Wednesday, March 17, 2010

GA - A Safer Georgia with Rob Teilhet: "Protecting Our Children Online" (More of the usual child and fear exploitation)

It's election time again, so out comes the "for the children" politics and exploitation. Notice how this person exploits his own family and hyped up fear to get that vote he needs to get into office and fatten the wallet? Makes me sick to my stomach!

Georgia State Representative Rob Teilhet (Email), a candidate for Attorney General, discusses legislation introduced in 2010 that would protect children that surf the Internet.
- That would "protect children?" Really?  Or seal your career?

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MD - Legislators Rigorously Debate Sex Offender Laws

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By Jacqueline Waite

ANNAPOLIS - Life for sex offenders in Maryland may soon get a bit harder. The General Assembly is debating a package of bills that would tighten the laws on those offenders.

Wednesday marks day two of the sex offender debate in the House and those potential laws are slowly taking shape. Republicans have made it clear: they are challenging the bills that they see as weak or simply a show of public relations.

Among a sea of green in the statehouse came a red-hot debate.

"I wanted to keep the bills as they are. It's important to get them passed," says Del. Sue Hecht (Email) (D-Dist. 3A).

Del. Chris Shank (Email) (R-Dist. 2B) adds, "There are some things in this bill that do a lot of good for the community, but we needed to do more."

The mixed bag of bills would increase the number of people who have to register as sex offenders and the amount of information they have to release.

One of the bills would also require a lifetime of supervision for the more serious and violent offenders. However, there's a tweak in that bill that doesn't sit well with Republicans. It says that a judge could release the offender from the lifetime supervision after five years of good behavior.

"I think they should be on lifetime supervision. The title of the bill says lifetime, it should mean lifetime," Shank says.

Republicans brought up several amendments to strengthen the bundle of legislation that they say the committee hearings weakened while Democrats are worried that stricter provisions would go too far.

Hecht explains, "We don't want to lose any more children, we don't want to put any more children in harm, but there really is a fine line of what we can do."

Wednesday marked the second reading on the House floor and all of those amendments proposed by Republicans failed to pass. The debates are expected to continue this week.

The bills were introduced in response to the killing of 11-year-old Sarah Foxwell in Salisbury this past December. The man charged with her murder was a registered sex offender who committed his first crimes as a teenager.

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Child Exploitation - It's still exploitation, even when politicians do it!

See this blog post as well

Politicians are always using children for their benefit, which is exploitation. They also use children to humanize laws, put a face to them, because they know nobody will vote against them.


Hell, I am surprised Obama hasn't named his Healthcare bill after some sick child, it would not surprise me one bit if he did.

We need to stop attaching names to laws, that should be illegal. Go back to HB-#### and SB-####. Who in the world would vote down a bill with some poor kids name attached to it? Who? And they know that!!!!

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DEFINITION - Mean World Syndrome

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See Also: For the children (politics)

Mean World Syndrome is a phenomenon where the violence-related content of mass media convinces viewers that the world is more dangerous than it actually is, and prompts a desire for more protection than is warranted by any actual threat. Mean World Syndrome is one of the main conclusions of cultivation theory. The term was coined by George Gerbner, a pioneer researcher on the effects of television on society, when he noted that people who watched a large amount of television tended to think of the world as an intimidating and unforgiving place.

Individuals who watch television infrequently and adolescents who talk to their parents about reality are said to have a more accurate view of the real world than those who do not, and they are able to more accurately assess their vulnerability to violence. They also tend to have a wider variety of beliefs and attitudes.

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A Public Defender Discusses the Sex Offender Registry (& Why It’s Almost Worthless)

Courtesy of "Free Range Kids"


By Lenore Skenazy

Hi Readers — This letter below came in as a comment. I wanted to highlight it here because of its startling but spot-on conclusion: The best way to keep kids safe from molestation is to let them know they can tell us about anything sexual that has happened and we won’t be mad.

The Crimes Against Children Research Center did a study that concluded the same thing: Rather than adding more and more names to the sex offender registry and alerting neighbors to a registrant in their midst, a better way to keep kids safe is to teach them what abuse is (no adults should be touching the part of their body a bathing suit covers), and how to refuse an abuser’s approach, and how to summon help. More about that study anon. Meanwhile, on to the comment! — L.


Dear Free-Range Kids: I work as a public defender and will attest that the vast majority of sex offenders do not have a record (at least of sex offenses). Out of the 100+ serious sex offenses my office has handled during the last 5 years, only 3 have involved defendants already convicted of a sex offense in the past. Meaning that (a) sex offenders are not being reconvicted in large numbers, and (b) most sex offenses are committed by people who are not on any registry.

"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly." - Abraham Lincoln

WI - De Pere drafts sex-offender residency ordinance

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By Charles Davis

500-foot residence boundary proposed from schools, parks

DE PERE — The De Pere City Council on Tuesday took one step closer to creating an ordinance restricting where dangerous sex offenders could live.

The draft ordinance would prohibit certain repeat and violent convicted sex offenders from living within 500 feet of schools, parks or other places where children gather unless they have a purpose or are accompanied by an adult.
- When is the nightmare going to end.  If you have one county with 500 feet, another with 300 feet, another with 1,000 feet, another with 2,5000 feet, when will it end?  Why not prevent all counties from doing this and create one statewide buffer zone, that is fair?  But even then, it won't prevent crime nor protect anybody.  You are not magically safe at 501, 301, 1,001, 2,501 feet.  If a dangerous person wants to commit a crime, they will.

Some council members hoped an ordinance would give momentum to an Assembly bill that would override local residency ordinances in place of statewide regulation.
- That would be better.  Right now, you are creating a nightmare!

The council has been in discussion about a possible restriction since Green Bay adopted its own ordinance in 2007 that prohibited sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of where children gather. Residents claimed that ordinance loads an unfair amount of sex offenders to De Pere.
- So, what is a "fair" amount?  1, 10, 100, 1000?  Hell, even if one moves in, people bitch!  If you must have a residency zone, which doesn't work anyway, then it should be a statewide zone.

In 2006, 25 sex offenders lived in De Pere but that number was 37 at the end of February, said De Pere police Chief Derek Beiderwieden.

"If they enact an ordinance that affects us, I think we have to counteract that in some way," said Alderman Michael Donovan.
- The Merry-Go-Round goes round and round, round and round! And when you do this, the county next to you will do the same, and the cycle repeats itself!

However, Beiderwieden stressed that number fluctuates throughout that year and is only a snapshot picture. He supports the current De Pere ordinance that, in most cases, forbids sex offenders from loitering within 200 feet of places children gather.

Alderman James Boyd said the loitering ordinance is working "fairly well" and none of his constituents had spoken out in favor or against a residency restriction. Eleven other municipalities in Brown County already have some form of residency restrictions and a vote is expected at the next meeting on April 7.
- How do you know the ordinance is working "fairly well?" Any studies to back up that statement, or is it your personal opinion?  I think the latter!

The council reviewed detailed maps with restrictions of up to 2,000 feet before settling on the distance that equals about a city block.

Alderman Dan Robinson said there is no proof such an ordinance would increase safety or decrease risk. He also said 500 feet would deter sex offenders from moving to De Pere.

Alderman Carl Castelic wanted to ensure the ordinance would only apply to serious sex offenders and not just everyone on the state registry list.
- Oh, you can bet it will affect all on the registry, they are not going to sit back and say "this affects you, but not you, etc!" They will make it a blanket law to affect all sex offenders. Watch and see!

Some residents spoke out in support of sexual assault victims. Others expressed concern over an ordinance that could make it difficult for a convicted sex offender to find housing.

"If we are convinced that the offender is not adequately rehabilitated, the offender should not be released from prison," said resident Steve Herro.
- I disagree, the person should get an evaluation before being sentenced, then, once sentenced and his/her time is done, then they should be able to live anywhere they chose. If the person is truly deemed dangerous, then sentence them to a longer prison sentence. You can't change a persons sentence after the fact just because they make you uneasy, that is unconstitutional and not fair.  They signed a contract when convicted, saying this is what your sentence is, and now you all of a sudden want to change it?  Sorry, that is unconstitutional!

"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly." - Abraham Lincoln

OH - Ex-Officer (Vernon Wolford) Gets 4 Years For Assaulting Woman During Traffic Stop

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COLUMBUS - A former Obetz police officer who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop last year was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison.

Vernon Wolford, 32, will also be required to register as a sex offender once he is released from prison, 10TV's Patrick Bell reported.

Investigators said Wolford arrested a 25-year-old intoxicated woman for a probation violation last November. The woman said Wolford handcuffed her, exposed himself to her and forced her to perform a sex act on him to avoid jail.

Prosecutor Dan Hawkins said DNA evidence later backed up the woman's story and forced Wolford to come clean.

"When the police first started investigating this, (Wolford) denied it," Hawkins said. "It wasn't until the DNA came back positive for him (that) he acknowledged this and pretended to be sorry."

Wolford choked back tears as he offered an apology in court.

"I have no idea what I was thinking," he said.

Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Julie Lynch had strong words for Wolford, saying he violated his duty as a police officer.

"For every day that those police officers put their lives on the line, there's a cop like you that ruins their expectations," Lynch said.

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Chat Roulette - Careful what you do or expose, it's being mapped for the world to see!

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