Wednesday, June 25, 2008

NY - Teen arrested after mooning at graduation ceremony

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06/25/2008

A New York high school graduate is facing criminal charges after dropping his pants while picking up his diploma. 18-year-old David Turano mooned hundreds of students, family members, and faculty during the Briarcliff High School graduation ceremony.

Turano walked across stage, accepted his diploma, and then lowered his pants...exposing himself from both the behind and the front.

"I looked and I saw him moon us and I was in shock, I didn't even know what was going on. I didn't know what to say or do," said classmate Nicole Lacey-Thompson.

"It was really sad, when I was walking down I was holding my friends hand when I was graduating because I was really sad and I just thought it was really rude," added Lexi Dumas.

Seconds after the incident school officials took back Turano's diploma and are now withholding it.

He was arrested after the ceremony and now faces charges of disorderly conduct.


LA - Jindal condemns Supreme Court, signs castration bill

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Yep, this man will do anything to get the sheeples vote, he's McCains possible running mate for vice president, so that should tell you where he is at, do anything for votes...

GO BACK TO EXORCISING DEMONS AND CURING CANCER, you were apparently better at that... See the nice little video at the end, I'm sure you'd feel right at home.

06/25/2008

Governor glad for new law to punish sex offenders on same day as 'atrocious ruling'

Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court announced it struck down the death penalty for child rape in his state, Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill authorizing castration of sexual offenders.

Jindal – frequently mentioned as a potential vice-presidential nominee – said he was "especially glad" to sign the Sex Offender Chemical Castration Bill "on the same day the Supreme Court has made an atrocious ruling against our state's ability to sentence those who sexually assault our children to the fullest extent."
- So he's glad to sign this bill, which castration doesn't always work, but he's not worried about that, he wants votes. And he wants all sex offenders to be shipped to Angola. Yet, Hitler reincarnated!!

"Those who prey on our children are among the very worst criminals imaginable," Jindal said in a statement.

In a 5-4 vote announced yesterday, the Supreme Court's majority said imposing the death penalty in child rape cases violates the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
- And so does castration!

"The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote.

Hailing the new state castration law, Jindal said that as a father of three children, as well as a governor, he believes "sexually assaulting a child is one of the very worst crimes, and I am glad we have taken such strong measures in Louisiana to put a stop to these monsters’ brutal acts."
- Not all sex offenders have harmed children, and DEMONIZING all sex offenders for the sake of a couple heinous crimes, is just evil... Why don't you exorcise these "monsters" and cure them? Since you are delusional and seem to think you exorcised one of your friends and cured her of cancer. You are the sick person who needs to be institutionalized, IMO!

"I want to send the message loud and clear – to the Supreme Court of the United States and beyond – make no mistake about it, if anyone wants to molest children and commit sexual assaults on kids they should not do so here in Louisiana," said the governor.

"Here, we will do everything in our power to protect our children, and we will not rest until justice is won and we have fully punished those who harm them," Jindal said.

The Louisiana bill, SB 144, gives the court the option of castration on a first conviction of aggravated rape, forcible rape, second degree sexual battery, aggravated incest, molestation of a juvenile when the victim is under the age of 13, or an aggravated crime against nature.
- This is yet more proof that he knows not what he is talking about. Not all sex crimes are about sexual desires, but power. So giving someone chemicals to reduce their sex drive will not solve the problem. He is always taking the EASY way out of things.

Castration is required on a second conviction of the listed crimes.

The bill also allows a court to order physical castration instead of chemical castration. Convicted sex offenders who undergo castration must still serve their full sentence.

In the case addressed by yesterday's Supreme Court ruling, 43-year-old Patrick Kennedy was sentenced to death for the rape of his 8-year-old stepdaughter. The assault was so severe the girl needed surgery to repair some of her organs.

Kennedy is one of two people in the country condemned to death for a rape not accompanied by a killing.

Both cases are in Louisiana, where proponents of the law argued there is a national trend toward the death penalty for child rape cases. Justice Samuel Alito pointed that out in his dissent, arguing the "harm that is caused to the victims and to society at large by the worst child rapists is grave."

"It is the judgment of the Louisiana lawmakers and those in an increasing number of other states that these harms justify the death penalty," Alito wrote.
- And I guess Alito speaks for everyone? I think they can speak for themselves.

Justice Kennedy contended, however, "there is a national consensus against capital punishment for the crime of child rape," based on the absence of any executions for rape and the fact that only five states allow it.

Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas allow executions for child rape if the defendant had a previous conviction for the crime.


MA - Frost: Looking at Jessica’s Law

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06/25/2008

Lincoln - This is one of the most difficult columns I’ve written, because I know how strongly most people — including members of my own family — feel about sex offenders. And because of the horrible story of Corey Saunders, the Level 3 sex offender released by a Bristol County judge, then re-arrested last January for molesting a young boy in a public library.

It’s about Jessica’s Law, which would impose state-wide residency restrictions on former sex offenders and new mandatory minimum sentences for sex offenses.
Why write it?

Because I feel compelled to, for several reasons. To start with, I’ve never forgotten hearing, several years ago, about a Wayland man who was living a normal life when someone discovered and publicized the fact that he’d been a sex offender. The shame was unbearable: he committed suicide.

Not long after that, I read in the news about a man living harmlessly in Concord. He, too, was “outed” as a sex offender. There were photos of the graffiti painted in retribution on his house. I never found out what happened to him.

Then last fall. at a National Association of Social Workers conference, I met a man who had been imprisoned for a non-contact sex offense. He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.

More recently, I learned that another man who works for a wonderful organization had been a sex offender. He’s living an exemplary life.

What impelled me to speak was an e-mail message — “An Update on Jessica’s Law” — I received last week from the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition (CJPC).

The CJPC message contains a link to an ugly Fox News story. Bill O’Reilly, of the O’Reilly Factor, is pushing hard for Jessica’s Law (H1688). To further his cause, he sent one of his producers to catch Rep Eugene O’Flaherty on video outside his home, to accuse him of blocking H1688.

Rep O’Flaherty is the House Chair of the Judiciary Committee. I happen to know him — not personally, but I’ve attended many State House hearings at which he has presided. I’ve watched him in action, observed his working style, and seen his decisions. I wish we had many more individuals like him in our government, in both Boston and Washington.

The way the Fox News producer confronted O’Flaherty was aggressive and ugly. You can read the transcript of that encounter, followed by O’Reilly’s interview of Rep. Karyn Politano and Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, at www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,344708,00.html. You can also watch the videos of both interviews by clicking on “Watch the video” under “Related.” You’ll get a stupid advertising video first, but it lasts only a few seconds, so don’t give up!

Imagine our news dominated by, even restricted to, news outlets like Fox News and other Rupert Murdoch-owned media. You’d have to work hard not to fall into the trap of black vs. white, good vs. evil, tough-on-crime “Teach ‘em the joys of busting rocks” ways of thinking — or not thinking.

So what do I think about sex offenders?

I can hardly imagine how angry ... distressed ... appalled I’d feel if someone close to me — or in my community — were sexually attacked. But for me sex offenses are a little like murder and a little like many less serious crimes: How we respond to them requires not only empathy for the victim, but figuring out how to put our scarce resources to work in the most effective way possible, with preventing further offenses being a top priority.

Why not just lock up offenders for mandated amounts of time, and require them to live a mandated distance from vulnerable populations?

Because those knee-jerk reactions are not only very costly, but mostly don’t work in the long run. Locking people up costs around $43,000 a year, and many, when they’re released, have no job and nowhere to go.

Sex offenders have an additional burden: their names are readily available on the National Sex Offender Registry.

What we need is research, treatment, supervision and counseling. Above all, we need to discover what works, not only to prevent future offenses, but to help offenders of every kind transform themselves into productive, caring, responsible members of the community.

October Cullum Frost is a Lincoln resident and a regular columnist for the Lincoln Journal.


LA - Bobby Jindal Speaks About Monsters Sex Offenders

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Sounds familiar. Hitler once condoned killing of massive amounts of people to justify his evil deeds, sounds like we have another Hitler among us, using the sex offender laws and "for the children" to justify the torture of many people. Anything for those votes!! HEIL HITLER!!!!

New Governor Bobby Jindal, (Contact) has said he wants to move all Sex Offenders to Angola, the state prison. This means any person, who ever committed any sex crime, ever in their life, and is still alive would be in prison if he has his way.

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DC - FBI: 300 Child Prostitution Suspects Arrested, 21 Victims Rescued

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Where is the info on the evidence and facts of these arrested? They say this and expect the world to believe it, without any evidence. I'd love to see the evidence they "gathered." I am not saying this is not true or did not happen, I just want to see the "evidence" before I believe it or not. I bet this will vanish from the news media, watch and see.

06/25/2008

WASHINGTON — The FBI said Wednesday that 300 people were arrested and 21 young victims rescued in a recent round-up of child prostitution suspects.

"The mission of the 'Innocence Lost' national initiative is to combat the growing problem of sexual exploitation of children through prostitution," said Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller in making the announcement at headquarters.

Among those arrested are pimps and prostitutes — some of whom are in their 20s but are said to have admitted selling sex since their early teens, federal law enforcement sources told FOX News.

To date, the federal child protection initiative has resulted in the recovery of about 433 victims, Mueller said.

The Justice Department said it targeted 16 cities as part of its "Operation Cross Country" that caps off five years of similar stings nationwide.

The recent raids occurred in run-down neighborhoods and interstate truck stops in cities across the country, the sources said. The vast majority of those arrested will be charged under state and local statutes.

Many of the children forced into prostitution are either runaways or what authorities call "throwaways" — kids whose families have shunned them. Officials say they are preyed upon by organized networks of pimps who lure them in with shelter or drugs, then often beat, starve or otherwise abuse them until the children agree to work the streets.

The FBI was touting the fifth year of its child protection program with the news of the multitude of arrests that stemmed from "Operation Cross Country" — launched late last week in 16 large and medium-sized cities including Dallas, Boston and Rockville, Md., among others.

Mueller was joined by Ernie Allen of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in speaking about the program and the round-up at Wednesday's press conference in Washington.


GA - Georgia Man Leaves Jail Naked, Arrested Again

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Why did they let him out of jail naked? Now he's apparently going to be a sex offender.

06/25/2008

Man Now Charged With Public Indecency

SAVANNAH -- A man freed from the Chatham County jail faces new charges after he walked out of the jail naked.

Savannah-Chatham County police said they arrested 49-year-old Bill Merit less than a mile from the jail after getting calls that a nude man was walking by a busy roadside during the daytime.

A police report said Merit told an officer that he didn't take the clothes jailers gave him because he thought they were stolen.

The report said the man "appeared rational, except for being naked."

Jail records show Merit had been booked two days earlier on charges of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

Merit is now being held in the mental health unit of the jail, where he is charged with public indecency.

A police spokesman told WSB-TV that Merit is homeless.


Harvard On-line Event

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From an email I received about this. I have archived these files here.

Dear Colleagues,

Thanks for your interest last Thursday's online event "Sex Offender Residency Restrictions: Implementation and Impact." We regret that some of you were unable to attend. The recording of the event, presenters' slides and polling results are now available on the Government Innovators Network website:

http://www.innovations.harvard.edu/xchat-transcript.html?chid=201

You must first register with the site to access this page (which is free and takes only a few seconds). Once you're registered, you may also take advantage of our "Groups" tool, an exciting opportunity to continue the discussion after events, and to create a network of like-minded professionals centered around any topic you choose.

With "Groups" you can upload files, post events on a shared calendar, and communicate with each other via announcements and discussion lists. The "Groups" discussion list integrates seamlessly with your e-mail, so that all you need to do to post a new topic is simply send an e-mail to the Group's dedicated address (you may also post directly from the website if you wish). You may elect to get e-mail updates on the Group discussion with every new post, or receive daily or weekly digests (digests also contain links for you to reply to discussions in progress).

I've taken the liberty of starting two new groups in conjunction with last Thursday's event. One is centered around Residency Restriction Laws, and the other is a general discussion about Responding to Sexual Violence. To join, simply login, go to the group's page and click the "Join this group" link at the top right. We encourage you to join one or both groups... or even start a group of your own!

Residency restrictions group:
http://www.innovations.harvard.edu/groups/residencyrestrictions.html

Sexual violence group:
http://www.innovations.harvard.edu/groups/respondsv.html

Groups main page:
http://www.innovations.harvard.edu/groups/

We'll contact you when the next online event in the Series on Sexual Violence is scheduled. In the meantime, thanks for making last week's event a success!

Sincerely,

The National Institute of Justice & the Government Innovators Network


DC - Court rejects death penalty for raping children

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06/25/2008

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday outlawed executions of people convicted of raping a child.

In a 5-4 vote, the court said the Louisiana law allowing the death penalty to be imposed in such cases violates the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

"The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his majority opinion. His four liberal colleagues joined him, while the four more conservative justices dissented.

There has not been an execution in the United States for a crime that did not also involve the death of the victim in 44 years.

Patrick Kennedy, 43, was sentenced to death for the rape of his 8-year-old stepdaughter in Louisiana. He is one of two people in the United States, both in Louisiana, who have been condemned to death for a rape that was not also accompanied by a killing.

The Supreme Court banned executions for rape in 1977 in a case in which the victim was an adult woman.

Forty-five states ban the death penalty for any kind of rape, and the other five states allow it for child rapists. Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas allow executions in such cases if the defendant had previously been convicted of raping a child.

The court struggled over how to apply standards laid out in decisions barring executions for the mentally retarded and people younger than 18 when they committed murder. In those cases, the court cited trends in the states away from capital punishment.

In this case, proponents of the Louisiana law said the trend was toward the death penalty, a point mentioned by Justice Samuel Alito in his dissent.

"The harm that is caused to the victims and to society at large by the worst child rapists is grave," Alito wrote. "It is the judgment of the Louisiana lawmakers and those in an increasing number of other states that these harms justify the death penalty."

But Kennedy said the absence of any executions for rape and the small number of states that allow it demonstrate "there is a national consensus against capital punishment for the crime of child rape."

Kennedy also acknowledged that the decision had to come to terms with "the years of long anguish that must be endured by the victim of child rape."

Still, Kennedy concluded that in cases of crimes against individuals — as opposed to treason, for example — "the death penalty should not be expanded to instances where the victim's life was not taken."

The decision does not affect the imposition of the death penalty for other crimes that do not involve murder, including treason and espionage, he said.

"It looks like a smashing victory on all fronts for us," said Denise LeBoeuf, a longtime capital defense attorney from New Orleans.

The girl's mother said, "We don't talk about that" and hung up.

The author of the Louisiana law, former Republican state Rep. Pete Schneider, said even opponents of the death penalty told him they would kill anyone who raped their children. "When are you going to have the courage to stand up for what's right for all of the people — but especially the children under 12 that have been brutally raped by monsters?" Schneider said, directing his comments to the justices in Wednesday's majority.

The last executions for crimes other than murder took place in 1964, according to a database maintained by the Death Penalty Information Center.

Ronald Wolfe, 34, died in Missouri's gas chamber on May 8, 1964 for rape. James Coburn was electrocuted in Alabama on Sept. 4 of that year for robbery.

Patrick Kennedy was convicted in 2003 of raping his stepdaughter at their home in Harvey, La., outside New Orleans. The girl initially told police she was sorting Girl Scout cookies in the garage when two boys assaulted her.

Police arrested Kennedy a couple of weeks after the March 1998 rape, but more than 20 months passed before the girl identified him as her attacker.

His defense attorney at the time argued that blood testing was inconclusive and that the victim was pressured to change her story.

The Louisiana Supreme Court upheld the sentence, saying that "short of first-degree murder, we can think of no other non-homicide crime more deserving" of the death penalty. State Chief Justice Pascal Calogero noted in dissent that the U.S. high court already had made clear that capital punishment could not be imposed without the death of the victim, except possibly for espionage or treason.

A second Louisiana man, Richard Davis was sentenced to death in December for repeatedly raping a 5-year-old girl in Caddo Parish, which includes Shreveport. Local prosecutor Lea Hall told jurors: "Execute this man. Justice has a sword and this sword needs to swing today."

The high court's decision leaves intact Kennedy's conviction, but will lead to a new sentence.

The case is Kennedy v. Louisiana (PDF), 07-343.


MA - Rep James Fagan (D-Taunton) On Jessica's Law

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He could have worded this differently. Yes the laws are draconian and unconstitutional, yet we have a corrupt government who no longer believes in the Constitution of the United States, but I do not agree with punishing and torturing children, that is just insane...

06/25/2008

A Massachusetts politician and defense attorney has touched off a firestorm with his shocking public vow to torment and "rip apart" child rape victims who take the witness stand if the state legislature passed stiff mandatory sentences for child sex offenders.

Rep. James Fagan, a Democrat, made the comments during debate last month on the state House floor.

"I'm gonna rip them apart," Fagan said of young victims during his testimony on the bill. "I'm going to make sure that the rest of their life is ruined, that when they’re 8 years old, they throw up; when they’re 12 years old, they won’t sleep; when they’re 19 years old, they’ll have nightmares and they’ll never have a relationship with anybody.”

Fagan said as a defense attorney it would be his duty to do that in order to keep his clients free from a "mandatory sentence of those draconian proportions." Those comments drew the ire of local activists as well as colleagues.

“I thought his comments were over the top and unnecessary,” Massachusetts House Minority Leader Bradley Jones told FOXNews.com on Wednesday.

“I appreciate that he’s a defense attorney, and felt he had a point to make, but I think it was unnecessary,” said Jones, who supported an original version of the bill. “It was excessive.”

The father of the Florida girl for whom Jessica's Law is named also blasted Fagan after hearing the comments.

Mark Lunsford, whose 9-year-old daughter was abducted and buried alive in a trash bag by a sex offender in 2005, told the Boston Herald on Tuesday that Fagan should take the rights of victimized children seriously.

“Why doesn’t he figure out a way to defend that child and put these kind of people away instead of trying to figure ways for defense attorneys to get around Jessica’s Law?” Lunsford told the paper. “These are very serious crimes that nobody wants to take serious. What about the rights of these children?”
- What about the rights of the accused and the children? Everyone has rights. You cannot just delete someones rights for the sake of another, if we did that, this country would be in more of a mess than it is already.

The bill that he opposed eventually passed the House and set mandatory minimum sentences of between 10 and 15 years for a set of different offenses against children ranging from assault to sexual crimes. A version is still pending in the state Senate.

From a legal perspective, law professor Phyllis Goldfarb said Fagan was probably expressing a basic courtroom truth – that it is a defense attorney’s job to test the prosecution’s case, especially when mandatory penalties are on the line.

It is fundamentally true … if the proof is coming almost exclusively through a child witness you may have to find a way to test it. That’s the attorney-client obligation there,” Goldfarb told FOXNews.com.

Goldfarb, who used to direct the Criminal Justice Clinic at Boston College Law School, said Fagan used some over-the-top language, but that he probably didn't relish the idea of cross-examining a child. She said it's just his job.

“You do have to challenge a witness,” she said. “Some people find ways of doing that that are loyal to their role as defense attorneys -- testing the proof (in ways) that aren’t abusive to a witness, but it's very hard.

“And I think being put in that hard position is what he seems to be railing against here, using language that’s probably a little bit hyperbolic.”

Lunsford will be in Massachusetts on Wednesday to push the state Senate to include mandatory prison time in the state's final version of Jessica's Law, according to the Herald.