Tuesday, February 19, 2013

NV - I-Team: Officers Keeping 24-Hour Watch on Sex Offender

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Wow, pure hysteria! They didn't even monitor serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer 24/7, and he dismembered and ate people! You'd think the person mentioned below was Hitler or something.

02/19/2013

By Nathan Baca

LAS VEGAS - Nevada Parole and Probation officers are keeping a 24-hour watch on a man who they said is the most dangerous sex offender in Las Vegas.

Although the man was arrested just days ago in a sting operation, the officers requested the man's identity not be revealed because he is still being investigated.

"This is actual eyes on," parole Sgt. Brian Zana said. "This is someone in the law enforcement community literally having eyes on him."

"It does take a lot of effort, but so does having to deal with a new victim."

Despite his recent arrest, the officers said they are fed up and have learned during their patrols that sex offenders are getting a dangerous message: Jails are too overcrowded and courts too overburdened to punish them for parole violations.

Possession of sexual triggers including porn, alcohol and drugs often result in little or no consequences.

The sex offender believed to be so dangerous may inspire a new law and return enforcement power to parole agents.
- Enforcement should be in the hands of probation and parole, like it originally was, not some blanket, unconstitutional law!

According to police reports, starting at age 17, the sex offender molested his sister and two neighbor girls, including a 6-year-old.

The sex offender's psychological exams were met with alarm.

He was diagnosed as a pedophiliac with schizoid traits who fantasized about rape.

The police said the offender told doctors it was not a matter of if he'd rape again, but when.
- So why wasn't he committed and given treatment?

"We've partnered up with a unit over at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and we are able to continue 24-hour surveillance," Zana said. "We're able to learn some of his habits. What he's been doing. He's homeless currently. During the day he rides the bus. He flirts and hits on females of all ages and types. He doesn't have a specific type. He doesn't have a specific age like most sex offenders."
- So if he doesn't exclusively like underage children, then by definition, he's not a pedophile!

Parole and Probation recently rearrested the offender when an officer posed as a teenager to meet him at a park.

Police asked the I-Team to not reveal his name until his first court hearing, fearing that the offender would realize the extraordinary measures taken to keep an eye on him.

Zana said he believes a new law would keep repeat offenders in prison, preventing the expense and effort of 24-hour surveillance.
- So which costs more, 24 hour surveillance or prison for longer?  What about getting the person treatment?

Zana was writing the new law, but learned from the state Legislature it would not be passed this year, because it is not considered a legislative priority at this time.


MI - Michigan's sex offender registry would put more crimes involving minors online under advancing legislation

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02/19/2013

By Tim Martin

LANSING – A bill that would lead to more sex offenders being listed on Michigan’s public online registry continues to advance in the Legislature.

The Michigan House, by a 106-3 vote, approved a bill Tuesday that would lead to more offenders being listed in the public domain. The Senate unanimously approved the bill earlier this year. If the Senate concurs as expected with changes made by the House, the bill would then head to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration.

The legislation would expand the state’s public online registry to include some additional crimes that involved minors – crimes now listed on the portion of the sex offender registry available only to police. The offenses covered include some so-called “Tier I” crimes -- those that involve offenders convicted of a single crime involving minors.

Specific offenses that would be added to the website include knowingly possessing child pornography, indecent exposure when the victim is a minor, and surveillance of a minor who is undressed or wearing only undergarments in a situation where he or she has a reasonable expectation of privacy.

The bill’s sponsor – Republican Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge – says the Michigan State Police provided examples of offenders who aren’t now listed on the registry but would be under his legislation. One is a woman convicted of allowing her boyfriend to sexually assault and photograph her six-year-old sister. Another is a man who pulled an 8-year-old girl off her bicycle, forced her into his house and began fondling her.

Jones said restoring those types of offenses to the public registry is a public safety issue.

We actually had criminals that had done acts involving children that weren’t on the list,” Jones said. “This is a pretty serious situation.”
- So what about abusive parents, day care workers or any other crime that involves harming children?  Why is it just sexual crimes?

The House Fiscal Agency says the change likely would add "a few hundred people" to the listings on the public website.

Michigan lawmakers most recently overhauled the state’s sex offender registry law in 2011. Those changes were aimed at coming into compliance with the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which required the state to separate sex offenders into three tiers and mandated specific reporting requirements for each.

Under current law, the Michigan State Police must post online registry data for all Tier II and Tier III offenders – such as those convicted of crimes such as rape or creation of child pornography. But the “Tier I” offenders generally are listed in a database accessible only to police, not to the public.


NY - USA FAIR Demands Laura Ahearn of Parents for Megan's Law Retract NAMBLA Smear

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02/19/2013

By Shana Rowan

USA FAIR, Inc. (Families Advocating an Intelligent Registry) today demanded that Laura Ahearn, Executive Director of Parents for Megan's Law, immediately retract a statement she made to "Riverside Local" reporter Denise Civiletti that Shana Rowan, USA FAIR's Executive Director, is a member of the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA). The accusation was made in an article published Friday, February 15th regarding the recent $2.7 million sole-sourced contract (PDF) awarded by Suffolk County to Parents For Megan's Law to help monitor the more than 1,000 former sex offenders residing in the county.

When asked to respond to USA FAIR's concerns about the propriety of a private victims’ advocacy group being granted quasi-policing authority and its lack of law enforcement or sex offender management experience, Ahearn responded that Rowan was "part of NAMBLA." When Ahearn was asked for proof, she responded, "Just search her name on the Internet."

"The allegation that I am an advocate for man-boy love would be laughable, if it weren't so slanderous. I have never been part of NAMBLA. I find pedophilia to be repulsive and I have always supported age of consent laws. For Ms. Ahearn to take an accusation made on an anonymous hate-site on the web and repeat it without any independent verification only underscores why USA FAIR believes she is unqualified to administer the Suffolk County contract. Monitoring former offenders requires objectivity and placing a high value on evidence, neither of which Ms. Ahern has demonstrated by her unfounded personal attack," said Rowan.

"Rather than respond to our legitimate concerns about Parents for Megan's Law's qualifications to have been awarded this contract, Ms. Ahearn chose to repeat a lie about me and to tell a half-truth about my fiancé, stating that he "raped a six year old child". Yes, his offense did involve a six year old child, but Ms. Ahearn conveniently left out that he was 12 at the time and also the victim of sexual abuse. To Laura Ahearn, context does not matter if it fails to serve her cause," concluded Rowan.

Rowan became active in sex offender law reform when she became engaged to a longtime friend she first met in high school who is on the registry.


This is America!

This is so true. People have been using "For the children" politics for many, many years, and it continues to this day.

WARNING: ADULT LANGUAGE!


MI - Commentary - Fairness and the sex offender list

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02/19/2013

By JACK LESSENBERRY



This weekend I was at a baby naming, normally a joyous Jewish ceremony where even the in-laws get along. But one woman there was close to despair, thanks to a little-known bill about to be passed in Lansing.

Several years ago, her young adult son did a very stupid thing. I don’t know all the details, but he apparently got into looking at illegal child porn on the Internet. He never saw or touched an actual child, but he got caught in a federal sting. He ended up being sentenced to several years in federal prison. He should get out soon, but our lawmakers are about to make his and his innocent parents’ lives more of a nightmare.

As you probably know, for the past few years we’ve had something called the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry, which lists all the details about someone who has been convicted of a major sex crime, including their current address.

Until now, however, my friend’s son, who committed what is called a “Tier I” crime, would not have been on the registry. Creators of child pornography are listed there, together with rapists and other violent offenders. But the legislature is about to require the state to also post data for anyone who has committed any crime involving minors, including looking at pornography.

State Senator Rick Jones, the sponsor of the bill, said he did it, “so parents and grandparents can protect their children from someone who happens to be in the area.”

That sounds nice, if you’ve watched a lot of John Wayne movies, but what’s that mean? Protect them how? From a young man who looked at nasty pictures from his bedroom?

Posting former offenders’ pictures and addresses seems to me to be nothing more than a way to make sure they can never be rehabilitated. Who is going to give them a job or a chance? When this particular young man comes home, he will probably live with his parents. Do they deserve to have their address listed as the home of a sex offender?

Personally, I think a public sex offender list is a bad idea to begin with. I suspect the state police know it too. The first page of the registry warns that it is illegal to take vigilante action against anyone on the list. Besides, in a democracy, you are supposed to get a chance to start over after you do your time.

This list effectively prevents that. I think local police should have a list and keep an eye on those who have actually molested people. But you could possibly get on this list for something as silly as public urination. As a man who takes his dog for long walks in the woods, I have reason to worry.

Sadly, I expect this bill to pass the house unanimously. My friend’s state representative told her husband she thought the bill was a bad idea, but that politically, she couldn’t dare vote against it. So this family’s life will be further ruined, and Senator Jones gets to look like a tough-minded hero. But I think it would be nice if he put some of his zeal instead into figuring out how to fix our roads.

Jack Lessenberry is Michigan Radio’s political analyst. Views expressed in the essays by Lessenberry are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Michigan Radio, its management or the station licensee, The University of Michigan.


CANADA - Toronto police officer (Mandip Sandhu) convicted of sexual assault in massage parlour

Mandip Sandhu
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02/19/2013

By Peter Small

A judge has convicted a Toronto police constable of sexually assaulting a masseuse while supposedly inspecting the spa where she worked.

Det.-Const. Mandip Sandhu’s claim that he was a helpless victim as the much-smaller masseuse forced herself on him and performed oral sex defies common sense, provincial court Justice John Moore ruled Tuesday.

I am left with absolutely no doubt whatsoever” as to his guilt, Moore said.

Sandhu, 37, testified in October it was a “lapse of judgment” that led him to receive oral sex from the masseuse at the North York massage parlour in June 2010.

The 44-year-old woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, testified that Sandhu made her perform the sex act, then warned her not to tell anyone.

She said she spat onto a face cloth afterward. The DNA on the cloth matched Sandhu’s, court heart.

Sandhu testified that he’d decided, as a plainclothes officer at the 31 Division police station, to go alone to inspect some massage parlours for bylaw infractions on that morning.

When Sandhu arrived at the “holistic spa,” the woman, wearing a skimpy miniskirt, let him in the door smiling, he told the court.

He posed as a customer, and after she told him the price of a massage, he asked, “Do you do anything else?

He said he hoped to catch her offering to perform a sex act — both a bylaw infraction and criminal offence.

She offered to perform oral sex for $100, he said.

After he identified himself as a police officer and wrote down her licence information, he said he went to take a look upstairs.

The complainant followed him into one of the massage rooms, and said “I give you,” while dropping to her knees and undoing his zipper, he testified.

Sandhu maintains he said nothing to the woman and never laid a hand on her during the sex act.

But the judge said he had no doubt whatsoever that the masseuse’s testimony was true and Sandhu’s was false.

I accept her testimony that she was intimidated by the fact that he is a police officer ... and that she unwillingly succumbed to his demand that she perform oral sex on him.”

Sentencing arguments are set for April 30.

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PA - Law change means some will be registered sex offenders for life

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02/18/2013

Late in 2002, [name withheld] of Hazleton pleaded guilty to molesting a 7-year-old girl and was sentenced to serve one year in prison and register as a sex offender for 10 years.
- And anything beyond this is an unconstitutional ex post facto law.

His 10 years on the registry would have expired on May 15, but a little more than a year ago the law changed.

Now [name withheld] must register as a sex offender for life.
- And that is unconstitutional additional punishment!  Imagine, if they can do this, then they can change any law and re-punish you for something you did years ago.

"What I can't understand is how can they do this? If you are already under Megan's Law, how can they add to that? That's very upsetting," [name withheld] said.
- Because they claim it's regulatory and not punishment, which we all know is a load of BS!

The U.S. Constitution bans ex post facto laws - those that take effect after the fact.
- And so does the states constitution (section 17).

However, in challenges to the sex offender registry under Megan's Law, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that the registry is a regulatory law, not a criminal law, so the ex post facto rule doesn't apply.

An update to Megan's Law in Pennsylvania that Gov. Tom Corbett signed on Dec. 20, 2011, changes the registration requirement from 10 years to life for some crimes, including indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age, to which [name withheld] pleaded guilty. The law now requires offenders to register for 15 years, 25 years or life depending on how their crime is categorized.

Some offenders who completed their time on the registry before the law changed must re-register.

Others who never had to register when their cases were adjudicated must go on the registry. An Altoona attorney told his local newspaper, the Mirror, in December 2012 that at least three people who accepted pleas keeping them off the register want to negotiate new deals or challenge the new law that requires them to register.

The attorney, Thomas M. Dickey, did not return a telephone call asking for an update on those cases.

"I'm looking for a sexual offender to challenge this as ex post facto," Shelly Clevenger, assistant professor at Illinois State University, said.

Clevenger is studying the retroactive law in Illinois, where sexual offenders face additional restrictions.

"We have some strange laws. Sexual offenders can't go to a public park, be on a walking trail, operate a food vehicle. The state is starting to legislate what offenders can and cannot do," she said.

Does the law work?

In her dissertation for a doctorate in criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May 2012, Clevenger studied the effectiveness of Megan's Law in Pennsylvania. The law takes its name from Megan Kanka, a 7-year-old girl who was sexually abused and murdered in New Jersey in 1994.

"Overall, the results of the current study, coupled with results from previous studies which have examined the effectiveness of Megan's Law, indicate that the legislation has not been effective in reducing and/or preventing rape, sex offenses and/or the murder of children," Clevenger wrote in her dissertation.

Since Megan's Law took effect in 1996 in Pennsylvania, the incidences of rape, other sex crimes and murder of a person younger than 13 decreased in urban areas, Clevenger's study found. But in suburban and rural areas, rape and sexual offenses increased, according to her study.

Laura Ahearn, executive director of Parents for Megan's Law in Stony Brook, N.Y., said case statistics alone don't measure the effectiveness of the law. Creating a registry for sex offenders made people more aware of sex crimes. That might have caused people to report abuse instead of keeping secrets, Ahearn said.

Instances where the registry prevented a crime don't show up on statistics, but parents who consulted the registry have prevented children from playing where an offender lived, she said.

"There's plenty of anecdotal evidence," Ahearn said.

When Clevenger conducted research for her doctorate, she wasn't expecting crime rates to move in different directions in urban and rural areas. When thinking about the results, she noticed that the drop in urban crimes coincided with a national trend. She reasoned that Megan's Law might have enticed offenders to move from urban areas to suburbs and rural areas.

"That was the best theory I could come up with," Clevenger said.

Assorted laws in municipalities around the nation set distances from schools, playgrounds or other public places where sex offenders may not live.

Clevenger said residence rules and competition for rental housing in cities might have led some sex offenders to move from urban areas to suburban or rural areas.

Life on the registry

In Hazleton, [name withheld] said he cannot go to events at the Wiltsie Center at the Historic Castle, such as the George Thorogood concert on March 10 that he would like to attend.

"We can't even go to church," he said, citing a city law.

[name withheld] hasn't had a job since his release from prison, and he said that's common for people on the registry.

"Very few of us are able to work. Employers won't hire. They don't want their businesses on the registry," [name withheld] said.

He receives disability payments.

"I've been trying to get off disability and find a job. I'm never going to be able to. Nobody's going to hire me," [name withheld] said.

His criminal record includes a conviction for arson in 1999. Two years ago, workers at the office of state Rep. Tarah Toohil said [name withheld] harassed them. In 2005, [name withheld] was charged with failing to report a change of address to the registry.

Megan's Law requires offenders to report address changes within 48 hours. Under current law, if [name withheld] misses that deadline, he can be charged with a felony and sentenced to prison for up to 10 years.
- So if it's regulatory and not punishment, then why would he be sentenced to 10 years in prison, more than what his actual crime received (1 year)?  Sounds like additional punishment to us.

Four times a year, he must report to a police station to update his information on the registry. Police take a new photo of him, note his address, emails, workplace and whether he is enrolled in a school or college or owns a vehicle or boat.

"If I go on vacation, I have to register in that state and tell Pennsylvania police that I'm going there. So I don't go nowhere," [name withheld] said.

No one has ever harmed him because he is on the registry. A note on the website for the registry says anyone who intimidates or harasses a person on the registry can be prosecuted or be liable in a civil lawsuit.
- Doesn't mean it doesn't happen, it does, all the time, as seen here.

Still, [name withheld] remains fearful.

"You don't know what vigilante is out there. I don't trust nobody. All my trust is gone," he said.

Proactive parents

Parents have different fears when trying to protect their children.

The registry provides a starting point by listing people who are potential threats because of their past actions.
- It only lists some people, ex-sex offenders, not all criminals who have or may harm children, like murderers, gang members, drug dealers, DUI offenders, kidnappers, etc.

"There are pedophiles on the registry and people on the registry that you should look out for," Clevenger said.

But she said the registry can breed a false sense of security. Parents should realize that not every offender is on the registry, nor are offenders likely to be strangers, Clevenger said.

The case of Jerry Sandusky underscores that sexual offenders can avoid detection for years while remaining off the registry. Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State University, is serving a prison sentence of 30 to 60 years for abusing at least 10 boys during a 20-year span.

The registry started to prevent strangers from abducting children, as happened to Megan Kanka. Her death outraged the nation, but the circumstances of her case are relatively rare.

Most children are abused by someone whom they know, Clevenger and Ahearn said.

"The fact that most crime(s) of this nature (are) not committed by a stranger, but by an intimate, who likely does not appear on the registry, suggests that this legislation was passed without any attention to the facts and realities of sex offenses," Clevenger wrote in her dissertation.
- Of course they ignored the facts.  If you go back and review the history, and the many recidivism studies, you will see the law doesn't jive with the facts.

Ahearn said Parents for Megan's Law recommends several strategies to reduce child sexual abuse. Her group staffs a 24-hour hotline. Members lead education programs for parents and children from preschool to high school. The group counsels victims.
- And now, in New York, they are also being contracted to MONITOR ex-sex offenders!

"When the victim is provided services, they are more likely to participate in the criminal justice system and less likely to be revictimized," Ahearn, the director, said.
- Do you have facts to back this statement up?  Or you just assume we will believe you?  Like domestically abused men/women who move from bad relationship to another, We're sure your statement is not exactly true, it's just an assumption on your part.

She said the group also supports police. Through a new program with Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y., the group will hire retired police to verify addresses of people on the registry.

Ahearn favors having offenders stay on the registry for life and believes they also should have individual monitoring plans. People who comply with the registry requirements have a lower rate of repeating crimes, she said.
- Ex-sex offenders in general have low recidivism rates, and there is no study or evidence to back up her assumption.

Local laws that keep offenders from living in sight of children reduce temptation to commit further crimes, Ahearn said. The local laws, she said, will vary among communities because of population densities, but shouldn't be so restrictive that courts will overturn them.
- Again, her opinion doesn't make it a fact.  Show us a study to prove that Ms. Ahearn!  She's also making the usual blanket statement making it appear as if all ex-sex offenders are out drooling over children, which is false.  Many have not touched a child in any way, yet she makes it appear as if all are child molesters.

"You want to avoid a registered sex offender having his backyard against the backyard of a day care or a school," Ahearn said.
- What if the ex-sex offenders crime didn't involve a child?

She referred to sex offenders as pied pipers who befriend children and parents while setting the stage to abuse a child.
- You see, she thinks all ex-sex offenders are child molesters.  That would be like saying all humans are murderers because a couple are.  It's the same logic!

"Most child sexual abuse happens with somebody in an existing, trusted relationship," Ahearn said. "That doesn't mean the relationship is known by parents."
- What about the ex-sex offenders who had nothing to do with children but their crime was against an adult? Stop assuming all ex-sex offenders are child molesting, pedophile, predators who are lurking behind every corner just waiting to jump on your child, that is absurd!


NJ - 14-Year-Old New Jersey Girl To Register As Sex Offender After Posting Nude Photos On Myspace?

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02/18/2013

By Evan Bleier

A 14-year-old New Jersey girl is facing child pornography charges for posting almost 30 nude photos of herself on MySpace. If she is convicted, the girl may have to register as a sex offender.

According to The Daily News, this case is just one example of a larger effort by law enforcement officials across the country to crack down on child pornography. Prosecutors now routinely bring charges resulting from kids sending nude photos to one another over cell phones and e-mail. This case may be unique in that it is the first one where charges were filed based on a teen posting photos on a social networking site.

The explicit posting was brought to the attention of law enforcement by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. MySpace has yet to comment on the matter. The company does have an internal team that is supposed to review image postings but it appears they may have missed this one.

After the Passaic County Sherriff’s Office began their investigation, the photos that they discovered online were “very explicit.” The sheriff’s spokesman, Bill Maer, said that girl posted the photos of herself because she wanted her boyfriend to be able to see them. “We consider this case a wake-up call to parents,” Maer said.

After officially being charged with possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography, the girl was released into the custody of her mother. The girl’s name has not been made public because of her age.

If the girl is found guilty of the distribution charge, she would have to register with the state as a sex offender because of the provisions set forth by Megan’s Law. She would also be facing up to 17 years in prison.

No matter what happens, it sounds as if this case is a first.

I’m not sure I’ve seen a prosecution like this coming out of a social networking site,” said Seth Kreimer, a constitutional law professor at the University of Pennsylvania.


WI - Repeat Drunk Drivers Now Like Sex Offenders in Janesville

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Click the link above to see the video.

02/18/2013

By Matt Mershon

JANESVILLE - [name withheld], 35, sits in jail after committing his sixth OWI, and now he's on a registry bringing awareness to the problem of repeat drunk drivers. It's called Project Sober Streets, a program of the Janesville Police department that acts similar to a sex offender registry. After getting five OWI's, an offender is placed on the list for neighbors to see.
- Five?  Why not just one?

The list was created back in 2010 and now lists 51 offenders just in the city of Janesville. The listing is valid for five years, post the offender's crime because Janesville Police Chief David Moore, says it's likely recent offenders will offend again. The list is in map form on the police department's website, allowing viewers to see if a repeat drunk driver lives right next door.
- But where is the list for all other ex-felons?  Like gang members, drug dealers/users, thieves, murderers, etc?

"We have a responsibility to our community to allow people to stay safe and Project Sober Streets strips away that anonymity of drunk drivers," said Chief Moore.

Project Sober Streets is the first program of its kind in the nation. The website provides links for each offender, that when clicked on provide the offenders address, picture, how many OWI's the person has, whether they're on parole and if their license has been revoked. Sober Streets acts as a shaming tool for offenders, but also acts as a police aid.

"Because they know where they live, what they look like, they know they're not supposed to be drinking, in bars, they probably aren't supposed to be driving if they have a revoked driver's license, so neighbors can give us a call if they see something like that occurring so they can assist law enforcement," said Moore.

The project goes a step further, making public awareness a priority. Janesville offenders, with four or more offenses, will have a press release made up regarding their crime to be sent out to local television and radio stations.

"The exposure of the number and level of arrests that we make really starts that social change," said Moore.

"That's what this project and the hard work of our officers are doing; it's the effort that we're making here."

Moore says there's a need for social change in a state culture caught up in excessive drinking. The Wisconsin State Legislature helped to beef up state laws when it comes to drunk driving. As of 2007, if a driver is caught in Wisconsin committing their fourth OWI, it counts as a felony charge. However first time offenders still get not much more than a slap on the wrist - a first time offense is just a ordinance violation and not a state law.
- Drunk drivers kill a ton of people each day in this country.  Why aren't they on the list after the first offense like the ex-sex offenders list?  And why isn't it a felony?

One big factor that's still not a part of Wisconsin's journey to sobriety is the roadside sobriety checkpoint, which supposedly goes against Wisconsin's state constitution.

"I know that [sobriety checkpoints] are successful in other states," said Moore.

"I think it's all in how [the checkpoints] are setup and if people are being fair with the implementation of it. Do I think it could be of assistance? Yes," said Moore.

Moore says the state house and senate are supposed to bring up new drunk driving legislation this year to help beef up the 2007 laws. However, Moore says sobriety checkpoints are still not going to be brought into law.