Wednesday, August 26, 2009

MI - Police sift through evidence in sex offender's death

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08/26/2009

By Mike Martindale

Holly Township -- Investigators hope trace evidence, including fingerprints left behind at a weekend slaying of a recently released child sex offender, may help lead to his killer.

Crime lab technicians were reviewing evidence on Wednesday that may help identify the killer of _____, 64, stabbed to death in his home on Riviera Shores Drive by an intruder about 4 a.m. Sunday.

"Two members of his family have been very cooperative, and we will be doing other interviews," said Michigan State Police Sgt. Gary Muir. "We have also received a few tips, but so far, no one has given us a strong suspect."

"There is still a lot of work to be done. I'm convinced this will be solved."

An autopsy by the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office determined _____ was stabbed at least a half-dozen times with a small knife -- the most serious wounds suffered to his neck and chest. _____ was attacked after he awoke to his wife screaming because someone had entered their home through an unlocked rear door. He struggled with the man briefly and then collapsed as the suspect ran from the house.

_____'s wife was neither injured nor attacked during the assault, Muir said.

The intruder has been described only as a stocky white man in his 20s, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with brown hair and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.

_____ was released from the Oakland County Jail Aug. 17 after a 10-month incarceration for sexual assault of a 4-year-old relative. As part of his probationary sentence, _____ was placed on an electronic tether, which he was to wear for nine years.

Muir said persons still to be interviewed were involved in that trial and also in an earlier 2004 case in which _____ was acquitted by a jury of molesting five girls, aged 8 to 10 years old.

Anyone with information in the _____ killing is asked to contact state police at (248) 634-3512 or (313) 237-2450.

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FL - New Study Reveals Lack of Access to Affordable Housing for Sex Offenders in Miami-Dade

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Miami-Dade Ordinance Creates Barriers to Reintegration; Makes Community Unsafe
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 25, 2009

CONTACT:
Brandon Hensler, Director of Communications, ACLU of Florida, (786) 363-2737 or media@aclufl.org

MIAMI – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida’s Greater Miami Chapter and the Miami Coalition for the Homeless announce the release of Availability and Spatial Distribution of Affordable Housing in Miami-Dade County and Implications of Residency Restriction Zones for Registered Sex Offenders, a 69-page study that sheds light on the difficulty of finding affordable housing for sex offenders under current local residency restrictions.

The study shows that only 43 units were actually available at $1,250 or less a month in Miami-Dade County in July 2009. At more truly affordable rents of $1,000 or less there were only 15 units actually available, and at $750 or less a month, there were zero units. As many as 70 sex offenders have lived under the Julia Tuttle Causeway at any given time, and as recently as July there were as many as 177 sex offenders registered on FDLE’s Web site as “transient” or “under the Julia Tuttle Causeway.”

The study is the first of its kind that has been done in Miami-Dade County and identifies the sex offender residency restriction zones by jurisdiction to determine the impacts of restriction zones on the availability and spatial distribution of affordable housing within Miami-Dade County. Included in the study are detailed maps created as a result of the study.

“What we found with the results of this study is that the 2,500-foot sex offender residency restriction has a dramatic effect on the availability and geographic distribution of affordable housing in Miami-Dade County, with the few actually available units concentrated heavily in unincorporated areas,” said Carlene Sawyer, President of the ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Chapter. “It further solidifies what we have known all along -- that the County’s restrictions are not workable, as evidenced by the mounting public safety crisis we can see under the Julia Tuttle Causeway.”

Because the number of actually available units was determined using publicly available rental listings, the number is likely an overestimate since many landlords refuse to rent to sex offenders. Furthermore, of those units available, most are located in rural unincorporated areas where access to public transportation and services needed to aid in rehabilitation may be non-existent. Indeed, 32 of the 35 municipalities in Miami-Dade County had no rental units actually available in July 2009.

"We find it unacceptable for people to be legislated into homelessness in Miami with very little opportunity to reintegrate into the community," said Ben Burton, Executive Director, Miami Coalition for the Homeless. "We strongly believe that this study shows once and for all that given the current residency restrictions, there are virtually no affordable available housing units in our community for the growing population of sex offenders in Miami-Dade County."

The release of the recently completed study, prepared for the ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Chapter by Paul A. Zandbergen of the University of New Mexico Geography Department and Timothy C. Hart of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, comes at a critical time in the ACLU of Florida’s lawsuit against Miami-Dade County to eliminate the 2,500-foot residency restriction. The ACLU’s lawsuit aims to revert to the State’s 1,000-foot restriction and comprehensive system for monitoring and tracking registered sex offenders, which the ACLU argues preempts the County’s over burdensome local ordinances.

“This study shows once and for all that the County’s ordinance has created a housing problem that won’t be solved by finding a few extra apartments. This is an ongoing problem that continues to grow as more sex offenders finish their prison sentences and are released every month. The only true solution is to revert to the State’s comprehensive system to monitor and track sex offenders, which would allow individuals to find affordable housing while keeping our community safe,” added Sawyer.

The study, Availability and Spatial Distribution of Affordable Housing in Miami-Dade County and Implications of Residency Restriction, was made possible with a grant from Miami Coalition for the Homeless.

To download a PDF copy of the study and maps, click here: http://www.aclufl.org/pdfs/SORRStudy.pdf

To download a PDF of the Declaration outlining the key points of the study, click here: http://www.aclufl.org/pdfs/SORRSummaryDeclaration.pdf

For more information about ACLU of Florida’s lawsuit against Miami-Dade County, visit: http://aclufl.org/tuttle

About the ACLU of Florida
The ACLU of Florida is freedom's watchdog, working daily in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. For additional information, visit our web site at: www.aclufl.org.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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Vigilante harassment of another registered ex-sex offender

Check out the Castle Doctrine, and also other harassment laws for your state. This man made a death threat, and that is definately illegal. Press charges, once you find out who it is, and put this man in jail and/or prison, where he belongs.

Last night, a man approached my motor home and tried to open the door. Luckily for me, it's a broken door lock so once closed, you must use a key to open it from the outside. That worked in my favor. Since the man couldn't open the door, decided to start pounding on the outside of the motor home and yelling "f-ing child molesters like you should die, and that's going to happen right now!"

I tried not to panic, though I'm in a tin box with no place to escape. I called 911, but kept getting a call-lost due to poor signal. I finally grabbed a knife and exited the driver side door after turning out all the lights. I immediately tried calling 911 again, but couldn't get the information across to them. I simply wanted the cops to know where I was, and which road to block off. They couldn't hear me.

After nearly 5 minutes trying to convey information after repeated 911 calls, I finally thought to dial the local sheriff's office. They then told me they knew where I was and had my address on record, they sent somebody my direction. By this time however, the man was gone. He arrived and left on foot, with a vehicle down the road. It took the single officer dispatched over 20 minutes to arrive.

I then called my parole officer's phone and left a message explaining my plight. I seriously doubt he will call me back. He never does. This time, I explained the next phone call will be from me telling him I just got done stabbing someone to death. I told him he needs to untie his hands (his excuse for not helping me is that his hands are tied) and tell his supervisor to cut the B.S. restrictions imposed on people in my situation. I can't even get a day pass to travel 90 miles.

So essentially, I'm thinking about getting a gun. I really need to protect myself. This has been an ongoing problem. Last year, my home was burned down and death threats made. Officers have told me I should consider moving. I tried to explain that there isn't many places I can go, and most are now off limits do to a now lack of income, thanks to the original requirement to move so far away.

Last night, I had to resort to sleeping next to my Llama, since I couldn't move my van to a better and safer spot. Today, I'm moving the van into a covered enclosure where my van's height is lower then the fence line, so it should be harder to spot from the road. If I'm lucky, it should buy me some valuable seconds in case another situation arises. From now on until I'm off parole, I will be sleeping in my van.

Has anybody dealt with this type of situation? I'm really curious how I'm supposed to balance my personal safety, with legal responsibility . I'm honestly not seeing how I can do both in my situation.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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OR - Jackie Kennedy's Half Brother Indicted on Child Sex Abuse Charges

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08/25/2009

PORTLAND — The half brother to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis has been indicted on felony charges of encouraging child sexual abuse in Oregon.

James Auchincloss was indicted by a Jackson County grand jury in Medford on 25 counts of abuse resulting from the alleged duplication and possession of images of child pornography.

A co-defendant, Dennis Lee Vickoren, was indicted on 30 separate felony counts of encouraging child sexual abuse.

The Jackson County district attorney's office says an arraignment has not yet been scheduled.

A message left for Auchincloss' attorney, Carl Caplan of Medford, was not immediately returned.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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IN - Sex offenders charged to register?

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Forcing someone to pay a fee to registry, is basically extortion.

08/26/2009

By Lindsay DeWitte

Paperwork for ordinance in the works

FORT WAYNE (WANE) - NewsChannel 15 has uncovered convicted sex offenders living in Allen County may soon have to pay a fee to include their addresses on the county's sex offender registry.

Over 40 other counties in Indiana have ordinances requiring offenders to pay 50 dollars a year to register their address -- which is required of them.

Allen County Sheriff's Department Cpl. Jeff Shimkus says documents have been filed that would bring that yearly fee ordinance to Allen County. The ordinance, if passed by the county commissioners, would also require offenders to pay five dollars each time they change their address.

Shimkus says 90 percent of the money generated from that fee would be used in Allen County to maintain and update the current registry. The other ten percent would go to the state of Indiana.

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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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POEM - About the Julia Tuttle Causeway, Ron Book and Bookville

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All those folks down in Bookville, they were all asleep,
when down into Bookville, Ron Book did creep,
with police officers, hoping to force,
a confrontation, ending in jail, of course!

Now, the attention to Bookville did sting,
the rotten, corrupt, and crooked old thing.

For old Ronnie book was a most upset man,
he'd started to scheme, and started to plan,
and from the mansion up high on the hill,
had managed to make a terrible bill!

With trappings of this, and snippets of that,
and statistics he'd pulled from an old dusty hat,
he'd cajoled and he'd wheedled a distance quite far,
2500 feet from everything, for these folks to bar.

But, oh no, his cunning intention,
had brought to him quite unwanted attention!

A human rights nightmare, out in the bay,
where people could see it! Oh terrible day!

So Old Ronnie Book, he started to huff,
and tried with strategems, and tried with bluff,
to shut down old bookville, that he had made,
and move them to parking lots, out of the shade.

For no, living under a highway was bad,
he'd tried to make trolls, now he was sad!

His efforts had been all quite in vain,
and so he sat down, and racked his brain.

His finangling was faltering, his capital fell,
and he just wasn't getting his way quite as well!

For, out of nowhere, a blind woman came in
and helped bring to the light, the way he did spin!

He sat down in his office, with cushions so thick,
and schemed up a scheme, and schemed it up quick!

Perhaps, said the Ronny, "I'll sue the state!"
so he drew up the documents, and sent it off straight.

But the state countersued, and Ron book was mad,
so he went down to Bookville with all that he had!

But Bookville was quiet, and no violence ensued,
In spite of how Ronnie was crass and was rude.

And more and more Ronnie was facing the sound,
of politicians pulling back, his career losing ground!

If you want to know how this story does end...
Go down to Julia Tuttle Causeway, my friend.

Look at yon Bookville, and the reasons it's there,
For it's Ronnie Book's fault... and that's what gives him a scare.



"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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Ninth Circuit uphold application of SORNA against various constitutional challenges



08/25/2009

Providing more proof that the Ninth Circuit is not as defendant-friendly as many think, a panel of the Ninth Circuit today quick rejects an array of arguments from a federal defendant convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in violation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (“SORNA”). The opinion in US v. George, No. 08-30339 (9th Cir. Aug. 25, 2009) (available here), ends this way:

The district court correctly denied George’s motion to dismiss the indictment. The registration requirement under SORNA required him to register as a sex offender in the State of Washington, to which state he moved from Idaho, even though Washington had not implemented the statute. SORNA’s registration requirements are a valid exercise of congressional commerce power, and do not violate the ex post facto clause of the Constitution.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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WI - Ashwaubenon Considers "Romeo & Juliet" Exemption to Sex-Offender Ordinance

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08/25/2009

Ashwaubenon village leaders are considering an amendment allowing registered sex offenders who only committed their crime when they were juveniles to live unrestricted in the village.

Right now, no registered sex offender is allowed to live within 1,500 feet of any school, park, or place where children gather.

The Public Safety Department says some people on the state's sex offender registry are what they call "Romeos and Juliets," who were convicted of a sexual offense when they were juveniles, when the act was consensual, and who have a clean record as an adult.

"When we adopted this ordinance, it was so new everywhere," Public Safety Chief Eric Dunning said, "and I think everyone is looking at the little quirks and chinks in the armor, and you also want to be fair about things."
- My question is, why don't you stop pushing bills through so fast, and actually READ THEM? And consider everything before passing such draconian, unconstitutional laws?

The village board raised issue with some of the wording in the amendment Tuesday night and sent it back to a committee.

The state Department of Corrections supports the amendment.

Eleven other communities in Wisconsin have already made similar changes.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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