Saturday, January 5, 2013

NY - Bill O'Reilly - Gun Owners Compared To Sex Offenders

Amen! If an online hit-list which puts ex-sex offenders and their families in danger is okay, then we should have an online registry for all sinners. What's good for one group is good for all groups. Fair is fair, right?  Don't get me wrong.  I don't agree in ANY registry, but if it's good enough to eradicate one groups rights, then everyone should be treated the same, we are all suppose to be treated as equals, right? I'd love to know where gun owners live, especially twisted individuals like Valerie Parkhurst in Florida.

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Former New York City mayoral candidate and author Mark Green advocated for new legislation that would allow people to identify and locate gun owners who lived in their neighborhoods. He compared it to the already existing "Megan's Law," which lets citizens know if a convicted sex offender lives near them.

Then he flat-out compared sex offenders to gun owners.

"If we have a Megan's Law — because I think almost everyone might agree — that if you're a convicted child molester, a neighbor might want to know that because they're in your home, safe, but maybe they could hurt someone else," Green said, adding "Same thing with guns."

"There may be people who think the more concealed weapons, the better. Fine. Live in Texas or Florida," he said.

Green was reacting to the Journal News' decision to publish the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in two New York counties. The obvious flaw in Green's argument is that legal gun owners are not criminals and therefore no reasonable rationale exists to place gun owners on some sort of database similar to that of a sex offender registry.
- Many are not, that is true, but many have committed crimes and just haven't been caught yet.  Once a person has done their time, they should not continually be harassed, made to live under bridges, jobless, etc, they should be able to move on with their lives, just like anybody else.  What about all the other criminals?  I think we should post everybody's photo, name, address and work location online for all to see, so we know everybody who lives around us.  We have a right to know that, right?

Even Michael Smerconish, Chris Matthews' fill-in host, disagreed with Green's assessment and said he was not comparing lawful gun owners with convicted child molesters in any way.

However, Smerconish did agree that gun owner information should be publicly available. Putnam County, N.Y., Executive Maryellen Odell disagreed and said releasing lawful gun owners' information was an invasion of privacy.


PA - 2 Westmoreland Co. Teens Charged Under New Law Regulating Sexting

Original Article

01/03/2013

GREENSBURG (KDKA) — Two Greensburg Salem Middle School students are among the first to be charged under a new state law that regulates sexting among teens.

A 13-year-old girl took a photo; she was naked from the waist up, took a picture of herself and sent it to a 14-year-old boy at his request,” said Detective Sgt. Henry Fontana, of Greensburg Police.

The boy deleted the photo and did not forward it to friends. It was the girl’s mother who later found the photo on her phone and called police.

Under the new law that just went into effect on Christmas Eve, that is a summary offense,” said Detective Sgt. Fontana.

The new law creates a tiered system for adjudicating sexting cases that differentiates between those who make bad decisions and those who have bad intentions.

Under the new law, minors over the age of 12 charged for the first time will get a summary citation. A second offense will result in a misdemeanor charge.

Felony child pornography laws remain on the books and could still apply if the photos are distributed with malicious intent.

Attorney Anthony Bompiani, who does not represent anyone involved in the Greensburg Salem case, says this is important for young people who may make a bad decision without realizing the potential consequences.

Now with the times and the technology and the way students interact between each other, they make mistakes, they make bad judgment calls, stupid calls; and instead of having a felony record, they’re going to have a summary offense, which is going to be like a traffic ticket – won’t be on the record, it won’t affect them later in life,” said Bompiani.

The law also provides an important tool for police who previously had no alternative to a child pornography charge when dealing with less serious sexting cases.

It’s still wrong, it’s still against the law and the kids need to know that, but this makes it a little easier to cope with,” said Detective Sgt. Fontana.


NY - Journal News gun permit map endangers officers, officials say (So does the online sex offender registry!)

How does it feel to have to look over your shoulder all the time?


Welcome to the crowd of targeted individuals! If you put my life and family in danger, then your life should be put into danger as well. What is good enough for one group (ex-sex offenders) is good enough for everybody else. We should have an online registry, map and phone book for all sinners, in our opinion. And that graphic above, we made many months ago, but I guess we now have our answer! Vigilantism towards ex-sex offenders and their families is on the rise. So how many people must be murdered before you take the list offline?

01/04/2013

By SARAH ARMAGHAN

Criticism of The Journal News, which published a gun permit database last month, broadened Friday with Rockland law enforcement officials saying the map listing the names and addresses of those with gun permits is endangering lives.

Inmates at the Rockland County jail are taunting corrections officers by saying they know the guards' home addresses -- information they got from the list published by Westchester-based newspaper, Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco said.

"Since about 9:30 this morning, I've been in a meeting with my corrections officers and their unions. They have inmates coming up to them and telling them exactly where they live. That's not acceptable to me," Falco said at a news conference Friday morning in New City, where local leaders condemned the list.

Falco, along with other supporting police chiefs and county legislators, wants the paper to remove the information from its website.

"It's hurting law enforcement as a whole and it's directly affecting our ability to do our jobs," Falco said. "And then when we leave our jobs, we're going to have to defend our jobs and that's going to make for a very serious incident that's going to happen someplace in this county."

Robert Riley, a White Plains police officer who is president of the department's Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, agreed that the database is putting officers' lives at risk.

"My members are outraged," Riley said, noting that the potential dangers to law enforcement extend beyond Westchester and Rockland counties.

"You have guys who work in New York City who live up here," Riley said. "Now their names and addresses are out there, too."

Falco said there are 8,000 active and retired NYPD officers currently living in Rockland County.

The Journal News obtained the information of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties through a Freedom of Information Act request after the massacre of 26 people -- 20 of them children -- in Sandy Hook, Conn., on Dec. 14. Putnam County has refused to turn over this information.

The interactive map, published Dec. 23, listed the names of about 44,000 pistol permit holders.

State lawmakers say they intend to introduce legislation to exempt the names and addresses of permitted pistol owners from being released to the public.

Calls to The Journal News Friday afternoon went unanswered. A message left on a newsroom answering machine was not returned.

In an article on the Journal News website, Janet Hasson, president and publisher of the newspaper, defended the decision. "New York residents have the right to own guns with a permit and they also have a right to access public information," she said.


If the online sex offender registry is okay, so is a gun permit registry!


TX - McAllen ISD Police officer (Jaime Ocanas) accused in sexual abuse investigation


NY - Feds: Ex-parole officer (James Leone) admits to having child porn

Original Article

01/04/2013

By ROBERT E. KESSLER

A former senior state parole officer, in charge of parole officers who supervised released sex offenders, admitted in federal court in Central Islip Friday to possession of child pornography, according to officials.

James Leone, 50, of Bethpage, apologized for his actions in pleading guilty to a charge of accessing a computer with the intention to view child pornography.

Leone, who resigned as a senior state parole officer as of Jan. 1, was arrested at his home in September by federal agents investigating people involved in the sharing of child pornography on the Internet, according to court papers.

Leone told agents that he had been searching the Internet for "preteen hard-core" pornography for about a year, but would delete anything he viewed because he did not want his wife or child to view it, the court papers said.

At his arraignment in September, Magistrate Kathleen Tomlinson barred Leone from working as a parole officer pending the resolution of the charges, and the New York State inspector general confiscated his gun.

Following his plea, Tomlinson released Leone on $500,000 bond and home detention.
Leone faces a sentence of up to 10 years.

Before joining the division of parole, Leone was a probation officer in New York City and a child abuse investigator for the city's child welfare bureau, court papers said.

After the plea, Leone's attorney, Joseph Conway, said his client has been successfully undergoing counseling.

Eastern District federal prosecutor Allen Bode declined to comment.