Thursday, July 29, 2010

MN - Sex Offender Rehabilitation

Sen. Tony Lourey outlines the changes to the sexual predator civil commitment law taking effect August 1st, 2010.

Video Link


GA - Georgians For Reform: Fox Interview

Hi members!

I want to thank you all for your support and comments made regarding the interview with Kelly and Mark Lunsford on Monday. I am absolutely convinced that your comments and response by calling in and the overwhelming response of comments on YouTube sparked the media to give this story a second look. That's right...we will be on Fox again!

Kelly will appear on the Mike Huckabee show Tuesday, August 3 at 2:00 p.m. He will be discussing the same topic regarding Georgia easing restrictions on sex offenders. Again, we ask that you all watch the show if you are able and stand by ready to make comments when the story is posted on line. Your comments make a difference and we have seen the power that your reaction has had.

Also, we are excited to share with you a blog from our very own Chief of Operations here at Georgians For Reform. If you had the chance to hear him speak at our March Conference, you know he holds nothing back. He'll keep you laughing too! Please consider joining as a follower. The more hits he receives everyday, the more likely his blog is to land on the first page of a Google search. We hope you find it informational and entertaining. Note, not all ideas and opinions expressed on his site represent the ideas of Georgians For Reform. However, you can read his blog here:


If you have not done so already, check out our friend at SOIssues blog too. He keeps current on the latest news regarding sex offenders and legislation across the country...not to mention that he has posted all of our conference videos and the latest Fox interview on his site and YouTube channel "Lepers of Georgia". Working as a team is what it is going to take to beat this thing. Note, not all of the ideas expressed on his site are the represent the ideas and opinions of Georgians For Reform. You can read his latest informational post at:


Please tell your friends and family the exciting news. Don't forget to watch the interview on Tuesday and make comments...they are listening to us out there and your voice matters! Thank you all so much...without your support this would not be a reality!

Sincerely,

Amy
ga4re4m
Secretary / Outreach Coordinator


FL - Ron Book - Perverse proof of how much lawmakers need lawbreakers

Original Article

Yes this is old, but it's here for archival and to show that Ron "The Leper Messiah" Book or Ron "The Monster" Book has been in trouble himself. I bet he'd like to leave his past behind him, like many of those on the registry as well.

11/09/1995

Ron Book is facing the toughest lobbying campaign of his career, more challenging than anything he ever did for Wayne Huizenga or Ralph Sanchez or Metro-Dade County or any of his other prominent clients. Book must try to sell the public on his own integrity.

It's not the first time he has found himself scrambling to put the proper spin on his own image. But this is different. This is going to be far more difficult. Because now Ron Book is a convicted criminal.

In the past, he's simply been known as an influence peddler. Today, however, he is an attorney who knowingly violated Florida's campaign finance laws -- not once or twice, but on dozens of occasions over a number of years, in a systematic and willful manner.

Book's colleagues in the lobbying business were not shocked. Years ago they recognized a disturbing malady that would periodically overcome Book and others like him, a sudden collapse of the ethical standards upon which the lobbying profession is precariously balanced.

They called it the "Ronnie Book Syndrome."

People are said to suffer from the Ronnie Book Syndrome when their zeal overtakes them, when their frenetic lobbying leaves no room for sober reflection, when winning becomes so important that right and wrong lose their meaning. Arrogance, overconfidence, and a sense of infallibility are symptoms of the disease. And once infected, the victim will always carry the virus, forever susceptible to another outbreak. Like malaria, it becomes a permanent feature of the afflicted individual.

In Book's case, each time he fell prey to the syndrome he claimed he had learned a valuable lesson. But some would say those lessons were quickly forgotten. In late 1985, he came under investigation for allegedly helping to bribe an Opa-locka politician. Book had been caught on police surveillance tapes telling the official: "I'll see that you get paid for your time. . . . I'm there for you. I'm there for whatever you tell me I got to do. How more direct can I be?"

The next year Book was arrested for allegedly overstating (by nearly $10,000) the value of his car, which he said had been stolen. That insurance-fraud case dragged on for almost three years, and when it was finally settled -- with Book pleading no contest to a misdemeanor -- the judge withheld adjudication, which meant that Book Ended up with no criminal record.
- It pays to be rich! Wonder how he actually became rich? I'm just sayin'!

But he has one now -- compelling evidence that the Ronnie Book Syndrome is tenacious. Having been scandalized in the Eighties, barely escaping the decade without a criminal conviction, and knowing that police and prosecutors were just waiting for him to trip up again, Ron Book chose to blatantly violate state law by funneling more than $30,000 in illegal campaign contributions to at least a dozen of his political cronies in state and county government. He did this not in a single campaign season, but year after year, over and over again.
- Hmm, didn't he also use tax payer money, or "grant" money, to move the sex offenders from underneath the Julia Tuttle Causeway bridge and into hotels/motels across Florida, to put out the fire he helped create?

This past September 21, Book pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor charges and was fined $2000. He also agreed to donate $40,000 to charity as an additional punishment. But rather than express remorse at having cynically subverted the public trust, Book asks for sympathy and says he should be given some credit for being man enough to plead guilty and admit his mistakes: "Anyone who says the decision to stand up and accept responsibility was an easy one, I tell them: 'Get in my shoes, get in my clothes and feel it.' I have been pained and I have been hurt. It hasn't been easy. Not at all."
- And how odd, that his and his daughters recent campaign to walk across Florida for sexual abuse awareness, was called "Walk in my shoes!"

The fact is that Book confessed to his crimes not as an act of contrition, not out of a sense of shame, and not because he understood that what he did was wrong. No, Ron Book confessed because the investigation into his criminal activities was about to be exposed in the media.

Even after being confronted with overwhelming evidence of his guilt, Book for months had attempted to manipulate the legal system to his advantage. Prosecutors say Book and his high-priced attorneys abandoned the effort only after they learned that a local television station was about to reveal that Book was under criminal investigation. "He was fighting two battles," says Dennis Bedard, the assistant state attorney who prosecuted Book. "First he was fighting a legal battle against us. But just as important to him, he was fighting a public-relations battle as well. Once this became public, if this had dragged out, it potentially could have destroyed his ability to work as an effective lobbyist."
- Sound familiar? He's still doing the same thing today, as he did with the Julia Tuttle disaster!

The abrupt guilty plea and limited media coverage afterward seem to have left the 42-year-old Book intact. None of his clients have dropped him, although Dade County has yet to make a decision. "I don't have any problem with Ron Book as a person," says County Commission Chairman Art Teele. "I have found things that I admire about Ron Book and I find things, quite frankly, that I am embarrassed for about Ron Book. Like all of us, he has defects, and in his case that defect gets down to judgment. Ron Book processes more information and more transactions than the average ten people combined. And when you are processing that fast, you tend not to see things that people who are processing much slower would see. It gets down to a moral-compass issue."
- It's all about money and saving your own a--. Like the old saying goes, "Follow the money trail!"


The following is this article in audio format. (Playlist Link)