Monday, August 9, 2010

Huckabee - Tracking Sex Offenders

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Huckabee: Give Second Chances to Criminals?

WA - Washington State Sex Offender Policy Board

Mike Huckabee

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Well, the Huckabee show moved from channel 360 on DirecTV to 388, which we do not get, so I am unable to record the show. Sorry folks!


The Huckabee Show is off and running. Former presidential candidate and governor Mike Huckabee checked in with Good Day NY on Monday. Scheduled guests on The Huckabee Show include a TV personality, former prisoner and all 21 members of one family.

Mark Lunsford, who tells the chilling story of the murder of his 9-year-old daughter, Jessica. He recounts his daughter's kidnapping, rape, and murder that happened just across the street in the home of John Couey. After, Mark dialogues with a registered sex offender as they answer the following question:

"Should a registered sex offender be allowed to live near our children?"

Stars of the show 19 and Counting come on to discuss how they function with 19 children. Later, 18 of their children play a song on the violin.

Inmate Gabriel Gurule killed three people in a drunk driving accident as a teenager. He was sentenced to 8 years in prison and has already served 5. He breaks down and recounts talking to his victims' families.

GA - Request for information

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We are writing with an additional request. Can you please contact our office if you meet ALL of the following criteria?

  1. You must register as a sex offender in Georgia for an offense that occurred on or after July 1, 2006;
  2. You wish to volunteer at a church or participate in religious activities at a church or other place of public worship;
  3. Since June 1, 2010, a law enforcement officer (e.g. sheriff’s deputy, probation officer, or parole officer) has discouraged or forbade you from volunteering at church or participating in religious activities.

If you meet all these criteria, please contact our office as soon as possible.

We do not have any additional news about the lawsuit at this time, but we will be sure to post any updates as soon as we know of them.

Many thanks in advance.

Sarah Geraghty
Southern Center for Human Rights
83 Poplar Street, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 688-1202 (T)
(404) 688-9440 (F)

FL - Unyielding law means sex offender can't stay, can't move

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[name withheld] and his wife took out an equity loan on their longtime home in Richmond Heights during the real-estate boom, fell into foreclosure in February and then got scammed for $3,000 at a loan-modification seminar.

But their recession story has a twist: [name withheld] can't move to another nearby home because he was convicted of a sex offense in 1993.

[name withheld]'s problem illustrates a quirk in the Miami-Dade County ordinance that bars sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of a school, park or playground.

Because [name withheld] lived in his Southwest Miami-Dade house before the ordinance was passed in 2005, he was allowed to stay there despite its proximity to two schools. But the location of his newly purchased house -- about one block away -- violates county law.

"I don't know what to do," said [name withheld]. "Every time a new law comes out, it's like I'm being convicted all over again."

[name withheld], 44, pleaded guilty in 1993 to attempted sexual battery on a minor for molesting his girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter. He later married the girl's mother, underwent therapy and completed his probation in 2002.

He received a withhold of adjudication, meaning no felony conviction appears on his record, and holds a job as a heavy-equipment operator with Miami-Dade County.

In court recently, [name withheld] begged Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Cueto for help.

The judge said there was nothing he could do.

"The man is doing really well. He's been a productive citizen for years," Cueto said in court. "But I don't have the power to change the law."

Critics of Miami-Dade's controversial ordinance say it leaves offenders with few places to live.

"It's tragic that a family would be placed in this position because of the complete lack of thoughtfulness invested in enacting this ordinance," said Jeanne Baker, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney who advocates that the county adhere to the state's less-restrictive 1,000-foot law.

The law spurred the creation of a shantytown for sex offenders under the Julia Tuttle Causeway, just outside the 2,500-foot limit. The now-dismantled camp gave Miami-Dade an international black eye and forced authorities to scramble to find homes for scores of convicts.

During the 1990s, [name withheld] said, he and his girlfriend, [name withheld], were unemployed and addicted to cocaine and marijuana.

Her teenage daughter from a previous relationship told police that [name withheld] had been sexually abusing her. He confessed to Miami-Dade police.

"I was on dope," [name withheld] said of the episode. "I really didn't care about nothing."

In 1994, he was sentenced to 10 years of probation and psychological counseling. He said he quit drugs, got a job as a gravedigger and went to school for his commercial driver's license.

He married [name withheld], and the family went through counseling, though at first his stepdaughter lived with her grandmother, also in Richmond Heights.

In 1995, he and his wife put down $1,000 to buy a $56,000 house in the 14500 block of Jackson Street. In April 2002, after a recommendation from his psychologist, [name withheld]'s probation was terminated.

Nevertheless, [name withheld] checks in four times a year with Miami-Dade police as required by law, which he said he has done dutifully.

The family's fortunes declined in 2006, when he and his wife took out a home-equity loan to help pay for their son's college tuition and medical expenses for [name withheld]'s 22-year-old daughter, who has lupus.

By early this year, their monthly mortgage had ballooned to $1,900, not including taxes and insurance. They said they paid $3,000 to an Oakland Park loan-modification company that vanished without helping them.

The tide turned in June, however, when a woman agreed to sell them a similar house on Monroe Street, just around the corner -- with payments directly to her, not a bank -- totaling $750 a month.

[name withheld] acknowledges he never thought about finding out whether the house violated the distance ordinance. When the measure was passed in 2005, offenders such as [name withheld] were "grandfathered" in -- exempt because they already lived within what became a restricted zone.

"I just thought it was a blessing, that it was the grace of God," he said of the new house.

[name withheld] did not learn that the new address violated the ordinance until he checked in with police and was told it was off-limits.

"He's broken the chain and he is out . . . You cannot re-grandfather the grandfather," said Ron Book, one of the ordinance's chief architects and the head of Miami-Dade's Homeless Trust, who helped find housing for the Tuttle camp offenders.

Distraught, [name withheld] called Judge Cueto's division and asked to be seen. His stepdaughter, the victim in the case, even wrote a letter forgiving [name withheld] and asking for the judge's help.

For now, [name withheld] is living in the foreclosed house; the case is mired in the Miami-Dade court system, and he has yet to be evicted.

"After all this happened, he's only looked forward, to better himself, to excel," his wife said. "We've lived like any other American family."