Monday, July 8, 2013

FL - STATE v. PETRAE

Original Article

Diigo Post Excerpt:
Petitioner, State of Florida, challenges a Brevard County circuit court order modifying Respondent Wayne Alan Petrae's probation by deleting the condition requiring electronic monitoring. We find that the circuit court departed from the essential requirements of the law by deleting the probationary condition, grant the certiorari petition, and quash the order on review.1 On November 21, 2003, Petrae was charged by information with two counts of lewd or lascivious battery after having sex with a thirteen year-old girl. Petrae was eighteen. In 2004, Petrae entered into a plea agreement whereby he pled guilty to one count of lewd or lascivious battery in exchange for the State's agreement to nolle pross the other count, and a downward departure sentence of two years of community control followed by eight years of sex offender probation. In 2006, Petrae violated his community control after being discovered in possession of a large bag of marijuana. Petrae admitted the violation and, subject to another downward departure plea agreement with the State, had his community control/probation revoked and was sentenced to eleven years of supervised probation.


NY - U.S. v. COOPER

Original Article

Diigo Post Excerpt:
UPON DUE CONSIDERATION, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that the judgment of the district court is AFFIRMED.

Defendant-appellant Henry Lee Cooper pleaded guilty to one count of failing to update his registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. See 18 U.S.C. § 2250. The district court imposed a thirty-month sentence, the top of the applicable guidelines range, which Cooper now challenges as both procedurally and substantively unreasonable. We assume the parties' familiarity with the facts and record of prior proceedings, which we reference only as necessary to explain our decision. Cooper's challenges to the procedural reasonableness of his sentence were not raised below. Therefore, our review is for plain error. United States v. Brennan, 395 F.3d 59, 71 (2d Cir. 2005).


OH - IN RE GUARDIANSHIP OF SMITH

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Diigo Post Excerpt:
{¶ 1} Following a remand from this court (see In re Guardianship of Carl Smith, Clark App. No. 09CA0069, 2010-Ohio-4528), the Clark County Probate Court again decided to remove appellant Peggy Stewart as guardian of her mentally disabled adult son, Carl Smith. Stewart contends that the trial court erred by failing to follow the mandate from this court. She also contends that the trial court erred by failing to provide a court-ordered report to her and by permitting the prosecutor to represent the Board of Developmental Disabilities. Finally, Stewart claims that the Court lacked subject-matter jurisdiction.

{¶ 2} We conclude that the Probate Court did not fail to follow our mandate. We further conclude that Stewart has failed to demonstrate either error or prejudice arising from the fact that the prosecutor appeared and asked questions at the hearing, or from the use of a court investigator's report. We further conclude that the trial court had subject-matter jurisdiction.

{¶ 3} Accordingly, the order of the trial court from which this appeal is taken is Affirmed.


OR - U.S. v. CLEMENTS

Original Article

Diigo Post Excerpt:
Christopher Matthew Clements appeals his conviction for failing to register as a sex offender. 18 U.S.C. § 2250. On July 27, 2006, Congress enacted the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. Pub.L. No. 109-248, §§ 1-155, 120 Stat. 587, 590-611 (2006). Title I of the Adam Walsh Act established the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act ("SORNA"). 42 U.S.C. §§ 16911, 16913. SORNA basically requires that sex offenders register their whereabouts within three business days after their release from imprisonment, and keep their registrations current by updating their registrations within three business days of moving to a new residence, gaining new employment, or entering a new school. Id. Failure to register pursuant to SORNA, or to keep one's registration current, is a continuing offense. See United States v. George, 625 F.3d 1124, 1131 (9th Cir. 2010).


OK - U.S. v. SULLIVAN

Original Article

Diigo Post Excerpt:
Mr. Sullivan must have been pleased when, after he struck his deal, the district court decided to place him on probation. Under the applicable statutes, the court could have sentenced him to decades behind bars, and the government had asked the court to impose a prison term of at least a year. But Mr. Sullivan was likely less than pleased when the probation office noted his statutory eligibility for special sex offender probation conditions due to his previous 2001 sex offense conviction. And he was not at all pleased when the district court decided to impose certain sex offender probation conditions described in a 2008 order issued by all members of the Northern District of Oklahoma. Under the terms of that order, sex offenders placed on probation may be required to undergo testing and therapy, gain a probation officer's approval to have contact with children or possess pornography, and submit to monitoring of their computer activity. These are the conditions placed on his probation Mr. Sullivan now seeks to undo in this appeal.


OH - STATE v. GASTON

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Diigo Post Excerpt:
{¶ 1} This appeal is brought by the State of Ohio pursuant to R.C. 2945.67 from a final order dismissing an indictment.

{¶ 2} Defendant was charged by indictment in Case No. 10CR501 with a violation of R.C. 2950.05(F). That section prohibits registered sex offender from failing to notify the sheriff of a change in any of the classes of address in R.C. 2950.05(A) which the offender has registered with the sheriff. Defendant was released on his own recognizance, on condition that he appear for all proceedings in that case.

{¶ 3} Defendant failed to appear at a pretrial hearing scheduled for September 30, 2010. He was indicted in Case No. 10CR0684 for violation of R.C. 2937.29 and 2937.99, by recklessly failing to appear in court as was required by a condition of his recognizance bond.

{¶ 4} The trial court subsequently dismissed the failure to notify charge in Case No. 10CR501, finding that the indictment in that case was insufficient to invoke the court's jurisdiction. Defendant then moved to dismiss the indictment in the present case charging the failure to appear offense. The trial court granted Defendant's motion, finding that "an indictment or conviction for failure to appear cannot legally stand where the Court never had jurisdiction in the underlying case in which the defendant allegedly failed to appear."

{¶ 5} The State appealed the order of dismissal.


Not all statutory rapists are pedophiles

Coffee and newspaper
Original Article

Neither are all ex-sex offenders. If people actually looked at the definition they would see that a vast majority of those on the sex offender registries are not pedophiles. But hey, ignorance is bliss, right?

07/07/2013

By MOLLY ROBINSON

By now the mug shot of eighteen-year-old Kaitlyn Hunt, who is currently facing a possible penalty of fifteen years in prison for lewd and lascivious battery on a minor, has circulated enough national headlines that her story is well-known.

Her apparent relationship with a 14-year-old girl has been the subject of many a debate, particularly within the gay community who maintain that the law is effectively punishing Hunt for her sexual orientation. Although police state that the same-sex relationship between the two has no bearing on her sentencing, there is still outrage that Hunt has been brought under such fire for her relationship.

While the fact that she is a lesbian adds enough interest to the story to land her in the news, the statutory rape charges brought against her are the more troubling issue here.

Rape, by definition, is when one party initiates sexual contact with someone without the latter's consent. Often this is accomplished via physical force, abuse of power, or coercion. It has been broadened to include sexual contact with anyone below the legal age of consent (defined as statutory rape), which leads to Miss Hunt's current legal nightmare.

While punishing those who are having sex with individuals younger than the legal age of consent may seem like a justifiable idea, in reality the gray area introduced by statutory rape is far less clear than one would expect.

It was not so long ago that I was an 18-year-old, high on the idea that I could legally purchase cheap cigars and lottery tickets and generally be cooler than everyone a year younger than me. And it was also not so long ago that I had fellow 18-year-old friends who were in serious relationships with freshmen.

Of course, you may not think a high school relationship is serious. You may be under the impression that your sons and daughters are in some form of "puppy love," a term used by adults to evoke the idea that a relationship between two teenagers is somehow less justified, less intense than one shared between two adults.


KS - Offender gets 22 years for not registering?

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07/08/2013

TOPEKA (AP) - A defense lawyer said the 22-year prison sentence his client received for failing to register as a sex offender is excessive, but the Shawnee County prosecutor said the sentence stems from a law aimed at keeping people safe.

[name withheld] was sentenced to 22 years and eight months for failing to register every three months as a violent offender in Shawnee County. [name withheld] was charged twice in Shawnee County for offender registration counts, the first time in 2011 and again this year, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

"This penalty is exponentially greater than the actual penalty he received for the sex crimes," [name withheld]'s lawyer David McDonald said Monday. "That's the stupid part."

McDonald also said [name withheld]'s failure to register in 2013 stemmed from his move from one apartment to another in the same complex and then not updating that information in the registry. McDonald sought a sentence of three years of probation for [name withheld] or an alternative prison term of two years and eight months.

Sentences being given to people in Kansas for failing to register "have just gone way too far," McDonald said. "It's gone incredibly too far."

McDonald said [name withheld] had two sex offense convictions. The first, for attempted indecent liberties with a juvenile was adjudicated in 1997 when [name withheld] was juvenile. The second was in Johnson County when he was an adult in 2002. In the adult offense, [name withheld] was 21 in 2002 when he made an indecent solicitation to a child between 14 and 16.

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor said the sentence given [name withheld] on May 10 stems from a "powerful tool the Legislature has provided to us to keep our community safe." The Kansas statute Taylor was referring to makes failure to register as an offender a person felony.
- And what's that tool?  Cruel and unusual punishment that is an unconstitutional punishment!

Taylor also said [name withheld] was a "serial noncompliant, nonregistering kind of guy," and that when filing a charge, a prosecutor has discretion on what to file, and if the defendant hasn't been a problem, the prosecutor could file attempted failure to register, which carries probation as a penalty. Failure to register carries a presumptive prison sentence, he said.

If offenders "aren't compliant, prison awaits," Taylor said. "It's a good tool so people know who lives next door."


MN - Former deputy (Aaron Edward Apitz) gets probation after attempting to tape girl near shower

Female in the showerOriginal Article

07/06/2013

By John Lundy

A former Itasca County Sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to two years of probation on a felony charge of interfering with the privacy of a minor for attempting to videotape a teenage girl before and after she showered.

Aaron Edward Apitz, 45, of Bovey was sentenced on Monday, court records show.

The 17-year veteran of the sheriff’s office resigned on March 5, one day before he was charged with the felony. He pleaded guilty on March 19.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported that on Feb. 25, Apitz used his work cell phone in an attempt to videotape a 17-year-old girl as she entered and exited a shower.

The girl found the telephone in the bathroom and told investigators it was recording when she discovered it.

The victim told investigators she took the cell phone to a bedroom and was attempting to contact her mother and friends when Apitz confronted her and demanded that she return it.

The BCA obtained the cell phone during its investigation, but its memory had been wiped clean.

The case was prosecuted by Christopher Strandlie of the Cass County Attorney’s Office. Ninth Judicial District Judges Jon Maturi and Lois Lang, who have chambers in the Itasca County Courthouse, recused themselves from hearing the case. It was assigned to Judge Charles LeDuc of International Falls.

Attorney John Undem of Grand Rapids defended Apitz.

LeDuc applied numerous conditions to Apitz’s probationary sentence, including attending a sex-offender program, neither having nor using any pornographic or sexually explicit material, being subject to search by the probation officer, submitting to polygraph examinations as directed, and having no access to or use of the Internet without approval and no contact with the victim.
- What about being on the online shaming hit-list like the average citizen would be for the same crime?

He also is prohibited from possessing a smartphone, and if he possesses a cell phone with recording and photography capabilities, his probation agent must have access to it.

He was fined $1,000.

Neither Undem nor Strandlie was available for comment on Friday. The News Tribune was unable to reach Apitz.

Apitz had no previous criminal record.


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SSRN - In Opposition to the Mandatory Registration of Juvenile Sexual Offenders

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Diigo Post Excerpt:
The mandatory registration of juvenile sex offenders incorrectly assumes that the same dynamics of adult sex offenders apply to juveniles. In doing so, this group of juveniles is labeled and placed in a category that will ultimately hinder their development, rather than contribute to their rehabilitation. Accordingly, this mandated registration will have a negative effect on these individuals along with society as a whole based upon how they are perceived by others in the community and their lack of ability to contribute to the greater good.


NH - Paying off his debt to society, inside prison and out

Keep calm cause I'm not a monster
Original Article

07/07/2013

By RAY DUCKLER

[name withheld] knows people think he’s a monster.

He’s heard it in the violent shaking of his apartment walls. He’s read it in the letters he receives in the mail, and in the emails he sees online. And he’s seen it in the eyes of anyone who knows his story, that he served time for felonious sexual assault.

The label sticks close to him, like a tail zigzagging behind a kite, always there, always following, even after a quick change of direction.

I just want to live my life,” says [name withheld], sitting in the living room in his Rochester apartment on a humid afternoon. “Let me live my life with my wife. Leave me alone.”

His name is forever listed online, on the state’s sex offender registry, reserved for “monsters.” He had sex, at age 32, with a 15-year-old girl three times over two days in 2000.

He says the encounter, consensual, should be looked at differently than the crimes of rapists portrayed in the movies, the hiding-in-the-bushes guy, the pedophile who stalks kids.

That’s for you to decide.

On the state sex offender registry, and in the minds of most people he’s met, there is no distinction.

He received a two- to four-year sentence in 2000.

Later he made headlines when he and the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union sued the city of Dover, which at the time had an ordinance that said convicted sex offenders couldn’t live within 2,500 feet of a school or day-care center.

That was four years ago. In a precedent-setting decision, a judge ruled in [name withheld]’s favor, saying the ordinance was unconstitutional. In Dover, at least, [name withheld] could live where he wanted.

But the court victory brought more unwanted attention and thrust [name withheld] into a brighter spotlight as both a sex offender and a person who helped other sex offenders move about with more freedom.

Ever since I challenged the ordinance, I’m the monster,” [name withheld] said. “Because of me, I’m the one who puts children back into harm’s way.”

He’s 46 now and married, living on disability because of a metastasizing melanoma that he says is terminal.

[name withheld]’s rap sheet is long, dating to his late teens in Exeter, and filled with burglary and criminal trespassing convictions, as well as one for drug possession. He said his father left the family when he was in grade school, and his mother simply couldn’t handle him by herself.


NEW ZEALAND - Woman admits lying about rape

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Diigo Post Excerpt:
Pregnant north Taranaki woman has told a jury she lied to police when she accused her partner of raping and assaulting her. The man, in his 30s, cannot be named in order to protect his partner's identity. In the New Plymouth District Court yesterday the unemployed man denied raping the woman, indecently assaulting her and assaulting her with intent to injure her on the night of June 15 last year. Crown prosecutor Justin Marinovich said the case involved the woman being dominated physically, mentally and sexually by the accused. The woman told police her partner had raped her, strangled her, kicked and bitten her, and forced her to go with him to New Plymouth to buy cannabis.


CANADA - Member of Ontario premier's transition team faces child porn charges

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Diigo Post Excerpt:
A former Ontario deputy education minister, who was also on Premier Kathleen Wynne's transition team, was charged with child pornography offences on Monday. Benjamin Levin, 61, of Toronto, is facing five charges, including two counts of distributing child pornography and one count of making child pornography. Levin, currently a professor at the University of Toronto, was arrested Monday after police executed a search warrant at his home following an online child exploitation investigation. He is also charged with counselling to commit an indictable offence and arrangement of a sexual offence against a child under 16.


SSRN - Preventing Sex-Offender Recidivism Through Therapeutic Jurisprudence Approaches and Specialized Community Integration

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The public’s panic about the fear of recidivism if adjudicated sex offenders are ever to be released to the community has not subsided, despite the growing amount of information and statistically-reliable data signifying a generally low risk of re-offense. The established case law upholding sex offender civil commitment and containment statutes has rejected challenges of unconstitutionality, and continues to be dominated by punitive undertones. We have come to learn that the tools used to assess offenders for risk and civil commitment are often inaccurate and that meaningful treatment for this population is often unavailable and ineffective. Yet, society continues to clamor for legislation confining this cohort of offenders for “treatment,” and, ostensibly, protection of the community, and legislatures respond quickly to these calls. This “reform legislation” often includes strict and demeaning post-release restrictions that track offenders and curb their integration into society. These “reforms” continue to show no benefit either to the public or to the individual offender. The absence of meaningful and effective treatment during confinement, combined with inhumane conditions upon release, make it far less likely that this cohort of individuals will ever become productive members of society. Only through therapeutic jurisprudence, a focus on rehabilitation, and a dedication to treating sexual offenders humanely, will it be possible to reduce recidivism and foster successful community reintegration.


IA - Shepard family calling on legislators to enact “one strike” law

Michael Shepard speaks at press conference in Dayton
Michael Shepard speaks at
a press conference in Dayton
Original Article

07/08/2013

The parents of Kathlynn Shepard are joining with a nonprofit group to push for tougher penalties in Iowa for sex offenders who target children. Kathlynn Shepard, a 15-year-old from Dayton, was abducted along with a 12-year-old girl on May 19. The 12-year-old escaped, while Shepard’s body was found weeks later in the Des Moines River.

The man alleged to have kidnapped and killed Shepard, 42-year-old Michael Klunder, took his own life hours after the kidnapping. Klunder was released from prison in 2011 after serving less than half of a 41-year sentence for convictions related to two kidnappings in 1991.
- We searched the national registry and he is not on there.  Neither is he on the Iowa registry, so how would this law, if it was in effect when this occurred, have stopped anything?  I wouldn't have.  This will just be another draconian law to punish everybody for the deeds of one man, from the anger of a family, that will do nothing to prevent crime, and we are sure it will be named "Kathlynn's Law" as well.

Kathlynn’s father, Michael Shepard, spoke about his daughter at a press conference Saturday in Dayton. “We’re going to take her songs and her hopes straight to the elected officials of Iowa and demand better protection for our children,” Shepard said.
- You could pass 10 million laws or force everyone to live in bubbles, but it still wouldn't prevent crime, neither will what they are proposing, out of anger.

The press conference was held under the “Tree of Hope,” named in memory of Kathlynn. Many people in attendance wore purple, Kathlynn’s favorite color. “If we can help protect just one child in Iowa or the nation, then this tragedy, as bad as it was, can mean something,” Shepard said.

Joining Shepard at the press conference was Brent King. His family formed the Chelsea’s Light Foundation. The foundation pushed legislation in California to ensure those who commit violent crimes against children are put behind bars for life. “It’s a one-strike law that does not give the ability for release,” King explained. “One and you’re done…we don’t need to have a second victim.”
- And it's another law that won't prevent another crime against a child either!

Chelsea’s Law, passed in California in 2010, is named for King’s 17-year-old daughter who was raped and killed in a San Diego park by a paroled sex offender. King said Chelsea’s Light Foundation will provide legal and financial help to the Shepard family as they prepare a bill to present to the Iowa legislature.

Governor Branstad and key lawmakers have said they are open to considering sentencing changes in the wake of Kathlynn’s death.


GA - Lawrence Taylor's son arrested for statutory rape, sodomy

Lawrence Taylor Jr.
Lawrence Taylor Jr.
Original Article

07/08/2013

Excerpt:
The son of NFL legend Lawrence Taylor has been arrested for rape in Georgia ... TMZ has learned.

According to the Cobb County Sheriff's Office ... Lawrence Taylor Jr. was arrested on July 7 on 3 counts -- statutory rape (felony), aggravated child molestation (felony), and statutory aggravated sodomy (felony). The details surrounding the arrest are unclear.

According to LTJ's booking sheet -- the NFL legend's son was born in 1981 and is listed at 6'1" and 230 lbs. He also has a Japanese symbol tattoo on his back. He also has tattoos on his shoulders.

Junior was the "presenter" when his father was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio back in 1999.

LTJ's father was infamously arrested for rape back in 2010 after having sex with an underage prostitute. LT eventually pled guilty to one count of patronizing a prostitute and one count of sexual misconduct. He was sentenced to 6 years probation with no jail time -- and was ordered to register as a sex offender.

A rep for LT had no comment.


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EGYPT - Violence against women, gang rape - rights groups ask 'is this Islamist morality'?

Woman silenced
Original Article

07/05/2013

The numbers of gang rapes in Egypt has soared, being used as a terror method against women.

In the past few days, it has become endemic, rights groups say, with men swarming any women they find in areas of public protest, assaulting them sexually, harassing or raping them. Defenders are also attacked. The intention is dissuasion, the message: ‘don’t be here’.

Egyptian anti-predator organisations said that between 28 June and 2 July there were at least one hundred sexual assaults in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Human Rights Watch recorded testimony. Hania Moheeb said: “They made a very tight circle around me. They started moving their hands all over my body. They touched every inch of my body, they violated every inch of my body. I was so much traumatized I was only screaming at the time, I couldn't even speak, I couldn't cry for help, I was just screaming.”

Yasmine El-Baramawy said: “A car backed up and stopped on my hair. So they took advantage of the fact that I was trapped on the ground. They held my legs and turned me around. They raised my legs up and raped me as they wished.”

Islamist media have been broadcasting Salafist preaching in which women are blamed – and other perverse justifications, critics say – since the rise of Islamist political dominance in Egypt after the 2011 Arab Spring. None of the rapists have been prosecuted so far.

In February, a member of the human rights committee in the Egyptian parliament said publicly that the women were 100 percent responsible for being assaulted. This kind of discourse from people in positions of supposed responsibility spreads the mentality.

A young man interviewed at random in the street, and asked about women and where the fault lies said: “It’s not a good habit, it’s wrong, but they lead us to do this. From the way they dress, from the way they walk, everything. They push Egyptian men to do this.”

The police and government have proved their impotence against sexual assault.

Preventive vigilante groups in Tahrir Square, dressed in yellow, can not handle the problem.

Experts say the horrendous prevalence of sexual violence runs deep in Egyptian society.

NGOs say the government must create a national strategy involving the media and religious and educational institutions to change the men in a country where more than eight out of ten women suffer sexual assault and harassment every day.


Free Range Kids - A Walmart Abduction Attempt - And What the Video Means

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Diigo Post Excerpt:
Hi Readers! By now, you probably have seen the shocking video (below) of 7-year-old Brittney Baxter fighting off a would-be kidnapper in the toy aisle of the Bremen, Ga., Walmart. What you may not realize is that this is a scene you will be seeing forever — replayed on the news and then re-imagined on “Law & Order” (though the show will change the name of the store, or maybe the guy will be kidnapping twins). Then you will see it playing again in your very own brain when you wonder to yourself, “Is it safe to let my child play in the toy aisle while I get some fruit?” And the answer may well be: “No! Are you kidding? It only takes a second for someone to snatch a child! Let’s go to the videotape!” And your brain will be right — and also very wrong.


NJ - State v. Scoles, 2013 N.J. LEXIS 585; 2013 WL 263169

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Diigo Post Excerpt:
In this criminal case, defendant is charged with endangering the welfare of a child based on allegations involving the email transmission of images of child pornography. A discovery dispute arose after the State declined to provide defendant’s attorney with copies of the computer images, refused to allow defendant to view the images at all, and required the defense team to inspect the images only in the prosecutor’s office. Defendant filed a motion to compel the prosecutor to provide copies of the images. The trial court denied the motion and entered a Protective Order, allowing defendant and his defense team access to the images subject to two conditions: the images could only be viewed on a computer housed at a state facility and access would be allowed within forty-eight hours after each request for inspection. In fashioning the Protective Order, the trial court sought to strike a balance between defendant’s right under Rule 3:13-3 to discovery of the evidence against him in order to prepare a defense, and the State’s arguments that the images were presumptively contraband, and that the public interest required protection of the child victims’ rights to privacy and not to have the republication of images through state-sanctioned dissemination.


Waiving The Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege

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Diigo Post Excerpt:
The case involved a civil commitment proceeding to determine whether respondent Bolander was a “sexually dangerous person” under the Adam Walsh Act, 18 U.S.C. § 4248. Under the statute, an individual who completed his prison term may be subject to further civil commitment upon a determination that the person may be “sexually dangerous to others” if “the person suffers from a serious mental illness, abnormality, or disorder as a result of which he would have serious difficulty in refraining from sexually violent conduct or child molestation if released.” 18 U.S.C. § 4247(a)(6). The respondent had given two prior Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP) reports to his expert who was asked to opine about his mental condition. Prior to the civil commitment evidentiary hearing, the respondent moved to exclude the two reports. The district court denied the motion to exclude the two reports under the privilege. The district court concluded that that there was clear and convincing evidence that the respondent was a sexually dangerous person and should be committed. On appeal, he challenged the admission of the two reports.


ME - Sex offender arrested for being near children at Bath Heritage Days


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So basically, from what we get from this, is if you are out walking around, and children happen to be nearby and someone complains, it's back to jail / prison for you? Insane!


MN - Sex offender task force re-examines commitment standards

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07/08/2013

By Heather J. Carlson

A task force charged with reviewing the state's civil commitment program for sex offenders is taking a closer look at how offenders get put in the program in the first place.

The Sex Offender Civil Commitment Advisory Task Force meets today to discuss possible changes to the criteria for committing a sex offender. Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester, serves on the task force. She said there have long been concerns that the current criteria lacks specifics.

"They are very vague. That means that you get this big variation across the state in who gets committed, and that is a huge issue," she said.

The work comes after lawmakers failed to pass a bill based on recommendations from the task force that would have created alternative, less restrictive options for housing civilly committed sex offenders. The bill, sponsored by Liebling, stalled in the House after failing to win Republican support. The push to pass the legislation comes amid concerns that a federal judge could rule the current program unconstitutional. That could lead to costly, mandated changes to the system imposed by the courts or, in the worst-case scenario, an order to shut it down and release all the patients.

Liebling said that whether or not she decides to try to pass that bill again next session will depend a lot on what happens with the court in the interim.

"A lot of people are really worried that the court is going to act and that we won't have any choice, and I sure hope that doesn't happen. If it doesn't happen, I'll be right back with this bill," she said.


URGENT - GA - Legislative Summit - 50 States... One City (PLEASE READ)


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07/08/2013

Imagine the cost effectiveness of lobbying all 50 State Legislatures at one time in one city!

USA FAIR hopes to do just that by exhibiting at the 2013 Legislative Summit hosted by the The National Conference of State Legislatures to be held August 12th through the 15th in Atlanta, Georgia. This is a once a year opportunity to bring our voices to the people who shape the policies that so profoundly impact the lives of law abiding former offenders and their families.

TO GET THERE WE NEED YOUR HELP

The exhibitors fee for a table is $1,825. The additional costs to send a delegation of four volunteers to cover the four day event, including travel and hotel accommodations - plus the cost of signage and hand-out materials will require that we raise $5,000 by July 17th.

This is too good of an opportunity to pass on. Our presence will help establish USA FAIR as a serious advocacy group on the national stage.

To our generous donors we ask that you step up again and make another contribution targeted to this critical initiative.

To our followers who have not yet made a financial donation - now would be the perfect time to become a donor.

We all can't go to Atlanta for four days - but we all can certainly give what we can afford to see that our voices are heard and our presence felt by legislators from all 50 states.

We're in this fight together and everyone needs to do their part.

Please pledge whatever you can today to make this special fund drive a success and make your donation on July 15th!

Thank you!


Obama Supporters Sign Petition to Repeal the Bill of Rights?

This shows how clueless people are in today's society. Anybody who would sign this petition are the types of people who went along with Hitler during his reign. It's a sad day in America folks!