Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson is dead (1958 - 2009)

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RIP Michael! You will be deeply missed!

And see what the hate-mongers over at Perverted-Justice had to say about this, below!


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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)


Out of the Shadows, Part 4: Confronting sex crimes in our community

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06/25/2009

By Russ Plummer

Age of Consent: Laws on teen relationships contradictory, confusing

With love can come criminal consequences.

In Wisconsin, 17-year-olds are tried as adults in the court system. If a 17-year-old is in a sexual relationship with someone under the age of 16, he or she not only could spend time behind bars but also be labeled as a sex offender for life.

Those cases are very difficult,” said Fond du Lac County District Attorney Dan Kaminsky. “Certainly, I have a personal opinion on things as well as most of the attorneys have opinions on it. Yes, it seems there are some times where it is fully consensual.”

Kaminsky said if a 17-year-old boy has sex with a 15-year-old girl, he could be charged with a felony even though if the boy were the victim, he would be considered a child.

The law is inconsistent and needs to be revised,” Kaminsky said. “If you have two 17-year-olds who have sex, both are child victims by definition in the law and both are adult perpetrators at the very same time.”

Kaminsky said attorneys do think about labeling a teenager as a sex offender when a “high school romance” with someone younger than 16 shows no signs of force.

A lot of people are uncomfortable with that, as am I,” Kaminsky said. “Usually the case has to be charged. We really don’t necessarily have the option to disregard the law. We can offer deferred prosecution agreements in resolving the case. Especially with somebody that is a first offense, they can avoid that label. This is exactly why deferred prosecution agreements are important because it gives us the option to address these circumstances where it really is unfair.”

Kaminsky added that, even though it is unique, there are cases that emerge in which both participants appear mature enough to understand what they are doing.

The sex offender is the idea that someone is a threat and we need to warn society about them,” Kaminsky said.

Range of offenders

When the age between participants grows, so should the concern, said Nichole Hall, Wisconsin Department of Corrections sex offender registry specialist for Fond du Lac and Winnebago counties.

Hall said there is a “large continuum of sex offenders.” Offenders range from child pedophiles to those that participate in cooperative sexual activities that are not allowed by law.

As those ages spread further apart, I think so does the seriousness of the offense,” Hall said. “To really lock all those people up and throw away the key — I don’t really know if people are thinking about that sex offenders vary in their crimes, their risk and their danger they present to the public.”

Hall added that courts can remove some people from the registry if the offender is 18 or younger and the victim is 12 or older and there is no force or threat of force and no more than four years between the two.

Linda Selk-Yerges, director of Assist Survivors Treatment Outreach Prevention Inc. (ASTOP), said the potential of labeling someone as a sex offender may hinder investigations.

It’s such a gray area,” Selk-Yerges said. “Because of that, sometimes I feel it makes law enforcement back off a little bit more because they think about this person will have to be a registered sex offender.”

Wisconsin law allows 16-year-olds to consent to sexual contact. However, teenagers cannot consent to activity that involves insertion of body parts until they turn 18.

Kaminsky said if the child participant is over 16, the sex offender registry is no longer a concern if the sex acts were not forced.

The crime is called sexual intercourse with a child 16 or older. It is a Class A misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of nine months in jail and a fine up to $10,000.

That’s only a misdemeanor,” Kaminsky said. “Those get charged almost every time.”

Investigating assaults

Not all reports of potential sexual assault will make it to a district attorney’s desk.

Lt. Bill Flood, head of the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department’s detective bureau, said parents or the alleged victim do report, but most cases start with mandatory reporters.

In the school setting, there are mandatory reporters — teachers, counselors, people of that nature,” Flood said. “… They will report these situations if they feel there is enough reason to believe the two are sexually active.

Flood said some variables detectives look for are: pregnancy, transmission of diseases, use of force or threats, and incapacitation due to drugs or alcohol.

He noted that most parents are supportive if there is a pregnancy in a relationship that may not be legal by Wisconsin law.

Flood said officers use discretion when handling cases in which the age difference is not great.

What we do is look at these cases individually. If we have two high school-age people that are sexually active, we feel these are more private matters and perhaps family and parental issues than they are a law enforcement issue,” Flood said.

Flood added that laws are not necessarily looking at the 18-year-old and 16-year-old sophomore and senior. The laws had to have age limitations to structure each degree, he said.

Flood said investigators approach every case seriously, but will back off of some cases involving teenagers.

If, in fact, we handled every one of those cases that ever get disclosed or we ever see, we would be very, very busy, and you are also running the risk of labeling these kids — if you will — as potential sex offenders that would potentially need to register for the rest of their life,” Flood said. “Is that the spirit in which these laws were constructed? I don’t think so.”


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


AUSTRALIA - Pre-teen to be sentenced for child sex offences

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06/19/2009

A 12-year-old boy who raped a young child will be sentenced after failing to convince a court he was wrongly convicted.

The boy - who cannot be named - was found guilty of rape and attempted rape at the end of a judge-only trial in the Children's Court at Townsville earlier this year.

During the trial, the court was told the boy raped a four-year-old boy in May 2007, and tried to rape his own three-year-old brother a short time later.

The boy told his father he had raped the child because he was “horny“, it was revealed at the trial.

Under Queensland law anyone under 14 years cannot be held criminally responsible for an offence unless it can be shown they had the capacity to know they ought not have done the act.

The trial judge found the boy did have the capacity to know he should not have committed the offences.

The boy's lawyers took the case to the Court of Appeal in Brisbane in May in an attempt to have the conviction quashed.

They argued that the guilty verdict was “unreasonable” and “against the weight of the evidence”.

They also argued the trial judge gave insufficient weight to the evidence of a psychiatrist called by the defence.

The Court of Appeal in Brisbane on Friday dismissed the application, finding that the trial judge correctly ruled the boy knew that what he was doing was wrong.

The boy will now be sentenced for the two sexual offences.


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


MA - Decent Exposure?

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So I guess this will kill the "Granny" porn real quick?

05/01/2009

By Judith Levine

I’ve been peeved all month about the latest panic: “sexting.” More and more states are bringing child-porn charges against teenagers who take racy pictures of themselves and send them electronically to lovers or pals. Child pornography is a far more serious crime — in terms of penalties, anyway — than is having actual sex. Sentences run to years per image, and after prison the person must register as a sex offender, a kind of life sentence in itself.

You might call sexting a dunderheaded act — who knows where your immortalized nipples might end up — but also a victimless “crime.” Yet here is the amazing part: Child-porn law is based on the minor’s inability to consent to being photographed; the model is ipso facto a victim of the photographer. Sexting, in which the model is also the photographer, is a crime in which a person can be both perpetrator and victim at the same time.

U.S. sex law is like a black hole: Once reason falls in, it can never re-emerge.

Can all this get any stupider? Just as I was asking myself this question, a post arrived from sex therapist Marty Klein’s blog, Sexual Intelligence, confirming that it could:

Massachusetts state representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein (Email) (D-Revere) has introduced a bill making it a crime for anyone over 60 to pose nude or sexually for a film or photo. The person taking the photo — whether a lover, artist or commercial porn maker — would also face jail time.

Adding insult to injury, the proposal amends a bill designed to punish those who make child pornography. It treats fully functional adults who happen to be over 60 the same as children under 18; it explicitly takes away their right to consent to be photographed in a lascivious way.

What Klein doesn’t mention is that the bill precludes consent not only by “an elder” but also by “a person with a disability.” Massachusetts law defines an elder as someone over 60; a “disability” is “a permanent or long-term physical or mental impairment that prevents or restricts the individual’s ability to provide for his or her own care or protection.” The bill is an obvious violation of the First Amendment, says Florida Constitutional lawyer Marc Randazzo, who notes that among the consent-stripped could be his own mother, whom he describes as a 60-plus sexually active “knockout” with a lung condition. Representative Reinstein, by the way, is 38.

We can hope this idea languishes in committee — and, if not, is ridiculed to death. Yet, once impassioned, Reinstein does not rest. Her 2006 proposal to honor the Fluffernutter as the state sandwich failed; it is back on this session’s calendar. Now that senior advocacy groups have informed her “elder exploitation and pornography is on the rise,” she told the Boston Herald, the necessity of her new bill is a “no-brainer.” This is an indisputable fact.

It is axiomatic that anything you want to outlaw is widespread, on the rise or both. Once reported, the proliferation of said pernicious activity will be re-reported until it becomes “fact,” with or without substantiation. Like elder porn, sexting is alleged to be widespread and increasing. Among many others, CBS News recently told its audience that “roughly 20 percent of teens admit to participating in ‘sexting,’ according to a nationwide survey by the National Campaign to Support Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.” It called sexting “shockingly common.”

Is 20 percent shocking or common? Is the number even accurate? Journalist Debbie Nathan did what every reporter should: She checked the source. Turns out the datum was derived from a grand total of 653 survey respondents ages 13 to 19. These kids were among a randomly selected subgroup of a self-selected pool of 375,000 teens and young adults who have told a polling outfit called TRU that they’re willing to answer online surveys. Of the young people TRU sent questions regarding their electronic sex lives, 90 percent chose not to respond. But 653 teens were moved to disclose, and about one-fifth said they sent sexy self-portraits to lovers and friends.

Bill Albert, the Campaign’s chief program officer, defends the survey’s credibility but stresses that it “represents just one point in time. For all we know, the practice could be decreasing.” Yet sexting prosecutions are proliferating as fast as sexting is rumored to be. And by the time Reinstein’s bill reappears, granny porn will also be recognized as a serious public safety threat, warranting strong laws to combat it. Mark my word.

It is easy to make fun of the Keystone Komstocks who write and enforce vice laws. Yet this recent pair of virtue-rescue missions deserves serious attention because the same misguided principle lurks behind both efforts.

That is, anyone who displays her body in a sexual way cannot possibly be doing so on her own volition. Somebody somewhere must be coercing her to remove her clothes, dance around the pole or aim the camera and press “send.” That the disrober-aimer-sender is usually female only compounds the suspicion that she is not in possession of her own mind and body.

Nearly three decades ago, pro-sex feminists defeated two municipal ordinances enshrining the idea that pornography is violence against women. Adults generally have refused to be protected from self-exhibition for fun or profit. Voyeurism is also a popular entertainment: Commercial pornography, one of the enduring legacies of the sexual-liberation movement, is flourishing. Sexting, you might say, is a 21st-century offspring of both these phenomena. For better or worse, pornographic tropes, including the defining elements of exhibitionism and voyeurism, are part of the lingua franca of teen sexual self-expression. And the digital revolution has turned every girl, boy, woman, man or transperson into a potential pornographer.

These truths are evidently disturbing to America’s upholders of decency. Turning their attentions from adults to children, they’ve vastly expanded the universe of minors in need of supervision. Everywhere, the sexual age of consent has risen from 13 or 14 to 16 or 18. Clipped at the bottom, the age of sexual majority might now be shorn at the top — at 60 — and around the edges, where bodies and minds have differing abilities.

Older and disabled people have long been infantilized, and sexual neutering is part of it. They (or should I say we; I’m 56) are considered cute, weak and dim — also attributes of innocence, which is to say ignorance and incompetence. This condescension shows itself in various forms of discrimination, which has led to the designation of the disabled and people over 40 as “protected classes” — legal categories of people, such as racial or religious minorities, who may suffer discrimination based solely on who they are.

But legal protection often is distorted into legal protectionism. As in anti-sexting and elder-porn laws, that usually means protecting people from themselves.

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine a 16-year-old taking a semi-nude picture of herself and sending it to her 17-year-old boyfriend would be prosecuted under child-pornography laws,” Bill Albert told me. Neither, apparently, did Vermont’s legislators. They are now scrambling to carve out an exception to state child-porn laws that decriminalizes the consensual exchange of graphic images between people 13 to 18 years old.

Although skeptics are already worrying that “predators” will get in on the sexting game, I predict the amendment will pass. Vermont has been more lenient to juveniles than have other states. But at the same time, we can expect to see more sexual behaviors criminalized — and more classes of people protected from what might be their own desires. This year, in clauses regarding sex-crimes victims, the phrase “or a person with a mental illness or disability” has been inserted after “a child 13 years of age or under.” That could be a good thing, guarding people who really need it, and Vermont’s legal definition of mental disability is far narrower than Massachusetts’. But who will define the consent of the disabled? And what will we be shielded from next? Baby-boomer porn?

And then, what will the next legal do-over look like, as the state attempts to scrub its politically motivated, unnecessary and harmful sex-crimes laws of their unintended consequences?

More Joe Cartoon here



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


OR - Don't let someone surf porn on your unsecured wireless network

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06/24/2009

By Bob Heye

SALEM - Police are warning folks to secure their Internet connections after they say they found a registered sex offender sitting in a vehicle surfing pornography using an unsecured wireless network.

_____, 27, was charged with four counts of theft of services after police were dispatched to an area in south Salem on June 16 on a report of a suspicious vehicle.

When officers arrived, they approached the vehicle in question and saw pornography on the suspect's laptop computer screen. It turned out the laptop did not have an air card and was tapped into an unsecured wireless network.

Thompson admitted to police he had used the wireless connection on several different occasions.

Police would like to remind folks to secure their wireless network in their homes and/or businesses to stop something like this from happening. And remember, if someone uses your wireless network to surf pornography, the material can be traced back to your system.

Learn How To Secure Your Wireless Network



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


ARC RADIO - **Special Guest** JC LARA/AUTHOR

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Title: **Special Guest** JC LARA/AUTHOR

Time: 06/24/2009 09:30 PM EDT

Episode Notes: John C. Lara - Author of Juveniles doing Life sentences.Please join us this coming Wednesday, as we here at Americans Reality Check (ARC) welcome John C. Lara to the show. John is a Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Childrens Justice clinic N-Co-Director at Rutgers School of Law N- Camden. Last year, Mary (Rickysmom) came across a well written essay my John which exposed how we the United States sentence our children to life terms in prison with no possibility of parole for crimes of a serious nature. In recent weeks here on ARC we have had two special guests join us from Texas who are moms, whos sons are serving a sixty year sentence and one a forty year sentence due to consensual relationships with younger girlfriends. Both of these young men have no possibility of parole listed as a sex offender in Texas Prisons. John reports currently, here in the United States, where twenty five percent of our population is in a prison system, that its estimated that 2,380 of these are children who will die in prison and at least 450 of them in the state of Pennsylvania. These children have no possibility of parole! Here at ARC we find this barbaric and horrific since we are the only country currently to sentence children so severely with no second chance or opportunity to rehabilitate and reform for their past crimes. In recent weeks, Congressman Bobby Scott has presented federal legislation which would change this, and a child could NOT be sentenced to life prison terms but up too only 15 years at which time they would be paroled. This legislation is strongly supported by Juvenile Justice Advocates and my co-host Mary and thousands of parents across this country. So tonight we welcome John as we delve into his research on this subject and the unintended consequences of these laws.




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


SC - Exclusive: E-mails between Sanford, woman

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Sanford The Latest In A Series Of Political Sex Scandals

Just more hypocrisy in the corrupt government.  Do as I say, not as I do!

06/24/2009

By JOHN O’CONNOR

Woman in affair declines interview

Below are excerpts of e-mails, obtained by The State newspaper in December, between Gov. Mark Sanford's (Contact) personal e-mail account and Maria, a woman in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The State has removed the woman's full name and other personal details, including her address, e-mail address and children's names.

Sanford's office Wednesday did not dispute the authenticity of the emails.

McClatchy special correspondent Angeles Mase visited the 14-story apartment building in Buenos Aires Wednesday where the woman lives, according to the emails, which included her address. The woman at the address answered to the name in the emails and, at first, agreed to speak to a visitor, but she declined after the visitor identified herself as a reporter.

The doorman at the building, shown a photograph of Sanford, said he did not recognize him. According to the doorman, the woman has two sons, one a teenager of driving age and the other younger. The emails refer to the woman's two sons.



From Gov. Sanford,
Date: Thursday, July 10, 2008, 12:24 a.m.

“One, tomorrow leave at 5 a.m. for New York and meetings. Will think about you on its streets and wish I was going to be there later in the month when you are there. Tomorrow night back to Philadelphia for the start of the National Governor's Conference through the weekend. Back to Columbia for Tuesday and then on Wednesday, as I think I had told you, taking the family to China, Tibet, Nepal, India, Thailand and then back through Hong Kong on world wind tour. Few days home then to Bahamas for 5 days on a friend’s boat for the last break of the summer. The following weekend have been asked to spend it out in Aspen, Colorado with McCain - which has kicked up the whole VP talk all over again in the press back home ...

Two, mutual feelings .... You have a particular grace and calm that I adore. You have a level of sophistication that so fitting with your beauty. I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines or that I love the curve of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of the night’s light - but hey, that would be going into sexual details ...

Three and finally, while all the things above are all too true - at the same time we are in a hopelessly - or as you put it impossible - or how about combine and simply say hopelessly impossible situation of love. How in the world this lightening strike snuck up on us I am still not quite sure. As I have said to you before I certainly had a special feeling about you from the first time we met, but these feelings were contained and I genuinely enjoyed our special friendship and the comparing of all too many personal notes ...

Lastly I also suspect I feel a little vulnerable because this is ground I have never certainly never covered before - so if you have pearls of wisdom on how we figure all this out please let me know... In the meantime please sleep soundly knowing that despite the best efforts of my head my heart cries out for you, your voice, your body, the touch of your lips, the touch of your finger tips and an even deeper connection to your soul.”



From Maria,
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 8:14 p.m.

“As I told you I shouldn't have done this trip but I would have felt worst if I wouldn't have come because it was too over the date, he is a very nice guy, great heart ... but unfortunately I am not in love with him ... You are my love ... something hard to believe even for myself as it's also a kind of impossible love, not only because of distance but situation. Sometimes you don't choose things, they just happen... I can't redirect my feelings and I am very happy with mine towards you.”



From Gov. Sanford,
Tuesday, July 8, 1:42 a.m.

“Got back an hour ago to civilization and am now in Columbia after what was for me a glorious break from reality down at the farm. No phones ringing and tangible evidence of a day's labors. Though I have started every day by 6 this morning woke at 4:30, I guess since my body knew it was the last day, and I went out and ran the excavator with lights until the sun came up. To me, and I suspect no one else on earth, there is something wonderful about listening to country music playing in the cab, air conditioner running, the hum of a huge diesel engine in the back ground, the tranquillity that comes with being in a virtual wilderness of trees and marsh, the day breaking and vibrant pink coming alive in the morning clouds - and getting to build something with each scoop of dirt.”




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