Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Little did I know, She was Only 16 years old.

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NC - The Buckley Report - Sex Offender Rights

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CA - Assembly unanimously passes "Chelsea's Law"

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08/31/2010

SAN DIEGO - Legislation named for slain Poway High School senior Chelsea King, calling for mandatory life sentences for violent sex crimes against children, was passed by the state Assembly on a 72-0 vote Monday.

Assembly Bill 1844 (PDF), also known as Chelsea's Law, will now be sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has pledged to sign it.

"Chelsea's Law,'' introduced by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, was named for 17-year-old Chelsea King, who was raped and killed by registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III on Feb. 25 near Rancho Bernardo Community Park.

"When we introduced Chelsea's law, I can't tell you how many people said you're never going to get this through," said Fletcher. "They said It won't make it through the committee process, you're going to have to do an initiative," he added.

But that wasn't the case. Several versions were introduced and the one that was finally approved will increase prison time, prohibit sex offenders from entering parks frequented by children, and will lead to more of them being tracked by GPS devices.

"The biggest change is a one strike through life without the possibility of parole charge which doesn't currently exist in California," said Fletcher "And so somebody who violently sexually assaults a young child will go to prison until they die," he said.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he looks forward to signing AB 1844, which calls for mandatory life sentences for forcible violent sex crimes against children. It will also tighten sex offense parole guidelines and require lifelong tracking of certain sex offenders.

Gardner pleaded guilty to Chelsea's murder and also that of 14-year-old Amber Dubois in 2009. Authorities said that before the killings, they missed many opportunities to return Gardner to prison for parole violations.

Gardner was convicted in 2000 of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old neighbor girl and sentenced to six years in prison. After his release, he split his time between Escondido and his mother's house in Rancho Bernardo, and listed a Lake Elsinore address for his sex offender registration form.

He had a number of contacts with law enforcement while he was free but was never returned to prison.

Amber disappeared in February 2009 as she walked to Escondido High School.

Gardner said he raped and stabbed the teen and led authorities to her grave in Pala.

Just over a year later, he accosted Chelsea as she ran along a jogging trail. He conceded that he raped and strangled her, and buried her in a shallow grave beside Lake Hodges.

He was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 25 years for attacking a woman last December.

 


NY - Manhattan Judge James Gibbons quits after massive porn cache is found on work computer

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08/27/2010

By Melissa Grace, Alison Gendar and Larry Mcshane

A cleavage-crazed criminal court judge - who fathered a son with a young Legal Aid lawyer - quit after officials found a massive porn stash on his work computer, sources said Thursday.

Disgraced Manhattan jurist James Gibbons, a whip-smart ex-prosecutor who once convicted rapists and killers, fired off a terse resignation letter last week after the nasty cache was uncovered.

"There was a lot of porn on his computer - all young women," an investigator told the Daily News. "Lots of crotch and cleavage shots."

The Manhattan district attorney's office is scouring the vile files to determine if criminal charges are warranted - and are checking whether any of the women are underage.

Gibbons, 47, already had raised eyebrows with his ethics-skirting romance with Legal Aid lawyer Jeanne Emhoff, 31, who he fathered a son with weeks ago.

Emhoff's Facebook page, which was pulled down Thursday, featured a photo of a man with a boy on his shoulder.

The porn revelation staggered the baby's grandparents.

"This is going to break her heart," Emhoff's stepdad said of his wife. "She thinks the world of Jim. ... This will destroy my wife."

Gibbons - who was not arrested - was caught when a computer-monitoring system in the courthouse red-flagged his courthouse terminal, a law enforcement source said.

He was on paternity leave when the images were discovered and the computer seized.

During the 14 years he worked in the Manhattan district attorney's office, Gibbons was well-known for his efficient handling of street crimes.

He also enjoyed a good reputation on the bench after his December 2001 appointment by departing Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

"He was a very careful judge on the law," lawyer Adam Freedman said. "If he was using his state-issued computer for illegal activities, it would be uncharacteristic, considering how careful he is on the law."

Despite the possible conflicts of interest between Gibbons and Emhoff, a source close to the case said, their affair was unrelated to the investigation.

"There is absolutely no link between the judge's relationship with Jeanne Emhoff and any alleged criminal activity," the source said. "One has nothing to do with the other."

It was unclear when the porn was found on the disgraced judge's computer, but sources said its discovery was just routine.

"In government agencies, and in many private sector firms, employers are able to monitor employee computer usage," a source said.

Gibbons quit his position with a simple three-paragraph letter that offered no clues to his sudden nightmare.

"It has been a privilege to serve as a judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York," he wrote. "Please accept this letter as a statement of my resignation of that office effective today."