Friday, March 21, 2008

Is The perverted-justice Jury Biased?


It has been stated again and again by the owner and senior members of perverted-justice - "We are the 'Court of Public Opinion'." In other words, the majority of the members of perverted-justice see themselves as the jury of such a court. This contention is more than backed up by their actions.

The prime function of the vigilante organization is to pronounce their verdict of "guilty" on those they target, then pronounce and carry out whatever "sentence" this group of untrained, anonymous individuals deems appropriate. In over 1000 PJ "busts", the "sentence" consisted of their target being anonymously harassed and threatened, the harassment and terrorization of their families, their shunning or forced removal from their neighborhoods, being fired from their jobs, etc.

The uneducated might suggest "Good for them... After all, they are perverts, right?" Unfortunately, it is often forgotten that the accusations, then the PJ "trial" and the sentencing are being carried out by anonymous, untrained individuals whose very motives, if seen in an actual court of law, would immediately result in their removal from the case. Unlike the perverted-justice kangaroo-court, a real justice system has a method to ensure the accused receives a fair trial. The method is called "jury selection".

The purpose of Jury Selection

"The purpose of jury selection examination is to enable a court to determine whether any prospective jurors are possessed of beliefs that would cause them to be biased in such a manner as to prevent the accused parties from obtaining a fair and impartial trial. To find 12 people who can make a decision about this case in a fair and impartial way. In other words, 12 people who will wait until they have heard all of the facts before making up their minds."

In most cases in a real courtroom, jury selection is performed by the court itself, then the prosecutor, then the defending attorney. The intent is to eliminate those who may have preconceived biases one way or the other.

As an example, it would be very unlikely that someone who had been the victim of a particular violent crime would be allowed to remain on a jury charged with determining the guilt or innocence of someone accused of committing the same or a similar crime. It would simply be impossible for such a person to remain at arm's length - Unbiased enough to fairly weigh the evidence and pronounce an unbiased verdict.

Similarly, people who are deemed to be mentally unstable, have had or are being treated for psychological problems, those with admitted psychological disorders, etc. are screened very carefully due to the fact that with jury duty, they have been given the power to seriously impact another person's life.

Let's take a closer look at the PJ "jury"

What follows is a compilation of quotes from some of the more ardent PJ "jury" taken directly from the perverted-justice member's own posts in the publicly accessible perverted-justice forums. While reading each one of the quotes, please take the time to ask yourself "Given this person's history and experiences, does this person appear to have the necessary mental stability and impartiality required of someone with the power to ruin someone's life?" Would these people likely be eliminated from the jury if perverted-justice had a legitimate selection process? We'll leave it to you to decide.

Please keep in mind - The point of this article is not to "show how crazy PJers are" or anything of the sort. Our intention is not to mock or identify anyone who suffers from mental disorders or who has suffered abuse. We are very much aware that many people who have been diagnosed with mental illness or have suffered abuse go on to lead productive, fulfilling lives. Rather, the point of this article is to ask the question:

"Given the circumstances, is it likely that these people, people who could potentially ruin someone's life, have the ability to make fair, impartial, error-free judgements regarding those they target?"



ABubbleInLethe

"Survivor of sexual/verbal/physical/emotional abuse/rape"

"Diagnosed (or blessed) with bipolar disorder one, anxiety/panic disorder, and PTSD, which can make my day very interesting at times."

Agent K

"Very much a survior of mental, emotional, sexual, and physical abuse."

furie75

"I too am a victim, and have made it my personal crusade to make sure that no scumbag will ever breathe on my daughter or future child. I am here as moral support to all of you who contribute to busting the bad guys. I also like to think that I am a little of comic relief in this bleak world."

hawk

"Survivor of mental/physial/emotional abuse. "

Noalani

"I have no special training, but being a survivor of mental, physical, and sexual abuse as well, it has been my lifes work to not let the violence dribble down to my kids"

Persephone 4125

"I have survived sexual assault, emotional abuse, and being a latch-key kid. Some of my children are survivors also."

WhyYes.....IAmSpecial!

"I am a survivor of every kind of abuse imaginable."

keebler

"There has been aspect to my life that is a living hell. Sometimes I want to kill my exhusband. The hate and fury is so overwhelming I cannot function. I am totally consumed. Other times I am so fearful for my daughter I am nearly paralyzed. If she is in the shower too long, I'm afraid she is in there killing herself. She's not...I'm just afraid she is."

Rubyxcube

"My mother and her sisters were sexually abused by their stepfather. The oldest (my mom was the middle child) even bore a child because of the incest. Yet, through all this my grandmother refused to acknowledge what was going on. She blamed all of the daughters (except the oldest, who could do no wrong) and said everything that happened whas their fault. My step-grandfather was convicted and did serve some jail time.

Still, he never learned his lesson. When I was about 2-4 years old, he started on the little things, i.e. pinching my rear and having me sit in his lap--these were the things that started the abuse with my mom and her sisters."

Del (Harvey)

"For instance, I'll pick up a phone and hear (without turning it on) a dial tone and then a woman's voice speaking. Or I can hear someone using that pressurized air stuff and I'll feel it on my forearms."

"Lots of stuff like that. But, like I said, the anti-psychotic drugs usually keep that to a minimum."

Mbo

"Yeah I suffer from Schizoaffective Disorder (Bipolar Disorder with Schizo Tendencies) so me and all my personalites see hear stuff thats not there . Bust seriously What's ironic the meds make it worse some times...Hallucinations are constant unless i use "alternative meds"! I've seen some crazy things and then some hilarious things at time...I've lost my mind years ago and still haven't found it yet!"

Erinyes

"all the time. I always see things out of the corner of my eye...like bugs, and I turn, to find nothing there. I guess I should have listened better to my folks about drugs when I was younger."

"I also have anxiety really bad, and that ALWAYS makes me feel like I am losing my mind."

Sky Monkey

"All the time. I was diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) which is most commonly a result of a lesser degree of oxygen and stimulation to the frontal lobes of the brain. I forget things all the time, am often driven by impulse, and can even attest to many times that I've prioritized things way out of whack. It's like they say - your minds like a tv that constantly changes channels. You are either unfocused or hyper-focused, yet you cannot stop your mind from attempting to pay attention to everything at once. Your mind is like an engine thats constantly red-lined. I can't even begin to tell you how exhausting and frustrating it gets at times. While there are plenty of medications out for ADD, there is no single drug that works for everyone, and with most people who have it, if they seek medicinal relief they go through medication after medication to find the one that works for them. I've decided to try to tackle life without the use of them, and it's partially because of the fear of becoming a "medicated" person rather than one who can cope by my own virtue. It's a constant self management that doesn't always work, but so far, it's at least somewhat working."

"So yes, there are at least several times during the day that I wonder if I'm losing my mind to all the outside static."

Sugarbella:

"ME TOO!! I take Xefexor (sp) and Paxil for stress and PTSS (post-traumatic stress syndrome). "

perritoo

"Also a victim, also on medication - in my case, anti-depressants."

angeleyes3785

"I often feel that I'm losing my mind. I have an axiety problem that I've been trying to overcome. Lately there's been so much stress in my life that I often just break down and cry like a baby...sometimes over nothing, sometimes over everything. Depression runs in my family and I think that that's part of my problems as well."

Mozkatt

"I've been depressed most of my life, finally found a doctor that recognized it, and take an anti-depressant. "

CrowGirl09

"Clinically Depressed with ADD. I don't see things anymore but for about two years when I was a teenager and wasn't on medication (Prozac and Ritilin) I used to see dead bodies, knifes, dark shadows, horrible men at my window....God, it was so scary. I'd rather die than go through that shit again."

Satine

"I also find that when traumatic things happen to me I tend to go into this "panic mode." I seclude myself from everyone and rarely go outside. I'm not even gonna list all the medication I'm on and the reasons I'm on it. "

Kat Delacour

"i was diagnosed with "social phobia" / depression by the GP when i was 18 ... was put on aropax (paxil in the US, i believe) and took it for 3 years."

djjr00

"I have bi-polar disorder."

bev78009

"I haven't personally had this happen to me, but it has to my Mom only a few months ago at the age of 57, she discovered she was also molested by the same person I was, her father."

"I'm not sure if you have read my story in the SD yet, but I was molested by my moms father also."

manicmonday

"thnx for the support and I've know for awhile i have had ptsd along with my bipolar disorder I just can't seem to get adequate help! long process I suppose."

FallenStar

"I was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (formerly called multiple personality disorder) in Nov of 2003."

nightgodess

"I was abused by a neighbor when i was 9.I havent had repressed memories maybe because my mom made me deal with it or maybe because i was old enough to remember it.My daughter however was abused by a family member of my exhusbands at a very young age.She has post traumatic stress syndrom from that abuse and the physical abuse of her father.I'm still learning what this disorder is all about and she has been in theropy.But she still has night terrors and she is 10 now when she wakes up she dont remember why she is upset."

stormnutt

"i suffered my abuse at age 4."

sassygurl

"In my case, it's an event that happened when I was 7, I know where it happened and I know when it happened, I've always known that, but I have blocked what happened (or at least some of it) which I didn't even realize until I went to a psychologist and she asked if I remember getting back to the spot that I was before it happened and I don't, I remember being asked a question then being back on the sidewalk so whatever happened between the question and getting back to the sidewalk is gone, at one time I had gone to a psychiatrist/hypnotist and asked him if he could help me bring back the memory but he said that I may have blocked it because it was too traumatic and that I may not be able to remember for my own peace of mind and when I was ready the memory would come back on it's own."

"There is one thing that may be a reminder of the incident but I'm not sure, for some reason the smell of alcohol on someone's breath causes me to have a panic attack, it makes me wander if the guy had been drinking that day."

Binky_Face

"I'm just now beginning to remember the physical abuse I suffered at the hands of my father."

arachne

"i have both. there is abuse i've always remembered, but shelved it. then there's memories that i had packed into the back closets of my mind. they were just too intolerable to keep conscious."

brandilee

"Helping here helps me because hopefully I am stopping at least ONE child from going thru what I went thru as a child. If I can keep that from happening then, maybe that child will stop another child from being hurt, and ect. Its a circle."

sorrowslament

"I was a very small girl when I was abused. Perhaps 4 or 5 then again at maybe 10"

WhyYesIAmSpecial

"I myself am also numb. I've had more then one person tell me I am cold hearted. I've had too many people tell me that. I don't trust most people.. Hell, I don't like most people. I have aquaintances. But no real friends. Not a single friend. In a way I prefer it like that. Sometimes I get lonely too.. and that is why I use PJ. "

Susannah

"I was raped by a "family friend" when I was 11."

Ish

"I almost don't know where to start. I grew up with an incredibly emotionally abusive alcoholic father. I left home at 15, with my mother's blessing, and stayed with a friend and her father for a while."

"My first experience with sexual abuse happened when I was in junior high."

blue

"Granny, I hope you are there for your grandson. I realized that I was gay as a teenager, but wondered if it was from my abuse as a child."

stiggy

"I was abused for seven years as a kid, and I know my ex boyfriends and whatnot have mentioned that the hardest part for them was keeping strong for me, knowing that I didn't have it in me at most times to be strong for one crying person, let alone both of us..."

Cyclona

"It has to be said, as a victim of it and also adult rape I've always been very pro-active when dealing with my experiences."

ArizonaDreamin

"My abuse started before I can remember."

sugarbella

"I've never tried to commit suicide (my parents already lost a son and I had a tremendous feeling of guilty when I contemplated it). However, I am on anti-anxiety/depression medicine and still generally afraid of any man older than me (wierd shit huh?)."

sweet

"My abuse was never reported to any official agency, so I suppose I am not one of the "statistics" either."

gethang2004

"I am a victim of incest. I am coping by helping others. "

JusticeBot

"Everything reminds me of being exploited and victimized"

Persephone 4125

"I have attempted suicide many times. The one thing that many people viewed as a suicide attempt was not -- it was an act of stupidity which earned me a battle with dehydration. Since I spent so much time feeling so isolated I became a bit of a chameleon and knew how to hide things, so no one at the time ever knew about my suicide attempts."

"I have suffered life-long phobias, some of which I can't even identify. What do you call it when you have a panic attack in the middle of doing laundry for no apparent reason?"

JennaVamp

"I was sexually, physically and emotionally abused by my father for as long as I can remember."

Blue Silver PJ

"Summary would be; abused, maddest at betrayal by womb-lady, want to do what I can to protect who I can. "

serawench

"I've always felt powerless in the face of my abuse and in the face of my abusers."

Susannah

"I was raped by a "family friend" when I was 11. He convinced me that it was my fault because I was so irrisistable."

mypast21

"Since the things that have happened to me in the past, I have tried to forget them. Not talk about them and definitely not try to get through them, which I always knew would be the best. Through this I have come to grips with what happened to me and how important it is to stop this from happening to other children."

bluemist

"I won't really get into to much as to how I survived my what I'll call encounters of very unfortunate acts that have been brought upon me in my life, as still I have to face a few of them on a daily basis.. "

a_blue_angel

"Wow, I can't really comment on that, because I think my abuse immediately let me into professions and organizations that gave me the most opportunity to "help". "

oc48designer

"I want to thank everybody who has posted here , you all are helping me to start to work thru the abuse my step father and step mother did to me. I also was beaten by my piano teasher."

brandilee

"As someone who takes Zoloft for anxiety,[/b] I don't find myself to have "killer" thoughts. Of course, anxiety is different than other disorders. And as Seph pointed out each drug is going to react differently in each individual. I think she has the best idea, close supervision by a trained professional is a must especially in the case of children, who wouldn't know the symptoms of "getting worse"

Noalani

"I have no special training, but being a survivor of mental, physical, and sexual abuse as well, it has been my lifes work to not let the violence dribble down to my kids."

Cirga

"Perritto you arent alone there bud. I am a survivor of abuse myself."

Delirium

"Actually, yes. I frequently hear and see things that aren't there. However (in all seriousness), I'm on anti-psychotics, which generally prevent me from seeing and hearing things that aren't usually there."

mbo

"Yeah I suffer from Schizoaffective Disorder (Bipolar Disorder with Schizo Tendencies) so me and all my personalites see hear stuff thats not there . Bust seriously What's ironic the meds make it worse some times...Hallucinations are constant unless i use "alternative meds"! I've seen some crazy things and then some hilarious things at time...I've lost my mind years ago and still haven't found it yet! "

shund

"From age 13 to 17 I fought a serious anxiety problem. It started shortly after we moved from my hometown with a bout of depression, and then turned to anxiety which manifested itself in the form of mild hypochondria."

fishingfool

"I don't really think I'm losing my mind...I know I am. Given the fact that I have ADD, suffer with severe sleep apnea and an anxiety and panic disorder and the rampant drug abuses of the 70's and early 80's, I really feel I have the right to be nuts. Don't you? "

TheBuckStopsHere

"I was very sick myself with a so-called manic depressive illness, on tons of meds, I finally got the courage to leave in spite of that. The next 12 months were so rough but I learned I was NOT retarded as I was raised by my father ,, the same belife perperrted by my husband. After 12 months I realized I didn't have one eposiode of suicidal depression untill the anniverasy of my dad's death,, I figured I had to have suffered from some kind of post -tramatic stress and was not a manic depressive.. OR I'd have sunk into the black pit long before then."



This is a relatively small, random sampling.

Please remember - These are the people who have elected themselves as the "protectors of your children". They have been convinced by Phillip Eide that the real justice system is inadequate, and have taken it upon themselves to enact their own form of "justice". The question is, given the comments above, are these people qualified to sit in judgement? Given their pasts, do they have the ability to fairly and accurately assess the guilt or innocence of those anonymously accused? We don't believe they do.

To see the comments first hand, as posted by the perverted-justice members, please read them for yourself at perverted-justice.com.



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ID - Ex-law enforcement officer Glen Parsons charged with sex abuse of minors

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And you really think you can trust cops? Check out all the corruption here.

03/20/2008

Former Mountain Home police officer Glenn A. Parsons, 25, was arrested by investigators from the state Attorney General's office Thursday and charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor under 16 years of age and one count of sexual battery of a minor child 16 or 17 years of age.

Parsons was arraigned Thursday afternoon on the charges and was being held in the Elmore County jail on a $100,000 bond. As of Friday morning he remained in jail.

The charges are all felonies and involve separate incidents alleged to have occurred with two different minors.

The charges followed a series of investigations first launched by the Mountain Home Police Department last November. Following an extensive and "thorough investigation" of allegations made involving the two minor girls in two separate cases, the department forwarded the information it had developed to the city prosecuting attorney's office for review and consideration of charges, but believing a conflict of interest may exist, the matter was then forwarded by the prosecutor to the Idaho Attorney General's office, which then conducted its own investigation.

Parsons had worked for the Mountain Home Police Department from March to November of 2007. Previously he had worked for four years as a member of the sheriff's department's security detail at the Elmore County Courthouse, before moving on to the city police department.

Parsons was scheduled to be arraigned in Elmore County early Thursday afternoon but that was delayed until a non-local judge could be found to conduct the arraignment (once again, to prevent any conflicts of interest with Elmore County judges). The arraignment was conducted by telephone with Boise Magistrate Judge James Cawthon. Since he will not be the judge who will conduct the preliminary hearing a date for that hearing was not immediately set, but must be held prior to April 3.

Arraignments are held to set bail and set dates for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is probable cause to go to trial.

According to the affidavit filed in conjunction with his arrest, Mountain Home Police initially were notified on Nov. 13, by the older alleged victim, that on either Nov. 6 or Nov. 7 she had called Parsons and told him she was depressed. That victim then alleges that he went to her home, picked her up, and took her to his apartment.

There, the victim told authorities, he prepared an alcoholic beverage for her (and offered a second, which she said she refused). The two then sat down on his couch and, according to the victim's statement, he began to kiss her and touch her inappropriately. She then said she wanted to be taken home and he said he would do so in an hour, but Parson's girlfriend then showed up and after the girlfriend left he took her home.

Parsons denied the allegations at the time, telling investigators that all he and the teenage girl had done was watch a movie.

The charges facing Parsons also involve a second series of incidents involving a younger girl, 14 years of age.

In that case the victim alleges that while having dinner with her family (the exact date was not revealed) Parsons began texting her on her cell phone, making inappropriate suggestions, including asking her for pictures of her partially undressed. In subsequent days, he allegedly sent a number of other text messages, including requests to engage in sexual activity with him. The girl then forwarded the text messages to her mother, who notified police, which then began a second investigation of Parsons.

After the information from the two investigations was gathered and sent to the state attorney general's office, and that agency had conducted its own interviews and investigation, the attorney general's office determined that there was probable cause to charge Parsons.

He was arrested by state investigators Thursday.


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FL - Naked sex offender, Tasered by deputies, dies

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How many people have to die before these tasers are removed from the police? They clearly abuse them and have killed many people, just check here. And I am not saying this because it was a sex offender. No body should die at the hands of a cop, who is suppose to protect people, not kill them. Why didn't this murderer cops just tackle the man? I'm sure a couple donut eating fat cops could've taken him down..

DEATH BY COP!!!!

03/21/2008

A naked and belligerent Deerfield Beach man, who Broward sheriff's deputies Tasered when he resisted arrest, died in BSO custody early Friday.

James Garland, 41, was unconscious when he arrived at Imperial Point Hospital in a BSO cruiser some time after 4 a.m., BSO said. He was later pronounced dead.

The Broward County Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy Friday to determine Garland's cause of death. BSO has directed the office not to release its findings at this time, said Wendy Crane, a medical investigator.

According to a BSO release, here's what happened:

At about 4:15 Friday, deputies responded to a 911 call at the Hillsboro Boulevard bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway of a man walking in traffic, waving his shirt.

When they arrived, they found Garland strolling naked past the Ocean Boulevard Condominium at 191 SE 20 Ave.

Deputies tried to detain him, but he became angry, and refused to comply. Deputies hit him with a stun gun, and were able to take Garland, who became violent, into custody.

Garland continued to rage. Paramedics, fearful of his behavior, refused to transport him to the hospital, and so he was taken by a marked patrol car.

At some point, Garland lost consciousness, and later died.

He has had 10 arrests in Broward County in the last six years, mostly for drug-related offenses. Garland spent six months in prison from late 2002 through early 2003 following a possession of cocaine conviction.
- Who cares about his history, the cops killed this man, when they could've just tackled him, then handcuffed him. When you have a taser, it's all too easy to use it...

It is not known if cocaine was in his system at the time of his death, said Jim Leljedal, a BSO spokesman.
- So what if it was?

The police use of Tasers has drawn national scrutiny, as the practice has led to dozens of deaths in recent years. In many instances, those killed were high on cocaine, a stimulant, at the time that 50,000 volts are sent through their body.
- So this is more of a reason to take these tasers a way from the cops, who abuse them every chance they get.. What did they do before we had tasers?

In January, a Coral Gables man died after he was Tasered. Police say Xavier Jones, 29, was causing a commotion and resisting arrest at a Coral Gables hotel when he was Tasered.

Garland, of 167 NW 2nd St., is a registered sex offender. In 1991, a Grady, Ga., jury convicted him of molesting a child, according to Florida's sexual offenders database.
- So what does his past crimes and being a sex offender have to do with the apparent murder of this man?


NY - Walsh To Tackle Sex Offender Oversaturation?

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And another WALSH destroying lives without regard to human life and rights...

02/27/2008

In an attempt to restrict the number of sex offenders who can live in a residential home, Brookhaven Third District Councilwoman Kathy Walsh is working with Parents for Megan's Law to draft a law that would address this issue. Walsh is aiming to create a resolution that would change Brookhaven Town's zoning laws so that only one convicted registered sex offender would be allowed to live in a residential house.

"Every one of us has an expectation as to our quality of life and the safety of our kids, yet we're being confronted with landlords who have absolutely no investment in child safety, who exploit our communities by renting multiple rooms in residential homes and apartments to registered sex offenders," explained Laura Ahearn, executive director of Parents for Megan's Law.

"Although we would like to, we cannot legislate or rely upon certain landlords to put the safety of our most vulnerable - our children - in front of them making a quick dollar at the expense of our community."

Praising Fairfield Properties for their attempts at addressing this issue, Ahearn added, "We encourage landlords to follow in the steps of Mark Broxmeyer, owner of Fairfield Properties, Long Island's largest group of apartment complexes, and conduct criminal background checks on all potential renters. We know that isn't going to happen voluntarily, so we have to take action now, to prevent further oversaturation and clustering of convicted sex offenders in certain communities."

For a number of years, Parents for Megan's Law has been working with federal, state and county lawmakers to "find jurisdiction to prevent certain landlords from continuing to unduly overburden communities with registered sex offenders," according to Ahearn. "While many initiatives have been discussed, none could be implemented because the solution cannot be found in county, state or federal law, but in town zoning laws. And if towns can zone an area residential or commercial, they should be able to change the zoning so that only one convicted registered sex offender can live in any one home. This is our most viable proposal so far."

The idea to limit the number of sex offenders living in a residential dwelling was sparked after officials found an ordinance similar to this that was passed by a city council in California. Ahearn asserts that a law like this would "completely change communities such as Gordon Heights, which has the highest percentage of registered sex offenders in Suffolk County. Because of all the lower-cost housing options available there, sex offenders have clustered in that neighborhood. There are 65 registered sex offenders in the [Coram part of the] Gordon Heights area. When young children are getting off their school buses, they are walking alone past houses with convicted sex offenders in them, some sex offenders even standing outside the homes, watching the children walking by. It's like these children are living in a prison."

This clustering and oversaturation "creates angst in communities such as Gordon Heights and Mastic/Shirley," Ahearn explained. If Walsh's resolution - which has not even been written yet - passes, there would be a grandfather clause to ensure that multiple offenders who are already living in one home would not be forced out. But Ahearn said that, even with this clause, "the number of sex offenders clustered in one area would dramatically decrease within one year because they tend to relocate frequently, and once they relocated, they'd only be allowed to be one in a home."

Noting that she is in the early stages of developing the resolution, Walsh said she is in the process of gathering information. "We're doing research right now in the law department to make sure we do it the right way," Walsh said. "We need to find out if it's good for Brookhaven. Depending on the findings of the law department, I'd like to think we can get support for this. This is a sensitive topic for everyone."

Tom Burke, spokesperson for Brookhaven Town, said that the law department will have to look at "case law, town law, [and] county law, as well as New York State law.

They'll also have to check with the Constitution. They need to make sure this isn't something that's going to get overturned in court. Once they do that, then they first have to write the resolution. Supervisor [Brian] Foley is going to want to hear the law department's recommendation before he makes a comment. He cannot comment on a resolution that hasn't been written yet."

Urging the public to contact the town council representatives about supporting this zoning change, Ahearn said that residency restrictions are needed unless the area is "highly industrial, with no children playing in the streets. We're not trying to put landlords out of business, but we don't want them endangering the community and oversaturating the area."

Ahearn also warns that just because parents may know the whereabouts of registered offenders, this does not mean their children are immune to sexual victimization.
"Something has to be done," Ahearn said about the oversaturation of sex offenders. "We're counting on Kathy Walsh and the town to be proactive here. Hopefully Brookhaven can get this resolution passed and then other towns can follow suit."


NY - State politicians push proposal for sex offender area relocation alert system

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More political grandstanding to "look good" to the sheeple. They even have it on their web site front page. Glad RSO's can help these idiots get brownie points and fatter wallets... NOT! You will also notice how he heightens the fear tactic by using sex offender and sex predator as if they both mean the same thing. More to scare you with and he looks better in your eyes! He also mentioned a study done, but doesn't tell you where to view it online at, but I have one here, from 2007, for New York, which states sex offender recidivism is LOW. See for yourself... He's just spewing lies to get you to like him, or vote for him again when election time is here. He also says you have a right to know where offenders live. Where does it say in the Constitution you have this right? Sex offenders have rights also, regardless of what egotistical politicians have to say, and this man is lying through his teeth, and the sheeple suck it up and believe every word he says... This country is doomed!!!!

03/21/2008

"You've got a sex offender living next-door."

That message could be popping up in e-mail in-boxes of concerned New Yorkers if two local politicians get their way.

Sen. Jeff Klein (Email) (D-Bronx, Westchester) and Rep. Rory Lancman (Email) (D-Queens) are pushing a proposal that would tap into the state's emergency communications system to automatically notify people when a sex offender moves into their zip code.

"We use e-mail notification for up-to-the-minute stock quotations," Klein said. "Families should also have the peace of mind of knowing when a dangerous sex offender moves into their community."

NY-Alert, which warns people through e-mail and text messages of potential disasters from floods to nuclear meltdowns, could also be used to alert neighbors when a convicted rapist comes to town.


CA - NBC11 Investigation: Is Jessica's Law Working?

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View the video by clicking the above link. Sex offenders are being forced into homelessness, instead of being treated. So this puts everybody in danger and is doing NOTHING to protect society. Homelessness has increased in California over 50% since Jessica's law was passed.

NBC11 Investigation: Is Jessica's Law Working?
Rapists, Molesters Forced Into Homelessness
NBC11 investigates Jessica's Law and tries to find out why rapists and child molesters are being forced into homelessness.


OH - U.S. District Court approved forfeiture of Brian R. Gillingham's house to federal government.

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03/20/2008

ENGLEWOOD — Chances are sexual predator Brian R. Gillingham won't be returning to Englewood after serving his 11-year sentence for gross sexual imposition of a 6-year-old boy.

Last month, the U.S. District Court approved the forfeiture of Gillingham's house to the federal government.

"I believe this was the proper outcome," assistant U.S. Attorney

Pamela Stanek said. In arguing for the forfeiture, Stanek said, Gillingham needed the privacy of his house to commit crimes, including child pornography.

"We frequently use the federal forfeiture laws in child pornography cases to take the instruments of the crime — computers, printers, video cameras," she said. "But this is the first time we've taken a house."

Gillingham, 41, was convicted in 2004 of the sex charge, plus seven counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor and one of possession of criminal tools — the computer.

He was sentenced to 11 years in prison and labeled a sexual predator. It was not his first prison term. In 1995, Gillingham was sentenced to three years in prison on federal child porn charges.

The forfeiture brought some relief to Englewood officers.

"He can't come back to our neighborhood," said Mark Brownfield, the city's police chief.

Sgt. Mike Lang, who was the lead investigator in the case, called Gillingham a "monster given the forethought and planning that went into satisfying his depraved sexual fetish."

"He has other houses in other jurisdictions," Brownfield said. "Hopefully, he won't be back to Englewood."

Gillingham's house on Park Vista has no liens and is assessed at $140,830, according to the Montgomery County auditor.

The city hopes to get the majority of the proceeds from the sale of the house.

According to the auditor's Web site, Gillingham owns another house on Meadow Side Lane in Sugarcreek Twp.

Contact this reporter at (937) 335-3838 or dpage@DaytonDailyNews.com.


CA - C.A. Upholds Indeterminate Commitments for Sexual Predators

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What a load of BS! Clearly the Constitution means nothing anymore, so why even have it?

03/21/2008 By SHERRI M. OKAMOTO, Staff Writer

Defendant’s indeterminate commitment pursuant to the Sexually Violent Predator Act did not violate his federal constitutional rights to due process, and to equal protection under the law, or the ban against ex post facto laws, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth District held yesterday.

Affirming the decision of San Diego Superior Court Judge Peter L. Gallagher, Div. One upheld the constitutionality of the 2006 amendments to the act passed as Jessica’s Law, which provided in part that an individual committed under the act would remain in custody until he could prove that he no longer met the definition of a sexually violent predator.
- So basically this means you will be confined for life. How in the world is someone going to prove their are not a danger? The government should have to prove he is a danger. So much for innocent until PROVEN guilty. You are now GUILTY and much prove you are innocent.

A trial court ordered Richard McKee involuntarily committed to the custody of the State Department of Mental Health for an indeterminate term in March 2007. McKee appealed.

Jessica’s Law, enacted as Proposition 83, is named after Jessica Lunsford, a 9-year old Florida girl who was raped and murdered in February 2005 by John Couey, a previously convicted sex offender. It changed the definition of an SVP by lowering the number of victims in the qualifying sexually violent offenses from two to one, and eliminated the two-year term provision to provide for an indeterminate term of confinement, subject to the SVP’s right to petition for release.

Proposition 83 did not change the requirement that the prerequisites for commitment be proved at trial beyond a reasonable doubt, or the act’s requirement that the SVP bear the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that is entitled to conditional release for one year and subsequent unconditional discharge after that one-year conditional release.

McKee claimed the act’s release provisions were inadequate to ensure that only those persons with a current mental illness that makes them dangerous to the public continue to be confined.

Although McKee’s arguments were based on the release requirements that may apply to him only in the future, the appellate court found that it had “‘reached, but … not passed, the point that the facts have sufficiently congealed to permit an intelligent and useful decision to be made.’”

Justice Alex C. McDonald wrote on behalf of the court wrote that any additional facts that arose in the future would not affect McKee’s arguments.

“[W]ere we to delay consideration of McKee’s constitutional challenges until a future … petition for release is denied, he would suffer undue hardship in the event his instant challenges are subsequently determined to be meritorious,” wrote McDonald, “In that event, McKee would have been wrongfully confined during the significant period required to obtain a favorable final court decision in a future appeal, thereby violating his substantive liberty interest in freedom from unnecessary restraint.”

Further, he continued “were we to defer decision on those constitutional issues, there would be lingering uncertainty in the law regarding the constitutionality of the Act, as it was amended by Proposition 83, an initiative clearly involving widespread public interest.”

Citing Jones v. United States (1983) 463 U.S. 354, which held that the application of a standard of proof by a preponderance of the evidence did not violate the due process at an initial hearing regarding the civil commitment of a person previously found not guilty of committing a criminal offense by reason of insanity, the court concluded that an SVP’s initial indefinite civil commitment pursuant to the amended act did not violate due process because McKee’s mental illness and dangerousness were proved beyond a reasonable doubt, an even higher standard of proof.

The court also did not find any due process issue with the potential length of an indefinite civil commitment.

“So long as an initial civil commitment for an indefinite term is subject to adequate periodic examinations and petitions for review or release to determine the current status of a committed person to ensure that a committed person who no longer qualifies for commitment is released,” McDoland wrote, “we conclude the federal constitutional right to due process does not prohibit an involuntary civil commitment for an indefinite term.”

Also, because the act provides measure for the release of committed persons, the indeterminate term does not indicate that the amended act is now punitive, McDonald reasoned, because the term’s duration “is linked not to punishment, but to its stated purpose of treating the committed person and protecting the public.” Pursuant to the California Supreme Court’s opinion in Hubbart v. Superior Court (1999) 19 Cal.4th 1138, which rejected the ex post facto challenge to the pre-Proposition 83 version of the act, the court concluded that the act, as amended, did not implicate any ex port facto concerns either.

Finally, the court held that the amended act did not violate equal protection because it treats mentally disordered defendants civilly committed under Penal Code Sec. 2960 and persons found not guilty by reason of insanity and civilly committed under Penal Code Sec. 1026.

McDonald wrote, “Although both SVP’s and MDO’s have mental disorders, the dangers they pose (which provide the bases for their respective civil commitments) are different and therefore they are not similarly situated.” Further, based on evidence that the voters had intended to enhance the confinement of SVP’s in passing Proposition 83, the court found the state had a compelling interest in treating SVP’s and MDO’s differently. The court also concluded that there was no disparate treatment between SVP’s and persons found not guilty by reason of insanity.

The appellate court also found that sufficient evidence had supported the jury’s finding that McKee was a SVP under the amended act, and that the trial court’s instruction to the jury on the definition of an SVP was constitutionally adequate even without additional impairment-of-control instructions.

Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinreb said, “We are very pleased that the Court of Appeal affirmed and accepted our position that indeterminate terms for sexually violent predators as provided for under Jessica’s Law was constitutional.”

Defense attorney Stephen Hinkle said he had not yet read the opinion.

Justice Richard D. Huffman and Justice Cynthia Aaron joined McDonald in his opinion.

The case is People v. McKee, No. D050554.


TX - Drug offenders dominate new prisoners from probation revocation

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What types of offenders are being revoked from probation to Texas prisons? I took this data from a fact sheet created by TDCJ-CJAD discussing research on the impact of probation revocations, both for technical violations and for new offenses, on Texas' prison population:



Perhaps the most critical stat here: 37% of all probationers revoked to prison in Texas in 2006 were sentenced for a drug offense, more than any other category of offender. Also notable, if unsurprising, are the low numbers of DWI and sex offenders receiving early probation termination compared to other categories.

The fact sheet also broke out data on offenders revoked for probation violations as opposed to a new offense, concluding that 32% of offenders revoked as "technical violators" had been arrested (but not charged) during the 12 months prior to their probation revocation.

The data on arrests and technical violators adds some meat on the bone to TDCJ boardmember and Gillespie County's appellate lawyer Greg Coleman's astonishing assertion this week before SCOTUS that half of arrests don't result in charges, though I still find it hard to fathom the number could be that high.


FL - Fla. DA drops sex case against Patrick aide

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I wonder who he paid off to make this disappear? You see, money talks...

03/21/2008

Florida prosecutors have dropped a sexual assault case against a top aide to Gov. Deval Patrick (Contact) accused of performing sex acts on a teenager at a posh Sunshine State resort.

Carl Stanley McGee, 38, an assistant secretary of policy and planning, had been arrested Dec. 28 for an alleged sexual encounter with a 15-year-old boy in the steam room at Gasparilla Inn & Club in Boca Grande, but authorities said yesterday he will not be charged with any crime.

Florida assistant state attorney Francine Donnorummo wrote in a memo that she could find no “corroborating evidence to support the child’s (accusation) of his being forcibly sexually battered.”
- Since when was evidence needed? If this was not someone famous, they'd be in prison right now.

McGee’s attorney hailed the development yesterday. Attorney Charles Rankin said, “Mr. McGee believes the decision by the Florida prosecutor not to pursue this case speaks for itself, and he looks forward to going on with his life.”

A spokeswoman for Patrick declined to comment on the case or discuss McGee’s employment status.

Donnorummo wrote that the alleged victim stated that the only witness was a man sleeping outside the steam room where the alleged encounter took place.

“There was no physical evidence collected that may have been able to place both individuals together in the steam room, nor are there any independent witnesses that could do so,” Donnorummo wrote. “The possible witness who was sleeping outside the steam room has not been identified.”


GA - Sins against kids

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03/20/2008

Georgia's juvenile code has strayed from its founding principle to rehabilitate, not punish

The General Assembly does not legislate based on facts, relying instead on perceptions, personal experiences and political pandering. And nowhere is that more apparent than in the way the state responds to juvenile crime.

Despite the fact that only 5 percent of youth arrests owe to serious offenses, legislators have toughened the juvenile system over the years in response to the myth of the teenage "superpredator." At the same time that lawmakers don't believe 17-year-olds are mature enough to buy cigarettes or drive past midnight, they maintain that teens are old enough to be viewed as adults when they break the law. In Georgia, a teen as young as 13 can face life in prison for some offenses.

Now, JUSTGeorgia — a coalition of Voices for Georgia's Children, the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, and Emory's Barton Child Law & Policy Clinic — is offering up a new code. The comprehensive rewrite is based on four years of work by the State Bar of Georgia's Young Lawyers Division and interviews with hundreds of people across the state, including advocates, victims of juvenile crimes, foster children and law enforcement. Despite their varying perspectives, all those interviewed agreed that the Georgia statutes dealing with young people who violate the law or who are victims of abuse and neglect are not in the best interests of children.

Since its introduction in 1971, the Georgia juvenile code has wandered far afield from its founding principle that when a young person errs, the law should rehabilitate, not punish.

Georgia is now among 10 states that automatically prosecute 17-year-olds as adults. Three states — Connecticut, New York and North Carolina — prosecute 16- and 17-year-olds as adults, although Connecticut is raising the age to 18 in 2010.

And in 1994 the Georgia General Assembly passed a law that juveniles ages 13 to 17 arrested for any of the "seven deadly sins" — murder, voluntary manslaughter, rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery or armed robbery with a firearm — are automatically charged as adults. Lawmakers shrugged off the clear evidence that such punitive approaches only convert troubled teens into lifelong criminals. And they dismissed the research showing that the teen brain has not fully developed the ability to identify and consider consequences, understand sequences of events and control impulses.

In testimony before Congress on juvenile crime last year, behavioral expert Jennifer L. Woolard of Georgetown University said, "I believe the body of behavioral and brain research calls into question assumptions made by some that juveniles are simply miniature adults because they are capable of committing certain offenses."

It will be that point — that children should be treated as children — that will draw the most opposition in the debate over the new code.

Among the controversial changes is raising the age of minors from 17 to 18 in the eyes of the law. In the proposed code, a 17-year-old would be defined as a child. That doesn't mean that a 17-year-old would never be treated as an adult, but the case would begin in juvenile court.

The new code also repeals the "seven deadly sins" law, giving discretion back to judges as to which young offenders ought to be transferred to adult court. The new code also mandates that 13-year-olds — regardless of the crime — cannot be tried as an adult.

The proposed changes to the code will not only help the teens themselves. They will also make the community safer.

In a review published in the fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that teens handled in the adult court system were 34 percent more likely to be rearrested than their peers who went through the juvenile justice system, concluding, "Available evidence indicates that transfer to the adult criminal justice system typically increases rather than decreases rates of violence among transferred youth."

Similar findings emerged from a blue-ribbon committee assembled by the National Institutes of Health in 2004. The panel found that "get tough" programs and "scare tactics" led to greater violence among kids in jails and more crimes once they were released.

In its own recent study, Wisconsin discovered that 17-year-old offenders released from prison were back behind bars at nearly twice the rate of peers released from juvenile institutions.

But such facts have never fazed the Legislature. Lawmakers prefer to seize on the high-profile case of a 17-year-old sociopath killer rather than on the hundreds of others where kids were just young and stupid. "We can battle those myths through accurate information," says Sharon N. Hill, executive director of Georgia Appleseed, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest law center.

Accurate information would be a welcome change in a juvenile-crime debate that has been emotional, irrational and ultimately self-defeating.

Maureen Downey, for the editorial board


WA - Governor signs 2 bills in memory of Zina Linnik

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03/20/2008

TACOMA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire (Contact) says the core duty of the state is to protect its citizens and their families. With those words, on Thursday she signed two bills passed in an attempt to increase surveillance of sex offenders.
- It's also to uphold the Constitution which you took an oath to defend, and apparently was a lie. If the Constitution means nothing, why do we have it?

The bills were passed largely in response to the kidnapping, rape and murder of a 12-year-old Tacoma girl Zina Linnik on July 4, 2007. The governor signed the bills at the Tacoma Police Department in her honor.

The community's concern and anger mounted when they learned the confessed killer, Terapon Adhahn, was a Level 1 sex offender who had violated conditions of his community supervision agreement.
- So why did the GOVERNMENT set him to a Level 1? Apparently someone thought he was not a risk, so you made a mistake. So will you admit that? I doubt it. And if so, why was the mistake made? No matter how many laws you pass, it will not stop a serious offender from committing another crime, if they chose to do so...

The two laws will require adding any Level 1 sex offender who violates registration requirements to the state offender Web site. The second would require a DNA sample from anyone found guilty of even misdemeanors with sexual motivation.
- Ok, so let's say Terapon is still a level 1. So you are now saying, if he violates the restrictions by killing someone, like he did, he will be placed on the registry? How is that solving anything? Again, nothing you do will solve the problem of sexual abuse. You need to think and come up with something reasonable and fair to ALL involved. You clearly cannot do that, so you come up with these "feel good" laws to hopefully make the public "feel safer" when they in fact are not.

The governor says the action was in line with recommendations from a blue-ribbon panel.

But Craig Adams, a Pierce County deputy prosecutor and the legal adviser to the sheriff, isn't so sure the laws will be effective.
- It won't be, anybody can see that. It's a placebo, nothing else. A pacifier for the sheeple!

"We don't believe it is going to do much good, (to put reports of non-compliance on the State Web site) because the public will have an unreasonable expectation that the person is at somewhere where they really are not.

"We are concerned the public may have an unreasonable expectation that somehow that means anything, and our concern is it does not," he said.

Adams says most sex offenders are already required to give DNA samples and adding misdemeanants will probably not be that significant. He did say,however, that it is possible it will be of some limited help to police.
- With today's technology in DNA, I think everyone, from birth, should give DNA, so when something does happen, a person is not put in prison without 100% proof they did the crime, and DNA would be the best bet, IMO. But, we all know, the government will find some way to abuse this privilege, won't they?

The Pierce County sheriff says what is really needed is more money to provide greater oversight over sex offenders living in the county.
- If they gave you $10 trillion dollars, how would that prevent future crimes?

"Obviously it is not enough," said Anatoly Kalchik, a spokesperson for the Linnik family. "It is good they did something in Zina's memory, but it is not enough."

Kalchik says what the family really wants in a "one strike, you're out" law for convicted child molesters.
- That would not work either. You could put every single person in prison for life, and more would continue to follow. People are just not thinking clearly and are dead set of revenge! That NEVER solves anything, except more bad laws. The registry is growing daily, why? Because of those who have not committed a crime, until now. So one strike and you are out doesn't make much sense. It sounds good on paper, but it won't work.


FL - Lunsford Drops Lawsuit Against Sheriff’s Office

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03/20/2008

CITRUS COUNTY -- Mark Lunsford has dropped his planned lawsuit against the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

The announcement was made on a radio program Thursday.

In the suit, Lunsford alleged law enforcement botched the investigation, making mistakes that may have cost his daughter, Jessica Lunsford, her life.

However, his attorneys said they won't move forward if the sheriff's office agrees to look at the case and make improvements in case something like this happens again.

The tentative agreement could be in jeopardy, because the sheriff's office stands by the claims that they handled the case appropriately.


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Something I would like to see, to give everybody inspiration, is everybody needs to be emailing the above mentioned people, and when you get a response that is NOT generic, post it here, so others can read and see if we are getting positive responses back.

This will give others hope, if we start seeing good news instead of bad news daily... I would love to read them myself..

Also, if someone says they are working on doing something, then we need to follow up with them every week or two to see what their progress is, etc....

What do others think?

NOTE: Also, comments that are not related to the above, will be moved, and should be posted here instead, or sent to me via the Contact Us link or icon in the upper right of this blog.  I have not moved them yet, but they eventually will be.

WE HAVE GOT TO START SENDING OUT EMAILS FOLKS!!!! WE CANNOT JUST SIT BACK AND HOPE OUR REPRESENTATIVES WILL DO SOMETHING, THEY WON'T, UNLESS THEY HEAR FROM YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND CHILDREN.... SO SEND OUT EMAILS, AND THEN COME BACK HERE TO POST THEIR RESPONSE....

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TX - Registered Sex Offender Runs For Mayor Of Wilmer

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03/20/2008

Wilmer (CBS 11 News) ― On May 10, the voters in Wilmer, Texas will elect a mayor. But what makes this election controversial is that a sex offender will be on the ballot.

James Brian Sliter is running for mayor of Wilmer. Sliter is also a registered sex offender.

"People need to realize that people make mistakes, and they need to look past those mistakes and forgive and move on," said Sliter. "I'm not asking anybody to condone what I did."

His picture appears on the Texas Department of Public Safety sex offender Website. It was four years ago and Sliter was 38 when he was arrested for soliciting sex from a minor.

Sliter was busted during an Internet porn sting. He was chatting on-line with a person he believed to be a 15-year-old girl. When he showed up for sex, the police were waiting for him.

Sliter received deferred adjudication and was placed on probation for ten years. He was also required to register as a sex offender. His plea however kept him from being convicted of the crime. With no conviction, the 42-year-old was able to legally file as a candidate for mayor.

"I need to prove to the community that I can be an asset," Sliter said. "I can be a contributing member to society even though I made a mistake in the past."

Sliter said he's truly sorry for his mistakes. He said his friends and supporters believe him and therefore encouraged him to run for office. But one person who is not in his corner is the current mayor.

"Will a sex offender serving as mayor put a stigma on this city? You bet it will," said Wilmer Mayor Don Hudson.

Wilmer is 15 miles southeast of Dallas and has 3,400 residents.


CA - Safe Neighborhood meeting turns to sex offender concerns

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03/20/2008

A planned Safe Neighborhoods meeting on city issues turned into a discussion about sex offenders living in Bakersfield Thursday.

The meeting was originally held so residents from all over Bakersfield could express concerns about issues including graffiti and gang violence.

But the topic quickly turned to concerns about sex offenders, with one convicted offender pleading for a safe place to live.

I'm sorry, but I need my life back,” said Ken Lujan. “I've paid my debt to society and I have the right to be a citizen again.”

Lujan said he’s a registered sex offender and has been in compliance with the law.

However, he said he’s constantly being picked on by residents who recognize his picture on the Megan’s Law website.

People in the city are assaulting me, attempting to kill me, I was almost stabbed the other day,” he said. “I'm living on the streets because I've been run out of my home.”

Lujan was one of many citizens who discussed local laws that govern where offenders can live following their release from custody.

A few weeks ago, Kern County Supervisors vowed to tighten state restrictions after learning there were dozens of sex offenders living in motels on S. Union Ave.

Bakersfield City Councilwoman Irma Carson inquired at the last council meeting whether the city was in compliance with Jessica’s Law.

City Attorney Ginny Gennaro confirms the city is following the rules.

“Our primary responsibility under Jessica's Law and Megan's Law is that our children and our community are safe,” said Gennaro.

Officials said there are about 1,400 sex offenders living in Bakersfield.

Parents said they get some peace of mind from being able to find out where the offenders live.


GA - Elderly Man Shoots, Kills Near-Naked Intruder

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Now this is how you protect yourself.

03/20/2008

TUCKER -- An 81-year-old man who shot and killed an intruder said Thursday he would do it again if he's ever faced with the same situation.

Robert Jenkins is recovering from injuries he suffered during a struggle with a man who had broken into his DeKalb County home Tuesday about 11 p.m.

Jenkins and his wife said they were in bed when they heard noises in the house.

"I said 'Bob they're in the house, how did they get in the house?' and with that Bob hopped out of the bed went to the closet, got his gun,'" said Peggy Jenkins.

When Jenkins got to the kitchen he found Jynad Marshall, 25, stripped down to his underwear.

"He said 'give me that gun' and started at me, so I put a round in him right then,'" Jenkins told WSB-TV Channel 2 reporter Eric Philips.

Meanwhile he wife was dialing 911.

"I heard pow, and I told the operator and she said 'stay on the line', and I said 'no, I can't stay on the line,'" Peggy Jenkins explained. "Then I heard another pow."

The 6 foot 225 pound Marshall fell on top of Jenkins. Marshall continued attacking Jenkins until he died.

"I don't feel good about killing anybody, but I'm glad I did because it was us or him," said Jenkins.

Police said Jenkins won't face charges since the shooting was self-defense.