Tuesday, January 8, 2008

TX - Mayor Who Pleaded Guilty to Sex Crimes Asks For New Trial

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01/08/2008

A mayor who already pleaded guilty to sex crimes with children wants to take it all back and prove his innocence. So, why did he plead guilty in the first place?

Poteet Mayor Lino Donato spent a good portion of Tuesday morning in the Atascosa County Courthouse, before asking the judge for a new trial. It's a trial he believes will prove his innocence and get his life back to normal.

Every 3rd Tuesday of each month, the Poteet City Council meets at city hall, Everyone, that is, except the mayor. He has someone else go in his place.

"I do delegate my authority to my mayor pro tem," said Donato.

Donato does so because he's is a registered sex offender and up until recently, a nearby building was occupied by the Atascosa Youth Center. By law, Donato couldn't come within a 1000 feet of it.

"No, it hasn't been tough, said Donato. "Like I said, I'm innocent, I'm an innocent man."

Although he now claims he's innocent, Donato pleaded guilty to felony sex crimes with children back in November.

"I don't know the law that well, and I guess what I should've done is ask for a new attorney," explained Donato.
- You are a mayor, shouldn't you know the law? Or are you just sucking up that fat pay check?

Wednesday, Donato and his new attorney, Gary Churak, asked for a new trial. But Judge Rayes denied their request.

"It was a shot in the dark, and we went for it. We've got other remedies," said Churack.

People in Poteet have their own ideas what he should do.

"If I were accused of something wrong and I didn't do it, I would never say I was guilty," said Poteet resident Glenda Garcia.
- Well you don't know how the DA's and injustice system works my friend...

Many people want Donato to step down as mayor. But Donato refuses.

"It's unbelievable," said one woman. "I couldn't believe that, that happened, but it doesn't change my opinion on him."

Mayor Donato and his attorney plan on looking at court records then returning to court again to again as for a new trial.

News 4 asked Donato if he plans to run for mayor of Poteet again. He told us he's taking things one step at a time.


NY - Staten Island dad pleads guilty in death, sex abuse of his infant son

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More proof most child abuse is done by parents. I'm sure some more knee-jerk reactions to this are coming... Also notice, he's not currently a sex offender, so how would the sex offender registry or laws prevent this or alert anybody for someone who is not a known sex offender?? This is just sick!!!

01/08/2008

A Staten Island man swapped a jury trial for a life sentence when he admitted to killing his baby, putting an abrupt halt to a disturbing case of sex abuse.

Joseph Wallace, 21, of Port Richmond, pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder and second-degree aggravated sexual abuse in the death of his 2-month-old son, Joseph A. Wallace, Jr.

Under the agreement, Wallace faces 15 years to life in prison on the murder charge and 10 years on the count of aggravated sexual abuse. Wallace must also register as a sex offender.

Justice Robert J. Collini said he would set the sentences to run concurrently.

Wallace is due back at state Supreme Court, St. George, Jan. 28 for sentencing.

The infant's mother, 18-year-old Alyse Connors, returned from work to the couple's Jewett Avenue apartment on May 17 last year and found little Joseph Jr. naked and unresponsive, lying on a bed between the legs of his passed-out father.

The boy was pronounced dead at Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton, about an hour later.

An autopsy revealed the infant died from internal bleeding caused by a blow to the right side of his head. The baby boy had also suffered lacerations and bruising of his rectum, police said.

Wallace was arrested Aug. 16 in the wake of the city medical examiner's findings.

Under police questioning, Wallace admitted he inserted two fingers into the boy's rectum, "moving back and forth two minutes," in an attempt to keep the baby quiet.

Wallace also allegedly told police he had been drinking "heavily" at the time.


FL - Mark Lunsford to appear before state House

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I guess this idiot hasn't seen all the homeless sex offenders living under bridges yet. Hey Mark, why don't you check out these articles, here and here. Why can't you quit trying to "look good" and let the legislature do their jobs?

01/08/2008

TALLAHASSEE (Bay News 9) -- Child advocate Mark Lunsford will appear before the Florida senate today in Tallahassee to ask lawmakers to tighten laws in the state aimed at protecting children.

Lunsford will ask the Senate to close a loop hole in "Jessie's Law,' providing stiffer penalties for sex predators and offenders who live out-of-state and move to Florida.

Lunsford's daughter Jessica, was abducted, raped and murdered in 2005. Since then, Mark Lunsford has been working to change the way the state punishes and monitors sex offenders.

Lunsford will appear as part of a hearing on Florida House Bill 85, which will require life sentences for second or subsequent offenses of lewd or lascivious molestation against victim less than 12 years of age. The current law calls for a mandatory life sentence for two-time Florida sex offenders and predators on children.

The penalty only allows for a sentence of 25 years to life on the first Florida offense, regardless of out of state convictions.

Lunsford said if the bill passes, it could reduce the number of sex offenders coming to Florida.

"The whole idea is to keep tightening it up,' Lunsford said. "Because that is the main objective. The tighter we make it, the better it will be for florida because less sex offenders or predators will move here, because they like to prey on the states that have the weakest laws."
- Everybody passing and talking about these laws, all sound the same, like broken records. They all say the same BS. What about upholding the United States Constitution???

The House has already passed the bill, now it is up to the Senate. A similar bill died in the Senate last year.


Watching violence and porn could reduce violent crime and rape

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I do not believe this. Some people maybe, but others, I don't think so... We know kids are out killing people from listening to violent music, videos, games, etc, so how would this help?

01/08/2008

It’s almost hard to believe such a statement, when it sounds so backwards. Researchers and economists have come out with some interesting correlations, stats and figures that will make you go “hmmm”.

Before we dive into the new research that states watching violence and porn can reduce real crime, let’s take a look at laboratory experiments stating the opposite. The basic conclusion of most laboratory experiments is that watching violent images and video, will in fact cause parts of your brain that suppress aggressive behaviors to become less active.



Studies were done in a Columbia University Medical Center laboratory environment. When exposing participants to violent media their brains were monitored using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). To simplify the conclusions, it came down to two findings of interest. The first finding was that the brain was not stopping violent behaviors as much as it was before viewing violent media. The next finding was that the brain was more active in the area associated with planning behaviors. To get a more in depth view of this study you can find a great description here.

While the laboratory studies are hard to refute, other researchers from the University of California at San Diego and Berkely found other conclusions using real world data. A major difference between the two sets of data was that one set of conclusions was created in a laboratory while the other uses business and crime statistics.

What do you get when you combine movie attendance and violent crime statistics? Apparently, you get a wild correlation that says due to violent movies showing in theaters, you pull violent crime offenders off the streets and give them something better to do.

Instead of committing the violent crimes that these potential offenders would be partaking in, they’re stuffing their faces with popcorn and drinking overpriced coke. The quick conclusion would probably be to assume that as soon as these movie patrons leave their violent movie showing, they’re back to the same old dirty tricks. In reality, up to 6 hours after the violent movie showing, crime is reduced even more than when they were in the movie!

The actual numbers explain more and paint a better picture about how these conclusions were drawn. The biggest time for movie showings is 6PM - 12AM, and it is at this magical time that every one million violent movie patrons seems to reduce crime during this time by 1.1 to 1.3 percent. After people leave the movie, the time-frame of 12AM to 6PM sees an even more drastic drop in violent crime. Interesting to note is that the actual violence isn’t the only thing being focused on that reduces violent crime but the lack of other extracurricular activities. It is said that while patrons are in a movie, they aren’t consuming alcohol thus fueling their violent behaviors. Violent MoviesBasically, you’re throwing the dog a t-bone steak while you get a good look around the junkyard. The actual crimes that are said to be reduced during a weekend with a popular violent movie is estimated to be 1,000 violent crimes a weekend. That’s a reduction of 52,000 violent crimes a year, assuming Hollywood can crank out enough violent films to keep everyone occupied. If you want a more in depth look at the full study you can access the PDF version from Rochester University here.



Now that it’s been unveiled as to how crime is decreasing due to violent movies we can look at porn. Once again this research was not completed in a private laboratory but calculated using real world statistics. The statistics only provide a simple view as to what is really going on because correlation is strongly used. We all should know that correlation does not bring you to causation.

The research that was conducted in this project was done by former consultant to President Nixon’s Commission on Obscenity and Pornography. This consultant holds many titles such as Professor of Law at Northwestern University, J.D. Harvard 1961, Ph.D. Columbia 1968, Social Science Research Council Fellow in Advanced Statistics at University of Michigan, 1968. So for all the die hards focused on accolades, you can rest assured this information has been procured from the top of the pile.

Professor Antony D’Amato came to the following conclusions, which can be scoured more in depth in his guest column here. The first major statistic to take note of is the 85% decrease in sexual violence in 25 years. This statistic is released by none other than the U.S. Department of Justice. The exact figures state that there were 2.7 rapes for every 1,000 people in 1980. By the time 2004 rolled around, the same survey found rape had decreased to 0.4 per 1,000 people.

The interesting details of this study dive into Internet access by state and combine it with rape convictions on the books. The research breaks the states down into two groups of interest. The first group is the states with the lowest Internet Access and the second group is the states with the most Internet access. If you’re curious, the states with the lowest Internet access in 2001 were Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota and West Virginia. Porn on computerOn a more surprising note, the states with the highest Internet Access in 2001 were Alaska, Colorado, New Jersey and Washington. With all of these states, incidence of rape was tallied for 1980 and then again for the year 2000.



When everything is combined into a nice and easy to understand statistic you find that states that had least amount of Internet access statewide had an increase of rape over the 20 year period. The rape crimes in low Internet access states clock in at a 53% increase. Now looking at the states with the most Internet access statewide you find that they had a 27% decrease in rape cases. While it is hard to get all riled up about these statistic due to potential flaws it is an extremely interesting look at statistics going against common thought. Just because people have more Internet access doesn’t really say they are viewing more porn and satisfying the deeper desires. Nevertheless, you can see how interesting the world can be when looking at the true facts instead of hysteria.

What do you think about these studies? Whether you think all these studies are just hiding the real facts or you see some insight and truth in them, we want to know about it. If it’s a gripe or extra information and research we’d like to hear from you at our submission form. If you want to speak your mind or you are involved in the movie industry, porn industry or you just want to speak your mind we want to hear from you. Tell us your story and thoughts at our submission form.


RI - Monitoring of Middletown students is opposed

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It's funny how people are willing to do this, if it's not them, but when they want to do it "to protect your kids" you are all up in arms about it, and complain about the same issues sex offenders do. Bunch of hypocrites!! If it saves one child, it's worth it, right? And it's funny how all the things which take away our rights, are tested on children in the name of security... When they come to tag you, it will be too late then..

01/08/2008

MIDDLETOWN — The Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union is calling on the Middletown School Department to drop its planned pilot program of a student-tracking system that the ACLU says would treat children like “cattle” and violate their privacy.

The school district this month will test the Mobile Accountability Program, or MAP, which will place GPS tracking devices in two school buses and attach radio-frequency identification labels to the backpacks of the 80 or so Aquidneck Elementary School students who ride those buses. School administrators will then be able to monitor — in real-time, via an online map of Middletown at MAPIT’s secure Web site — the progress of those buses and their passengers as the children enter and exit the buses.

MAP is designed to improve transportation safety and efficiency and the pilot would last for the rest of the school year, after which school officials will determine whether to expand the program to the district’s entire bus fleet.

The ACLU, in a letter Friday to Schools Supt. Rosemarie K. Kraeger, expressed its “deep concerns” about MAP and urged the school district to halt the pilot project.

Using radio-frequency technology to track school buses seems “rather unnecessary,” ACLU executive director Steven Brown wrote.

But it’s Middletown’s use of electronic chips to also monitor the students themselves that most troubles the ACLU, Brown wrote.

“RFID [radio-frequency ID] technology was originally developed to track products and cattle,” Brown wrote. “The privacy and security implications with using this technology for tagging human beings, particularly children, are considerable.… Requiring students to wear RFID labels treats them as objects, not children. The Middletown school district sends a very disturbing message to its young students when it monitors them using technology employed to track cattle, sheep and shipment pallets in warehouses.”

Plus, the IDs could be unsafe, according to the ACLU, because Web sites sell electronic readers that can intercept the data on students’ tags.

Schools Supt. Rosemarie K. Kraeger said yesterday that the school district doesn’t plan to abandon its pilot program. School officials, she said, considered MAP for more than a year and questioned the provider, MAPIT Corp., about how students’ privacy would be protected. She said the school district is confident that the program includes the necessary safeguards to protect students’ identities.

“I wish Mr. Brown had called to find out the details of the project,” Kraeger said. “The company went to extra pains to make sure all our concerns had been addressed, and we did our due diligence. We feel secure.”

The School Department sent letters to the parents of the 80 children included in the pilot, and Kraeger said none have complained. In fact, she said, two parents have recently e-mailed her to express support for the tracking program.

Nonetheless, the ACLU is urging Middletown schools to “respect the privacy and civil liberties of Middletown’s elementary school students” and reconsider implementing the MAP pilot.

“This is just another example of overkill,” Brown said yesterday. “The biggest concern is how this could acclimate young kids at an early age to being monitored by the government.”


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WV - Ex-deputy pleads to lesser charge in sex case

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01/08/2008

NEW CUMBERLAND (AP) -- An ex-sheriff's deputy accused of sexually assaulting a woman while on duty in December 2006 has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor.

Former Hancock County Deputy Mark Smith was indicted last April on felony charges but pleaded to sexual abuse in the second degree.

Smith, of Chester, faces up to one year in jail and must register as a sexual offender. Sentencing is set for Feb. 6.

Newly unsealed court records indicate Smith fondled the victim, a dancer at a strip club. Smith stopped her in Newell as she drove home to Pennsylvania, told the woman to get in his patrol car, then drove to a nearby cemetery where the abuse occurred.

Smith initially told investigators the contact was consensual, but the victim said he threatened her with a drunken driving charge.


MO - Bill would ban swearing in bars

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Why don't we just ban everything that is fun and be done with it?

01/08/2008

ST. CHARLES - What the ...? A St. Louis-area town is considering a bill that would ban swearing in bars, along with table-dancing, drinking contests and profane music. City officials contend the bill is needed to keep rowdy crowds under control because the historic downtown area gets a little too lively on some nights.

City Councilman Richard Veit said he was prompted to propose the bill after complaints about bad bar behavior. He says it will give police some rules to enforce when things get too rowdy.

But some bar owners worry the bill is too vague and restrictive, saying it may be a violation of their civil rights.

Marc Rousseau, who owns bar R.T. Weilers, said he thinks the bill needs revision.

"We're dealing with adults here once again and I don't think it's the city's job or the government's job to determine what we can and cannot play in our restaurant," Rousseau said.

The proposal would ban indecent, profane or obscene language, songs, entertainment and literature at bars.

A meeting to discuss the proposal is set for Jan. 14.


McCanns Considering Film Offer


Myths, Lies, and the truth about Former Sex Offenders!


GA - Ga. Prisoners Claim Widespread Abuse

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01/08/2008

ATLANTA (AP) -- A group of prisoners filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday contending that Georgia corrections officers have systematically beaten restrained inmates in prisons throughout the state, leaving two dead and dozens of others injured.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Valdosta, names 25 guards and other corrections officials as culprits in routine beatings and torture of restrained inmates. It also claims they subsequently covered up the abuses by inflicting even more beatings on prisoners who file complaints.

Seven Valdosta State Prison inmates claim in court documents that members of the prison's response team kicked them with combat boots, choked them with night sticks and donned black leather "beating gloves" to carry out the attacks between October 2005 and August 2007.

The lawsuit also mentions the cases of more than 40 inmates in other Georgia prisons who claim, among other abuses, that guards strapped inmates to iron beds and left them without food or water for as long as two days and banned beating victims from seeing family members or being photographed.

Most of the incidents allegedly took place between 2003 and 2005.

Paul Czachowski, a spokesman for the state's corrections system, said there is a "pending investigation" into the Valdosta State Prison. He declined further comment until he saw the lawsuit.

The beatings have become a "very ingrained brutal practice that is covered up by the guards, supervisors, wardens and medical personnel," said McNeill Stokes, an Atlanta defense attorney who filed the lawsuit.

The lawsuit seeks an immediate end to the beatings and compensation for victims.

Stokes has filed more than 40 lawsuits during the last few years contending the beatings are banned by the Georgia Constitution, which says "neither banishment beyond the limits of the state nor whipping shall be allowed as a punishment for a crime."

The lawsuit alleges that two prisoners — Charles "Chad" Clark and Jonathan Haynes — have died as a result of the beatings.

Clark died April 19, 2005, of cardiac arrest after he was beaten, shot with pepper spray, dragged across the floor and left bleeding in a restraint for hours, the lawsuit said. Haynes, an inmate at Autry State Prison, fell unconscious when officers threw him into a wall, and the next day — Oct. 14, 2004 — he was pronounced dead, it said.

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A better approach to sex offender policy

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06/18/2007

When a child or a young woman is raped and murdered everyone feels helpless. That helpless feeling is soon followed by outrage. The outrage often leads to new laws. But many experts and lawmakers say laws born of anger often miss the mark. Experts, lawmakers and parents of victims all want a new approach to sex offender laws.

North Dakota State Sen. Tim Mathern says it all started with calls from angry mothers.

They'd discovered a sex offender lived near their neighborhood elementary school. So Mathern began working on legislation to ban sex offenders from living near schools.

But along the way he had an epiphany.

"The simplest solution would be, let's pass a bill, 2,000 feet [restriction] around every school. Get it passed and be done with it," says Mathern. "But no children would benefit. No families would have a safer community. No schools would be safer."

That's because research and experience shows banning sex offenders from anyplace kids might be forces many sex offenders to go underground. Then no one, including police, knows where they live.

It's also a fact that children are most often abused by a family member or friend.

"DON'T CONFUSE ME WITH THE FACTS"

That information helped Sen. Mathern change his approach to the legislation. He decided banning sex offenders from school property made more sense than trying to restrict where they could live.

Mathern says some of his legislative colleagues continued to favor a tougher, broader ban.

"Sometimes what happens is lawmakers don't want to know the facts, or the facts don't make any difference," says Mathern. "There really are two things that affect public policy. One is the facts. The other is the feelings and political pressure. There are legislators who will say, 'Don't confuse me with the facts. I've made up my mind.'"
- We are doomed if this is how it truely is, which it seems to be the case. Why don't people do homework before passing laws?? Because they want to "look good" to the public, instead of passing fair laws.

Mathern says he knows some voters might criticize him for narrowing the focus of his sex offender legislation, but he says he's found most of his constituents agree when he explains the facts.
- How can he explain the "facts" when he does not know the facts???

"I have not gone soft on sex offenders. In fact, I'm getting tougher. But I'm using facts, I'm using reason. I actually want children to be safer. I want this neighborhood to be safer," says Mathern. "For that to happen we can't just do knee-jerk reactions when there's a crime."
- Looks like he is wising up to the BS folks like John Walsh, Mark Lundsford and others spew in their hatred and rage.

But often that's exactly what happens. Significant sex offender legislation is passed in response to a heinous crime that grabs headlines.

GRIEVING PARENTS HELP PASS BAD LAWS

Patty Wetterling has seen it happen many times. Her son Jacob was kidnapped 18 years ago. He's never been found. Wettering says grieving parents often help to pass bad legislation.

Wetterling says parents across the country are joining forces to focus attention on the need for effective sex offender laws.

"After you have a child kidnapped and or murdered, somebody will come to you and say, 'Do this; this will make it all better and your child will not have died in vain,'" Wetterling says. "You are very desperate and vulnerable, so part of me wants to protect other parents from falling into that. Let's not make bad laws. All the parents agree, their number one goal is no more victims."

Wetterling says getting to that goal will take a combination of punishment, treatment and prevention.
- But not retroactive punishment, that violates the Constitution. All laws need to obey the Constitution of the United States.

She says many parents whose children were victims of sexual predators are angry and frustrated with lawmakers.

Wetterling says too often when laws are passed, they're not adequately funded. She says the Adam Walsh Act recently passed by Congress requires states to put programs in place, but doesn't provide funding.

"Don't pass laws in our kids' names and then not put any money into it. That's such an insult," says Wetterling. "All that is is a photo op so you can look good. Everybody pats each other on the back and there are no dollars there. It's infuriating."
- We should NOT be passing laws in childrens names anyway. Who in the world would NOT pass a law with a childs name attached to it?? Nobody. Go back to the usual HB-XXXX and SB-XXXX. They do this because they know adding a name to a bill, tugs at peoples emotions, and they will almost 100% of the time pass the law regardless of what it's about.

Wetterling says the majority of funding for sex offender programs is spent on about 3 percent of offenders. Those are the violent high-profile abductions and murders.

Wetterling says she hopes to convince lawmakers to pass effective sex offender laws, and spend more money on programs to protect kids who are abused and might grow up to be violent sex offenders.

Wetterling goes to speak with lawmakers armed with pages of statistics and research. Surprisingly, that information is sometimes missing from the debate over sex offender laws.
- How can you even consider a law to punish someone without the facts? That is insane!!

LAWMAKERS' MAIN SOURCE OF INFO IS THE MEDIA
- Oh, well that explains it all.. The media lies for ratings, and if people believe the media, we are all in a world of hurt...

Lisa Sample, a criminology professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha, says misinformation and a lack of information often shapes sex offender policy.

She's examined where lawmakers get their information about sex offenders. Most of the legislators in her study said their primary source of information was the news media. Sample says in many cases, lawmakers did not read studies or reports relevant to legislation they supported.

She says it's clear most sex offender legislation follows the abduction and murder of a child, and the resulting public outrage.

"What we don't do, however, is to put those events in a larger context," says Sample. "The fact is child homicides are so rare, and sexually related child homicides are even rarer, and I'm not sure it's misinformation we give the public as a lack of information. We just don't give them enough information to understand risk appropriately."

Relatively few people are aware a child is at greater risk of sexual abuse from a family member or friend than from a stranger, according to Sample.

If people understood that simple fact, Sample says she believes they would support more programs to prevent sexual abuse.

A FOCUS ON PREVENTION

Research shows violent offenders were often abused as children. Many of the experts interviewed for this story pointed to prevention as a key area that gets little attention.

There is some evidence to support the call for more prevention. Ramsey County identifies children who get in trouble and are at risk of becoming violent offenders, and targets those children for intensive intervention. Those children are significantly less likely to go on to a life of crime.

Nancy Sabin, head of the Jacob Wetterling Foundation, says she believes prevention is the most neglected solution to sexual violence. She says it's easy to focus on stranger danger. It's harder to address family issues closer to home.

Sabin says, however, that lawmakers don't deserve all the blame.
- Yes they do, IMO. They are the ones passing these laws based on myths propagated by the media, instead of doing homework to find the truth.

"The question I'd like to ask the public is, where do we think these guys are coming from? They're coming from our homes," says Sabin. "We've got to get over some of the fear, and find the right words to have really important conversations so none of us are raising sex offenders in our homes. because that's where they're coming from. If we can't help fix this problem, who can?"

Starting that public discussion may not be easy. Talking about sex raises issues of morality and religion. But North Dakota State Sen. Tim Mathern says he's convinced successful solutions to sexual violence won't happen until the public is engaged in a meaningful debate.

"These public policies have to be discussed. And the citizens have to start influencing their legislators to use facts, to use research, to use an approach that actually works, not an approach that just gets more votes," says Mathern. "We have to make sure we aren't shooting ourselves in the foot by being righteous, but making things worse."

In Minnesota, a panel of experts recently completed a comprehensive report to serve as a guide for sex offender policy in the state. One of the report's authors says the biggest challenge is just getting lawmakers to read it.


GA - Should Banishments Be Banned?

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01/07/2008

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Supreme Court justices debating the state's banishment policy on Monday reached at least one conclusion: Being confined to all but a remote Georgia county makes for a difficult drive.

When Justice Harris Hines wondered aloud how the banished offender could even reach the county without traveling through off-limits areas, fellow Justice Robert Benham quipped: "You could fly." Hines quickly responded by asking where you would even land.

The judicial interaction underscores the dilemma the state's top court faces over Georgia's strange banishment policy.

Georgia's judges are outlawed from banishing offenders from the state, but some have skirted the rule by banning them from all but one of Georgia's 159 counties. That means some metro Atlanta offenders are confined -- at least on paper -- to hard-to-reach spots near the Okefenokee Swamp.

Although the banished rarely move to these remote counties, the policy has sparked a debate among the legal community that has landed in the state's top court.

State attorneys contend the orders are a way to rid criminals from populous areas and protect victims from repeat offenses. But some defense attorneys see them as thinly disguised efforts to evade a Georgia constitutional provision that explicitly forbids courts from "banishment beyond the limits of the state."


The Marketing of Evil

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By David Kupelian

Americans have come to tolerate, embrace and even champion many things that would have horrified their parents' generation – from easy divorce and unrestricted abortion-on-demand to extreme body piercing and teaching homosexuality to grade-schoolers. Does that mean today's Americans are inherently more morally confused and depraved than previous generations? Of course not, says veteran journalist David Kupelian. But they have fallen victim to some of the most stunningly brilliant and compelling marketing campaigns in modern history.

"The Marketing of Evil" reveals how much of what Americans once almost universally abhorred has been packaged, perfumed, gift-wrapped and sold to them as though it had great value. Highly skilled marketers, playing on our deeply felt national values of fairness, generosity and tolerance, have persuaded us to embrace as enlightened and noble that which all previous generations since America’s founding regarded as grossly self-destructive – in a word, evil.

In this groundbreaking and meticulously researched book, Kupelian peels back the veil of marketing-induced deception to reveal exactly when, where, how, and especially why Americans bought into the lies that now threaten the future of the country.

For example, few of us realize that the widely revered father of the "sexual revolution" has been irrefutably exposed as a full-fledged sexual psychopath who encouraged pedophilia. Or that giant corporations voraciously competing for America's $150 billion teen market routinely infiltrate young people's social groups to find out how better to lead children into ever more debauched forms of "authentic self-expression."

Likewise, most of us mistakenly believe the "abortion rights" and "gay rights" movements were spontaneous, grassroots uprisings of neglected or persecuted minorities wanting to breathe free. Few people realize America was actually "sold" on abortion thanks to an audacious public relations campaign that relied on fantastic lies and fabrications. Or that the "gay rights" movement – which transformed America's former view of homosexuals as self-destructive human beings into their current status as victims and cultural heroes – faithfully followed an in-depth, phased plan laid out by professional Harvard-trained marketers.

No quarter is given in this riveting, insightful exploration of how lies, both subtle and outrageous, are packaged as truth. From the federal government to the public school system to the news media to the hidden creators of "youth culture," nothing is exempt from the thousand-watt spotlight of Kupelian's journalistic inquiry.

In the end, "The Marketing of Evil" is an up-close, modern-day look at what is traditionally known as "temptation" – the art and science of making evil look good.

About the author: David Kupelian is the managing editor of WorldNetDaily.com, the world’s largest independent news Web site. He is also a widely read online columnist and the driving force behind the acclaimed monthly news magazine Whistleblower.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT DAVID KUPELIAN'S 'THE MARKETING OF EVIL' ...

"David Kupelian dares to tell the truth about the overwhelming forces in our society which take us far away from our original American concept of freedom with responsibility, happiness with commitments, and traditional values. 'The Marketing of Evil' is a serious wake-up call for all who cherish traditional values, the innocence of children, and the very existence of our great country." – DR. LAURA SCHLESSINGER, talk-show host and author

"It's often said that marketing is warfare, and in 'The Marketing of Evil,' David Kupelian clearly reveals the stunning strategies and tactics of persuasion employed by those engaged in an all-out war against America's Judeo-Christian culture. If you really want to understand the adversary's thinking and help turn the tide of battle, read this book!"
DAVID LIMBAUGH, syndicated columnist and author

"David Kupelian's research brings into sharp focus what many have sensed and suspected for a long time: The effort to change America's mind on issues like abortion, homosexuality, church-state separation, and more, is a well-thought-out strategic campaign that uses the methods of Madison Avenue to market rank lies. But the good news is that the truth will eventually win out, and Kupelian's important and groundbreaking book makes enormous progress toward that end."
D. JAMES KENNEDY, Coral Ridge Ministries

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NY - City nixes sex offender control measures

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01/08/2008

Sex offenders will continue to live where they want -providing they can find the housing- in the city of Watertown.

Monday evening the Watertown City Council rejected the Child Protection Act, 3-2.

The act would have kept level 3 registered sex offenders from living within 500 feet of a school, park or playground.

The council also rejected, without a vote, Councilman Jeff Smith's proposal to put up signs near the homes of sex offenders to notify the neighborhood.

In lieu of the measures, Mayor Jeff Graham asked Police Chief Joe Goss to notify motel owners when a registered sex offender is placed in a hotel.


SC - Lexington Town Council Approves Sex Offender Living Restrictions

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01/08/2008

LEXINGTON -- The Lexington Town Council has approved an ordinance that would effectively ban registered sex offenders from moving to the town.

The council made its decision after a favorable opinion from the state attorney general.

The ordinance approved Monday would prevent sex offenders from living or loitering within 2,000 feet of schools, churches, parks, playgrounds and other sites where children might gather.

State Attorney General Henry McMaster says the rule would likely stand up if challenged in court.

Council members had been waiting for McMaster to weigh in before voting.

The six sex offenders currently living among Lexington's 15,000 residents are exempt.


ME - Sex offender registry changes eyed

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01/07/2008

AUGUSTA — With a growing number of legal challenges to Maine’s sex offender registry, members of the Legislature’s Criminal Justice Committee are discussing rewriting the law this session creating a new registry system.

"The sex offender registry is so important and it is so important to so many people," said Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, co-chair of the committee. "I think we have to do all we can, work day and night if that’s necessary to make that work, and make it work fairly and efficiently."

The panel was updated on the legal status of the registry last week when Assistant Attorney General Laura Smith told committee members there are currently four cases challenging the registry in Superior Court.

"We do know that the attorney in one is seeking additional plaintiffs," she said.

But she declined to guess when any of the cases may be decided in Superior Court, let alone by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on the expected appeal by whichever side loses at the lower court level.

"But it seems pretty clear to me it won’t happen before this session is over," said Rep. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, co-chairman of the panel. "I think we have to move on this and not wait for some idea or direction from the courts."

The committee held public hearings last year on several proposals to change the registry after the state supreme court ruling that sent back to the Superior Court a case where a "John Doe" sued alleging the state law is unconstitutional because of the retroactive portion of the law requiring sex offenders since 1982 to register.

That retrial has yet to get under way. In addition to the retroactive portion of the law being challenged, there is a case in which a person convicted of a sex crime in New Hampshire who is now living in Maine is challenging Maine’s requirement that he register in this state.

"We had hoped we would get some direction from the courts, but it looks like that is not going to happen," Diamond said. "I think we need to move forward and do what we can to improve the law."

Several convicted sex offenders and their family members want changes in the registry, and some want it abolished. Shirley Turner, the mother of convicted sex offender William Elliott, asked lawmakers last year to keep addresses off the registry to protect offenders from "vigilantes."

Elliott was shot and killed Easter Sunday 2006 at his home in Corinth. State police investigators determined that Stephen Marshall of Nova Scotia accessed the state sex offender registry Web site before he came to Maine and killed Elliott and Joseph Gray of Milo before taking his own life.

Others have urged lawmakers to change the current sex offender registry to remove some offenders entirely from the list, such as teens that have consensual sex but one is over 18.

But complicating the committee’s work to create a new Web site law is the federal Adam Walsh Act that establishes guidelines for sex offender registries. Failure to meet the federal requirements by summer 2009 would lead to the state losing 10 percent of some federal law enforcement grant funds.

"That does put us between the rock and the hard place," said Sen. Roger Sherman, D-Houlton. "I think there need to be some changes. We need to sit down as a committee and talk this through."

Sherman, who graduated from law school but does not practice law, is worried that whatever the committee crafts for changes may not pass muster with the court.

"I really don’t want to try and read the minds of the court," he said.

But he agreed with Diamond that to wait what could be years for the court process to work would hurt a lot of individuals.

While the panel is far from taking any votes, they appear to be headed for a registry that has two parts — one public and the other only for police. What panel members call "serious offenders" would continue on the public registry. But many now on the public registry would be moved to the law enforcement-only database, such as a teenager convicted of a sexual offense against another teenager where it was consensual.

Several members also have expressed support for changing the "look back" period at least for the public registry.

"I think this is a case where the Legislature sees that what we did was wrong and we need to fix it," Gerzofsky said. "I think we will fix it."


CA - Officials lodge concerns over Prop. 83 at first of 3 hearings in state

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01/08/2008

SAN FRANCISCO - California's new anti-predator law has forced many paroled sex offenders into homelessness, made residential treatment facilities off limits and threatened to steer police assets away from the most dangerous sex criminals, according to testimony Monday before a state panel.

The hearing at City Hall in San Francisco was the first of three across the state this week where law enforcement, treatment providers and the public can lodge their concerns over Proposition 83.

The California Sex Offender Management Board, which held the hearing, is expected to recommend changes this month in a report to the Legislature.

Prop. 83, known as Jessica's Law, passed in November, 2006, toughening penalties for many sex crimes. Its most controversial provision bans newly released sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park where children "regularly gather." It also requires lifetime GPS monitoring of freed sex felons.

Since the state began to enforce the 2,000-foot rule this fall, San Francisco has seen the most extreme fallout, with virtually no space for sex offender parolees to live. The result: Dozens of sex offenders there have opted to register as transients, bouncing from bed to bed or sleeping outside to avoid a parole violation.

A MediaNews story last week highlighted a Bay Area-wide spike in the number of released sex offenders registering as transients, sometimes at their parole agents' suggestion.

Most wear GPS anklets and they must check in daily with their parole agents. Critics say a lack of stability could make homeless sex offenders more prone to commit new crimes.

"We need to know what we can do to house this population, rather than them becoming desperadoes," said San Francisco Supervisor Jake McGoldrick. "They're telling people to hit the streets. You defeat the whole purpose."

The law left unclear just who will monitor sex offenders with GPS once they leave parole, as more than 600 sex offenders already have. Also, it sets no penalty for their failure to comply.

Changes could include how authorities measure 2,000 feet. Parole agents now mark off the distance - about four-tenths of a mile - "as the crow flies." But the law doesn't make it clear, and one sheriff's deputy noted that major freeways often stand between a home and a park or school.

The author of Jessica's Law, Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, has criticized the state's early enforcement of the law, and said policy makers should find more creative ways to make it work.


FL- Juveniles face 25 years on Florida's sex-offender Web site

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01/06/2008

Two are in seventh grade. Another is a sophomore in high school. Yet another, 18 years old, weighs 105 pounds and stands barely over 5 feet tall.

They are juvenile sex offenders -- and Florida has been handling their cases largely out of the public eye.

Now, a new state law requires posting their faces and addresses on the Internet along with adult rapists and pedophiles. Some legal experts say this goes against the purpose of juvenile court where rehabilitation and confidentiality are key. The courts restrict public access to the juveniles' legal files, but their identities and addresses are now available with a click of a mouse.

"It's contradicting years of juvenile-justice philosophy," said Jill Levenson, assistant professor at Lynn University in Boca Raton and the author of studies on sex-offender notification.

The law, which took effect in July, expands Florida's public sexual-offender registry to include teenagers who are found delinquent in juvenile court for a sexual activity by use of force or coercion.

So far, 14 kids, including four from Central Florida, are listed on Florida Department of Law Enforcement's site.

The Sunshine State isn't alone. Adding juveniles to the public sex-offender registries is part of a federal push made by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. It requires states to implement public registries -- including juvenile sex offenders -- by July 2009 or lose out on federal criminal-justice money. Three other states recently passed laws to comply.

The law is named after Adam Walsh, a 6-year-old who was abducted from a Hollywood mall and killed in 1981.

"We recognized that adult sex offenders could start out as juvenile sex offenders. There is an obvious desire to stop them when they are recognized early," said Carolyn Atwell-Davis, director of legislative affairs for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

But balancing the public's right to know and a teenager's chance for a successful future have proved to be challenging.

In the past, juveniles convicted of sex offenses were not widely known because the cases remained shielded in juvenile court, where authorities did not clump their crimes with adults.

The problem with the new law, experts say, it that the sex-offender label is based on offense and not risk. With the right treatment, many young offenders don't end up offending again, said David Prescott, president of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

By publicizing their names and faces, "my concerns are that . . . recidivism among young people is so low that we may actually do more harm for many of them," said Prescott, who has treated sex offenders for 20 years.

From June 2006 to July 2007, nearly 650 juveniles were charged with sexual battery in Florida. Of those, 165 were in Central Florida, according to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Prosecutors say the threat of registration is going to affect how cases play out in juvenile court.

"We're really still learning about it," said Assistant State Attorney Sid Savitz, who is the deputy bureau chief of the Orange-Osceola state attorney's juvenile division.

Settling cases with plea deals to avoid trials may become more difficult, Savitz said. Teens may opt to risk a trial instead of agreeing to register as a sex offender for at least 25 years.

"Once they are on the register, it's really, really difficult to undo that," he said.

Savitz said he looks at each juvenile case carefully. He may opt to charge a young offender with sexual battery -- which would qualify the juvenile for the registry -- but offer a plea deal to a lesser sex-offense charge.

"I want to avoid victims having to testify," he said.

Since July, 14 juveniles ranging in age from 14 to 18 have been listed among several thousand adult rapists and pedophiles. The criminal records for most of the teenagers list the sex offense as the only arrest. Their victims typically were younger and were known to the offenders.

The list of offenders nearly doubled in the past month.

A 17-year-old from Orlando was added Thursday. Orange County sheriff's investigators charged him with sexual battery after he impregnated a 27-year-old woman who is mentally disabled.

A 15-year-old from Orlando was put on the list in September for sexual battery. According to an arrest report, he had sexual contact with a mentally disabled girl. He is being held at the Orange Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

Two others -- ages 15 and 18 -- are at the Kissimmee Juvenile Correctional Facility, where teenage males who commit sexual offenses are treated. The other teenagers are in Lee, Okeechobee, Marion and Citrus counties.

When they are released from Department of Juvenile Justice custody, they'll be required to register their addresses, photos and e-mail and instant message names with their local sheriff's office four times a year, possibly the rest of their lives. If they failed to do so, they would be charged with a third-degree felony, which is punishable by up to five years in prison. If they follow the rules for 25 years, they can request to be taken off the list.

The Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office is poised to question the law when a case arises in its circuit.

Assistant Public Defender Billie Goldstein said she plans to challenge the constitutionality of the law and to fight for the right to a jury trial. In juvenile court, a judge -- not a jury -- decides a teenager's fate.

"It's such a serious consequence . . . juveniles should have the same trial protections, including a jury," she said.


SC - Attorney General: Cayce, Lexington can limit where sex offenders live

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01/07/2008

CAYCE - Cayce and Lexington got the go-ahead Monday to ban sex offenders from living in parts of their communities.

The ordinance bars offenders from living within nearly a half-mile of schools, playgrounds and other sites where children gather.

In a sense, the ordinance could likely stop any sex offender from moving into Lexington or Cayce city limits.

The approval comes from the South Carolina Attorney General. The office of the attorney general came to the conclusion that the ordinance is in keeping with the law and the constitution.