Friday, January 30, 2009

NY - Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A Smith & Senator Graig Johnson Announce Major Statewide Legislation Amined to Protect Children from Sex Offenders

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Like usual, get elected, ride the backs of sex offenders to get brownie points from the sheeple!

01/30/2009

New York - In his first visit to Long Island since being elected State Senate Majority Leader earlier this month, Senator Malcolm A. Smith met today with Senator Craig Johnson to announce the introduction of a major piece of statewide legislation that will protect children from predators.

The bill, S.1300, is a direct response to a recent State Supreme Court decision that invalidated Rockland County’s sex offender residency law. That ruling nullified the local law asserting that under state law, the express authority to determine housing residency for sex offenders lies only with local probation offices. Using that standard some 80 local “child safety zone” laws across the state risk invalidation.
- The state knocked it down, and because he does not get his way, he will waste more tax payer dollars to get another law, which I'm sure, will be knocked down as well, passed.  Wow, what arrogance!

“While I have the utmost respect for the judicial branch, this particular decision is the result of a confusing patchwork of laws that we seek to simplify,” Senator Smith said. “Myself and Senator Johnson are both parents, and we understand the importance of getting our laws right so that no child is placed in harm’s way.”
- Again, 10 million laws will not protect children!  If a person is intent on committing a crime against someone, they will.  Like usual, you are just using sex offender issues, because that is how people get elected!

“We have strong laws on the books on Long Island, and we have to do everything we can to ensure that these protections remain,” said Senator Johnson, who co-sponsored Nassau County’s local law while serving as a member of the county legislature. “Furthermore, by passing this on the state level we can insure that every child, in every community across New York will have access to the very same protections.”

Senator Johnson’s legislation would:

  • Prohibit a registered sex offender from living within 1,000 feet of a school building, park, or day care center.
  • Establish the state’s Penal Law mandate that the first offense of this law be a Class A misdemeanor, allowing for the presiding judge to mandate up to one year imprisonment. Subsequent offenses will be a Class D felony, allowing for up to seven years of imprisonment.

“I commend Senator Johnson for this legislation and thank Senator Smith for coming today. Much like Nassau’s local laws, Suffolk County’s own laws were written with one goal in mind—give parents the assurance that every child is being protected. This bill is important because as we saw in Rockland County, not much stands in the way of our laws against sexual predators from being overturned,” said Senator Brian X. Foley (D-Blue Point).
- No amount of laws can guarantee this broad statement!  The laws are just placebo's to make you "feel" like you are being protected, when you are not.

The legislation is currently in the Senate’s Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections. Discussions with potential Assembly sponsors are ongoing.


FL - Sex Offenders Living Under Bridge Claim They Are Being Forced Out

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01/30/2009

MIAMI BEACH - Juan Martin is a convicted sex offender and says because he can't live near schools so he's forced to live under the Julia Tuttle Causeway.

Martin says the place is becoming overcrowded and admits some people have built make shift homes outside of the bridge. But that's where the problem comes in. He says Miami Police have threatened to arrest anyone who does not keep their living quarters under the bridge.

He's not alone; about 40 other sex offenders have taken up residence under the bridge. They literally transformed the area into living quarters, complete with kitchen and bathroom. They say it's their only choice. The group says they don't want sympathy, they just want a place to stay -- and to be left alone.

Martin says it's not the first time the group has been threatened that they would be removed from under the bridge.

For now there is no solution and the group says they have nowhere else to go.

Officials plan to have a meeting on the issue next month.


CO - Suspected Sex Offender Is Luckiest Bastard Alive


The picture looks fake to me!

01/30/2009

Some dude who is accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl allegedly tried to kill himself by driving his van off a ledge in Colorado. And it almost worked...


In what has to be one of the craziest twists of fate ever, the perp's van caught a ledge -- and a search and rescue team got to the guy before karma did.

Dude went to the hospital, but as soon as he gets out, cops say he'll be immediately arrested.

Wonder if he can keep the soap from dropping too....


CA - TEMECULA: Commission approves Jessica's Law change

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01/29/2009

By AARON CLAVERIE

Idea adds day care centers to school, park restrictions

TEMECULA - An ordinance that would make it a misdemeanor for a registered sex offender to live near a day care center crossed a key hurdle Thursday when it was approved by a city commission.

The Public/Traffic Safety Commission commission voted unanimously to send the ordinance, which aims to strengthen the state's law on where sex offenders can live, to the City Council.

Under the provisions of Jessica's Law, approved by the state's voters in 2006, registered sex offenders cannot move into a residence within 2,000 feet of a school or park.

Temecula's proposed ordinance would take the law a step further by making it a misdemeanor for a registered sex offender to move into a residence within 2,000 feet of a day care center, school or park. The penalty for violating the ordinance will vary on a case-by-case basis, said Police Chief Jerry Williams, who answered questions during the meeting.

Williams called the ordinance another tool for the department to use in its management of the city's population of about 60 registered sex offenders.

There are about 30 registered offenders living in Temecula, according to the state's Megan's Law Web site, but Williams said some sex offenders ---- an 18-year-old who had sex with a 16-year-old, for example ---- aren't included on the site.

"I don't want to scare people," Williams said, explaining that the vast majority of documented sex abuse cases in the city ---- a percentage in the high 90s, he said ---- are perpetuated by people who have a relationship with the victim.

"I don't anticipate (the ordinance) will be used on a regular basis," he said.

Before the commission voted, Temecula resident John O'Donnell said he was concerned because the ordinance would limit the areas where a sex offender can live, making it more likely for them to lie and list themselves as transients.

If a sex offender is listed as a transient, he or she is required to check in with a local law enforcement agency every 30 days, but their address doesn't pop up on the Megan's Law Web site.

O'Donnell, a law enforcement official, said he thinks it's easier to manage a sex offender population when an agency has a firm grip on their location.

Williams said sex offenders listing themselves as a transient is not a new phenomenon. He said they sometimes do that because they don't want people in their neighborhood to know about their past.
- Or because the laws are so draconian, it forces them into homelessness!

When someone in Temecula registers as a transient, Williams said a team of five police officers keeps a close eye on them, looking for ways to find out if they are lying.

Last week, the Murrieta City Council approved an ordinance that makes it illegal for sex offenders to hang out in any place frequented by children if they are suspected of being there solely to watch children.

Commissioner Bob Hagel asked Williams why the city wasn't considering something like that here.

"Our intent was not to punish people," Williams said.
- Yeah right!

Also, he said the constitutionality of that type of ordinance could be challenged by a civil rights organization.

The definition for child care center in Temecula's proposed ordinance does not include a "family day care home," which the state defines as a home that provides care for seven to 14 children, including children who reside at the home.

The ordinance wouldn't force a sex offender currently living near a day care center to move due to federal laws that don't allow a retroactive application of Jessica's Law.
- Yet if they move, then the retroactivity kicks in, thus violating the constitution, when it violates the constitution, like the man said.

The state's Sex Offender Management Board earlier this month questioned the wisdom of residency restrictions for sex offenders and some newspaper editorial boards and pundits are calling for a revision of Jessica's Law.

The argument against restrictions usually focuses on the costs associated with monitoring the location of sex offenders and lack of a study or hard evidence that shows the location of a sex offender's home affects his or her chance of a repeat offense.


NY - DNA clears wrongly accused of sex crimes

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And I am willing to bet, that 100% of them took a plea bargain!

01/28/2009

NEW YORK - A New York group that uses DNA testing to free innocent people from prison says 90 percent of those cleared since 1989 were convicted of heinous sex crimes.

But the Innocence Project adds that even though DNA frees the wrongly accused from prison the former inmates still suffer social and emotional problems as a result of their incarceration, USA Today reported Wednesday.

Experts in the field say the burden of re-integration into society is heavier for wrongly convicted sex offenders.

"The shame of it goes deeper than any other shame," says Sim Platek, a New Jersey social worker. "Very rarely do you see people fully recover from this immediately."

Platek says some slip into depression or develop symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Rob Warden, who heads the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University in Chicago, says the indignities many exonerees suffer can be mind-boggling.

"There are people out there totally exonerated, absolutely innocent who get notices that they need to register as sex offenders," Warden says.


GA - Georgia General Assembly (Live)

Watch some of these videos, like the one entitled "January 13, 2009 Senate Session!"  The speak about Jesus Christ, and pray to God. Then scream and shout at each other, pose for photo ops, and then go about passing unconstitutional laws, banishing people, and making people homeless. Like Jerry Keen, screaming and shouting about banishing all sex offenders from the state of Georgia, yeah Jerry, that is real Christian like of you. HYPOCRITES!!! Also, while they are reading bills, everyone is frolicking around, talking with other people. How can they make and pass laws when nobody is listening to what the bills are about? Just watch the videos! Insane!  Listen to the audio below. How can they pray to God, and then pass the unconstitutional and draconian laws they pass? Yes, I think that is very hypocritical!



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