Here they go with the word "punishment" again. But I thought these laws were not punishment, but regulatory? Well, that is a smoke screen, they know these laws are punishment, and so does the media.
DAYTON - A United States District Court Judge in Dayton has upheld the constitutionality of the 2006 federal law used to punish sex offenders who fail to register.
Gregory Lockhart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and James Wahlrab, United States Marshall, annouced the ruling handed down by Judge Walter Rice July 24th.
Congress passed the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act as part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act in 2006. The law requires anyone convicted of sex crimes under federal law, or anyone convicted in state court and traveling in interstate commerce, to register with law enforcement agencies where they live, work, or are a student.
Any person required to register and fails, is subject to a fine up up to $250,000 and up to ten years in prison.
- Talk about the punishment not fitting the crime, this is a direct violation of the constitution, IMO!
Judge Rice's ruling is in response to a motion filed by Roger Dale Trent. A federal grand jury indicted Trent in December of 2007, charging him with failing to register as a sex offender, when he moved from Indiana to Darke County. Trent was convicted of a sex crime in Indiana in May of 2007.
Trent asked the court to dismiss the indictment, claiming that the law violated the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution. He also said that the law should not apply to him since he hadn't been notified of it, and the crime occurred before Ohio passed a sex offender notification law.
Judge Rice rejected all of Trent's arguments saying that SORNA is "a valid regulation of the uses of the channels of interstate commerce." Judge Rice also ruled that the federal guidelines governing the application of SORNA allow for the law to be applied even in states which have not yet approved their own registration programs.
- So basically, if some state doesn't have this law, you punish sex offenders any way, as if there magically was some law? THAT IS INSANE! These judges are just stupid. Punishing someone again, after the fact, is a direct violation of the ex post facto portion of the Constitution, I could care less how they want to skew it and call it regulatory instead of punishment. IT IS PUNISHMENT!! Why don't you live with these "regulatory" laws and then tell me it's not punishment?
"The ruling adds to the growing number of court decisions that SORNA is a legal and useful way to protect communities from sexual criminals who travel from place to place without notifying those communities of their presence," Lockhart said. "We will continue to work closely with the Marshals Service and local law enforcment agencies to bring to justice any who violate the law."
- But that is just it, you idiots, who fail to listen to the EXPERTS. I guess you think you are all wise and all knowing? Nothing about these laws are "protecting" children, you are living in some fantasy world! Did these laws protect Brooke Bennet in Vermont? Nope, and the person who did that, was a KNOWN SEX OFFENDER and the parent knew about his past. So no matter how many laws you make and pass, thus corrupting the already corrupted government, it will not protect people. Crimes will still occur, always have, always will. You could pass 10 million laws, or kill everyone who commits a crime, and more will always follow. Now I know why in the Bible it says evil will prevail in the end... That is exactly what is occurring in this day and age.