correctional officer accused of sexually abusing a juvenile family member pleaded not guilty after waiving his preliminary hearing Friday morning at the Jackson County Courthouse.

Richard Dean Nutter, 34, of Du Quoin, was arrested Sept. 26 and charged with one count of predatory criminal sexual abuse and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault. He is accused of sexually abusing a female juvenile between 1998 and March 17, 2001, in Jackson County.

A Jan. 15, 2008, final pretrial hearing and a Feb. 11, 2008, trial were scheduled for Nutter, who is free on bond. Nutter was granted permission earlier this month to leave the state to live with his parents, court documents state.

Nutter is one of numerous area correctional officers who are facing similar charges in unrelated cases. Four former officers are awaiting trial in Jefferson County.

Former Jefferson County correctional officer Gary Lynch, 50, of Bonnie was arrested in August on charges of criminal sexual assault, custodial sexual misconduct and official misconduct for alleging forcing an inmate to perform sexual acts. He is scheduled for arraignment Nov. 14.

Michael Walker, a former Jefferson County deputy sheriff, was charged in April with four counts of official misconduct and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim between the ages of 13 and 16. He is expected back in court for a pretrial hearing Oct. 30.

In June, Pike County deputy Robert Freeman, 65, of Griggsville was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, official misconduct and custodial misconduct for allegedly committing a sex act with a woman in February in Jefferson County. Freeman is scheduled for an Oct. 16 arraignment.

Two former Illinois Department of Corrections officers from Du Quoin are accused of sexually abusing female juveniles in separate July incidents.

Kim Morgan, 50, is charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count each of obstruction of justice and harassment by telephone. Morgan, who has since resigned, is scheduled for a Nov. 28 pre trial hearing.

The second state correctional officer, Jason Beckham, 34, is charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a juvenile between the ages of 13 and 17 and one count of obstruction of justice. An Oct. 24 pre trial hearing is scheduled for Beckham.


IL - DNA tests allowed in officer's rape trial

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He's a cop and serial rapist with a gun and badge!

10/13/2007

BLOOMINGTON - A McLean County judge has approved prosecutors' requests for DNA testing in the case of a Bloomington police sergeant charged with four rapes.

Jeff Pelo, 42, is accused of raping four women between December 2002 and January 2005. He is also charged with stalking another woman and trying to break into her Bloomington home in June 2006.

McLean County Judge Robert Freitag granted the state's motions Friday to conduct DNA testing on hairs police found during the investigation.

Assistant State's Attorney Mark Messman said he wants testing preformed on cat hair found on a ski mask police found at Pelo's home. Court records indicate one of the rape victims owned a cat.

Messman also said he wants testing of a human hair found on duct tape police say was used to bind one of the sexual assault victims in April 2004. Prosecutors said the hair appears similar to Pelo's hair under a microscope.

"There was a lot of hair in that duct tape. There was one that was found to at least appear to be consistent with known hair samples of Jeff Pelo," Messman said.

Defense attorney Michael Rosenblat also filed a motion Friday, asking that Pelo be allowed to appear in court without handcuffs.

Freitag will rule on that motion at Pelo's next court appearance, scheduled for Nov. 19.

Pelo remains in the McLean County Jail on $1 million bond. His trial is to begin in January.


If you were Born 1930 - 1979

I remember these days so well. You would see kids every where. No a days, you hardly see any kids outside because everyone is afraid of their own shadows.



TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NOONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because, WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.


We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or chat rooms.......
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!


We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or jus t walked in and talked to them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!


If YOU are one of them CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good ..
While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"


New Again 2.0 - Brad Paisley & Sara Evans


WV - Now gestures can send people to jail for prostitution

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10/12/2007

HUNTINGTON -- Simple body language can now send known prostitutes and their johns to jail in West Virginia's second largest city.

Under the new law, suspects can be arrested for beckoning passers-by with conversation, attempting to stop traffic by waving their arms, circling an area in a vehicle or trying to stop pedestrians. An arrest can also be made if a suspect asks if a potential prostitute or patron is a police officer.

The offense must occur in a public place known to police as a high-crime area, and must be committed by someone who has been convicted of a prostitution offense within the past two years.

Penalties for violating the law include a $500 fine and/or 30 days in jail.

The ordinance, which was approved Tuesday, is modeled after one in Seattle that was upheld by the Washington Supreme Court.

"It's not going to eradicate prostitution, because it has been with us since the existence of time,'' said Huntington Mayor David Felinton. "But where prostitution and the drug trade are so closely tied together, I think it will be another tool for us to use.''


OH - Attorney general may push for tougher sex offender bans

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10/15/2007

TIPP CITY — Sherry Priddy, a parent in the Tipp City school district, doesn't think Ohio's statewide convicted sex offender controls go far enough.

Miami County Sheriff Charles Cox agrees.

Both have been lobbying for a change in state laws regarding where sex offenders — even those with children attending a school — can legally go to add a ban of offenders from school properties, making them "predator-free zones."
- Why don't you make the whole damn country a predator-free zone! Might as well!

Those listed on the sex offenders registration list could not attend events such as ball games or musical programs.
- Thus they cannot be a part of their own child's life. You people are damn Nazis!

The Ohio Attorney General's Office said individual district boards of education already have some of the requested power through rule-making authority on trespassing and requiring all visitors to report to the school office upon entering the school premises.

However, the attorney general is willing to go further, working with advocates such as Priddy and Cox to convince the legislature to add the ban to state law, said Leo Jennings, communications director for Attorney General Marc Dann.

But Stephen JohnsonGrove of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center in Cincinnati said, "A proposal such as this is going to meet a lawsuit very quickly."


TX - Danbury amends sex offender ordinance

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Yet another way to extort more money from sex offenders.

10/15/2007

DANBURY — City Council unanimously approved an amendment Thursday that allows for surveys of sex offenders’ homes that appear to be close to churches, schools or day-care facilities.

The amendment gives city officials permission to ask for a survey of any home that looks to be within 1,500 feet of areas where children gather. It was approved with a unanimous vote.

That was the only change to the ordinance, which council first amended at a Sept. 27 meeting to state the homeowner is responsible for the cost of the survey and it must be completed and handed to city officials before a sex offender moves in.

And for a 24-hour period beginning at 8 a.m. Oct. 31, all sex offenders living within the city limits must display signs outside their residences identifying them as sex offenders to inform trick-or-treaters of whose doorbell they are ringing.

According to the Texas Sex Offender Registry, three sex offenders live in the city.

This addition does not change the previous requirement that sex offenders must live more than 1,000 feet from those areas, but gives officials the ability to make sure the ordinance is being followed.

Previously, the ordinance permitted surveys to measure when a residence appeared to be within 1,000 feet from those areas. City Attorney Larry Boyd said the change makes sure there will be no future misunderstandings.

“If it’s hard to tell it’s over 1,500 feet, then it doesn’t matter,” he said. “Because we’ll know it’s over 1,000 feet.”

Also at the meeting, council decided to hold off on a junked vehicle ordinance until its next meeting Oct. 25.

By discussing the ordinance, council was listening to residents’ concerns about homeowners leaving vehicles that do not run or have multiple flat tires along the roadside for all to see.

Council discussed the possibility of asking people who own the vehicles to just remove them from public’s view. Boyd gave an example of asking owners to put up a 6-foot fence and placing their vehicles behind it.

Councilman Bill Turnipseed said the current ordinance states if the vehicle is operable, it is not declared a junked vehicle.

“If it runs, it’s not junk,” he said.

In other business, council approved a returned-check policy for the city. If a check is returned, city officials can charge the author of the check $30. The policy went into effect Thursday night.

“We are going to post a sign at the window,” City Secretary Jenny Brogger said.