Thursday, October 25, 2007

DEFINITION - Sippenhaft

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Is this what is next? If so, who will be left standing? I mention this because, "Those who do not learn from the past, are deemed to repeat it!" So are we going to repeat history?

Sippenhaft or Sippenhaftung (English: "kin liability") was a legal practice in Nazi Germany whereby relatives of those accused of crimes against the state were held to be equally responsible and were arrested and sometimes executed. Many people who had not committed any crimes were arrested and punished under Sippenhaft laws introduced following the failed July 20 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in July 1944. A law of February 1945 also threatened death to the relatives of military commanders who showed what Hitler regarded as cowardice or defeatism in the face of the enemy.

After the failure of the July 20 plot, the SS chief Heinrich Himmler told a meeting of Gauleiters in Posen that he would "introduce absolute responsibility of kin... a very old custom practised among our forefathers." According to Himmler, this practice had existed among the ancient Teutons. "When they placed a family under the ban and declared it outlawed or when there was a blood feud in the family, they were utterly consistent... This man has committed treason; his blood is bad; there is traitor's blood in him; that must be wiped out. And in the blood feud the entire clan was wiped out down to the last member. And so, too, will Count Stauffenberg's family be wiped out down to the last member."

Accordingly, the family of Stauffenberg (who had planted the bomb which failed to kill Hitler) were all arrested. His wife, Nina Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg, was sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp (she survived and lived until 2006). His brother Alexander, who knew nothing of the plot and was serving with the German Army in Greece, was also sent to a concentration camp. Similar punishments were meted out to the relatives of Carl Goerdeler, Henning von Tresckow, Adam von Trott zu Solz and many other conspirators. The fact that most of these families belonged to the old Prussian aristocracy, a class detested by the Nazis, added to the zeal with which they were persecuted. Younger children of arrested plotters were sent to orphanges under new names: Stauffenberg's children were renamed "Meister."

It should be noted that other totalitarian regimes have used similar practices, even if they have not codified them in law. During Joseph Stalin's Great Purge of the 1930s many thousands of people were arrested and executed or sent to labour camps as "relatives of the enemies of the people." One well-known example was Anna Larina, wife of Nikolai Bukharin. Similar practices took place in the People's Republic of China during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. A prominent example is Deng Pufang, son of Deng Xiaoping. They also take place currently in North Korea.


New Pledge of Allegiance



Since the Pledge of Allegiance and The Lord's Prayer are not allowed in most public schools anymore because the word "God" is mentioned. A kid in Arizona wrote the attached.

NEW School prayer:

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the state.

We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's "inappropriate" to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such "judgments" do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!

Amen


GA - DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown on Sex Offender Laws

Now this is a man who is thinking, and not hate filled evil people!

Sheriff Thomas Brown of DeKalb County Georgia speaks on the complexities of the sex offenders law in the state.


OK - Sex offenders must leave motels

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This is total BS! The offenders were apparently their first, so why did the park owner put children in danger and force many people to leave their homes? He should be guilty of a crime, if you ask me. Why do sex offenders have to move a thousand times. When and where will enough be enough? These people are not millionaires!

10/25/2007

TULSA - More than 60 sex offenders living in Sapulpa are being told to move out.

Right now, they're living in a number of motels along Interstate-44. It was one of the few places the law would allow, near Tulsa.

But a new park just went in, so Sapulpa police say they have until December 31 to pack up everything they own and leave town.
- It should be the other way around, the park needs to shut down and move. They should've checked if sex offenders lived near by before putting children in danger. Now, because of their mistake, 60 people will lose their homes, which from above, this is only one of a very few places they can stay! You people are just pure evil and cruel, IMO!

Crews were putting the finishing touches on the new park in Sapulpa today. It's simple, a swing set and a few benches, but since it's within 2000 feet of sex offenders living in the motels, it's enough to force them to leave.

“I don’t have a car, I don’t know where to go.” This sex offender, who lives at the Rest Inn, didn't want us to reveal his identity.

But in a few weeks, he'll be one of 60 who have to leave and he wonders what he'll do next. “Don’t know, nobody else knows either. This is an industrial area, who’s going to go to this park, there’s no houses around here. To me, it’s just a bunch of stores, and little motels and that kind of thing.”
- Oh, we all know, they wasted tax payers money on purpose, they know exactly what they are doing, evil bastards!

Grandmother Brenda Savage didn't know sex offenders were even living nearby. She thinks this new plan leaves a lot more questions than answers. “Where are they going? Are they going to go underground?”

Sapulpa police say anyone still living in the area after December 31 could be charged with violating the sex offender’s registration act. And they point out that plans for the park have been underway for more than a year.

But for Brenda, dozens of sex offenders being forced to leave is unsettling and like them, she wonders where they'll go next. “That’s kind of scary.”

The new park is scheduled to open Friday, October 26. But a new law takes affect November 1 that says sex offenders won't have to move if a new playground, daycare, or park is built. But police say there is no grandfather clause here because the park opens before the new law goes into effect. So the majority of the Sapulpa sex offenders will have to be out by December 31.

Sapulpa police say there is one exception. Registered sex offenders who moved into the motels before July 1 of 2006 do not have to move. They were grandfathered in under a previous law. But as it turns out, police say fewer than a dozen sex offenders will be able to stay.


PA - Ex-ESPN Radio, Pitt Announcer Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charges

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10/25/2007

PITTSBURGH -- Former Pittsburgh ESPN radio announcer John Duffy was sentenced Thursday to up to 63 months in prison after pleading guilty to child porn charges.

Duffy was charged last May after a search of his home found more than 40 video files of child porn on his computer.

Besides working ESPN radio, Duffy also worked the press box at the University of Pittsburgh football and women's basketball games.


DC - WE HAVE BEEN AMBUSHED!

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You see, in the PDF above, notice the bill has "..and other purposes!" Why the hell do they do that? So they can add or remove at will? This should be illegal. Say what you mean instead of this, this could be ANYTHING!

10/25/2007

VERY QUIETLY AND WITHOUT ANY MEDIA ATTENTION, THE U.S. CONGRESS INTRODUCED THE "VIOLENT RADICALIZATION AND HOMEGROWN TERRORISM ACT" BACK IN APRIL THE BILL WENT QUIETLY THROUGH COMMITTEE - AND WAS PASSED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TODAY!

The Bill creates a Commission which will study how to prohibit ". . . . .the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system . . . . .to advance political, religious, or social change.. . . ."

Folks, they are trying to outlaw what people are able to BELIEVE. Outlaw what opinions people are able to utter!

Ladies and Gentlemen, this Bill opens the first skirmish in what will become a direct legislative assault upon our most basic right to freedom of THOUGHT and the ability to speak those thoughts!

Under this type of Legislative thinking, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson Alexander Hamilton and the other Founding Fathers, would be jailed!!!!

Congress has just fired the first shot against what we can THINK! The implications of this effort by government are terrifying. Just open your mouth and say the wrong "radical" thing and POW: you're a "homegrown terrorist." A "radical." Or perhaps a word we've all come to know quite well, "militant." We hear about "militants" all the time these days. . . . "U.S. troops killed x number of Iraqi militants today. . . . . ."

By passing this Bill, the federal government of the United States has officially embarked upon tyranny. Absolute despotism.

It is time for us to muster our resources and engage in the most fierce poltical battle imaginable. If we don't get together to fight this thing right now; we will be left with no choice but to take up arms or submit to absolute despotism in as little as 18 months!


PA - Marysville police officer charged with sexual assault

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10/25/2007

Suspended Marysville police officer Robert J. Pavlovich Jr. was charged this morning with multiple counts of sexual assault and other related crimes for allegedly having sexual contact with teenage girls while on duty.

According to court records, Pavlovich, 39, would leave the borough for hours at a time, while on duty and in his police car, to visit the homes of girls, some as young as 12.

Pavlovich was placed on paid administrative leave by the borough in March after officials received two complaints about his alleged conduct and turned the matter over to the state police.

For the past five months, the state attorney general’s office presented evidence to a statewide investigating grand jury in Harrisburg on claims that Pavlovich had sexual contact with girls, according to several people who testified this week.

According to court records, Pavlovich would use information obtained from accident reports to gain confidence or leverage over girls. For example, he reportedly went to the home of a girl several days after a crash to get information for a report and asked her for oral sex, records state.


OH - Ready for the Next Wave of Sex Abuse Hysteria?

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10/25/2007

In 1994 a Child Protective Services official instructed his employees to dig up child sex abuse cases to justify the agency's budget. Before long 43 parents and Sunday school teachers in Wenatchee, Wash. had been arrested and charged with nearly 30,000 cases of sex abuse involving 60 children. It wasn't until four years and many ruined lives later that the Wenatchee witch hunt was exposed as a fraud.

A decade later, we seem to be on the verge of another moral panic involving sex abuse, but this time with a new wrinkle: its perpetrators are as young as four years old.

Last year a pre-schooler in Waco, Tex. hugged a female aide as he boarded the school bus. The four-year-old’s embrace lingered a bit long, and soon the boy was required to defend himself from a charge of sexual harassment. The scarlet letter of “inappropriate physical contact” is now stamped on the child’s school records.

In December a kindergartener in Hagerstown, Maryland pinched a classmate’s bottom. For that he, too, was branded a sexual harasser. To those who asked how a little boy could understand, much less commit such an action, spokeswoman Carol Mowen came up with this loopy explanation: “It’s important to understand a child may not realize that what he or she is doing may be considered sexual harassment, but if it fits under the definition, then it is, under the state’s guidelines.”

Middle school students in McMinnville, Ore. designated Fridays as Slap Butt Day. Those days “pretty much we would just go around slapping people’s butts,” recounted Megan Looney. But one day the local police got wind of the racy activities. They came in and arrested 12-year-old Ryan Cornelison and 13-year-old Cory Mashburn, charging each with five counts of felony sex abuse.

Six times the teenage boys were subjected to a strip search. Six days later they were released from jail. Then it took the judge six months to hear a motion to dismiss the case, even though the “victims” had signed affidavits saying they wanted the charges to be dropped.

Even respected media organizations are beginning to jump on the sex abuse bandwagon.

This past weekend the Associated Press released a report with the five-alarm headline, “Sexual Misconduct Plagues U.S. Schools.” The word “plague” suggests a pestilence descending upon schoolhouses in every hill and dale throughout the land.

But a closer reading of the article reveals that among 3 million public school teachers nationwide, 500 have their teaching credentials restricted each year due to a sex abuse charge. So cause for concern, yes -- a plague, definitely not.

Lest you accuse me of going wobbly on the horrific crime of child sex abuse, I will remind you that when the Congress held hearings on the problem in the early 1970s, similar white-hot rhetoric was bandied about in a calculated effort to convince the federal government to invest millions to halt the abuse “epidemic.”

The bigger problem with the AP study is that was run by journalists, not trained researchers. They only looked at teachers whose credentials had been revoked or restricted, and then concluded “in nearly nine out of 10 cases, they’re male.” Indeed, every one of the teachers highlighted in the AP article are men.

There they go again, those beastly men, this time ravishing young innocents. But hold on a minute …

What about Debra Lafave, the reading teacher in Tampa who admitted to deflowering a 14-year-old boy in her classroom, car, and at home? Have we already forgotten about Mary Kay Letourneau of Washington who had an affair with a sixth-grade boy?

Just last week, Meredith Vincent, a home school teacher in Van Nuys, Calif. was arrested for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old boy. And on Friday, Kay Sorg, a science teacher at Albany Middle School, Calif. appeared in court following an accusation of having sex with a high school girl.

According to a 2004 Department of Education report, “Educator Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of the Literature,” student surveys reveal that only 57% of sex offenders are male. That’s a far cry from the nine-in-10 statistic reported by the AP. So how do we explain the discrepancy?

A few years ago Tina Smith wrote a book on Perspectives on Female Sex Offending: A Culture of Denial. Smith reveals that when it comes to female-perpetrated sex abuse, we live in a state of selective amnesia. Thanks to chivalrous school administrators, female abusers are often given a second chance and their record stays clean.

So before we stick men with the sex offender moniker and ban them from the schools, let’s be sure to look at both sides of the sex abuse equation.


FREEDOM 101


Kids tracked with GPS-equipped clothes

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10/25/2007

Parents may worry less about losing their child - and the kid's expensive coat - with a new piece of winter wear that includes a global positioning tracker.

The jackets, released this week by the British clothing company Bladerunner, have a GPS tracking device in the lining. The device can track the jacket anywhere in the world within four square metres.

"The jacket is not something that was released due to people losing their kids," said Adrian Davis, a partner at Bladerunner. "It was originally made for mountain climbers, skiers and snowboarders."

Davis said the company decided to make a children's version to target parents concerned about their children's safety.

Using Google Earth maps, users can watch the jacket wearer move. The movements are updated every 10 seconds.

But they do not need to be online to find out where the person is. Users can also receive alerts to their email or mobile phone when the jacket leaves the boundary, meaning parents could potentially receive alerts whenever their children wagged school, left the neighbourhood or went to someone's house - so long as the child was wearing the jacket.

Bladerunner, which designed the jacket and commissioned Asset Monitoring Solutions to craft the tracking device, made headlines in the spring when they released slash-resistant clothing for children, aimed at those worried about increasing knife crime in London.

The new jacket is also equipped with the slash-resistant lining. The tracking device uses a rechargeable battery that can last for about 18 hours.

A children's tracking jacket costs STG250 ($A572) plus STG10 ($A23) a month for the tracking technology. An adult jacket costs STG350 ($A800).


KY - Woman says she was manipulated into molesting family members

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What a load of BS! Made her do it, yeah right.

10/25/2007

A convicted sex offender says she was manipulated into horrific acts against children in her own family.

Wednesday afternoon the southern Indiana woman told her side of the story only to WHAS11, from jail.

“Who knew that your life would go to forgive my phrase "hell in a hand basket?" says Jennifer Jacobi. “But it can because I had a really typical normal life before that. I had everything and I threw it all away.”

In the small southern Indiana community of Greenville Indiana, Jennifer Jacobi was living out her days as a wife, mother and substitute teacher.

She may be sorry now, but Jacobi, who spoke to me today from the Harrison County jail, says her world came crashing down when she met Richard Prado from Maine.

“He made me feel like none of the stuff we were doing was wrong,” says Jacobi. “I knew it was but he made me feel like it wasn't.”

The two connected over the internet - Jacobi says she thought she was in love with him.

She says he told her to molest children in her family - and she did.

“People complain about addiction of alcohol, the addiction of drugs. I have an addiction, its computers and the necessity of needing other people’s approval,” Jacobi says. “He gave me approval and I was very needy. That was the whole problem right there.”

Police arrested Prado in March of 2006. He was suspected of being a major producer of child pornography. He hung himself in jail two weeks after his arrest.

But before he was charged police say he came to see Jacobi in Greenville. They say he molested the children in her family while he was there.

“It makes me hate myself just a little bit more every time I think about it, because I have hurt so many people especially my husband and my kids,” Jacobi says.

Jacobi was arrested in February of 2006 in Harrison County and has been locked up there ever since.

But on Monday she pled guilty to charges child molestation and arranging for an adult to molest a child.

She says she agreed to the interview because she wanted to tell her family how sorry she is - and she wanted her side of the story to come out.

When asked if she saw herself as a sex offender she replied, “Honestly, no.”

During all of this Jacobi was married to someone else in Greenville. Police say he was not involved in the crimes.

Jacobi still has a tentative plea agreement in place with the federal government - she is facing federal charges of producing child pornography.

She's already been sentenced to 66 years in prison in county court and she could face a similar sentence in federal court.

Before all of this Jacobi only had two speeding tickets on her record.


NM - City could get sued for predator ordinance

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10/25/2007

FARMINGTON — A draft sexual predator proximity ordinance advanced Tuesday could get the city of Farmington sued, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney said.

The ordinance prohibits convicted sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools or day cares, and gives the 12 offenders already living there about two months to move. It comes up again Nov. 13, and up for final adoption Nov. 27.

"This is drafted very, very well. I'm sure our community is adequately protected if the ordinance is to be challenged," Councilor Jason Sandel. "My interest is to protect our school kids."

The ACLU of New Mexico disagreed. Portions of the ordinance, Staff Attorney George Bach said, are similar to an Albuquerque ordinance that was struck down in 2004.

"You can't just write an ordinance and have everyone who falls under this very broad category move out of homes they've lived in and owned," Bach said Wednesday. "The problem with these very broad ordinances is what they in effect do is serve to alienate sex offenders and make them more likely to commit a crime."

Sandel called that issue a policy debate, and said the ordinance provided for offenders to ask for judicial leniency.

Mayor Bill Standley said the ordinance will protect children, and is worth the risk of a lawsuit.

"I feel we can't go another year or two before we're able to get this back in front of our (state) lawmakers," he said.

The issue could come before the New Mexico Legislature, but with a shorter 30-day session this year, that might not happen.

Farmington has more offenders living near schools than any other city in New Mexico. If a suit comes, it would start with an offender, the ACLU said.

The ordinance would prohibit offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a public or private elementary or secondary school, a school bus stop, a school bus route, playgrounds or day care facilities. A home is considered anyplace where a sex offender lives for four days or more a year.

Offenders already living there would have 60 days to move, a requirement that violates the residents' due process rights, Bach said. It was the reason a court struck down the Albuquerque ordinance, he added.

"You have a right to your property and the city has to afford an opportunity to respond before taking it away. At the very least, it has to be a rational activity," he said. That ACLU lawsuit was also the basis of a section in the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act prohibiting cities from "adopting any ordinance on sex offender registration and notification."

The ordinance doesn't apply if the offenders has been exempted by a court, had their conviction appealed or pardoned, are in a jail near a school, or if the offender is under 18 and living with a parent.

The ACLU's second major problem centered on the kinds of crimes that could result in the sex offender label. Some, like kidnapping and false imprisonment, are often involved during custody battles, with no sexual charges involved.

Under the proposed ordinance, living near schools is punishable by a fine of up to $500 or imprisonment of up to 90 days or both.

Though he didn't have a legal problem with the moving requirement, Councilor George Sharpe questioned whether the ordinance should give them more time to move.

"The only thing that hit me as possibly a little harsh is the 60 days to move and whether or not we don't give them 90 or 120 or some more reasonable time frame," he said "Especially at the holidays — this thing gets passed right before Christmas."

After the issue surfaced in July, there was confusion and disagreement over whether to push for a change in state law or to go ahead and pass an ordinance.

Sandel advocated passing an ordinance, saying that children should be protected as quickly as possible. He publicly expressed frustration when it was not drafted by late September.

Standley went to work on the other side, speaking to state legislators and the New Mexico Municipal League in hopes of getting the law amended.

But Tuesday, the council presented a united front.

"I'd like to thank the mayor for his support on this," he said.

"I support Councilor Sandel," Standley said. "All the councilors are on the same page, and that page is to provide a safe community for our children."


CA - Jessica's Law makes life difficult for parole agents

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10/25/2007

Wearing a black shirt and a badge on a chain, parole agent Jerry Ramirez pulled his state-issued hybrid into a San Leandro apartment complex Tuesday to check on a few men.

The sprawling, two-story complex at the elbow of Interstates 880 and 238 is billed as a "quiet, resort-like setting" where "your home blends into the lush landscape of curving pathways, manicured lawns, shady trees and shimmering waterways."

The sales pitch fails to mention this: More and more, the neighbors are registered sex offenders fresh out of prison.

As state officials reckon with one of the nation's toughest new anti-predator laws, Ramirez and other agents who oversee Alameda County's paroled sex offenders say the 840-unit complex is one of few places they've found that their cash-strapped charges can call home.

Agents in Bay Area counties face a similar dilemma from Proposition 83, a 2006 ballot measure that forever bans newly released sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park where kids "regularly gather."

Prop. 83, or Jessica's Law, also requires them to wear GPS anklets for life, though the state has yet to buy the 9,000 devices needed to fully enforce the law with parolees. Still unsettled is how they will be tracked, and by whom, once they leave parole, as hundreds already have.

In Alameda County, parole agents point to a handful of eligible motels in Newark, Hayward and Oakland. Ramirez said he discovered the San Leandro apartment complex when a parolee who lived there asked him to check if it complied with Jessica's Law.

GPS device in hand, Ramirez found that it did, and passed word to other parolees who received 45-day notices to move or face a possible return to prison. Or at least parts of it did. As the crow flies, two schools across the freeway sit too close to some of the complex.

"I kind of drew a line," said Ramirez, who supervises 20 of the county's high-risk sex offenders. "It gets a little crazy. You can live there, but only in these certain buildings."

For parole agents and policy-makers across the state, some devilish details are beginning to emerge from a law that 70 percent of voters passed in November.

Agents in the East Bay say the law has complicated their work, uprooting some sex offenders from stable housing, turning some transient and slowly concentrating many into a handful of spots.

Parole agents check potential housing by GPS and mark off nearby schools, parks, and "obvious day cares," said Ramirez. Prop. 83 does not define a school or a park. Would ballparks such as the Oakland Coliseum count?

"Politically, at this point, if the city tells us it's a park, we're not going to touch that," said Guillermo Viera-Rosa, who supervises sex offender parole officers in the county. "The areas that tend to be compliant are really devoid of anything like that. They're industrial areas, rural areas . . . You can't underestimate the limitations."

In Alameda and Contra Costa counties, more than 150 sex convicts now fall under Jessica's Law, state officials said.

Statewide, about 3,500 parolees must comply with the law, with 400 to 700 new parolees each month.

Earlier this month, the state Supreme Court blocked the state from forcing four parolees to move and agreed to consider constitutional objections to the ballot measure.

A federal judge this spring ruled that the 2,000-foot rule could not apply retroactively to about 90,000 registered sex offenders who were living freely in communities before the law passed. But if they land back behind bars, for whatever reason, the state says they fall under the new restrictions.

Jason Beasley, released in 2004 after 14 months in prison on a conviction for rape of a minor, was on parole, living at his mother's house in San Lorenzo when police stopped him for driving under the influence. He spent three months in jail.

When he got out, his parole officer fitted him with a GPS anklet and ordered him to move. He packed up his guitar and settled into the complex with the manicured lawns and shady trees.

"I was living good, with family . . . I was saving up money," said Beasley, 28. "I think it's a good law.

"Some people need it, but . . . it doesn't make sense to apply it to every sex offender."

Beasley's mother, Kathy Berry, said she spent a month scouring the East Bay for compliant housing until Ramirez suggested the San Leandro complex.

"It was totally insane. You cannot turn around without a school or a park or a preschool," she said.

"He can still come to my house and visit, but he can't live there. So what's the difference?"

Ramirez said those paroled for non-sex crimes make up about a third of his Jessica's Law cases.

State officials said last week that about 500 offenders have since left parole with no one to track them. Local officials have nothing in place — no GPS units, no system, no money — to do the job.

"The issue of who would take responsibility for sex offenders when they were no longer under our authority is something everyone anticipated would have to be resolved," said corrections spokesman Bill Sessa. "I don't think anyone anticipated it would come to a head so quickly."

State and local officials are just starting those discussions, said Suzanne Brown-McBride, chairwoman of the state Sex Offender Management Board. "Clearly there is pressure for people to get some clarity on this. It cuts to the heart of where state control ends and where local control begins," she said.

Viera-Rosa said he thinks Californians never understood the impact of their vote.

"The voters really did something spectacular here," he said. "These are heavy, heavy laws that control liberties and behaviors that would have been fought in the Legislature for decades, and in one fell swoop, it's done."

One indication of what local jurisdictions could face arose Tuesday, when agents visited a motel along Interstate 880 in Hayward where one parolee told them he had found a place. He paid for a room but there were no signs that he actually stayed there.

"He did come into compliance, but the story doesn't end there. If it was as simple as getting them into compliance, we'd win every time," said Viera-Rosa. "They have to stay in compliance for the rest of their natural lives."

In tracking a small population of sex offenders, the GPS devices help.

On Tuesday morning, Ramirez curbed the hybrid in downtown Oakland, settled a laptop on his knee and pulled up a map with blue dots and a red "X." The dots tracked where "KMJ" was all morning.

The red X showed where he stood.

Ramirez found him basking in the sun below a Chinatown archway in gray sweats, a sport bag across his shoulder and a GPS anklet bulging under a white sock. Fresh out of prison after 10 years on an arson conviction, KMJ fell under Jessica's Law from an earlier rap for what he called "basically copping a feel."

With a week to leave a downtown shelter that fell within one of the banned zones, he was struggling to find a place to stay.

"I didn't see it coming. I didn't know about it," he said of the new law. "Downtown Oakland is the center of resources. It's dotted with schools." Ramirez offered a suggestion.

"We've got a hotel we can put you in. It's way out in Newark," he said.

"I can commute. That's fine," the parolee replied.

It wouldn't matter. Ramirez searched the convicted arsonist's bag and found a small Bic lighter, violating a condition of his parole.

That night he was back in jail, leaving a room free at the Newark motel.


CA - Westside home raid yields "a motherlode of child porn"

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10/24/2007

Police searching for child pornography raided a lower Westside house today and arrested the sole resident, 44-year-old Roy Dettle, on suspicion of buying child porn.

Investigators found “a motherlode of child porn” inside the fortress-like house on Plateau Avenue, according to police Capt. Steve Clark.

“He was very much in denial of his activities,” Clark said.

So far, they’ve taken more than 200 pieces of child porn videos produced in the U.S. and abroad, fantasy-driven writings that reference children and a scrapbook of kids’ photos that had been cut from magazines, Clark said. They are still at the scene tonight.

The noontime bust was part of a larger investigation headed by the U.S. Postal Service and the FBI, Clark said.

Police are investigating if Dettle produced any of child pornography on his own and are checking with neighbors to see what kind of contact Dettle might have had with children, Clark said. They found a tarp-covered, hand-dug, 2-foot deep wading pool in the backyard and a trailer with a stage set up on the property, he said.

“It’s not uncommon for individuals who are involved in this kind of activity to produce their own and look to share that with other people in their network,” Clark said.

Dettle allegedly ordered the child pornography through the Postal Service and had it delivered to a locked pass-through mailbox at his house, investigators said. That’s how Postal Service inspectors say they were tipped off to his alleged illegal activities. After the Postal Service delivered his order of 11 child porn videos this morning, police came to arrest him, Clark said.

“This one’s unique just in some of the idiosyncrasies just in the way that this transaction came about,” Clarks aid. “We see a lot of the contemporary child pornography is shared through the Internet. This one was predominantly done through the U.S. Postal Service.”

Dettle is unemployed, not married and has no children, according to police. Neighbors said he’d lived in the area for about 18 months and was “weird.”


TX - Ex-probation officer accused of offering leniency for sex

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10/25/2007

A former Harris County adult probation officer is in jail, accused of forcing a probationer to have sex in exchange for leniency, according to investigators with the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

William Donald Nolen, 43, of the 2000 block of Fir Tree Way, remained at the Harris County jail Wednesday with bail set at $100,000 after being charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault.

A 10-year veteran of the Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, Nolen was arrested Oct. 19 at the Budget Lodge in Channelview, where he met a female under his supervision who was on probation for drug possession, said authorities.

Nolen "told the (woman) that he had done things to prevent her from having her probation revoked, and then arranged to meet her in a motel room where he expected sexual favors," Assistant District Attorney Donna Goode, chief of the district attorney's public integrity division, said Wednesday.

Nolen's attorney, George Parnham, said Wednesday he had not had time to investigate the facts of the case.

Nolen was arrested at the motel before any sexual activity occurred, and therefore was charged with attempted sexual assault, Goode said.

The sexual assault charge stems from a Sept. 14 encounter with the same woman, Goode said. After that alleged assault, Goode said, the woman's attorney contacted the district attorney's office, which then launched a sting.

Goode said investigators want to talk with other probationers who reported to Nolen, who did field probation work in the Baytown area.

On Wednesday, the deputy director of operations at the department where Nolen worked issued a statement saying he no longer worked there.

"The department understands that there is an ongoing criminal investigation into Mr. Nolen's alleged criminal activity," Ray Garcia said in the statement. "Therefore the department is not at liberty to comment about the matter at this time."


'Gay' baby triggers row

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10/25/2007

Posters of a rosy, puffy cheeked newborn baby have provoked controversy in Italy because the infant is shown wearing a wristband name-tag with the word "homosexual" written on it.

The photograph of the baby is part of a anti-discrimination campaign launched by Tuscany's regional government and is accompanied by the slogan: "Sexual orientation is not a choice."

"Homosexuality is not a vice and hence should not be condemned nor marginalised, or worse still persecuted," the Tuscany region's civil rights councillor Agostino Fragai told Milan-daily Corriere della Sera in a interview published.

Thousands of copies of the poster have been printed, and will go up on city walls and public offices around Tuscany with the sponsorship of Italy's centre-left government's Equal Opportunities Ministry.

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But while Italy's main gay rights group Arcigay said the campaign proved "Tuscany is at the forefront, and the rest of Italy should follow it," conservative politicians have condemned it.

"Exploiting newborns to suggest that homosexual tendencies are innate is a misleading and shameful act," said Lucio Volonte a leading parliamentarian for the Union of Christian Democrats.

Some gay groups are also dismayed with the campaign.

Gianni Vattimo, an Italian philosopher, gay rights activist and European Parliament member described the campaign "excessive".

The slogan "is too biology-centric. Of course for a homosexual it is natural to be gay, but I'm not too sure it is determined by genetics", Vattimo said.