Friday, March 5, 2010

Instead of many registries, why not one registry for all sinners?

People in congress, to look "tough on crime," to you the sheeple, continue to propose more and more registries. Each registry costs millions of dollars. So, a million here, a million there, which you are paying for. Why do they not just save all that money, and create ONE registry with ALL criminals on it? That would only cost a million or so, and not millions for each draconian registry they decide to create.

If an online hit-list is okay for one group of people (sex offenders), then, since we are all suppose to be created and treated equally, why not one registry for all sinners? Fair is fair, right?

Think about it! Are they trying to bankrupt the country? Sure seems like it to me!

Maybe they want to pick and chose, so they can put you on a registry, but not them, like the corrupt politicians, police and all other government workers who usually get excellent plea deals!

I'm sure if they all had their way, we will eventually all be on a registry of some kind, but hell, I'm all for it, the more the better! Then we'll have some major law suits further bankrupting this country!

Again, think about it! What registry will you be on, in the near future? Pretty soon, we'll all be on one, and will not be able to buy, sell or trade without it!

All other registries which have been proposed: (See here)
  1. Animal Abuse Registry ($1 million or more)
  2. Arson Registry ($1 million or more)
  3. Child Abuse Registry ($1 million or more)
  4. Dangerous Dogs Registry ($1 million or more)
  5. Domestic Violence Registry ($1 million or more)
  6. Drug Dealer / Abuser Registry ($1 million or more)
  7. DUI Registry ($1 million or more)
  8. Fraud Registry ($1 million or more)
  9. Gun Offender Registry ($1 million or more)
  10. Mental Health ($1 million or more)
  11. Murder Registry ($1 million or more)
  12. National Driver Register ($1 million or more)
  13. Prostitution / John Registry ($1 million or more)
  14. Sex Offender Registry ($1 million or more)
  15. Sex Harassment Registry ($1 million or more)
  16. STD Registry ($1 million or more)
  17. ....more to come, in the near future....

Think I am kidding? All the above, with links, have been proposed already!!!

So just from above, that is $16 million (or more) for the creation of those alone, when they could save $15 million (give or take) and spend only $1 million for ONE REGISTRY for ALL CRIMINALS. And you could call it the SINNERS REGISTRY!

Keep in mind, this is only to START the registry, not the insane fees to hire people to monitor all the criminals, police, probation/parole officers, and those who monitor any who may be on GPS, which also doesn't prevent any crime, but does cost a ton of money!

But, politicians cannot think beyond the moment, so they'll continue to waste OUR money on draconian registries that won't prevent any crime, nor protect anybody, but it will MARK you and RUIN your life, just so they can "look tough" on crime, just like the American sheeple wanted!

Careful what you ask for, or you may be on a registry in your near future....


CA - San Diego 6-Changing Laws for Chelsea (Just the usual knee-jerk reactions to a horrific crime!)

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


FL - Tuttle Bridge is vacated, but problem remains unsolved

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03/05/2010

By JULIE BROWN

"No Trespassing" signs were posted Friday afternoon under the Julia Tuttle Causeway, warning vagrants and sex offenders against settling under the concrete overpass that had housed them for years.

Under a clear and brisk sky, with traffic booming overhead, work crews took sledge hammers to the wooden shacks, shingled huts and flimsy tents along the bank of Miami's gleaming Intracoastal waterway.

Most of the homeless sex offenders who lived here have been moved out, and the few who remain are on a short waiting list for housing that falls within Miami-Dade County's revised sex-offender law.

So it would seem the practice of dumping South Florida's sex offenders where no one can see them -- or even find them -- is nearly over.

But it's not.

"It's the end of the Julia Tuttle, but it's not the end of this kind of place," said Patrick, a registered sex offender who has lived under the rat-infested bridge for three years and did not give his last name. "There will be another Julia Tuttle, another place where people will put us so that we are out of sight and out of mind."

At one point, more than 100 convicted molesters and other sex offenders lived under the bridge, named for Julia Tuttle, "the Mother of Miami" who helped lead to the city's development in the late 1800s.

In the past decade, more than two dozen states and hundreds of cities have responded to the public outcry over sex crimes against children by passing residency restrictions. In many cases, the laws have effectively banned sex offenders and predators from living within huge swaths of cities and towns -- separating them from their families and support systems -- and settling them far from transportation and job opportunities.

By rendering them homeless, experts say, the laws make it more difficult for them to re-enter society, harder for law enforcement to keep track of them and easier for them to fall into lawlessness.

In South Florida, the zones that were carved out over the past few years forced sex offenders to live at least 2,500 feet from almost anywhere where children congregate: schools, libraries, bus stops, playgrounds and parks.

Not all sex offenders are hard-core predators or child rapists. Some of them are referred to as having committed "Romeo and Juliet" crimes, which involve intimate relations -- not always sex -- among young couples, one of whom is under the age of 16. However, by law, all the offenders are lumped into the same category, and end up being labeled sex offenders for the rest of their lives, whether they raped a child or urinated in a public place where children play.

Ron Book, a powerful state lobbyist who helped push for the strict laws, is still a staunch supporter of sex-offender residency laws. But he now believes that, in some ways, they've been counterproductive.

"Nobody should have ever said that this was an acceptable place to go," Book said of the Tuttle enclave, which he visited Friday.

By now, Book knows many of the people who still live under the bridge by their first names. As head of the county's Homeless Trust, he has taken on the task of clearing out the camp, which became a public embarrassment for local government.
- And all they are doing, is putting out the fire (temporarily) to save the image of Miami and their organizations!

Most of the residents have been resettled and given grants to help them pay up to several months' rent. But taxpayers can't foot the bill forever, he said.
- Why not?  They wanted these draconian and unconstitutional laws, so let them pay for it!

Book would like to see the state Legislature make changes that will help eradicate sex offender camps like the one under the Tuttle.
- The only way to do that is to repeal the draconian laws, which Ron's huge ego won't allow for!  So the problem will never be solved!

Other states have changed their laws or set up alternatives without being seen as being soft on sex crime. And earlier this year, Miami-Dade commissioners passed a uniform residency law that has opened up pockets of housing for sex offenders.

The county law still prevents child molesters from living within 2,500 feet of schools and day-care centers, but adds another element, child-safety zones, which prohibit convicted sex offenders and predators from loitering within 300 feet of children.
- Yeah, they added to the law, but "fixed" nothing!

But there's still confusion over the laws and what they mean.

Just a week ago, _____, a 24-year-old sex offender who was released from county prison four years ago was ordered to move under the Julia Tuttle Bridge. Miami-Dade police threatened to have him arrested, he said, if he failed to move there. _____, who moved to this country from the Dominican Republic six years ago, said he was 18 and his girlfriend was 14 when they had sex. Such a relationship is legal in his country, he said, but not here, and he served two years in prison.

Since his release, he said he's been living with an aunt in Miami, but law enforcement authorities wouldn't believe he lived there, and finally told him to move to the Tuttle bridge last week -- just as the county has been tearing down the camp.

Book said Friday that he would work with county authorities to relocate _____, and even send him back to the Dominican Republic if that is feasible.

But he said a long-term solution must be discussed by state lawmakers.


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


CA - Should California Change Sex Predator Laws?

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


CA - Editors Discuss Megan’s Law And County Elections

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


FL - More sex offenders moved from under bridge

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03/05/2010

MIAMI (WSVN) -- More convicted sex offenders will move out from under the Julia Tuttle Causeway Friday.

The head of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust arrived with a crew to dismantle more makeshift homes located under the causeway Friday afternoon.

The Trust plans to relocate the offenders to apartments, motels and trailer parks, helping them with the first six months rent. More than one hundred offenders used to live under the causeway. Now only 23 remain.
- So what happens after 6 months?  Will you continue to shuffle them around, using up tax payer money, instead of actually solving anything?

The makeshift shantytown popped up under the Julia Tuttle after the County passed an ordinance that kept convicted and released sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet from schools or spaces were children congregate. A state law already says convicted sex offenders cannot live within 1,000 feet of a school.
- Yep, it wasn't a problem before the law was passed, but once they passed the draconian unconstitutional law, now they've made many offenders into homeless lepers, and now they will just continue to shuffle them around, while doing nothing to fix the laws that created the mess.

The County has since repealed some restrictions, allowing them to move back into the city, and the Homeless Trust has stepped in to help clear out those still living under the bridge. As soon as those living under the bridge are relocated, their dwellings, be they tents, cardboard boxes of shacks built from wood scraps are torn down to prevent other homeless people from moving in.
- What did they "repeal?"  I know of nothing they "repealed!"  They added to the laws a 300 foot buffer zone, and that is all I know about.

One of the few still remaining under the bridge is "Charles." He is only one among 23 waiting to be moved. "I'm down here two months, and I've been trying to contact people to get help," he said.

The Homeless Trust, with the help of the Department of Transportation, hopes to have the area cleared of any structures and homeless people by the end of March.

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


OK - California Case Shows Need for Death Penalty for Child Molesters (Just the usual political boasting)

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You see folks, this is nothing but grandstanding and boasting "LOOK AT ME!!!!" Almost every state has laws about the death penalty for someone who murders another person, so this is nothing but a gimmick to make himself look like he's actually doing something!

03/03/2010

OKLAHOMA CITY  – State Rep. Rex Duncan (Email) said today that a recent California headline shows why his legislation increasing the penalties for child molesters is needed.
San Diego County prosecutors plan to file charges against a convicted sex offender who is accused of the murder and rape of 17-year-old Chelsea King. Stricter penalties would mean fewer sex offenders on the street, Duncan said.

My legislation increases the maximum penalty for a first offense to life without parole,” Duncan, R-Sand Springs, said. “The man charged in this case was a convicted sex offender and if he had received the sentence of life without parole, he would not have been capable of committing this terrible act.”
- And he has not even been to court and found guilty yet, yet these idiots are already proposing the usual knee-jerk laws based on something that hasn't been through court yet!

House Bill 2965, by Duncan, would expand the penalties for child molesters, allowing repeat offenders to face life in prison without parole or the death penalty. It would also increase the maximum penalty for a first offense to life without parole. The death penalty provision was carefully crafted to comply with recent court rulings.

Not only would this convicted sex offender have been eligible for life without parole, but he could also face the death penalty for the charges he now faces,” Duncan said. “The death penalty is not only a punishment, but a way to deter individuals who would commit heinous crimes. The death penalty is reserved for the worst criminals and violent child rapist clearly fall into that category.”
- This will surely be knocked down as unconstitutional, as others have been, because the death penalty, should be only an option for those who murder another human being.  Next they will want to be murdering all other criminals.

Duncan’s legislation would also eliminate the “homeless defense” as an excuse for not registering as a sex offender and allow those convicted of failure to register to receive a 20-year prison sentence.

Without a sentence of life in prison, most child molesters will victimize more children upon their release,” Duncan said. “By locking them up for the rest of their lives or putting these individuals to death, this legislation will increase public safety and better protect children.”
- Just more lies that are not backed by facts! Studies show that sex offenders have the LOWEST recidivism rates of any other criminals, except murderers, but do you expect a politician to tell you this? If they did, then they could not exploit sex offenders and peoples fear to get the votes they need! Even if you killed every criminal, crime would still occur, period!


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


Sex Offender Laws - Stop the Kneejerking!

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03/03/2010

By Bryan Centers

Sure There Needs to Be Laws, but How About a Dose of Common Sense?
If there is any consistency in the mountain of legislation concerning sex offenders it is that the laws just keep on getting nuttier and nuttier. Our lawmakers seem intent on showing the public that they really don't
care at all about "public safety" or "that no child gets abused in MY state again" but that the bottom line for their existence is to appease the uninformed public in regard to sex offenders so that, come election year, they can get up on their soapboxes and proudly proclaim "look what I did for YOU". The tide seems to be turning against them though, since most of the voting public now recognizes how foolish these laws are and how they have made a mockery of "rule of law" in this country. One wonders what they will saw as they are forced to repeal them one by one? "Well, we knew all along that they wouldn't work but..." I personally hope that they keep on passing this silly stuff until it becomes apparent to all of those who support this nonsense that the very law they are promoting is the same on that is putting their children at greater risk, and that something MUST be done about this before more and more unconstitutionally dangerous precedents are set and we are ALL at risk of losing the very basic rights we expect as Americans.

With that being said, the voters of this country are the ones who are ultimately responsible for this mess, and they are getting exactly what is deserved since they are the ones who elected these "morons" in the first place. During election years it was very clear in their election speeches what their intentions were in regard to sex offender laws. But, maybe we should cut the voters a small break because they were only reacting to what they were told by their politicians, lawmakers, and media. Hitler said the bigger the lie the easier it is to get people to believe it. Well, they sure pulled a good one on the public, didn't they? Maybe, since the voters hold the ultimate responsibility for this mess, come election time they will remember how it turned out and hold their elected officials accountable by voting their collective asses out of office.

If the myriad of sex offender laws that have been put into effect since the whole registry thing got started many many years ago were actually doing any good, shouldn't there be some concrete evidence of that by now?
Shouldn't children be much safer today due to the restrictions placed on sex offenders over the last few years? Does anyone have any figures to suggest that these laws are working? No, they don't because they aren't. Sex offender laws are an example of locking the barn door after the horse has already gotten out of the barn. They do nothing but label offenders AFTER they have already committed the offense, not identify them beforehand and prevent the offense in the first place. A more effective approach to providing safety for the public would be to identify the ones most likely to abuse and take measures to protect children from that group. With that in mind, most, and by that I mean documented figures and statistics demonstrate, that a LARGE percentage, in some studies as much as 90% or more, of children who are abused are done so by either a FAMILY MEMBER or a friend of the family. In other words, it's someone known to them and not the stranger who moves in down the street they need to be aware of. If our law makers are truly concerned with the welfare and safety of children and not in using this issue to get votes, as they say they are, then they should be trying to protect children from the ones that they are in the most danger from, which are family members and friends of the family. Of course I doubt they'd be very successful in getting any laws passed that could accomplish this since they'd have to take children away from their families to do so and that certainly won't make you popular on election day.

The bottom line here is that all the BS legislation is accomplishing zero as far as "public safety" is concerned because it doesn't do anything to protect children from risk AT ALL. But it does sound good in an election year so I suspect that unconstitutional laws will continue to get passed until public opinion swings in the other direction and all of a sudden judges, who apparently haven't bothered to read The Constitution or don't have the ba**s to stand up for it, will realize that it really wasn't constitutional after all. However, this will happen AFTER people have lost their jobs and homes due to unfair housing and work restrictions that are a part of this legislation.

Don't expect any apologies or compensation though.

Rule of law?

Huh. What a joke.


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


NY - Former UN Official (Jose Ortega-Osona) Gets a break (as most government workers do) 2 1/2 Years for Kiddie Porn

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03/05/2010

By Bruce Golding

A perverted former U.N. official got a big break Friday and was sentenced to only 2 1/2 years in the slammer and a $12,500 fine for downloading thousands of disgusting kiddie-porn pictures and movies.

Jose Ortega-Osona, 42, faced more than 8 years in prison under federal guidelines but was granted leniency by a judge who noted that the sicko didn't distribute any of the "horrific" and "abhorrent" filth he found on a Japanese Web site.

Manhattan federal Judge Paul Gardephe also agreed to seal a sex-offender evaluation report that defense lawyer Ira London said would be "like a sign (saying) 'beat me up'" behind bars.
- Isn't it kind of them, they do this for cops and other public officials, but the general John/Jane Doe doesn't get this kindness!

Ortega-Osona, formerly a highly respected population analyst in the U.N.'s Fertility Division, was busted last year in Canada when customs agents at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport found some of his illegal smut on a portable flash drive.

He served 72 days in jail north of the border, but was arrested again after he flew back to Newark Liberty International Airport in June, based on the seizure of computer gear containing nearly 5,000 images and 108 video clips from his Manhattan apartment.

Some of the hard-core material featured acts of gruesome sadism inflicted on helpless baby girls.

Ortega-Osona -- who earlier blamed his predicament on "curiosity" -- made a brief statement expressing "sorrow" for the victims whose abuse he had enjoyed, saying: "their treatment was inhumane."

He's expected to be deported to his native Spain once he's sprung from prison.


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


NC - 'PORN Detection Sticks' used to protect children

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03/04/2010

CHARLOTTE (WBTV) - The sordid side of the Internet is that teens and children who are even younger are potentially exposed to porn and sexually explicit images daily.

The younger you are, the more computer savvy you're likely to be and this is unsettling for many parents.

Moms, dads, and even businesses, are now using a new device called the PORN Detection Sticks to find hidden images on a computer.

"We have an agreement that he's only supposed to visit certain sites," said Keith Gray talking about his 13-year-old son's use of their home computer.

Like many teenagers, Gray's son is a whiz on the family computer. Despite their agreement, Gray wants to know what's online when his son surfs the net.

"When he's on the Internet, it's an open doorway to him and if I'm not there, and he's viewing materials, then I want to make sure that I can look at an archived record of it and make sure that everything he's seeing is appropriate," said Gray.

That's where the PORN Detection Stick might be helpful.

Private Investigator Nicole Bocra uses the technology developed by computer forensics companies which is now available to average consumers.

"The PORN Detection Stick will allow you to quickly identify any images and extract them off the computer," Bocra said.

Whether it's something left on a used computer you bought, something unknowingly downloaded, or racy images someone deliberately put on your personal computer, a Porn stick should find it.

"It uses different algorithms to identify flesh tone, to identify skin detection," said Bocra.

The device doesn't discriminate. The program will find images of a baby innocently bundled up, girls posing on the beach, Selma Hayek's head shot that shows a little more than just her face, or something more illicit.

Aside from the risk of a computer virus, children are being exposed at an alarming rate.

Bocra says 1,500 children were interviewed for a study and 25 percent said they had been exposed to sexual images. Twenty percent had received sexual advances online.

The chat stick might address concerns about your kids being contacted on Yahoo or MSN messengers.

"I think the chat stick will enable a parent to monitor what's going on with their kids and monitor who they're talking to without the children really being aware of it," said Bocra.

In about a minute, the chat stick can download all the chats cached on a computer.

Bocra showed us an example of a conversation a sexual predator might have with a child. It starts with an innocent question about a dog.

Sexual predator: "Wow, I love dogs. Do you have a dog?"

Child: "Yes, I have a brown dog. His name is Coco."

Sexual predator: "Do you walk him everyday?"

Child: "Yes, everyday when I get home from school."

Sexual predator: "You're such a good girl. Does anyone walk him with you?"

Child: "No, just me."

One in three kids who goes online or enters a chat room is introduced to a pedophile.

Accessing possible conversations and knowing the language to look for can really empower a parent.

"The more tools as a parent that I have to protect my child from predators, from inappropriate materials being sent to him knowingly or unknowingly, I'm all for it," said Gray.

The PORN Detection Sticks cost about $130 and are 100 percent effective.

Bocra say you will be able to see every image a computer finds questionable enabling you to decide for yourself.

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


TN - Should registry log teen sex offenders?

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03/05/2010

By STANLEY DUNLAP

State lawmakers weigh public list of youth convicted of violent sex crimes

State legislators expect a strong debate about whether juveniles' names, photographs and other information should be put on a state registry when they are convicted of violent sexual crimes.

State Rep. Debra Young Maggart (Email), R-Hendersonville, introduced a bill last month that would require youths 14 or older to be placed onto a public registry for violent sexual offenses such as rape or attempted rape.

The bill, House Bill 2789, also states that when the offenders turned 18, they would continue to have a record as an adult and would be placed on the adult registry.

Some restrictions that apply to adult registered sexual offenders would not apply to the juveniles until they turned 18, according to the bill. For example, adult offenders whose victims were minors can't live, work or attend treatment programs within 1,000 feet of a school, child-care facility, or public park or recreation area.

Supporters of creating a juvenile sex offender registry tout it as a way to make the public aware of violent criminals. Critics of the proposal say many juvenile offenders can be reformed and the bill could harm their ability to live a normal life. An example they cite is potential problems with finding a job.

Rep. Johnny Shaw (Email), D-Bolivar, said he sees many positives about the bill but also has some concerns. He said he'd have to see what amendments are made to the bill before deciding whether he'd vote yes or no.

"First and foremost, a crime is a crime, and a sexual offender is a sexual offender whether they are a juvenile or an adult," said Shaw, who serves on the House of Representatives' Children and Family Affairs Committee. "What I'm concerned about is in realizing this out, would this mar the reputation of a child forever?"

The bill is scheduled to be discussed by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and would have to go through at least one other committee before it could be brought before the full House. In the Senate, the bill also has been referred to the Judiciary Committee, but it has not been placed on the calendar yet.

Rep. Jimmy Eldridge (Email), R-Jackson, said he also expects a lot of discussion about the issue and what impact the registry would have on adolescents.

Eldridge said he thinks the registry could be effective, but he also wants to weigh how it could affect those who have a chance of being rehabilitated.

"We need to hit it on the head that we're sending the appropriate message to sexual offenders that there is going to be accountability out there," he said.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, complying with the registry ties into grant money law enforcement agencies receive. This fiscal year, the state could lose $5.3 million in federal funding if it does not follow the provisions of the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. The act would require that violent juvenile sex offenders be placed onto the online registry for the duration of their registration requirements.

"That doesn't mean we have to pass it because of the funding," Eldridge said. "We still have to look at the merits of the bill."

Shaw said he expects a bill of this nature to draw some unique perspectives.

"If you're the parent of a child who's been violated, you're going to be thinking different than a parent of a child that's not been violated," he said.


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


FL - Dispatcher Talks Child Molester Out Of Suicide (And she wonders if she did the right thing??????)

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


UK - Convicted murderer released to kill Norwich man, court hears

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03/05/2010

By BEN KENDALL

A convicted murderer who had been released from jail went on to kill a Norwich man, prosecutors claimed yesterday.

Royston Jackson's criminal history was revealed on the second day of his trial for the murder of Norwich pensioner _____. Jackson, 43, is alleged to have strangled _____, a convicted sex offender, to death after the pair met at the John Boag probation hostel in the city.

_____'s naked body was found in October 2008, dumped in the remote Rabbit Lane, near the Bernard Matthews headquarters in Great Witchingham. The alleged killing is said to have had a "sexual overtone".

Prosecutor Timothy Spencer said Jackson was living in the hostel following his release from prison for the murder of 16-year-old Stephen Raven in 1989.

He told Norwich Crown Court: "Stephen Raven was discovered at 11.45pm on the night of April 29, 1989, in The Chase in Dagenham. In so far as it is possible to find a remote country lane in that part of Essex, The Chase was as remote as you can get."

"The two of them knew each other as they both worked for the same company in Romford. That night they had been to a social function in a village hall."

"There are a number of important similarities between the death of Stephen Raven and the death of _____ - and we know that Royston Jackson murdered Stephen Raven."

"Both were males, both were strangled. Although he was not naked, Stephen Raven had clearly been undressed and then dressed again, both had been dumped on remote country lanes, both must have been taken to those lanes in a car."

Mr _____, 73, of Westwick Street, Norwich, was last seen alive on October 3 at the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich. His body was found on October 6.

Jackson, of Pettus Road, Norwich, denies murder. The court heard that he works as a turkey chaser for Bernard Matthews. When police quizzed him following Mr _____'s disappearance, Jackson explained away scratches on his arms by saying he had been attacked by a turkey.

The court heard Jackson had cleaned his car thoroughly shortly after Mr _____'s disappearance. However, flecks of Mr _____'s blood were recovered by forensic experts.

In a police interview, Jackson said: "I have nothing to worry about. I can only be charged or get in any kind of trouble if there's any kind of evidence to link me to this crime. There isn't any."

Mr Spencer said: "There was a certain amount of cockiness in that statement. This is a man who clearly thought he had washed away every possible trace - we say he was wrong."

Addressing the jury directly, Mr Spencer said: "We are not saying that simply because this man murdered Stephen Raven he must have murdered _____. But the ultimate question for you is: Are you sure that Royston Jackson killed _____?"

"As part of that question you must consider whether it is more likely that Royston Jackson killed _____ knowing what you do about the circumstances of how he killed Stephen Raven."

The trial continues.


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


CA - Sex offender laws exerted little control over defendant

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Like I've said over and over, no amount of laws will prevent a person from committing a crime, if that is their intent. Even locking those who do up for life, crimes will still occur. If you want a different outcome, then stop doing the same thing!

03/04/2010

By SARAH GORDON

Registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III, the 30-year-old man accused of raping and murdering Poway High School senior Chelsea King, appears to have complied with Megan's Law, the only statute governing where he lived and traveled.

Yet, when 17-year-old Chelsea disappeared in Rancho Bernardo last week, authorities checked the database of sex offenders registered in the San Diego area. Gardner was not among them.

And when a 16-year-old girl was attacked last year in Riverside County, authorities did a similar check of the sex offender registry. Again, no Gardner.

Gardner completed all the terms of his sentence from a violent 2000 attack on a 13-year-old girl in Rancho Bernardo that led to his designation as a sex offender. Many now say the reduced sentence he received allowed the dangerous man to return to society too soon.

That Gardner was free and eluded detection when Chelsea was killed illustrates that changes are needed to Megan's Law and other sex-offender sentencing laws, some say.

Megan's Law and Gardner

In recent years, Gardner apparently spent time at his parents' town house in Rancho Bernardo, an Escondido apartment where he lived about two years, and a home outside Lake Elsinore.

Megan's Law, enacted in 1996 in California, requires most of the state's sex offenders to register their address every year, or within five days of moving. A public database of sex offenders is supposed to let the community and police track potentially dangerous neighbors.

There is no indication from authorities that Gardner violated the law.

Escondido police Lt. Craig Carter said Gardner was a registered sex offender in Escondido for most of January 2008 until January 2010. Carter would not confirm Gardner's address and added Gardner moved out of the city at least once in that time.

Neighbors said Gardner lived in two different units at a Rock Springs Road apartment complex during that time.

In January, Gardner moved, registering his address at a home outside Lake Elsinore, Riverside County sheriff's officials said. Deputies never visited the home, officials said.

Seven weeks later, Chelsea disappeared in the Rancho Bernardo area of San Diego, and Gardner's name didn't turn up on the list of neighborhood sex offenders because he had already registered his Lake Elsinore-area address.

Megan's Law places no restrictions on travel or overnight stays of sex offenders, and authorities say Gardner was not restricted from traveling to North County once he moved.

However, the law requires offenders to register multiple addresses where they "regularly stay." If Gardner was regularly staying with his parents in Rancho Bernardo, as neighbors have reported, he was required to register that address with San Diego police.

The address does not appear on the Megan's Law Web site, indicating Gardner never registered it. San Diego police would not have seen it if they searched for local registered sex offenders during their investigations of the two crimes prosecutors now say Gardner committed.

Prosecutors say that Dec. 27, Gardner attempted to rape a jogger on the trails of Lake Hodges, about a mile from the Rancho Bernardo town house.
- So if this is true, why was he not arrested?  Or is this only speculation?

He is charged with killing Chelsea during a rape or attempted rape on the same trails where she headed for a jog after school Feb. 25. Her body was discovered Tuesday in a shallow grave at the lake's edge.

Gardner has pleaded not guilty to charges in both cases.

A flawed law

Defense attorney and former San Diego County District Attorney Paul Pfingst said Gardner's case illustrates the flaws in the Megan's Law registry and monitoring program.

By requiring every sex offender to register for life, it creates a massive pool that makes it difficult for the police or the public to monitor those who are most dangerous.

The state has about 63,000 sex offenders listed in its Megan's Law registry, according to the state Department of Justice.

"It brings in dangerous characters with less dangerous characters," Pfingst said. "There's too much information, so it brings in useless information with useful information."

Police don't have the resources to track so many offenders, Pfingst said. If no one kept a close eye on Gardner, that's no surprise, he said.
- And I've said this many times, they should eliminate those who are not a threat, from the online registry, and only put the most serious offenders on the registry, but, even then, it will not prevent a crime, but it will help police to monitor the truly dangerous.

Julie Stone, a Poway resident whose daughter is a senior at Poway High School, said the Megan's Law Web site doesn't help her protect her daughter.

"It shows there's a sex offender living on my street right now, but I don't know what he did," Stone said.

She said the registry shows the neighbor was convicted of lewd acts with a child under 14, but it is not clear how much of a threat he poses now.

Gardner's Megan's Law Web listing notes the same crime, but doesn't give any details.

Current law limits available information about registered sex offenders. It would take a legislative change to expand the amount of information available to the public.

Even local police have no easy access to detailed information about registered sex offenders living in their community, state Department of Justice officials say.

The Department of Justice compiles only a "rap sheet" for sex offenders that includes past arrests, charges and sentences. So police can't easily research what a particular offender has done and often must track down old probation and police reports to learn more, said California Deputy Attorney General Janet Neeley.

Police also have no access to the risk score the State Parole and County Probation departments assign to each newly released offender.

But beginning June 1, the Department of Justice will receive a "facts of the case" report for every sex offender released on parole or probation, along with the risk assessment score, Neeley said. Police will have access to that.

"We think that will be a huge step forward," she said.

Past offenses

It is not clear whether Escondido, Lake Elsinore or San Diego police knew the facts of Gardner's past offense.

Carter said every sex offender in the city is required to meet once with a detective to discuss past offenses and review the law.

He also said police visited Gardner at least eight times as part of its routine checks on the city's 192 registered sex offenders or as part of an investigation into missing Escondido 14-year-old Amber Dubois.

Police are investigating whether Gardner has any connection to Amber's Feb. 13, 2009, disappearance, about two miles from his apartment. But it is not clear whether he was a suspect before he was connected to Chelsea's killing.

Authorities also are investigating the case of a 16-year-old girl who reported that she ran away after a man asked her for directions, then tried to force her into a car at gunpoint Oct. 28 in Lake Elsinore, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said. At the time, Gardner was registered in Escondido.

The suspect was described as a man 30 to 35 years old with a squarish jaw, brown eyes and a blond crew cut. A sketch appears similar to Gardner.

Investigators checked out local sex offenders at the time, but not Gardner, Sgt. Patrick Chavez said.

"He had not come onto our radar until January," when he notified authorities that he was living in an unincorporated village near Lake Elsinore, Chavez said.

The first conviction

In 2000, John Albert Gardner III repeatedly punched and sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in Rancho Bernardo, according to court records.

Gardner, then 20, picked up the victim before school as she waited for her bus, court records show. He invited her to his Rancho Bernardo town house to watch a movie, and then began a violent sexual assault, pulling off the girl's pants against her protests, battering her face in anger and nearly suffocating her with his hand over her mouth, records show.

Many are questioning Gardner's sentence for the crime: six years in prison, of which he served just over five. He could have gotten 30 years for the original charges, according to court documents. The sentencing memo notes an agreement allowing the lesser charges ---- and a shorter sentence ---- will "spare the victim the trauma of testifying."

That memo includes psychiatrist Dr. Matthew Carroll's opinion that Gardner be sentenced to the "maximum sentence allowed by law" because he would be a "continued danger to underage girls in the society."

"It's bad enough we have predators out there who have not been caught do these horrible things, but to have one who we had every chance to keep behind bars be sentenced so leniently, it's just infuriating," said Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth (Contact), whose 36th District includes Murrieta, Temecula, Bonsall, Fallbrook and Poway.

He and other local representatives say they have been flooded with calls and e-mails from people who are furious that Gardner went to jail for only five years, followed by three years of parole, and was free to strike again.

Such sentiments were clear Wednesday outside the San Diego Superior Courthouse during Gardner's arraignment, when protesters held signs calling for "one strike" and "no parole for sex offenders."

Jessica's Law

Since Gardner's conviction, 70 percent of voters in November 2006 approved Jessica's Law, which monitors sexual offenders by GPS for life and bars them from living within 2,000 feet of any school or park. So far, court rulings have said it applies only to those paroled from prison after its enactment so it did not apply to Gardner.

Had Gardner been released under Jessica's Law, he would have been subject to its restrictions.

But the reality is that Gardner probably would have been monitored by GPS only for the length of his parole, which ended in 2008. The 6,788 California sex offenders on active parole are the only offenders in the state monitored by GPS, according to a January report by the California Sex Offender Management Board, which advises the government and Legislature on sex offender policy.

And once sex offenders leave parole, virtually no local agency monitors them with GPS, the report notes.


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


WA - Another child (11 years old) ruined for life, before it even began!

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03/04/2010

By Tony Lystra

A 13-year-old Castle Rock boy was sentenced Thursday to up to nine months in juvenile detention for raping a 6-year-old boy in 2008.

The 13-year-old will have to register as a sex offender for life, although he has the option to petition the court to drop the requirement after two years, the prosecutor's office said.

Cowlitz County Superior Court Judge Jill Johanson found the boy guilty of first-degree rape Feb. 23 after a bench trial. Prosecutors said the boy was 11 when he sexually assaulted the 6-year-old, who was a family friend and resident of Castle Rock.

The Daily News is withholding the names of those involved because they are juveniles.

Defense attorney Ryan Jurvakainen questioned Thursday whether an 11-year-old has the capacity to understand the impact of his sexual conduct.

"He had not even hit puberty yet," he said.

Jurvakainen, who showed the judge a picture of the defendant taken when he was 11 to illustrate his youth, said after the hearing that he hopes the Legislature will reform juvenile sex-crime laws to take into account a child's understanding of sex.

"Should it require him being affected his whole life?" Jurvakainen asked.

The young defendant's family insisted Thursday that he is innocent, saying information about the victim was not allowed to be heard at trial.

"I truly disagree with your decision," the defendant's grandmother told Johanson. "We are going to appeal."

She said her grandson is "a very good kid. He's never been in trouble. I feel that he doesn't deserve this."

But Johanson said she's confident in her verdict. "I had so much evidence that I have no doubt in my mind that the child was raped."

It's also clear, she said, that the defendant was the one who raped the 6-year-old. Johanson pointed out that the victim made "excited utterances" that the defendant was responsible.

"I could see the dynamics that occurred throughout the trial," Johanson said. "I have no doubt in my mind that that was the correct ruling."

The defendant sat up straight throughout the hearing, his hands clasped in front of him, his bangs falling across his eyes. He did not react to the sentence and declined to speak.

Deputy Prosecutor Amie Hunt recounted Thursday how the victim, now 8, "shivered" as he told the court what happened to him. "He's had anger issues," Hunt said of the victim. "He's just not able to express himself like he used to."

Hunt also noted that the defendant has not taken responsibility for his crime and that his family isn't helping him own up to the act.

"He's not admitting it," Hunt said. "He's not coming around to have any remorse."

As Hunt spoke, some of the defendant's family cried in the audience while others guffawed and muttered about Hunt's remarks. Johanson stopped the proceedings and threatened to hold those who couldn't keep quiet in contempt.

One of the victim's family members said the victim "doesn't' even like going to school anymore. He doesn't have any friends. He can't even play around the house without being tortured by neighbor kids."

Another of the victim's family said: "There's a big change in him. It hurts to watch him, the torture and the pain that he's had to get through. ... It's sad to watch a little kid grow up like that."

Johanson sentenced the defendant to between 15 and 36 weeks of sex offender treatment at the Echo Glen Children's Center in Snoqualmie. The prosecutor's office said the state's Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration will decide how much of that time the defendant will serve based on his behavior and treatment progress.


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


CA - As long as the media continues to spread fear-mongering BS, this will continue to be a problem! Just listen to the jerk in this video, as a major example! He's assuming all sex offenders are child killers, and that is just pure BS!

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