Sunday, February 1, 2009

GA - Stand The Line

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Go to the above web site, and fill out the form, if you will join, have questions, need more info, etc.

There are over sixteen thousand, three hundred (16,365) persons on the Sex Offender Registry in the State of Georgia. For each person on the Registry, at least three other people are directly affected. Each of those affected people affects another two or three people. The effect does lessen the further it is from the person on the Registry, it is still an effect.

When the dangerous precedent of preemptive justice is considered, the Registry directly affects every person in the State of Georgia.

Most of those indirectly affected or unaware of how allowing government to establish a proscribed class of citizens will have serious consequences for their liberty in the very near future, we, on the Registry and those directly affected by our status, must be seen.

There is a way we can do that beyond letters and emails to legislators who refuse to listen.

We can Stand The Line.

Are you willing to stand up and be seen?

This will require time, cost transportation, and require quiet courage.

The Plan.

We will gather together in a place that meets all requirements of the current Registry and Residency Restrictions. The location will be properly permitted and either public, not designated as a Park, school, etc., property or private property with proper permission granted.

We will stand silently while a speaker reads the myths and lies and another speaker answers those myths and lies with facts and truths.

Another speaker will begin reading off the restrictions we are under as persons on the Registry. At each restriction, we will take a step towards the core of the mass. Eventually, we will be a concentrated mass with no more room to retreat.

When the final restriction is pronounced, we will pause in our mass and then silently disperse.

This is planned as a media event.

We will invite the media, including television. It will take courage for any individual to speak to the media and no one is asked to do this. We will provide fliers and pamphlets to hand to anyone who will accept them.

This is not a protest. It is to speak the truth and provide a visual for those who simply do not know to understand what they have allowed to happen.

If we can do this in Georgia, we will coordinate with other state groups and have another event on the same day in as many states as possible.

When and Where

When depends on you. It is understandable that those on the Registry are trying to do everything they can to remain in compliance.

There is nothing in this event that is out of compliance with the current law.

It is understandable that those on the Registry do everything they can to keep that fact from being public knowledge.

It is already public knowledge. The Registry is public. Many local newspapers publish photos, many municipalities post bulletin boards in public buildings.

It is time to stand up and be recognized. To make a statement. To let the public know that what their lawmakers and those who brand us with the same brand that should be reserved for those none of us would want on our streets and in our neighborhoods, those who raped and murdered Jessica Lunsford and their ilk, have lied. To let the public understand that we are not a danger and do not deserve the shame they attempt to put on us.

Will You Join Us?

If you are ready, or if you have questions or need more information, complete the form below. Encourage anyone who will stand with you to complete the form.

Each week, you will receive an email letting you know what our numbers are. The more non registered persons we can enlist the greater will be the effect. Ask your minister and church elders, ask your parents and family. Ask anyone who cares about liberty and the promise of the Constitution.

For impact, we will not attempt this with fewer than three hundred (300) and would prefer the visual impact of over a thousand. Spread the word.



OH - Convicted Sex Offender, Drug Dealer Hired As Traffic Cop

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Give me a break! A sex offender, gets a job, and it becomes headline news! Out comes the vigilante media and mob! The more stable someones life is, the less likely they are to commit another crime. You add stress to their life, and that increases the risk of another crime and/or victim. So do you want to help prevent crime, or cause it?

01/31/2009

CLEVELAND - Controversy is surround a new hire by the Cleveland Police Department after a convicted felon became a traffic controller for the city.

Lorenzo Shepherd spent years behind bars for being a drug dealer and sex offender, but now he's being given a second chance through a program operated by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Over three decades, Shepherd has been arrested, charged and convicted of more than a dozen crimes, from theft, to drug trafficking, to rape.

He's also a registered sex offender. Beginning next week, he will be a Cleveland police traffic control officer thanks to the program and the Cleveland police.

Even though his most recent conviction for drug trafficking was two years ago, Shepherd said he's rehabilitated.

"You can trust me. You can feel safe around me," he said.

But Cleveland's police union is outraged by the hiring of Shepherd.

"A guy who has spent his entire life breaking laws is now in charge of enforcing them? It's a ridiculous notion," said union president Steve Loomis. "It's asinine. It's complete insanity to have this guy on the payroll within the Department of Public Safety."

Shepherd, who has been arrested by some of the people he will now serve with, said he is worried how the officers will react to him.

He asks them to give him a chance.



CO - Greeley leaders to vote on sex offender residency law

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02/01/2009

By Andrew Villegas

We’re taught the signs from a young age.

If a stranger offers you candy, you decline and run away.

In fact, there’s a whole tradition of people telling their children how to deal with sex offenders. The tales are filled with men who live in vans, preying on young children, and ones who prowl playgrounds, lollipops in hand.

In reality, sex offenders are also a real problem.

But there’s no handbook on how adults should deal with sex offenders, particularly those who have seemingly already paid their debt to society.

So this week, when Greeley officials meet to decide if they should stop sex offenders in the city from living near schools or parks, the council will have a lot to weigh — public safety and individual civil liberties chief among them.

A few other communities already have decided, and three cities in Colorado — Englewood, Commerce City and Greenwood Village — already ban sex offenders from living or loitering near schools, playgrounds, day cares or other places children frequent.

Greeley considering keeping sex offenders from schools
Greeley City Council will consider two ordinances when it meets Tuesday night. One would stop sex offenders from loitering near schools, parks, pools and playgrounds. Another ordinance would stop sex offenders from living within 750 feet — about one block — of Greeley’s school, parks, pools and playgrounds. The ordinances are meant to be companion pieces, to be passed together, said Greeley City Attorney Rick Brady, but the council can also pass one, the other or neither.

Brady said his staff, when crafting the ordinances, recommended that the minimum distance sex offenders would be allowed to be from schools and other places where kids gather would be 500 feet to be most effective. He added that the maximum distance, in order to allow sex offenders some place in Greeley to live and likely preserve the ordinance’s constitutionality, would be 1,000 feet.

Brady said he and his staff have pored over 1,000 pages of background on similar types of laws around the United States to come up with the best solution.

“The people in Greeley are no better and no worse than anywhere in the country,” Brady said, saying there is no special need for Greeley to have an ordinance while others do not.

The law — if passed by the city council — would not be retroactive for sex offenders in Greeley. In other words, sex offenders living in Greeley, even those who already live near schools, would be able to stay in their homes as long as they don’t re-offend or move.
- So if they move, then you apply retroactive punishment to them?  That is unconstitutional, regardless of whether they move 100 times, it's still unconstitutional to apply new rules and regulations to someone who committed their crime, before the law came into being.

“It’s always a balancing act,” Brady said of the rights of sex offenders, who have paid their debt to society and the public safety need. “It’s where that balance is ... (those rights) are not perpetually guaranteed.”

Indeed, many in law enforcement are of the opinion that restricting sex offender residency near children is crucial to keeping kids safe.
- And that is total BS!  Show many any study, which says limiting where someone lives, reduces the risk of re-offending, and protects society...  I'd love to see it.  Studies show, that 90% or more of all sex crimes, are committed by family and close friends, not some stranger living near a school or park.  This is just fear-mongering BS to punish people, period.  I do not care how you sugar coat it, call it what it is!

“We have got currently over 250 registered sex offenders in Greeley, which I think is way too many,” Greeley police chief Jerry Garner said. “My very honest, forthright goal is to make Greeley a less comfortable place for sex offenders. I want to make it less pleasant for them to live in Greeley.”

Garner said the ordinances are aimed at reducing the number of victims of sex crimes.
- And if these BS laws were working, why does the registry grow daily?  Because they do not, and will not work, it's nothing more than punishment, period!  It's not about protecting children, it's about looking good to the sheeple, and giving everyone placebo's to make them feel like they are safe, and the legislature is actually doing something, for once.  When they are not!

“I’m very aware of the arguments against it, and that’s why I don’t make the claim that it’s going to wipe out sex crimes in Greeley,” he said. “But if I can wipe out a few, I’m happy.”
- So then, to save people from being murdered, then why not ban hand guns?  If it saves one or two, while eradicating the rights of millions, it's worth it, right?  Same logic applies here.  You are passing laws, punishing hundreds of thousands of people, to satisfy your greedy, self righteous needs to feel wanted, and like you are doing something.

Commerce City: A case study
“There is a sense of, ‘how long do these people have to pay for their crime?’ ” said Commerce City Police Chief Phil Baca.

A law in Commerce City that prohibits offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds, recreation centers and public trails has been effective in keeping sex offenders away from schools, Baca said.
- Ok, but how effective has it been in protecting children?  It hasn't!

“It helps allay the fears of the community,” he said. “We know where they live and work.”

Baca said he is of the opinion, one he said most residents share, that most sex offenders — up to 80 percent — will re-offend. Commerce City also has a loitering law.
- Well, he's f---ing wrong!  If he's read the MANY studies out there, even from the Department of Justice, he will see that what he is saying, is total BS!  But, if he doesn't say this, then he won't get the brownie points from the sheeple, and would not look "tough on crime," when it does nothing.  It's about grandstanding and boasting, period!  Why don't you show me the study that says this sir?  Stop the damn lying!

But though some may question the constitutionality of such laws, Baca said generally reasonable rules regarding where sex offenders may live have been upheld by courts. In the meantime, no one has challenged Commerce City’s law, and Baca said he’s never heard of sex offenders themselves raising their voices.
- And this is exactly why more and more laws are passed.  Because RSO's sit back, and hope things will change, and do not voice their opinions to the legislature, news media, etc.  As long as RSO's cower in their homes, and do nothing, more laws will be passed.  SO GET OFF YOUR BUTTS, AND SPEAK OUT, NOW!!!!!!

“I don’t think they’d get much support,” Baca said. “I don’t think they want the confrontation.”

Englewood law broader
At least one city in Colorado, however, has been the target of threats of lawsuits from sex offenders and civil liberty organizations: Englewood.

Englewood’s law is broader than both Commerce City’s and the one proposed in Greeley. Englewood prevents sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools, parks and playgrounds and 1,000 feet from recreation centers, swimming pools and day cares.

Their law leaves almost no place in Englewood where sex offenders can live, said Englewood police Sgt. Tim Englert.

“I think (Englewood) city council wants to limit people of that type in the city,” Englert said.

Indeed, Englewood will also only allow sex offenders to live in their community if they have only a single, misdemeanor offense on their records. Sex offenders who are felons or multiple misdemeanor offenders need not apply, Englert said.

Since adopting the law 1 1/2 years ago, the number of sex offenders in Englewood has dropped from around 70 to about 60, he said.

“We’re reducing it by attrition,” Englert said.

Greeley law meant to fill the gaps
Greeley’s law is aimed at filling the gaps that sex offenders off probation or parole may fall through, law enforcement authorities said.
- Applying new laws to those off probation and parole, is a DIRECT VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION, and your "OATH OF OFFICE," to uphold the United States and State constitution!

Greeley Police Department Sex Offender Unit investigator Terry Moore said the laws won’t affect all sex offenders, as many are already prohibited from living near schools, parks or other premises where children gather.

“It has to be approved by their probation officer or parole before they can do that,” he said.

However, if offenders serve their sentences and complete their probation and parole terms, current law allows them to live wherever they want.

The proposed law “is basically going to cover people that aren’t under supervision of probation or parole,” Moore said.
- And that, violates the constitution, because it's an ex post facto law (something done after the fact)!

Are these legal?
More than 25 states in the United States have adopted statewide laws dealing with where sex offenders can live. Colorado is not one of them.

But a 2004 study by Colorado’s Department of Public Safety says placing restrictions on where sex offenders can live may not deter reoffense and shouldn’t be considered a method to control sex offenders.
- Yet the false statistics of high re-offense rates, and other bogus lies, are exactly what they are basing all these draconian laws on!  This just proves, that the government, is CORRUPT!

Often, however, the more prohibitive the law is for restricting where sex offenders can live, the more likely it is a judge will strike it down in court.

On Jan. 23, for instance, a judge overturned a local law that prevented sex offenders from being within 100 feet of schools and other places where children gather, according to the Associated Press.

New York state law says only local probation officers can decide where sex offenders can live.

And in 2007, Georgia’s supreme court overturned a law that kept sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools, churches and places where children gather.

But as some states overturn or scale the laws back, communities keep passing these kinds of laws, and it may give some residents a false sense of security.

Alienation a bigger worry?
Dr. Jill Levenson, a assistant professor with Lynn University in Florida, said new research indicates that there is no relation between sex offenders re-offending and their proximity to a school.

I think that what happens is these laws sound good in theory,” Levenson said. But there’s no real empirical evidence backing up the claim that it stops sexual offenses, she said.

About 80 percent of sex offenders are first-time offenders, she said.

What would help children more, Levenson said, is for parents to help each other notice suspicious behaviors like giving children money or presents or allowing children to drink or smoke.

In fact, Levenson said, factors such as housing instability and unemployment make it more likely an offender will commit another crime, and laws restricting their residency could simply be putting other children at danger — children in rural communities.

As communities create these laws and push people out of their cities or towns, they are moving into rural communities, where support is far less and supervision is harder to regulate, Levenson said.

“Most of us don’t want any criminals in our backyard,” Levenson said. “Criminals have always lived among us.”



AK - Smith vs. Doe



AL - Two sex offenders talk about life in the public eye

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01/31/2009

By Brittany Whitley

_____ is a sex offender.

Very soon, all his neighbors in Auburn will know it too—because a sex offender notification flier is about to be sent out.

“It still stresses me out,” he said. “All they see is a sex offender. They want to judge somebody. Only God can judge me. Let God judge me.”

They’ll know that _____ was charged with sexual abuse in the third degree in 2005, that he was charged in Oregon and that his victim was a 15-year-old girl.

They’ll also know it was consensual.

“It was a female I knew,” _____ said. “We just had sex one night. I’m no rapist.”

_____ was 26 when he slept with the girl.

He was charged when his ex-wife — to whom he was still married at the time— learned of the weeklong affair and turned him in, _____ said.

“The girl told me she was 18,” he said. (Because sex crime victims’ identities are kept confidential, the Opelika-Auburn News was unable to interview the victim for this article.)

“I got messed up,” he said, meaning that he was charged with something he didn’t do.

Although _____ spent only 30 days in jail, the incident has followed him ever since.

“They made it out that I’m a bad person. I’m not,” he said.

Like other sex offenders, _____ cannot live within 2,000 feet of a school and has a driver’s license that identifies him as a sex offender. A lot of his personal information has been made public.

Although some sex offenders have a hard time finding a job, _____ said he didn’t and now works as a heavy equipment operator.

But on the job, it’s a different story.

He said that when he’s working, he occasionally hears people who know about his status talk about it on the CB radio.

“They don’t know the whole story,” he said. “They’re just judging me.”

_____ said he once went outside his house to discover his truck covered in eggs and ketchup.

“It’s embarrassing,” he said.

He said he’s not a predatory offender, someone who “hides out in the woods and rapes little girls.”

“She lied to me. She looked older,” he said. “I’m a good ol’ country boy. I won’t ever do it again.”

_____, who now lives in Phenix City, is also a sex offender.

He was convicted in Lee County of sexual abuse in the second degree and attempted sexual abuse in the first degree.

At the time, his victims were 4 and 14, he said. They were the daughters of his ex-wife.

“I can tell you this, the easy part was going to jail,” he said. “Getting out of jail was the hard part.”

_____ maintains he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, when the 14-year-old said he fondled her. (The victim could not be interviewed due to victim confidentiality.)

“It’s embarrassing to me. … With that kind of charge, you’re automatically guilty. You’re automatically guilty for the rest of your life,” he said.

Like _____, _____’s real battle began after his 12 months in jail.

“It’s hard to find a place (to live),” he said. “Every July and January, I have to check in and re-register in Opelika.”

When he moves into a new place, he tells neighbors that he’s a sex offender, he said.

“I try to be up front with people,” he said.

_____ said his family has been supportive. He works with his brother.

“I did apply for one job,” he said. “They saw my license and they said, ‘No, unfortunately, we’re not hiring at this time.’ ”