Sunday, December 2, 2007

Corrupted Justice Articles of Interest

Remember, Corrupted Justice contains many ex-Perverted Justice staff, so they know what they are talking about.

OH - Sex offenders rally against laws

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You can see Dr. Davidson's Speech here. It's on the main page, and the last video in the playlist.


Sex offenders and their supporters ignored a booing crowd during a rally in front of the Statehouse yesterday to protest the toughening of Ohio's registration laws.

Thomas Madison, a convicted sex offender from Oregon who founded a nonprofit group in defense of sex- offender rights, helped organize the nearly three-hour event. He told a crowd of about 50 supporters that sex-offender registration laws do the public no good, and that no one should feel any shame for standing up for what they believe in.

As 12 speakers took turns at the podium and decried Ohio's registry law, about 25 people gathered along High Street to represent the other side. They brought with them little sympathy.

Jessica Cherchio, 30, carried a handwritten sign: Cry me a river, sex offender.

"This sickens me, and I'm here because I'm not going to take this crap," said Cherchio, of Columbus. "They don't want to register any longer? Well, I think they all should register for life. I'm outraged they have any rights at all."

Madison said he chose Ohio for a "Silent No More" rally because the recently approved changes to this state's sex-offender registration requirements are unfair.

"The government cannot protect your children," he said. "Parents must do that."

To bring Ohio into compliance with a federal law, lawmakers and Gov. Ted Strickland approved changes this year to the classification, registration and notification requirements imposed on sex offenders. The changes, which take effect Jan. 1, will extend the required registration time for many offenders. A constitutional challenge to the law has been filed with the Ohio Supreme Court.

Cherchio said she was surprised that so many people showed up in support of Madison and his message. Currently, 16,316 registered sex offenders are listed on Ohio's electronic notification Web site.

Madison, despite writing in printed materials that he is required to register as a sex offender, is not listed on the Web site of offenders in the state of Oregon.

According to literature, a goal of his group is to dismantle publicly available sex-offender registries. Law-abiding citizens who have done their time should be left alone, he said.

One high-school sophomore from Paulding County in western Ohio agrees. Ali Metz, 16, has an older brother in jail, convicted of pandering sexually oriented material. His mother said he took pictures of his underage girlfriend.

Under Ohio's new classification system, Metz's brother must register with authorities for 15 years once out of jail. Metz defended him at the rally.

"The laws have to be changed so that people like him can live a normal life," she said. "All he did was fall in love with a girl."

GA - Courts not to blame for badly written law

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Correct, Jerry Keen and the people who came up with the law are the blame. Yet, Jerry Keen, as with the law, made it so it pushed the problem off to other counties and states. Now, since the law has been deemed unconstitutional, he's now blaming everyone else instead of admitting he came up with a unconstitutional law. Be a man Jerry, admit you were wrong, for once! And go back a read and re-read the Constitution before you decide to change the law again. Some of your quotes here.


The Georgia Supreme Court last month overturned a section of the state's sex offender law related to where registered sex offenders can live.

That it did so was no real surprise. As they often do, state lawmakers sought to craft a politically popular law rather than one that was reasonable and enforceable, and as a result made the sex offender provisions related to place of residence so restrictive as to be unconstitutional.

The law made it illegal for registered sex offenders to live within 1,000 feet of schools, churches, parks, day care centers and bus stops. The Supreme Court found the legislation effectively made it impossible for registered offenders to live anywhere in the state, and thus found that portion of the law unconstitutional.

Especially problematic was the bus stop provision, since the location of school bus stops routinely change. What might have been a legal residence one day would not be the next if a bus stop was added nearby.

That inability to predict the future also was present in other elements of the law. A home that was deemed to be OK for a sex offender could suddenly become restricted if a day care decided to locate across the street. Sheriffs across the state complained it was impossible to enforce the statute as written.

Certainly on a gut level it is tempting to say "So what if they can't live anywhere? Who wants them?" But to do so ignores the broad scope of crimes that fall under the sex offender category. The law doesn't differentiate between the seriousness of certain offenses, and treats all sex offenders as probable repeat offenders, though many on the list are there for crimes unlikely to ever be repeated -- like the adult woman who is a sex offender because at the age of 17 she had consensual sex with a 15-year-old boy.

Passage of the law -- which supporters heralded as the country's toughest -- was popular with the masses and gained attention nationwide. For lawmakers, political popularity was more important than concerns over excessively harsh punishment or the simple reality that the law could not be enforced.

Perhaps indicative of the legislative mindset, Rep. Amos Amerson said he found it "difficult to believe the court thinks it's unconstitutional," given the overwhelming support the law had among state legislators.

If Georgia lawmakers think it's a good idea, it has to be constitutional, right? Wrong. Some legislators need to brush up on the concept of three branches of government providing checks and balances for one another -- a civics lesson usually learned in elementary school.

It's almost certain legislators will try again on the sex offender law. Maybe this time they will interject some common sense into the debate rather than purely political rhetoric.

CT - Sex Offender Misses Sentencing, Found Dead

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A man who sexually assaulted four underage girls was found dead after missing his sentencing hearing Friday, according to television news reports.

WTIC-TV, Fox 61, and WFSB-TV, Channel 3, reported Friday that Brian J. Woolf, attorney for Aaron Whitney, told them that when authorities went to re-arrest Whitney after his failure to appear in Superior Court in Middletown, they found his bedroom door locked. When authorities forced their way inside, they found that Whitney apparently had hanged himself with bedsheets, Fox 61 reported.

The station reported that the body had been taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy, but neither that office nor state police would confirm the details late Friday.

Had he shown up in court Friday, Whitney would have been sentenced for having sex with four underage girls he met on the Internet.

But while the judge and lawyers involved in the case were waiting for him, the 28-year-old Chaplin resident was holed up in his bedroom, refusing his father's requests to come out.

Woolf, who had spoken to Whitney's father by phone earlier Friday morning, told the judge: "Aaron has taken an excessive amount of prescribed medications and locked himself in his room. I suggested that he be taken to the hospital, but he refuses to go to the hospital and he refuses to come to court."

The plan was to re-arrest Whitney, who pleaded guilty in September to four counts of second-degree sexual assault and four counts of risk of injury to a minor, to hold him on $1.2 million bail once he was taken into custody. Whitney had also faced a jury trial for similar charges involving other underage girls; the trial would have begun in Superior Court in Rockville on Dec. 12. He pleaded not guilty to those charges.

After explaining his client's whereabouts Friday, Woolf mentioned the upcoming proceedings in Rockville as a possible reason for Whitney's absence, but Judge Frank Iannotti had little patience with Whitney's actions.

"To be honest, we have continued this case many times. I have given you fair opportunity to work out the other matter in Rockville," said Iannotti who ordered a warrant for Whitney's arrest. "Apparently, he did something and it's clear that it's his intention not to be here. He knew he had to be here, and he did something not to be here."

The sexual assault and risk of injury charges involve four underage girls Whitney met and conversed with on in 2005 or 2006. In each instance, Whitney arranged to meet the girl and then brought her to either his Chaplin home or, in one case, a Portland motel, where he plied her with alcohol and prescription painkillers before having sex with her. Second-degree sexual assault carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, while first-degree risk of injury to a minor carries a maximum of 20 years. Whitney would have had to register as a sex offender and undergo sexual assault evaluation treatment.

Outside the courtroom Friday and before reports surfaced of Whitney's death, Woolf said he was not sure whether he would continue to represent Whitney.

"I don't know if I can, because I was a witness to his failure to appear," Woolf said. "Based upon the charges which he pled to here, as well as what he is facing in Rockville, which is much more serious, I believe that put him over the edge."