Sunday, August 23, 2009

MI - Registered sex offender killed in Holly Township home invasion

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08/23/2009

By ZLATI MEYER

A registered sex offender was stabbed to death in his home early Sunday morning by an intruder, Michigan State Police said.

_____, 65, rushed to the back door of his home on Riviera Shores after his wife spotted someone breaking in around 4 a.m. and screamed for his help, according to investigators. _____ was stabbed as he was fighting with the intruder.

_____'s wife, who wasn't harmed, called 911; he was rushed to Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, where he died, police said. An autopsy by the Oakland County Medical Examiner has ruled the death a homicide.

"At this point, we do not believe this crime is a random act of violence," MSP Det. Sgt. Gary Muir said in a statement.

Police would not comment on whether McCarthy was targeted because of his sex offender status. The Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry lists a 64-year-old _____ who lives on the same road as being convicted in September of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13.

The killer is described as a white man in his 20s, 5-foot-8 with a stocky build and brown hair, wearing a dark blue hooded sweater shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Michigan State Police at 313-237-2450.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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FL - More Than an Eyesore - Sex Offenders under the Julia Tuttle Bridge (06/11/2009)

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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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FL - Bookville - A robust tourist destination

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Come visit Bookville!

Situated only minutes from the bustling Miami business district; Bookville is destined to become a robust tourist destination. From the banks of Bookville you can enjoy the breath taking views of Biscayne Bay while you set back on your lawn chair and converse with probation and parole officers who frequent the area.

Bookville; The dream of many but the byproduct of one enterprising man with a mission and a good amount of hatred and misinformation.

Be sure to visit Bookville the next time you are in the sunshine state.




"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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Understand consequences of free speech

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08/22/2009

By Ryan Blethen

Words matter. Words are malleable and can be used to illuminate or obscure. Words can hurt. Because of the heaviness of words, newspaper journalists take seriously the power we wield through our publications.

Journalists spend an inordinate amount of time contemplating and discussing what to write and how to write it. This contemplating and discussing encompasses everything from topics, to word choice, to what is appropriate to be spun off the press.

Journalists have the right to write pointed critiques or damaging stories. This is never done lightly and must be backed up with fact. What we do can alter somebody's life for better or worse. Almost every professional journalist is careful not to abuse this right of free speech.

There is nothing wrong with pushing the limits of the First Amendment, but there is a line where free speech can go too far and real damage is done. Bloggers are writing past this line and finding themselves in trouble.

The common refrain from bloggers is that they have a right to say what they want, especially if it is their opinion. Whatever that opinion is, it needs to be grounded in fact. If it is not then the writer runs the risk of being sued for libel, which is a false statement that damages a person's reputation.

Lucy Dalglish, executive director of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said she is receiving more and more calls from bloggers.

"They don't seem to understand that if you are going to spout off, that spouting off has consequences," she said.

The average blogger doesn't have the same understanding as trained journalists do of the difference between fact and opinion and the use of "red flag words."

"As more citizens are out there blogging away many of them don't have a grasp of what the law is," Dalglish said.

In the past couple of weeks there have been some cases of bloggers getting into trouble. One involved an anonymous blogger in New York who allegedly wrote false and defamatory comments about Liskula Cohen, a model. Cohen sued, and a judge ordered Google — who hosted the blogger — to release the blogger's identity to Cohen and her attorney. Turns out the blogger was a woman who turned up in some of the same social settings as Cohen.

No case is more bizarre than one originating out of New Jersey, which involves a blogger, Chicago judges and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Hal Turner is an Internet radio host and blogger who wrote that three federal appellate judges in Chicago should be killed because of their ruling against the National Rifle Association's attempt to overturn a couple of handgun bans. Turner followed up by posting pictures of the judges and a map of the courthouse. He also pointed out where the truck-bomb barriers were around the courthouse. Writing that people should be killed isn't libel but it is dangerous to incite such violence.

Not surprisingly, Turner got a visit from the FBI and is now in jail awaiting trial. Wired reported Wednesday that Turner claims he worked for the FBI between 2002 and 2007.

Oh, my. These kind of cases worry me as they do Dalglish because of the precedent they could set and Congressional backlash they could create.

"It's not to say that people shouldn't be able to go out there and write on the Internet to their heart's content, but we have libel laws for a reason. Sometimes people get hurt," she said.

If bloggers don't learn to check themselves, and use a modicum of restraint, then not only will people get hurt but free speech could be irreparably damaged.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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FrontLine - The Released - The crisis of mentally ill offenders released from prison

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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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FL - Ron Book - Creator of Bookville in Florida!

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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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FL - Habitat for Sex Offenders

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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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CT - Police Officer Faces A Sexual Assault Charge

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08/21/2009

MILFORD - An Orange police officer has been charged with sexual assault and placed on administrative leave for allegedly posing as his twin brother to have sex with a woman.

The alleged victim told police that 25-year-old Jared Rohrig of Milford, posed as his identical twin brother to engage in a sexual encounter on July 19.

The woman claims that Rohrig restrained her and continued the encounter against her will once she realized he was not the person she thought he was and attempted to leave.

Rohrig did not immediately respond to a telephone message seeking comment Friday.

Police charged Rohrig with first-degree sexual assault and criminal impersonation.

Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne said earlier this month that the department was investigating Rohrig, a probationary officer.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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NJ - CYBER-SLIMERS BEWARE - VICTIMS EYEING REVENGE AFTER 'SKANK' RULING

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08/23/2009

By STEFANIE COHEN

Slammers, prepare to get dunked.

After a Manhattan judge ordered Google to identify the anonymous blogger who called a model a "skank" and a "ho," other victims of 'Net slurs now hope to see their tormenters exposed.

"The attention that has been given to this case will allow other people who are the victims of anonymous online attacks to fight back," said Evan Brown, a Chicago intellectual-property lawyer.

Steven Wagner, the lawyer for model Liskula Cohen, said his office has been overwhelmed by angry calls since Manhattan State Court Justice Joan Madden ruled that Google had to disclose the registration information for the blogger, Rosemary Port , because she was writing defamatory material about his client.

One man who called Wagner claimed he had lost his job because he had been labeled a sex offender. Another said he had been forced out of a business deal because a Web commenter accused him of unsavory business practices.

George Spodak, the former mayor of Manalapan, NJ, was elated at the judge's decision.

"She's telling it like it is," he said.

Spodak, 69, has been labeled a pedophile, an alcoholic, a wife beater and a criminal by a group of unknown online enemies.

"I have proof that you're a pedophile, I have proof that you stole the recreation funds. I have proof that you beat both of your wives," an anonymous commenter wrote of him on a message board on NJ.com.

Spodak isn't taking it lying down. "They're not going to do this to me in the town that I love," he said. "You can't call someone a pedophile and then run and hide behind the First Amendment."

He sued a year ago and has subpoenaed NJ.com for the attackers' identities. NJ.com gave up the e-mail addresses but did not know their names. So Spodak is going after Google, AOL and Yahoo! for the IP address that corresponds to the e-mails.

If the Internet service providers don't voluntarily hand over the anonymous posters' IP addresses, Spodak's lawyer, Lawrence Kleiner, will request a court order, urging a judge to demand the names be made public.

A lawyer for Google said the company would provide information about a user only in response to a subpoena or court order.

"People seem to think there is a different morality on the Internet than in the real world," said San Francisco intellectual-property attorney Karl Kronenberger. "It's becoming less that way with decisions like these."


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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PA - Reported Rape a Hoax

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08/21/2009

By Wendy Mc New

The woman who told police she was raped on a college campus in the Poconos admitted she lied and could face charges in Monroe County.

Three different police agencies responded to the alleged rape on East Stroudsburg University's campus last week.

A 22-year-old female student said a man had sexually assaulted her at knifepoint in a student parking lot in broad daylight.

After an investigation, state police said the woman has now admitted it was all a lie.

"When you look at something as egregious as this where someone went to that length to make a detailed story and put so many resources into affect, it is sad and it is a bit frustrated for law enforcement," said campus police chief Robin Olson.

Stroud Area Regional Police, who also responded to the alleged rape on ESU's campus, said out of all of the sexual assault cases reported to their department, around 25 percent are false.

"Now we have done all of this. We have expended out resources and we have found out that we have been out and out lied to. We've terrorized and put fear into the public thinking that this mad man has been walking around their neighborhood," said Captain William Parrish of the Stroud Area Regional Police Department.

Police said it just hurts the real victims who are already afraid to come forward because people won't believe them. Stroud Area Regional Police said only 30 percent of sex assaults are reported.

According the state police, the female student said she lied about the rape because she was having trouble in school and was having personal problems.

East Stroudsburg University sophomore Felicia Twiford said that's no excuse. "It's a serious situation and it shouldn't be made into a joke like that," she said.

The female student who claimed she was raped could now face charges for filing a false report.

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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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DE - Laurel Landlords Face New Rules on Renting to Sex Offenders

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08/21/2009

By Lacee Griffith

LAUREL - Those who own rental property in Laurel may face some new rules when it comes to renting to sex offenders.

The Laurel Town Council considered the first reading of a new ordinance this week that prohibits rental property owners from renting to sex offenders if the unit is located 1,000 feet from a school, youth center or day care.

The ordinance would prohibit renting to high-risk sex offenders.

It would also prohibit landlords from allowing more than one sex offender to reside in any one building, with some exceptions.

Landlords who rent to a sex offender must inform people who live within 500 feet of the rental unit.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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