Thursday, January 3, 2008

OH - Attorney challenges constitutionality of Walsh statute

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01/04/2008

The law that took effect Jan. 1 subjects Ohio sex offenders to new classifications and more restrictions.

DAYTON — An attorney for a convicted sexually oriented offender on Thursday challenged the constitutionality of Ohio's new Adam Walsh Act.

"We pride ourselves in this country as being free," said Jon Paul Rion. "This law is a direct hit on some of the fundamental underpinnings of freedom itself."

The Walsh act, enacted from the Federal Adam Walsh Act, subjects sex offenders to new classifications and more registration and residency restrictions.

The Ohio law went into effect Jan. 1

Rion filed his motion in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court on behalf of George Poling, who pleaded guilty May 16 to one count of sexual battery. Rion's firm intends to file similar motions in other counties, including Greene, Darke, Butler and Clark.

The motion deals primarily with the retroactive reclassification of Poling, and attacks the Walsh Act on numerous fronts, including:

  • That it violates a defendants right to due process.
  • That it violates the Ohio and U.S. Constitutions by applying retroactive punishments.
  • That it violates the separation of power doctrine by allowing the Ohio attorney general to engage in sentencing, instead of a judge.
  • That it compels breach of contract by voiding the terms of plea agreements.
- Amen on all the above!

Leo Jennings, communications director for Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann, said that a handful of challenges to the Walsh law had already appeared.

Dann's office had worked closely with legislators and the governor's office to craft the legislation, he said.

Passing the Walsh act was "among the top five" priorities Dann set when he entered office in 2007, and the office plans to vigorously defend the statute, Jennings said.
- Of course it was, they want the grant money and he wanted to look good coming into office.

"We believe the law is constitutional and that it's being applied in a constitutional manner," Jennings said.


CT - Making MySpace a safe place

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Notice the line below says predators, then they go on to talk about registered sex offenders, making it look like all registered sex offenders are predators. This is what ticks me off. They are NOT all predators folks, some yes, but a majority of them are NOT!

My suggestion, if the Internet is so dangerous, do like we've done everything else which is dangerous, set an age limit. Kids cannot drink until they are XX years old, or drive until XX years old, so make it so they cannot use the Internet until they are XX years old. And make it a crime if they lie about their age and get on MySpace posing as someone they are not.

01/03/2007

State spearheads task force to keep predators off site

Nationwide, 31,000 people identified as registered sex offenders have been removed from MySpace, and in Connecticut alone, 417 registered sex offenders have been blocked from using the Web site.
- Were they all predators?

Connecticut is leading a coalition of 50 states that has been negotiating with MySpace and other social networking sites such as Facebook to adopt additional measures to make the sites safer.

This two-year effort underlines an initiative to keep children safe from predators online. Even so, authorities say there may be other predators out there using fake names or who haven't been convicted. Parents should be aware of where their children are going online, and youth should exercise caution on these social networking sites.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said MySpace has reported to the multi-state task force that it has removed all people identified as convicted sex offenders who have a profile on its site.
- So you are removing all convicted sex offenders, when probably a majority of them are not predators and trolling for children. This is just plain wrong!

The company's general rule is no convicted sex offender should be permitted on the site, he said.
- Why? If they are not trolling for kids, what is the problem? More blanket BS! Are you just kicking off people from your state? Or all sex offenders? If it's not all, then what is the point? Either way it's wrong. So are you going to ban a murderer from going into a gun shop, or other places they could get stuff to murder someone? If not, why not?

"We have not verified everyone," Blumenthal said. "But we believe the vast majority has been purged from the site."
- Those you know about! This is just so you look like you are actually doing something!

The coalition's goal is for MySpace and others to have a system developed to authenticate and verify identity and age, otherwise convicted sex offenders could return with an alias, he said. Blumenthal said MySpace has made other improvements to make the site safer such as changes to design and structure, but more is needed.
- How are you going to do this? Make them provide a fingerprint or something, or their license? If so, good, then maybe kids will not be allowed on the site.

Earlier this year, MySpace provided law enforcement officials in all 50 states with the names of people identified as sex offenders who had created profiles on the site. At that time, MySpace found and disclosed the names of 264 sex offenders from Connecticut.

Convicted sex offenders are regularly prohibited from using a computer or the Internet, or accessing social networking sites as conditions of parole in Connecticut.
- That is a flat out lie. There is tons of sex offenders using computers and the Internet.

Millions who are not convicted sex offenders visit the popular Web site. MySpace isn't the only social networking portal on the Web; it just happens to be the largest, Blumenthal said. The task force wants all social networking sites to take steps to protecting against sex predators and inappropriate content.
- HEIL HITLER!!!! There you go again mentioning predators and not all sex offenders are predators...

MySpace, a unit of Fox Interactive Media Inc., launched in January 2004. As of September 2007, the Los Angeles-based company had more than 110 million monthly active users internationally, and 85 percent of users are of voting age, 18 or older. Users must be age 14 or older.
- Oh, I forget they were owned by Fox, that explains everything.. So how many under 14 years old kids have you kicked off the site yet? I wonder how many people in this world are violating your Terms of Service? Are you enforcing it? I believe you are even violating your own TOS.

Naugatuck High School junior Janelle Maia, 16, said she has had an active profile on MySpace for about four years, and she isn't concerned about using the site. She uses it to network with friends, of which she has about 900 on her profile, she said.
- Seems like all this time and money would be better spent on educating the children who use the site instead of kicking people off for no reason.

"You can block people," Maia said. "You don't have to accept them. People who aren't my friends aren't allowed to look at my page."

Alex Rusate, a junior at Pomperaug High School in Southbury, said he used to have a MySpace profile but he now uses Facebook. He believes it is harder to join onto Facebook because when he signed on to be part of the high school's networking group, existing members had to confirm he was a student at the school.

A lot of people are concerned about children's safety on these type of sites, but settings are available to make it safe, said Rusate.

"It's pretty safe as long as you are smart about it," Rusate said. "They can't talk to you unless you add them as a friend."

A representative from MySpace wasn't available to comment, but the company provided information offering statistics and an overview of safety measures.

In December 2006, MySpace launched Sentinel Safe with Sentinel Tech Holding Corp., an online identity and background verification company. The technology allows them to block convicted sex offenders from accessing the site.
- Why kick someone off just for having a label? If they are trolling and talking with kids, then they is ok, but if they are not, then this is discrimination. Why not kick off all the KKK members and other hate groups you have on your site, which your TOS says is not tolerated, which is apparently a lie... And also all the vigilantes out there posting personal information on their page without the persons consent?

Sentinel Safe contains information on nearly 600,000 registered sex offenders in the United States from various federal and state law enforcement agencies. MySpace uses it to identify, remove and prevent registered sex offenders from accessing the site.

This joint effort took place as a result of conversations through the multi-state Attorney General Task Force, especially with Blumenthal and North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, according to a release by MySpace.

Other security measures on MySpace include steps taken to prevent underage users, protect younger users from inappropriate contact and partner with law enforcement agencies.

Naugatuck Police Detective Ronald Blanchard, who investigates the department's computer crimes, said the multi-state task force's efforts to check on MySpace for removing sex predators probably will help make the site safer, but now they'll probably go to another place.

Blanchard has held a few seminars in town on Internet safety. However, few people show up, he said. Last month, he had one in Ansonia where about 20 parents showed, but the last one in Naugatuck only garnered about 5 people, he said.

"Parents just got to be proactive in their children's use of the Internet," Blanchard said. Young adults also need to use common sense, he said. If someone they have met through the Internet wants to meet someplace, they should take someone with them and meet in a public place, Blanchard said.
- What? No, you should not meet them period.. What kind of advice is this?


KY - Sex Offender Law Violates the US and Kentucky Constitutions!!!

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From page 20 of the above PDF file. The PDF is 60 pages, and the text below is only a portion. I recommend you read it, even if you do not live in Kentucky.

09/2007

Some Courts Declare The Sex Offender Registry Statute Unconstitutional

Kentucky’s General Assembly session of 2006 proved to be rather contentious, as many political events tend to be. Weighty issues burdened the halls of the state capital. A divided General Assembly had to agree on a budget. The 2006 session was the last extended meeting of the General Assembly before the next gubernatorial election. Also on the legislators’ agenda was a matter simply known as House Bill Three (HB3). HB3, among many other things, substantially revised the Sex Offender Registration Law.

Part of those revisions involved expanding the restrictions applicable to where registered sex offenders were allowed to live. Now more than a year after the new law became effective, several courts have determined these expansions are unconstitutional. District judges in Kenton County and Jefferson County have found that portions of the new residency restrictions violate the ex post facto clause of both the United States and Kentucky Constitutions because the new restrictions are punitive in nature rather than remedial. Before examining these decisions in detail, the changes made by HB3 must be understood first.

Prior to the changes made in 2006, the residency restrictions for sex offenders were located in KRS 17.495. That provision prohibited a registered sex offender who was on probation, parole, or any form of supervised release from residing within 1,000 feet of a high school, middle school, elementary school, preschool, or licensed day care facility. KRS 17.495 did not contain a subsection that authorized a new criminal action with a corresponding punishment against a person who violated the residency restriction. Presumably, such a punishment was not needed because the people subject to KRS 17.495 were already under some form of supervised release, and this statute was a part of their terms and conditions for release. If people subject to this residency restriction violated it, their release—whether it was probation, parole, conditional discharge, or pretrial diversion—was revoked.

HB3 repealed KRS 17.495 and created KRS 17.545. This new section still restricts where a convicted sex offender may live. However, KRS 17.545 expanded the residency restrictions in two significant ways. The first expansion involves the scope of the statute. The new statute removes the language limiting application of the residency restrictions to registered sex offenders on probation, parole, or any form of pretrial release. The residency restrictions now apply to all people that have to register as sex offenders. KRS 17.545(1). Further, HB3 expands the scope of residency restrictions by adding “publicly owned playground” to the list of places close to which registered sex offenders may not live. KRS 17.545(1). While the buffer zone remains nominally the same, 1,000 feet, the way in which this distance is measured changed with the new law. The old law measured the 1,000 feet from the wall of the sex offender’s residence closest to the school or daycare to the wall of the school or daycare closest to the residence. The expanded law now measures the 1,000 feet distance from the property line of the registered sex offender to the property line of the school, playground, or daycare. KRS 17.545(1).

The second expansion of the residency restriction statute involves the consequences of violating the law. KRS 17.495 provided no punishment for violating the law. Instead, a violation of the residency restrictions could have led to the revocation of the violator’s supervised release. Under the expanded law, the first violation of KRS 17.545(1) is a Class A misdemeanor. KRS 17.545(3)(a). Each subsequent violation is a Class D felony. KRS 17.545(3)(b). Of course nothing in the expanded law prohibits a registered sex offender who happened to be on supervised release from having the registrant’s release revoked for failing to comply with the statute in addition to facing a criminal charge for violating the statute.

Now that the change in the law is clear, we can focus our attention on the recent decisions that found the expanded law violated the ex post facto clauses of the U.S. and Ky. Constitutions.

In the next edition of the Advocate, this article will examine the reasoning of the courts that have ruled the expanded law violates the ex post facto clause. The author welcomes any comments, questions, and/or advice you might have. Please contact me at sam.potter@ky.gov or (502)564-8006


Rush - Witch Hunt Lyrics & Video

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Kind of goes along with this modern day witch hunt, doesn't it?

Lyrics:
The night is black, without a moon.
The air is thick and still.
The vigilantes gather on
The lonely torchlit hill.

Features distorted in the flickering light,
Faces are twisted and grotesque.
Silent and stern in the sweltering night,
The mob moves like demons possesed.
Quiet in conscience, calm in their right,
Confident their ways are best.

The righteous rise
With burning eyes
Of hatred and ill-will.
Madmen fed on fear and lies
To beat and burn and kill.

They say there are strangers who threaten us,
Our immigrants and infidels.
They say there is strangeness to danger us
In our theatres and bookstore shelves,
That those who know whats best for us
Must rise and save us from ourselves.

Quick to judge,
Quick to anger,
Slow to understand
Ignorance and prejudice
And fear walk hand in hand.



WARNING: Video contains graphic images!


IL - Police admit ID checks in casinos turn up more than problem gamblers

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Yep, if you have any criminal history, it's going to come back and bite you in the butt. This is proof of that. Pretty soon you will have a criminal history done at the grocery store, mall, etc...

01/03/2008

When the Illinois Gaming Board first proposed checking IDs of patrons to keep problem gamblers out of casinos, the Illinois casino industry objected with high-minded concerns that police might start looking for more than just problem gamblers.

Anti-gambling advocates guffawed at the objection, calling the possibility far-fetched.

Turns out, the gambling industry was right.

The Illinois State Police and gambling board acknowledged this week that in addition to checking gamblers for being on the casino self-exclusion list, they also are "randomly" checking patrons for outstanding criminal warrants and for being unregistered sex offenders.

And they've been quietly doing it for some time -- unbeknown even to the Illinois Gaming Board chairman himself.

"I have no knowledge of that, and I personally would be very contrary to that," said Aaron Jaffe when reached at home Wednesday.

The gaming board voted in June 2003 to begin cross-referencing the IDs of anyone who looked 30 and under. The IDs were supposed to be referenced with the board's self-exclusion list -- a list of people who believe their gambling was so out of control they need to be legally barred from the casinos. So far, more than 5,000 people have signed up.

But until 2006, there was no effective way of policing that list except on the off chance that a casino worker would recognize a self-excluded gambler or that a self-excluded gambler would try to cash a check or take home big winnings -- something that requires an ID.

So the gaming board decided in June 2006 to card those 30 and under -- a move widely viewed as a way to later ease into universal ID checks for all patrons. Late last year, the board took up a proposal to expand the checks to everyone. The move is still under consideration.

But at December's board meeting, Tom Swoik, director of the Illinois Casino Gaming Association, objected and said he had information that state police already were using the ID checks for more than just the self-exclusion list.

Swoik said he attended a test run of an ID check for all patrons at Aurora's riverboat and noticed officials there had another list besides the self-exclusion list that they were checking. He asked what it was for but couldn't get a straight answer, he said.

This week, gaming board spokesman Eugene O'Shea said police officers were checking for sex offenders who have not registered with police as required by law and for patrons who may have outstanding criminal warrants. On Wednesday, Illinois State Police spokesman Master Sgt. Luis Gutierrez confirmed that.

Both said not every patron whose ID is checked is cross-referenced against the unregistered sex offender list and warrants databases. Instead, a certain portion of those carded patrons are "randomly" checked, both said.

Neither could say what proportion of patrons was checked -- whether one out of every two patrons carded, one out of 10 or one out of 100,000.

Nor could the Illinois State Police say how many unregistered sex offenders or criminals with arrest warrants had been arrested attempting to board the gambling boats. Neither agency could say under whose initiative the criminal checks began to be performed.

"It's been done for quite a while now, and it's done for public safety issues," Gutierrez said.
- Yeah, yeah, all in the name of security. Eventually your rights will be eroded in the name of security, then what are you going to do?

Gutierrez declined to respond to the casino industry's concern about invasion of privacy and would not say what specific public safety risks are being addressed.

Swoik said it's not that the casino industry has any objection to keeping sex offenders or wanted criminals off the boats, but rather that the casino industry is facing an unfair burden of identifying its patrons that other industries don't have to shoulder.

No one at the liquor store, for instance, runs patrons' IDs through a database when they buy a fifth of whiskey, he said.
- Oh, they will soon, everywhere you go you will have a background check done, finger prints taken, etc.. Mark my words on this folks!! If you cannot see this coming, you are totally blind and stupid, IMO.

If patrons become aware that they are being scrutinized to that degree, many may go to Indiana boats, he said.
- Yep, and that is why they will eventually do it everywhere.

Many gamblers eschew giving out personal information, even if it would mean getting more complimentary gifts or casino perks.

"Over 30 percent of our patrons are unrated, which means they don't want a player's card for whatever reason. … It's just for their own privacy," Swoik said.

Jaffe, a former Cook County judge, said his objection is more fundamental. He's not sure it's even constitutional to check patrons for warrants or being unregistered sex offenders.

"(The check) shouldn't exceed just checking for people on the self-exclusion list," said Jaffe, who vowed to look further into the matter.

A spokeswoman for the Illinois attorney general's office said the office has no role in performing the checks but supports the effort to find unregistered sex offenders.
- What about murderers, terrorists, drug dealers, etc? If you discriminate here, why don't you just do a background check on everyone? That would be the RIGHT thing to do, or not do it at all.

Anita Bedell, executive director of the Illinois Churches Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems, said she hoped the criminal checks don't derail the effort to check everyone for being on the self-exclusion list.

"There's so few people on the self-exclusion list that are under 30 years old that it's really not a deterrent," Bedell said.


FL - Bill Would Make Bestiality A Felony In Florida

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01/02/2008

Bestiality isn't a crime right now in Florida.

So a St. Petersburg lawmaker has filed a bill for this year's legislative session that would make it a first-degree felony for people to have sex with animals.

Rep. Frank Peterman (Email), D-St. Petersburg, crafted the bill to prevent anyone from knowingly committing bestiality, knowingly causing or aiding another person to have sex with an animal, or knowingly permitting sex with an animal at a property under his control.

Sen. Nan Rich (Email) filed an identical bill based on Peterman's request. She said she thinks there is a direct correlation between animal abuse and child abuse.

Rich said bestiality is a serious crime that deserves strong consequences.

"Property taxes and insurance are issues that are incredibly important to all Floridians, but the moral values that we place on issues are also important," the Sunrise Democrat said. "And I think this is a moral issue. We don't stop passing legislation that's good public policy just because we're dealing with insurance and property taxes."

The bestiality bill was pitched to Peterman at the behest of the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS, Rich said.

Last year, a Walton County man raped a pregnant goat, killing it and the twins inside it, said Dee Thompson-Poirrier of Okaloosa County Animal Services with PAWS. After the incident, Thompson-Poirrier learned the only Florida statute the man had violated was killing the goat.

"If it lived, there wouldn't have been any law violated whatsoever," she said.

Rich, who doesn't own a pet, said it's important to outlaw sexual conduct and sexual contact with animals.

Sexual conduct means touching or fondling – either directly or through clothing – of an animal's sexual organs or anus for the purpose of a person's sexual gratification, the bill states.

Sexual contact means "contact, however slight, between the mouth, sex organ, or anus of a person and the sex organ or anus of an animal, or any penetration, however slight, of any part of the body of the person into the sex organ or anus of an animal, or any penetration of the sex organ or anus of the person into the mouth of the animal," for a person's gratification, according to the bill.

The bill includes anyone who "knowingly engages in organizing, promoting, conducting, advertising, aiding, abetting, participating in as an observer, or performing any service" to further the act of bestiality.

People also aren't allowed to photograph or film animal sex for the purpose of sexual gratification, or sell or transmit images of animal sex, according to the bill.

If the bill becomes law, having sex with an animal would result in a harsher penalty than committing an act to animal that results in that animal's "cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering."

Rich said there's room for compromise on her bestiality bill and that she might consider lessening the punishment in order for it to pass.

The bill would take effect Oct. 1.


TX - West Lake Hills police officer arrested

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It apparently doesn't take brains to be a police officer.

01/03/2008

A West Lake Hills police officer was arrested Thursday, accused of soliciting a minor online.

According to the Texas Attorney General's Office, cyber crimes unit investigators took Paul Kirksey, 33, into custody at his home in Llano County, after investigators say he e-mailed sexually explicit images to someone he believed was a 13-year-old girl.

It was actually an undercover cyber crimes investigator.

Kirksey is one of more than 600 people arrested by the cyber crimes unit.

According to the City of West Lake Hills, Kirksey has been a patrol officer for about three years, and there were no prior allegations of misconduct while Kirksey was on duty.

He has been placed on administrative leave.


MA - Former prison guards sentenced in inmate-sex case

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01/03/2008

A former Hampden County prison guard has been sentenced to up to three years in prison for having consensual sex with a female prisoner, while another guard has been placed on probation.

Thirty-five-year-old Stanford Norman was sentenced today to serve two to three years in prison after being convicted of having sex with the inmate in 2006 while he was a corrections officer at the Hampden County Correctional Center in Ludlow.

Another former guard, 53-year-old Brian Murphy, was given two years probation. Prosecutors say Murphy called the inmate to the facility’s medical unit so Norman could have sex with her.

A 1999 state law says any sexual contact between guards and inmates is a felony.

Norman’s attorney says they plan to appeal the verdict. A message was left today for Murphy’s attorney.


NY - Broadway actor pleads guilty in sexual touching of teen girl

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01/03/2008

NEW YORK - A Broadway actor who was accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old female fan backstage at a theater and in his home pleaded guilty Thursday to two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.

James Barbour, 41, pleaded guilty in exchange for 60 days in jail and three years probation when he is sentenced Feb. 29. Because the counts are misdemeanors, he will not have to register as a sex offender.

Despite guilty pleas to endangering a child, Barbour admitted to the court, at Assistant District Attorney Maxine Rosenthal's insistence, many of the sexual specifics of which he was originally accused.

Barbour, who played the beast in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," was starring on Broadway in "Jane Eyre" in June 2001 when a high school drama teacher arranged for the girl, an aspiring actress, and her parents to see the musical.

The actor admitted that when the girl came backstage alone to see him after the show on the last weekend of its run, he began touching her sexually.

The next month, the teen visited Barbour at his Upper West Side apartment where another instance of sexual touching occurred, the actor told the court. He told Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Micki Scherer he knew the girl was 15.

Barbour's lawyer, Ronald P. Fischetti, said his client pleaded guilty so he could put this case behind him and get on with his career.

"By pleading guilty to misdemeanors, he doesn't have to register (as a sex offender), and that's important," the lawyer said. "He wouldn't have been able to travel without reporting, and he wouldn't have been able to work with children."

Fischetti blamed the girl for Barbour's troubles and questioned her motives, saying, "She initiated both of these sexual encounters and then waited five years before filing a complaint against him."

Meanwhile, Fischetti has a case before the state Court of Appeals, New York's highest tribunal, seeking permission to publish the victim's name in ads that ask men to report whether she ever filed false sex abuse charges against them.

Scherer had barred Fischetti from running such ads or setting up a telephone hot line to receive calls about her.


TX - Warrant: Cop Allegedly Paid Hooker With Wife's Shoes, Clothes

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01/03/2008

A Texas police officer is accused of hiring a prostitute and paying her with his wife's shoes and clothes, MyFOXAustin.com reports.

Scott Lando, a 45-year-old police officer with the Austin Police Department, allegedly paid the hooker with his wife's new Harley Davidson boots, a pair of studded blue jeans and a shirt, according to a search warrant obtained by the station.

He also took the woman shopping at Wal-Mart and Payless ShoeSource, according to the report.

Department officials first heard the allegations in June 2006, and the prostitute in question said she had relations with the officer in his patrol car in North Austin, MyFOXAustin.com reports.

Lando has yet to be charged with a crime and is on administrative leave while the investigation takes place.


UK - Madeleine: Police name Gerry and Kate McCann as PRIME suspects

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Here we go again! These people have no clue as to what they are doing.

01/03/2008

Gerry and Kate McCann's hope of being cleared over their daughter's disappearance appeared crushed today after they were reportedly named as prime suspects in a new police dossier.

There had been hopes that the couple's status as official suspects could be lifted in coming days. But they may now remain under suspicion for years, after Portuguese detectives submitted an interim report to prosecutors.

Police are keeping to their theory that the McCanns could have accidentally killed three-year-old Madeleine and then disposed of her body.

Under new Portuguese laws - still largely untested - there had been a suggestion that files on the case could be made public today on the eight month anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance. The deadline prompted hopes the official suspects - or arguido - status could then be removed.

But according to Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha, the Policia Judiciaria will hand over an interim report in which the McCanns remain at the centre of inquiries.

The dossier will also include the possibility Madeleine was abducted from the holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on 3 May - adding to confusion in the case and reinforcing the view that Portuguese police have no real idea what actually happened to the girl.

The insistence on naming the parents comes despite growing concern that forensic evidence from their apartment and hire car is flawed. Portuguese police sources had suggested the evidence was far from conclusive. The McCanns, both 39, maintain their innocence.

The only other official suspect, Robert Murat, had also hoped he would be cleared in the next few days, but this hope appeared to be dashed by the report's contention that Madeleine might have been abducted.

Correio da Manha added that the police report would contain a request to reinterview the McCanns and their friends - known as the Tapas Nine - in Britain in coming weeks. After those interviews the McCanns' lawyers are expected to apply for arguido status to be removed.

The dossier has been dismissed by the McCanns' advisers as "pure speculation".

Edward Smethurst, the lawyer conducting the McCanns' defence, said: "We have received no information to suggest that the court file is going to be opened today and indeed we believe it's likely that it will be some time before the court file is made available."

Referring to media coverage of the police dossier, he added: "Any report about the leaked document we believe is completely without substance. We think it arises out of pure speculation on the part of the Portuguese press."

The McCanns' spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said: "If this interim police report exists it appears to say nothing new. It apparently maintains the position that Kate and Gerry remain arguidos. I also note that it says the exact same thing about Mr Murat.

"More importantly it says that abduction is a possibility as well, as we have maintained all along.

"All we will say is that this appears to be nothing new and the police appear to be restating their current position.

"We hope that once the police realise there is no case against Kate and Gerry that they will lift their arguido status."

Mr Murat's lawyer, Francisco Pagarete, said he had not received notification today of the court file's publication.

He said: "I have had no letter from the public prosecutor. I don't know if they are going to ask for a postponement of the secrecy law or not.

"When the prosecutor arrives at a decision, he writes it down and sends me a letter telling me of the decision. The postman has been and left me no letter."

The McCanns have been told by their lawyers they may have to go to the European Court of Human Rights to have their arguido status lifted.

The prospect of the case dragging on for years was reinforced today by the president of the National Union of Portuguese Judges.

Antonio Martins said: "The problem is that no-one knows what type of crime was committed. If it was homicide the investigation can only be shelved after 20 years, if it was kidnap 15 years."

It emerged today the McCanns have hired a detective who investigated a 7/7 suicide bomber. Noel Hogan is conductinga "cold case" review.

The former Met detective superintendent, who runs the agency Hogan International, in Farnham said: "I have been reinterviewing witnesses that were out in Portugal at the time."

It is understood these include friends of the McCanns.

Hogan International was investigating Jermaine Lindsay in the run-up to the 7 July attacks in London in 2005 after a bank became alarmed by his spending patterns.


TX - DNA clears man in prison for 26 years

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01/03/2008

DALLAS (AP) - Charles Chatman said throughout his 26 years in prison that he never raped the woman who lived five houses down from him.

Now 47, Chatman is expected to win his freedom Thursday on the basis of new DNA testing that lawyers say proves his innocence and adds to Dallas County's nationally unmatched number of wrongfully convicted inmates.

"I'm bitter. I'm angry," Chatman told The Associated Press during what was expected to be his last night in jail Wednesday. "But I'm not angry or bitter to the point where I want to hurt anyone or get revenge."

If released on bond at a Thursday court hearing as expected, Chatman will become the 15th inmate from Dallas County since 2001 to be freed by DNA testing. That is more than any other county nationwide, said Natalie Roetzel of the Innocence Project of Texas, an organization of volunteers who investigate claims of wrongful conviction.

Texas leads the country in prisoners freed by DNA testing. Including Chatman, the state will have released at least 30 wrongfully convicted inmates since 2001, according to the Innocence Project.

Mike Ware, who heads the Conviction Integrity Unit in the Dallas County District Attorney's office, said he expects that number to increase.

One of the biggest reasons for the large number of exonerations in Texas is the crime lab used by Dallas County, which accounts for about half the state's DNA cases. Unlike many jurisdictions, the lab used by police and prosecutors retains biological evidence, meaning DNA testing is a viable option for decades-old crimes.

District Attorney Craig Watkins also attributes the exonerations to a past culture of overly aggressive prosecutors seeking convictions at any cost.

Chatman's nearly 27 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault make him the longest-serving inmate in Texas to be freed by DNA evidence, Innocence Project lawyers said.

Chatman was 20 when the victim, a young woman in her 20s, picked him from a lineup. Chatman said he lived five houses down from the victim for 13 years but never knew her.

At the time the woman was assaulted, Chatman said he didn't have any front teeth; he had been certain that feature would set him apart from the real assailant.

"I'm not sure why he ended up on that photo spread to begin with," Ware said.

Chatman, who was convicted in 1981 and sentenced to life in prison, said his faith kept him from giving up.

Ware said Chatman would likely be released on a personal recognizance bond until the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals makes an official ruling.


OH - Change in law increases work load

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Everybody needs to fight this. If you do not have the money, get a court appointed lawyer. If you do not fight this, then you can expect to have to live with it. Fight, Fight, Fight!!!!!! These people do this, because they know most sex offenders do not have enough money to fight it, and so they can look good by passing draconian laws and nobody will or can fight it. Waste tax payers money by getting a court appointed lawyer and fight it.... Make it hurt!!

01/03/2008

Sen. Bill 10 went into effect Tuesday, and the state law that overhauls the sexual offender notification and registration process to comply with the federal Adam Walsh Act has created more work for local sheriff's deputies and the county prosecutor.

Prosecutor Nick Selvaggio said Wednesday that one challenge has been filed by a local sex offender who would be reclassified into a designation with more stringent reporting requirements.

"We haven't seen the wave yet," Selvaggio said. "I can forecast that it will cause additional work, because similar challenges have been filed in courts around the state. We've been in touch with the attorney general's office to talk about a coordinated response. I would expect to see a number of challenges from people who would have been done with registration in the next year or so."

The new law, which was passed in June of 2007, removes the likelihood of recidivism and other behavioral factors as a basis for classifying a sexual offender, and instead designates offenders based on the offense that they commit and their criminal history.

The classifications are now broken into three "tiers" and include misdemeanors and juvenile sex crimes as well as felonies. Under the former law, which was adopted in July of 1997, offenders were typically classified as "sexually-oriented offenders," "habitual sexual offenders" or "sexual predators," and the designations were limited to adult felony offenders.

Registration periods are now much longer, with Tier 1, the lowest level of offense, having a mandatory 15-year registration period. Tier II is 25 years and Tier III is lifetime registration.

Subsequent convictions for violations related to the original offense, such as failure to register or provide notice of change of address, carry a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years, Selvaggio said.

"We've been pretty aggressive in prosecuting (subsequent) offenses," Selvaggio said. "It makes up a large share of our caseload."

The law is retroactive for all currently registered offenders, Selvaggio said. The attorney general's office is now required to reclassify current sexual offenders into the new tiers, but offenders have the right to appeal their re-classifications to the court where they were originally sentenced, and local prosecutors will bear the burden of defending the new designations under the tier system.

"The appeals process is limited to certain factors," Selvaggio said. "It's not a re-examination of the entire case."

With the longer registration and notification time frames, it will mean more work for the Champaign County Sheriff's Office, said Sheriff Brent Emmons, since the tiers include the addition of misdemeanors and juvenile offenders to the list of mandatory registrations.

"It's going to increase the frequency of people coming in," Emmons said. "Under the old law, we'd get some people that only had to register once a year or every six months. If they have been bumped up to a Tier II, they have to report more."

Emmons said under the new classifications as of Dec. 28, 2007, there are 12 Tier I offenders, 53 Tier II offenders and 57 Tier III offenders registered in Champaign County. Of the Tier III offenders, 20 are incarcerated, and one is a juvenile offender, Emmons added.

In July of 2007, the sheriff's office listed 79 sexually-oriented offenders, 15 sexual predators and one child-victim offender living or working in Champaign County, and those figures did not include prison inmates serving sentences for local crimes.

"As far as notification goes, most of it has been done by deputies going door to door," Emmons said. "We always make notification if someone moves or relocates. We're also looking at options for mailing as well to save time."


OH - Portage man sues over sex offender registry Disagrees with changes to registration policy

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01/03/2008

Although Ohio's new sex offender registration requirements took effect Monday, at least one Portage County offender is trying to block its implementation.

Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman on Monday granted a preliminary injunction barring county authorities from re-classifying Timothy R. Delagrange, 30, as a Tier II offender under the new Adam Walsh Act until a full hearing can be held on Delagrange's behalf.

No date has been set yet for a full hearing, and until one is held Pittman ordered the new registration requirements not be applied to Delagrange.

Delagrange pleaded guilty in May 2005 to a fourth-degree felony charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. At his sentencing hearing, he was labeled a sexually oriented offender under Ohio's previous sex offender classification system.

As a sexually oriented offender, Delagrange was required to verify his address annually with the sheriff's office and was required to do so for a period of 10 years.

The Adam Walsh Act, implemented by Ohio on Monday, changes how judges classify sex offenders and bases the classification on the crime the offender was convicted of rather than his or her likelihood to re-offend. Offenders are now classified in three tiers, with Tier I being the lowest classification and Tier III being the most serious.

In Delagrange's case, the Ohio sex offender database has him listed as a Tier II offender. That means he would have to register his address for a period of 25 years and verify his address every 180 days rather than just once per year.

Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said Wednesday Delagrange's case is the only one of its kind filed so far in Portage County.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer on Tuesday reported that similar cases have been filed in Cuyahoga, Summit and Franklin counties.

In October, the Ohio Public Defender's Office, the Ohio Justice & Policy Center, the ACLU of Ohio Foundation and the Equal Justice Foundation filed an action in the Ohio Supreme Court objecting to the retroactivity clause of the Adam Walsh Act, but the case was rejected Dec. 12 by the court.


OH - Residents challenge classification

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Yep, they love helping the country go bankrupt with stupid law suits from draconian laws, wasting your hard earned tax payer dollars. I expected this, and like they said, I'm sure tons more will follow as well.

01/03/2008

LISBON — Two Columbiana County residents filed petitions recently to challenge the new sex offender classification requirements, but Prosecutor Robert Herron said they’re expecting more cases, at least until a court rules on the issue.

“This will go to the Ohio Supreme Court,” he said Wednesday, adding the fight has the potential to consume a lot of time and money.

According to county Common Pleas Court records, Brendan McClaskey, filed the first petition in Columbiana County on Dec. 20 through an attorney, Emmor Snyder of Girard.

Cited as a petition to challenge re-classification and registration requirements under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2950, which deals with sex offender registration, the document asked the court to honor his original registration requirements.
- That is what they should do, since he was sentenced and convicted before these draconian laws came to be. If they don't, they are violating the Constitution portion of ex post facto and due process of law.

The state of Ohio was listed as the defendant.

The document said McClaskey was notified by the state on Dec. 1 that he was being reclassified as a sexual oriented offender and that his reporting requirements were being extended beyond the time of his original classification.
- Punishment after the fact!

According to the document, he was convicted of corruption of a minor and attempt to corrupt a minor in Erie County, Ohio. The notification from the Ohio Attorney General said the offense under the law was unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

McClaskey’s attorney argued that the reclassification violated his rights against double jeopardy and retroactivity.

According to court records, Billy S. Brown, filed a petition to contest reclassification on Monday, asking for appointment of counsel. He filed the petition on his own.

Herron explained that the change in law increases reporting requirements and extends the amount of time offenders have to report their place of residence.

He said the law also places more offenses under the reporting requirements and can change the classification for defendants already sentenced.
- Punishment after the fact!

He had not seen copies of the petitions filed by Brown or McClaskey and wasn’t familiar with their cases, but admitted good arguments could be made in some cases against some aspects of the law, such as whether an 18-year-old who had sexual relations with his 16-year-old girlfriend is a danger to the community.

Herron said he had no problem with the concept of registration for sex offenders.

“I think it’s important for members of the community to know if they have sex offenders in their neighborhoods,” he said.
- I don't, they have proven they cannot handle this info without resulting to vigilante actions, so it needs to go back to being offline and used by law enforcement only.

He said his office will continue to enforce the laws as written and go after those offenders who don’t register as required.


NY - Judge dismisses sex abuse lawsuit by women inmates at Albion

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01/02/2008

Other all-women prisons included in suit

A federal judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit contending that New York State has not done enough to stop guards from sexually abusing prisoners at Albion Correctional Facility and other allwomen prisons.

The lawsuit, filed in 2003, was dismissed in a 23-page ruling obtained by The Buffalo News.

Women prisoners contended in the lawsuit that the state Department of Correctional Services does little to prevent corrections officers from rape, sexual molestation and voyeurism aimed at female prisoners in the state system.

While not commenting on the legal issues in the decision, Erik Kriss, a spokesman for the state department, insisted that the state vigorously investigates and punishes such conduct by officers.

“We have a zero-tolerance policy for any sexual abuse in the system,” Kriss said. “We train all of our officers on this issue, and every incoming prisoner gets information on how to recognize, prevent and report these incidents.

“Since 1996, we’ve also had an internal sex crimes unit that investigates these reports with the State Police and other outside agencies. It’s not just a situation where we police ourselves.”

As of this week, the state prison system had 2,751 women prisoners, a small percentage of the total prison population of 62,626. Five of the state’s 69 prisons are exclusively for women inmates.

More than one-third of the state’s women inmates are in the Albion facility in Orleans County, which has 1,056 women prisoners.

Seeking to hold the state to a higher standard for protecting female prisoners from male corrections officers, the lawsuit was filed by attorneys from the Legal Aid Society Prisoners Rights Project, based in New York City.

“The lawsuit was filed because so many women prisoners had been abused and sexually abused, terribly abused by male officers,” said Pat Bass, spokesman for the prisoners rights project.

The organization’s lawyers have asked U.S. District Judge Kevin Thomas Duffy of New York City to reconsider his recent ruling dismissing the lawsuit.

While not ruling on the issue of whether women prisoners have been subjected to widespread mistreatment, Duffy ruled that the women involved in the lawsuit did not make exhaustive use of the prison system’s grievance system before taking their complaint to federal court.

Buffalo attorney Joseph M. La- Tona, who represents a veteran corrections officer from the Albion facility who was accused of sexual abuse in the lawsuit, said he agreed with Duffy’s ruling.

“Since 1999, I’ve represented 12 to 15 Albion corrections officers who were accused of sexual misconduct, either in civil or criminal proceedings,” LaTona said. “From what I’ve seen, the state really does take a zero-tolerance policy. They investigate these complaints, and they do prosecute some of them criminally.”

The lawsuit alleged sexual abuse by 15 corrections officers, including six who work or have worked at Albion.

LaTona’s client in the lawsuit, Officer Charles Davis, was accused of ordering a woman inmate into an isolated room in the Albion prison in February 2000. There, according to allegations in court papers, Davis grabbed and fondled the woman two days in a row.

When the inmate complained to Davis’ superiors, he harassed and threatened the woman and accused her of lying on several occasions, the lawsuit contended.

The lawsuit also contended that officers at the Albion prison have offered to give her cigarettes if she would take her clothes off.

“The state investigated these allegations against [Davis] and never charged him, either criminally or internally,” LaTona said. “My client flat-out denies that these incidents ever took place.”

But LaTona said he is also aware that in some cases, male corrections officers have sexually abused female prisoners at Albion. He said seven of the officers he represented took plea deals, admitting to such wrongdoing.

One of his former clients, former Officer Dean Schmidt, was convicted in 2002 of raping and impregnating a female prisoner. Schmidt was fired from his job and sentenced to prison time.

A state law passed in 1996 made all sexual conduct between prison guards and inmates criminal — even if an inmate willingly takes part.

“I would never claim that these incidents never happen, because I’m fully aware that sometimes they do happen,” La- Tona said.

Some prisoner advocates have suggested that male corrections officers should never be allowed to guard female prisoners, because incidents of sexual abuse are so widespread.

According to the lawsuit, the state receives about 200 complaints a year of sexual misconduct, and the large majority of those complaints do not result in criminal prosecutions.

“[State officials] know that by assigning male staff to female prisoners, they place women prisoners at substantial risk of experiencing sexual misconduct; that sexual misconduct by staff is ongoing and recurrent [and] that victims of sexual abuse or harassment in a correctional setting are unlikely to come forward with complaints,” female prisoners alleged in the lawsuit.

LaTona disagrees with the concept that male officers cannot be trusted to guard females.

“There have been problems,” LaTona said, “but when you have an officer who is welltrained, competent, qualified and has integrity, there’s no reason why they can’t do the job.”


VA - Kaine Seeks To Toughen Abuse Laws

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01/03/2007

RICHMOND -- Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (Contact) said Wednesday that he will ask the General Assembly to toughen laws against sexual and domestic abuse and increase money for new and existing programs to prevent similar types of violence in Virginia.

Kaine's announcement was the first in a series over the next few days to unveil his priorities for the 60-day legislative session, which begins next Wednesday. Kaine's other top issues include restricting smoking in restaurants, expanding consumer protection programs and closing a loophole that allows unlicensed gun dealers or people making one-on-one sales, as is done at gun shows, to sell guns without conducting background checks.

Kaine (D) said he wanted to improve the treatment of sexual assault and domestic violence victims by spending an additional $450,000 a year on state crisis centers and almost $300,000 more a year on a federal prevention program. Virginia has 37 centers across the state, including facilities in Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William counties and in Alexandria and Leesburg.

"The General Assembly has done a really good job in the last few years focusing on the management of violent sexual offenders," Kaine said. "What this is about is now turning our attention to being better in how we treat victims of sexual assault and violence and making sure Virginia is doing what we need to do in that area."

Kaine said he wants to spare people who report being raped from having to take lie detector tests and to require courts to immediately process protective orders in civil abuse cases.
- Why? This would weed out the people who falsely accuse people of rape. Also, what about doing rape kits?

The proposal that could be the most controversial would prevent a man who has sexually assaulted a girl ages 14 to 16 from avoiding prosecution by offering to marry her.

A law allowing such a defense has been on the books for at least five decades, though it is rarely used. An 18-year-old man who has sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend, for example, could be found guilty of sexual assault, and some lawmakers believe the man should have the option of marrying her.

For the first time since Kaine has been governor, control of the legislature will be split between Democrats in the Senate and Republicans in the House of Delegates.

House Republicans have challenged some of Kaine's legislative priorities in what is expected to be a tight budget year. But Kaine said he does not think the Republican majority will oppose his proposals, though he acknowledged the one involving men who use marriage as a shield against prosecution has been controversial in the past.

House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith (Email) (R-Salem) said Wednesday that fighting sexual violence has been a top priority for the General Assembly in past years.

"It's always good to have ideas in this area," Griffith said. "It's a pretty good package. Whether we can afford it or not this year, I don't know."

One in 10 Virginia adults reports being the victim of rape or attempted rape, according to a 2005-06 survey by the state Department of Health. In a one-year period, 2.4 percent of Virginia adults reported being the victim of sexual violence, according to the survey. Experts say that only a fraction of those who have been assaulted report the crimes to police, making statistics unreliable.
- And how many falsely accuse someone of rape? Accusing someone of rape, is an easy out for women who did something they are ashamed of, cry rape and get the man thrown in prison for years why she goes on about her business.

Kaine made his announcement during a mid-morning news conference at Capitol Square, where he was joined by two dozen leaders from law enforcement, higher education and advocacy groups.
- So he has an audience to "look good" to!

"Virginia has come a long way in how we treat and respond to victims of sexual crimes. I've seen it in my 27-plus years in law enforcement," said Lt. Col. Robert Northern, deputy superintendent of the Virginia State Police. "I'm very proud of these recommendations. I'm proud because it is the right thing to do."

Some of the proposals would bring Virginia into compliance with the federal Violence Against Women Act of 2005, which prohibits law enforcement agencies from requiring a victim to take a lie detector test. A 2004 state survey found that more than 70 percent of law enforcement agencies sometimes ask victims to do so. If it does not comply, Virginia will lose about $4.5 million in federal funds.
- Why? If they accuse someone of rape or sexual abuse, they should be forced to provide a lie detector test and a rape kit, IMO.

"This will help prevent the victims from being re-victimized as a result of the investigative process," Northern said. "That's the most important thing about this legislation."
- That is BS, IMO. That is so the many people who falsely accuse people are not found out, and the man goes to prison for a long time.

Kaine's proposals are based on recommendations from the Governor's Commission on Sexual Violence, appointed in November 2006 to advise him on preventing crimes and improving the treatment of victims.

The panel included 37 sexual assault survivors, law enforcement officials, advocates and legislators from both parties. It made 27 recommendations, including increasing funding for state crisis centers by $2.3 million. The centers helped more than 10,000 victims in 2007, and Kaine's proposed $450,000 is expected to pay for the treatment of 1,000 additional people.
- The above makes it very unfair, IMO. Where is the civil/human rights people?

Kristine Hall of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, a statewide coalition, called the overall legislative package "responsive to systemic barriers and areas of need identified by victims of sexual violence, local experts on the field, as well as others across the state."


KS - Porn shops fight to stay open

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Click the above link to view the video. Now they are going after adult businesses, and they are raising hell.. Here come the puritans!!!

Wichita, Kansas is trying to force porn shops out of business, but they are refusing to go quietly.


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GA - Prey to expediency - Reinstating restrictions on sex offender residency doesn't help protect kids

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01/03/2008

In their haste to reinstate rigid limits on where sex offenders can live in Georgia, state lawmakers are repeating an earlier mistake by failing to distinguish between dangerous offenders and those who pose little or no risk.

The result will be less protection for those Georgians who need it most.

In a ruling in November, the Georgia Supreme Court threw out residency limits on those convicted of sex-related crimes. Those rules forbade convicted offenders to live or loiter within 1,000 feet of an area where minors congregate, or to work within 1,000 feet of a church, school or day care. However, an offender could buy a home in a legal area, only to lose the right to live there if a day care, school or church opened nearby. Justices found that violated the offender's constitutional right to own property.

House Bill 908, which attempts to reinstate those limits, contains language exempting offenders caught in such narrow circumstances.

"We felt we had to respond to that decision," said state Rep. David Ralston (Email) (R-Blue Ridge), sponsor of HB 908 and chairman of the House Judiciary-Non-Civil Committee, which held a hearing on the bill last month.

However, HB 908 is the wrong response. It continues to impose one-size-fits-all justice, putting the same restrictions on a 17-year-old who engaged in sex with a willing 15-year-old and on a 50-year-old pedophile who preyed on young children in parks.

That makes the law harder to enforce. It also offers no exemptions for bedridden and terminally ill hospice patients, who, forced out of nursing homes and hospitals that are close to churches or schools, will likely end up on the taxpayer's tab at local jails.

At one point in the hearing, committee members asked Ralston whether restrictions should be calibrated based on an offender's history.

"The short answer is yes," he told them. "But the long answer is that there is a lot of debate about that, and my view is that I would like this to go forward without being caught in that discussion."
- Why not? If you were doing your job, IMO, you would get these questions answered before passing more BS laws which will not work. Oh yeah, you have to look good to the sheeple.

However, legislative committees are exactly where such discussions ought to occur. It's why committees exist. Ralston's refusal to let his committee do its job illustrates how Georgia ends up with so many harebrained laws that lead to costly lawsuits. Should the new bill pass, civil rights lawyers are already prepared to go to court to argue that renters also enjoy property rights under the Constitution.

Under federal law, states must maintain registries of offenders convicted of sex crimes or offenses against children and must alert schools, day care centers and parents when sex offenders move into the community. In Georgia, sheriff's offices publish photos of newly registered offenders in their jurisdictions in their local newspapers, and the GBI maintains a registry of all offenders.

However, 22 states have gone further by imposing restrictions on where offenders can live or work. Georgia's law is among the most extreme because of its breadth and its indifference to the nature of the offense.

Residency restrictions have not been shown to work to safeguard kids, says Susan Strickland, a University of Georgia assistant professor and an expert on sex offender assessments and treatments.

"Offenders don't go across the street or 1,000 feet to nab children. They are going to go where they are not going to be detected; they are going to go farther from home," she says.
- I disagree, predators may, but the average sex offender will go to someone in the family, that has been proven, and if you look at how many are stranger danger, then you'd see this is a FACT!

Strickland chairs the Georgia Sex Offender Registration Review Board, established by the Legislature in 2006 to assign risk to offenders convicted of crimes against children. The board consists of experts, law enforcement and victim's advocates. But since creating the 15-member board, lawmakers have essentially ignored it.

"They haven't asked us one thing after they legislated us," says Strickland. If lawmakers talked to her, Strickland says, she would advise them that research-proven indicators can help predict whether an offender is likely to commit further sex offenses. She would tell them that despite high-profile cases of abductions by strangers, most sex crimes against children are committed by dads, stepfathers, mother's boyfriends, grandpas, stepmoms and foster sisters and brothers.

The review board meets each month to review cases and assign risk levels. The least risky offenders earn a level one, the more dangerous are listed as level two, and the truly dangerous are deemed dangerous sexual predators.

Of 15,000 people on the state sex offender registry, just 42 have been designated predators, which means they face a lifetime of electronic monitoring. But the distinction between level one and level two is meaningless in practical terms.

"Level ones ought to have minimal restrictions," says Strickland. "These are not sexual deviants. These are regular people who were idiots. The level twos should have a little more restrictions because they do have a criminal history or another offense of some sort. There is a problem there. And the predators should have major restrictions and the requirement they have to be in treatment."

Ralston wasn't persuaded by entreaties from committee members that they consider the big picture before re-enacting residency and work limits for all offenders, even those convicted as teens. "I don't want to slow down the process," he told them.
- No, you don't want to do your job, that is the real reason!

But surely, getting it done right is more important than getting it done fast.