Monday, November 26, 2012

IRELAND - Risk over Facebook 'name and shame' site

Original Article

First of all, these vigilantes do not know who is or isn't a pedophile, they thinks all sex offenders are pedophiles, which is not true. Facebook should deletes these vigilante sites, and the police need to arrest and prosecute the people who do this, and, this is why the registry needs to be offline, to stop vigilantism and murders.

11/26/2012

A convicted sex offender who has been 'named and shamed' on a Facebook page created to "monitor" paedophiles in Northern Ireland has launched a legal bid to have it removed, it emerged on Monday.

The man, who cannot be identified, is also seeking an injunction to stop his photo and personal details from appearing on the social networking site.

He claims the case is urgent because the risk posed to him is both real and immediate.

Proceedings were brought before Belfast's High Court over the web page where the man, following his release from prison, found his photo had been posted alongside threatening comments.

Granted anonymity at this stage, the man was referred to in court only as XY. He is currently out on licence after serving a jail term for sexual offences and describes himself as being in poor health.

The man is seeking the termination by Facebook Ireland Ltd of the accounts of anyone who operates the page in question.

"The court will obviously have at the forefront of its mind the operation of well-established laws, including the law of defamation and the provisions of the Human Rights Act."

Mr Justice McCloskey

His lawyers argue that the company should also be restrained from permitting those responsible from publishing, distributing, broadcasting or disseminating any further information about him.

Facebook has already removed his photograph and the previous related comments.

A lawyer for the company told the court that the further relief being sought was neither necessary nor proportionate. But counsel for the plaintiff confirmed that he still wanted the page removed.

She said the litigation would also try to identify the "mischief makers" before deciding how to proceed against them.

"The case we are making is that Facebook should undertake to monitor," the man's lawyer added.

"The plaintiff recognises that is somewhat onerous, but we would seek a final injunction with regard to that."

Presiding judge Mr Justice McCloskey will hear full arguments from both sides later this week.


IN - Sex offender ruling could impact other cases

Original Article

Good, this is as it should be.  If someone is forced to obey some new law for a past crime, that is known as an ex post facto law, and is unconstitutional.

11/26/2012

By Julian Grace

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a convicted sex offender’s attempts to remove his name from the state’s registry list.

[name withheld] was convicted of rape and child abuse in Massachusetts. He completed his sentence in 1989 and then later moved to Indianapolis 1993. [name withheld] was convicted and sentenced well before state sex offender list were created.

According to IU Law Professor Fran Watson, this case will spur more sex offenders to pursue the courts to get their names off the list. Watson believes some Sheriff’s Departments might get involved and inform the current sex offenders of the recent ruling.

I would not be surprised if the [name withheld] decision is placed on the Department of Corrections web site,” said Watson. The Attorney General’s Office has not determined if they will appeal the Court of Appeals decision.

Monday, 24-Hour-News 8's Julian Grace reached out to [name withheld]. However, the phone number listed under his name was disconnected.

As of Monday, [name withheld] name and address is still listed on the state sex offender registry list. No word yet if [name withheld] picture will come down from the federal sex offender list.


Molester Mondays: GPS, the Color Orange and RSO Curfew

Listen to the show (11/26/2012)

Excerpt:
Molester Mondays with tough on sex offenders host Bill Blathers provides a weekly Radio-Role-Play practice sessions for speak-out activists interested in honing their verbal skills in their efforts to reform sex offender registry laws across the nation. This week: GPS, the Color Orange and RSO Curfew Isnt it amazing the Convicted Sex Offenders can wonder our streets whenever they want to? They can go to the grocery stores, movie theaters, the malls and some have said they can even visit inside your home when one of your friends invites a "friend". Does this casual situation not make you tremble in your bones? Do you not worry about the potentially hundreds of sexual victims that are likely to be found later after we should have stopped these Registered Sex Offenders? I guess that it will me that raises the alarms about RSOs in the community and once again raise the issue of GPS technology to be worn by every single registered deviant out there. If taxes must be raised so be it. We must know where they go so that a childs innocence or life can be saved. Also, we must all coordinate our political focus on getting legislation passed that requires an early curfew for those on the SOR (Sex Offender Registry) list. Sunrise to sunset would be okay. Additional precautions will require these pedophiles to invest heavily in the color orange - as in orange clothing, orange houses, orange cars and so on. Until Monday night, have a child safe Thanksgiving.


CANADA - Parents shocked to learn sex offender lives near school

Original Article (Video Available)

This is nothing more than mass hysteria. If everyone knew all the murderers, gang members, drug dealers, thieves, etc, that lived around them, you'd live in fear as well, but, if an online registry and public announcements is okay for one group, then it should be done across the board. This is why it shouldn't be announced. If you are so concerned, then do like in the old days, go down to the court house and get the information.

11/26/2012

Parents in a Nova Scotia community are shocked to learn a convicted sex offender has moved across the street from an elementary school.

Police were concerned enough to inform staff at the South Woodside Elementary School in Dartmouth, but no one told the students’ parents.

Some of them found out anyway, and they are concerned for their children’s safety.

The Halifax Regional School Board confirms a police officer dropped by the school about a week ago to inform staff a sex offender had moved into the neighbourhood.

The officer also dropped off a photo of the man. However, when the principal asked if she should inform parents, or if police were going to, she was told there were no plans to inform the public.

Today, some parents spoke to CTV News about the issue, on the condition of anonymity.

They only house those children for seven hours a day. We have our children the rest of the time. We have them on weekends,” says the mom.

Our children live in this area. He obviously lives in this area, so I don’t think it’s safe for our children to be playing outside, even being on that street.”

My biggest problem is the lack of knowledge, is not knowing,” says another parent. “Nobody is willing to tell us anything.”

Halifax Regional Police says it has an agreement with the school board to exchange information, but the information can only be provided to the school.

Police don’t notify the public unless it’s recommended.

When correctional services deem some offenders to be at high risk to reoffend, a public advisory committee is put in place and then looks at the circumstances surrounding the incident,” explains Const. Pierre Bourdages.

While both mothers understand everyone has rights, they say the way the situation is being handled is just not good enough.

What about our rights? Who is going to stand up for the rights of my children?

Both mothers say the school is doing the best it can, but they take issue with the justice system.

Police are planning to visit the school Tuesday to discuss stranger danger with the students, but some parents feel that should have been done before a sex offender moved into the area.


NJ - "Sneak Peak, Part 1: Exposing a Hidden Reality." A Film by Omar Broadway

Video Description:
Omar Broadway secretly obtained a video camera while serving time in the high-security gang unit at Northern State Prison in Newark, New Jersey, where inmates are allowed out of their cells only a few hours a week. He used it to document his life on the inside. This film was given to Bonnie Kerness at the American Friends Service Comittee's Prison Watch Project, who is making it available via Solitary Watch.


DC - Feds overstep in key effort

Original Article

11/24/2012

Congress started out a few years ago with a good idea: Set up a nationwide listing of sex offenders so it would be possible to know when dangerous offenders moved across state lines.

But Congress overreached. The final form of that legislation was heavy-handed, imposing rigid requirements on the states.

The Adam Walsh Act, passed in 2006 (Video), required states to adopt a uniform registry that includes all sex offenders regardless of the seriousness of their crimes. To get the registry up and running, states in most cases were to purchase new computer technology and devote increased law enforcement hours to processing offenders according to federal rules. States were given five years to comply.

Certainly, society has a crucial responsibility to punish sex crimes and protect citizens from offenders. Sex offenders now are the largest group of prisoners in Nebraska’s correctional institutions, overtaking drug dealers and drug users in total numbers.
- Society has a responsibility to punish all crime and all criminals the same, not single out one specific group because they are each to target, that is the basis of corruption and exploitation.

But the approach taken by Congress has turned out to be a case where tough-sounding legislation was nearly unworkable. Congress imposed an impractical, unfunded mandate on already burdened state governments.

The law has been so overreaching and costly that 34 states have fallen short in implementing its provisions. Some say they will decline to go along with the law even though that means that means losing 10 percent of their federal criminal justice funding.
- Which, by the way, could be extortion or bribery, which is a crime.

In Texas, a study showed the state would lose $1.4 million annually as a penalty for non-compliance. But that was a pittance compared with projected costs of compliance: $39 million.

Ohio was the first state to become compliant. As it turned out, in the first two years of operation Ohio spent $10 million alone in defending itself against lawsuits from offenders sentenced to the registry. Had Ohio continued with its previous state-run approach, the penalty costs from the feds over the same period would have been about $2 million.

Iowa is among the 34 states falling short, suffering a $200,000 penalty. Last spring, Nebraska received word that the feds considered the state’s efforts to conform to the federal law insufficient.