Monday, June 22, 2009

CA - Operation Monitor Press Conference

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Police Chief Jerry Dyer call press conference to announce the arrest of a registered sex offender who violated his parole by not registering with police. The suspect was arrested after an undercover operation to locate him near a homeless shelter. Also announced at the press conference, details in the Mayor's plan to free up two detectives to hit the streets and do compliance checks and allow retired detectives to conduct the registrations of sex offenders.

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"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (Bill Of Rights)


VT - Conaway and Strickler on FOX News - Vermont Sex Offender

Leave it up to biased Fox News, they almost always insert terms like "deviant," "sicko," "predator," etc where they are not needed. Many other reputable news organizations do not do this. Welcome to the "ALL SPIN" zone!

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"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (Bill Of Rights)


DC - Court to rule on federal sex offenders law

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06/22/2009

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will decide the constitutionality of a federal law that permits sex offenders to be kept behind bars after they complete their prison terms.

The justices, acting Monday, say they will consider the Obama administration's appeal of a lower court ruling that invalidated the law.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., ruled in January that Congress overstepped its authority when it enacted a law allowing for indefinite commitment of people who are considered "sexually dangerous."

In April, Chief Justice John Roberts granted an administration request to block the release of up to 77 inmates at a federal prison in North Carolina. These were people whose prison terms for sex offenses were ending. The justice's order was designed to allow time for the high court to consider the administration's appeal.

The challenge to the law was brought by four men who served prison terms ranging from three to eight years for possession of child pornography or sexual abuse of a minor. Their confinement was supposed to end more than two years ago, but the government determined that there would be a risk of sexually violent conduct or child molestation if they were released.

A fifth man who also was part of the legal challenge was charged with child sex abuse, but declared incompetent to stand trial.

Civil commitment was authorized by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which President George W. Bush signed in July 2006. The act, named after the son of "America's Most Wanted" television host John Walsh, also establishes a national sex offender registry, increases punishments for some federal crimes against children and strengthens child pornography protections. Those provisions are not being challenged.

State laws allowing civil commitments of sex offenders also are unaffected.

The case will be argued in the court's next term, which begins in October.

The case is U.S. v. Comstock, 08-1224.


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (Bill Of Rights)


MO - AG Investigates Sex Offenders On MySpace

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06/19/2009

Missouri Highway Patrol Tasked To See If Offenders Violating Parole Online

LEE'S SUMMIT - Registered sex offenders are supposed to keep their distance from children in person and online.

KMBC's Jana Corrie reports that Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating social networking sites to make sex offenders are not preying on children.
- Why is the highway patrol trolling the Internet?

Highway Patrol Troop A, in Lee's Summit, is tasked with looking at the site MySpace to see how it is being used by sex offenders. The question is whether it is a violation of parole for the offenders to use the site.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said he has forwarded to the patrol 373 names of Missourians who have been removed from MySpace because their profiles appear to match those of registered sex offenders.

The AG's office has sent on more than 1,800 names since it started receiving identities of possible sex offenders removed from the site.




"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (Bill Of Rights)


FL - Homeless Sex Offenders Under Julia Tuttle Bridge Continue to Be Targeted by State, Local Law Enforcement

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 2, 2009

CONTACT:
ACLU of Florida Media Office: 786.363.2737 or media@aclufl.org

The following statement can be attributed to Jeanne Baker, ACLU of Florida Board President:

State and local communities, including Miami and Miami Dade County and other local communities have enacted residency restrictions that impermissibly exceed state law. Governor Crist and the Florida Legislature have repeatedly ignored requests from the ACLU and others to address this growing crisis. Instead, the Governor and Legislature have turned a blind eye to the impact of this public health and safety threat to our community.

Now, the State and local communities point their fingers at each other in an attempt to shift blame. This is a statewide problem, and the Julia Tuttle Causeway is only the most graphic example. We need a state-wide solution, and sadly, the Governor remains AWOL.

"While the best solution would be intervention by the Governor, the ACLU and other advocacy groups are prepared to seek a solution through the courts."

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"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (Bill Of Rights)


CT - Blogger to appear in Conn. court

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06/22/2009

WEST HARTFORD — A blogger is due in a Connecticut courtroom to face a charge of inciting violence against state lawmakers.

A judge is expected to arraign Harold "Hal" Turner of North Bergen, N.J., in Hartford Superior Court.

The 47-year-old former radio talk show host, who now broadcasts commentary on his Web site, urged his blog readers earlier this month to "take up arms" against Connecticut lawmakers and suggested government officials should "obey the Constitution or die".

Turner was angry over legislation that would have given lay members of Roman Catholic churches in Connecticut more control over their parishes' finances. The bill was withdrawn in March.

Turner's lawyer says the case is about freedom of speech.


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (Bill Of Rights)


FL - Miami's tent city for sex offenders

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06/21/2009

A Miami law is forcing many of the city's sex offenders to sleep rough under a bridge, reports Emilio San Pedro for the BBC's Americana programme.

The area under the Julia Tuttle Causeway in downtown Miami has in recent years become the unlikely home for a growing community of about 70 convicted sex offenders.

They have ended up living in a makeshift tent city under one of the causeway's bridges because of a local law which prohibits those who have sexually abused minors from living within 2,500 ft (760m) of anywhere where children congregate, such as schools, libraries and parks.

After the local laws were enacted, Florida's correctional authorities found there was virtually nowhere else for these people to live and began dropping them off at the bridge.

Some of them have even been issued with driving licences with the bridge listed as their home address.

'Trash mounting'

"Welcome to American justice," said Dr Pedro Jose Greer, the Dean of Florida International University's Department of Humanities, Health and Society, as he met me under the bridge to discuss the squalid conditions at the camp.

"We have people living together with mental and physical illnesses in an environment where people can't possibly sleep because of the cars going by overhead - where you can smell the urine and see the trash mounting all around us."

Dr Greer has for decades been a leading advocate in Miami for homeless people and their right to receive adequate medical and social services.

He told me that he has become increasingly angry over the last few years at the existence of this camp and the lack of an alternative way to reintegrate these convicted sex offenders into society.

"What we're doing is we're saying 'let's take the people that we most despise, that did some of the most egregious things in society and let them all get together and not supervise them and let them wander around the community'," he tells me with a clear sense of frustration in his voice.

"This is the stupidest damn law I have ever seen and it's purely mandated by revenge without any consideration for the well-being of these people - who deserve better despite the severity of their crimes," he says.

No money

As we walk around the camp, with its tents and makeshift huts, lack of running water, electricity or any form of sewage, I meet Isaias, a 35-year-old Latino and former US Marine, who has been living at the camp for over two years.

He tells me how the state authorities simply drop offenders like him under the bridge and - as he puts it - let them fend for themselves.

"They don't give us no water, no food, no portable toilets, no money - nothing," he tells me.

Isaias - who served five years in prison for having sexual relations with a 16-year-old girl and is now out on parole - says that all that he and many of his neighbours under the bridge want is to be able to attempt to lead a normal life and move beyond their criminal past.

"I can't live with my wife and my daughter. I would like to have a normal life and be able to become a productive member of society again, but society is not giving us that chance," he tells me.

I then ask him if - as a father himself - if he can understand why society harbours such anger for people who have committed these sorts of crimes.

"I would understand it - yes - as a father but at the same time I cannot expect that a person who committed this kind of crime against my own child should then come out of jail and be forced to live like an animal - as we're doing here," he says.

A few metres away I meet Julio - a 62-year-old Cuban immigrant, who served 10 years in prison for abusing a 12-year-old girl. He is a recent arrival at the camp and is finding it very difficult to adjust.

"The conditions here are terrible. I've only been here five days but I can't believe these criminal conditions we live in. I have absolutely nothing and no-one to give me any form of assistance at all. I wonder if I'll ever get out of here," he concludes.

Too sensitive

The problem for people like Julio is that the serious nature of the crimes they committed makes it very difficult for them to get much sympathy from the local community or from local politicians - who for the most part have found the issue too sensitive and downright controversial to become involved.

However, earlier this month, one City of Miami commissioner, Marc Sarnoff, did just that.

With the backing of the city government, he wrote a letter to the state governor, Charlie Crist, asking him to shut the camp down.

He based that request on the fact that there is a small island that serves as a weekend park for boaters and their children that lies within the existing local boundaries.

I met Mr Sarnoff on a sunny morning at a local park, where some boys were playing baseball with their coach.

He told me that his top priority remained protecting these children from sex offenders like the ones who lived at the camp.

"Let me be absolutely clear. I'm not here to support or endorse anything with regard to sexual offenders. They are my least bit of concern," he tells me.

"However, they are living in squalor. I don't think human beings will stay in that condition. They're going to start leaving and what we thought was a good law of 2,500 ft to keep them away from our children will eventually push them back into the population."

Mr Sarnoff hopes that the letter to Governor Crist will force the state either to find some alternative place to house the sex offenders or force some form of legal action that will get the state's courts, which are not beholden to the desires of the electorate, involved.

For the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and others like Dr Greer - who believe the offenders have already served their time in prison and deserve the right to attempt to get on with their lives - the camp's existence and the desperate conditions there serve as a troubling reflection of the values of modern-day Miami.

"The question is - have we become a society that doesn't let you die but lets you suffer? Do we just say we're living in the Middle Ages - an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth?" Dr Greer told me after we had finished touring the camp.

"I think we've gone beyond that."

This article is an adaptation of a feature that was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Americana programme. Americana is broadcast at 1915 BST every Sunday on BBC Radio 4 FM.




"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (Bill Of Rights)


AUSTRALIA - Child Molester walks free while father who beat him faces prison!

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Just read the commentary at the end.  Pure media vigilantism!  I have sent an email to these people, to possibly warn this judge his life might be in danger! But, I think the man who beat the person molesting the child, was only defending his son, and should not be going to court over it.  The person who was caught doing this, should go to court.  It's self defense, like protecting yourself when someone enters your home to rob you.


06/20/2009

Queensland - A father who bashed a man caught molesting his 10-year-old son is facing a sentence, while the boy's attacker walks free.

In a highly unusual case, _____ was spared jail despite pleading guilty to molesting the boy on State Of Origin night last year.

Judge Ian Dearden told Beenleigh District Court the sentence was reduced because the young victim's father had wrongly taken action into his own hands and badly beaten _____.

"There is no place in our community for a vigilante approach," he said.

_____ was sentenced on Monday to a nine-month intensive corrections order.

The boy's father is awaiting trial on one count of grievous bodily harm, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Child safety campaigner Hetty Johnston yesterday slammed the sentence for _____.

"In this case, they've got it woefully wrong," she said. "What the offender did was totally unnatural."

In handing down his sentence on Monday, Justice Dearden said adult offenders who committed sex offences against children must serve actual jail time – unless exceptional circumstances were found to exist.

"This is one of those rare and exceptional cases," he said. "When an individual takes the matter of punishment into their own hands, the offence committed by the person may be far, far more serious and, therefore, have far more serious consequences then the original offence."

The court was told _____ was at the child's house at Eagleby in June last year to watch the State of Origin match with the boy's father and a few other people.

After the game, _____ went into the boy's bedroom and began massaging the child's penis under his clothes.

When the boy woke up, _____ asked the boy to show him his penis and offered to do the same.

The child refused and went to tell his father what happened.

The man then attacked _____, dragging him outside, throwing him on to a concrete path where he struck his head and repeatedly kicking him.

_____ later underwent extensive facial surgery in the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Yesterday _____ told The Courier-Mail he regretted what he had done but didn't think it was something he should go to jail for.

"As far as these sorts of offences go, it's pretty minor," he said.
- I disagree!

COMMENTARY: (The comments below, is pure media vigilantism!)


We are researching the home address information of Australian Judge Ian Dearden and when we obtain it, we will publish it on this web site. If the Judge is so proud of what he has done, he shouldn't mind his fellow citizens showing up at his home to express their views about it.

Those in Australia who have been prevented by Austrian media from commenting on this case, are invited to express themselves here on the U.S. based web site. We are not subject to Australian law and we will not honor or obey Australian court orders. We will not turn over any identifying information about anyone who comments. Australian courts cannot compel us to do anything. Feel free to express your thoughts about the douche bag Judge and the pervert child molesting freak.
- Now that is a direct threat, and could cause harm to this judge!


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (Bill Of Rights)