Tuesday, October 14, 2008

WA - Chris Gregoire trying to cover her but over attack ads - Politics as usual!

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Well, as expected, they removed my comments and video responses. They don't want the truth to be told!

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NY - Former Assemblyman faces sex charges

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Another Republican Hypocrite. Reminds me of Mark Foley, who is still walking the streets a free man! Video below.


By ROBERT GAVIN, Staff writer

ALBANY -- State Parole Board member and former Plattsburgh-area lawmaker George "Chris" Ortloff used an Internet Web camera and traveled to a Colonie hotel on Monday planning to rape two young girls he believed were ages 11 and 12, federal prosecutors charged Tuesday.

Ortloff, 61, an outspoken supporter of stricter penalties for sex offenders, was thwarted when the "sisters" -- who he thought would be dropped off by a parent -- turned out to be undercover police, authorities said.
- So if he doesn't become another Mark Foley, he will see first hand what living with the "sex offender" label is like!

Ortloff was arrested Monday at a hotel near Albany International Airport, then taken to the county jail. He has been temporarily relieved of his duties as a parole board member.

Wearing an orange jail outfit, Ortloff appeared in U.S. District Court Tuesday afternoon to face a charge of trying to induce an underage victim to engage in a sexual act.The charges are federal because America Online, which he used to contact the alleged victims, is located in Virginia.

If convicted, he faces 10 years to life in prison. A conviction would also involve a fine of $250,000 and at least five years of post-release supervision.

Authorities said he tried to set up the tryst during a Sept. 10 Web chat. He promised to bring lubricant and sex toys for the rendezvous, according to a federal complaint. The complaint alleges he had condoms, sex toys and a camera when authorities confronted him at the motel.

As a Republican member of the Assembly, Ortloff pushed for the toughening of Megan's Law, the law that created the state's sex offender registry.

"Our government must do more to keep dangerous, sexually violent predators away from children and women," Ortloff told the Plattsburgh Press-Republican in January 2006.
- So now, lets see if he has to live with his own statements!  I doubt it!

Outside court, his attorney, Andrew Safranko, told reporters that he still needed to review the case, but a possible defense could be that his client did not know the "girls" were under age. He also said an entrapment defense was possible.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Spina said Ortloff had been communicating with the "girls" since June and believed their parents would drop them off at the motel.

In 2006, Ortloff was appointed to the 19-member state Parole Board by then-Gov. George Pataki for a six-year term.

He served in the Assembly from 1986 to 2006, and was assistant minority leader. With then-Assemblyman Pete Grannis of Manhattan, he co-authored legislation that created the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission.

Ortloff is member of the board of trustees of the Adirondack Museum and a former chairman of the Clinton County Republican Committee. In Plattsburgh, he works as a real estate sales associate.

WI - Jail inmates accused of sexually assaulting inmate

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Wow, now they will become a sex offender as well. Good! Now they will see first hand what living with the sex offender label is like!


Two Fond du Lac County prisoners accused of sexually assaulting and attacking another prisoner in the jail have been charged.

John S. Hall Jr., 32, of 305 S. Park Ave., and Otto L. Fountain, 18, of Oshkosh, face charges of first degree sexual assault, battery by prisoners and lewd and lascivious behavior.

They are accused of sexually assaulting a convicted sex offender in the Huber Dorm of the jail in early June. Hall yelled, “There’s a toucher in the dorm” to single out the man to other prisoners, according to the report.

After the man told Fountain about his then pending case involving a 13-year-old, Fountain and Hall began to attack and sexually assault him, according to the complaint.

Preliminary hearings for both men are scheduled Oct. 17.

Inside the Minds of Teens Who Post Sexual Images of Themselves

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Internet Facilitates Self-Nude Photos but Teens Miss the Implications

Despite specific warnings from prosecutors, the 15-year-old Ohio girl who was arrested last week and accused of sending nude pictures of herself to classmates probably doubted that she could ultimately be forced to register as a sex offender under state law, psychologists and Internet experts say.

More than likely, they suggest, she was only after a sliver of notoriety, the product of a culture where pornography has gone mainstream and fame can be had in an instant by simply distributing a sexually explicit video with a cell phone or on the Internet.

"They think they're going to get attention -- that it makes them stars of their own reality show," Internet privacy and piracy lawyer Parry Aftab said of the growing number of U.S. teenagers who publish sexual images of themselves online.

"They don't understand the consequences," said Aftab, an ABC News consultant. "They don't think about where that video is going to go, or how long it's going to be on the Internet and the 50-year-old who is going to be drooling over it." If convicted, the girl, whose identity has not been released, could face a sentence of anywhere from probation to several years in a juvenile detention center. The high school student in Newark, Ohio, denies the charges; authorities are also considering charges for the students who received her photos, which are considered child pornography under law.

There are other examples. Earlier this year, an Ohio boy reportedly made a sexual cell phone video of himself and sent it to female classmates, one of whom then forwarded the video to at least 30 other people. Similar incidents have been reported in Wyoming, New York and Pennsylvania.

"They don't understand the global nature and extent of the Internet, and how easy it is once you posted something, even if you think it's private, could become public very quickly," said John Grohol, a psychologist and publisher of PsychCentral.com.

Such incidents are a symptom of a culture where sexual imagery like the infamous photo of Britney Spears' exposed crotch or Vanity Fair's seminude photos of 15-year-old "Hannah Montana" star Miley Cyrus have become the norm, said Jean Kilbourne, author of "So Sexy, So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids."

"This is primarily because of the Internet porn that has become incredibly available to everybody, including very young children," she said. "Today, an 8-year-old can stumble onto a site in which two or three men are doing everything imaginable to one woman."

"Everybody feels that the most important thing is to get your 15 minutes of fame and to go to any lengths to achieve it. So sending pictures around like that is a way of getting a whole lot of attention and recognition even though it's going to be devastating and short-lived."

There's no doubting their interest. A study released last year by the University of Alberta found as many as 90 percent of boys and 70 percent of girls between the ages of 13 and 14 have accessed sexually explicit material at least once.

A prime example of the mainstreaming of pornography, said Kilbourne, is the widespread popularity of thong underwear, a garment that originated in the world of strippers and porn and made its way into major apparel retail shops across America.

Add that to a world where many young people long to become overnight Internet sensations and incidents like the one in Ohio are inevitable, said Carmine Sarracino, co-author of "The Porning of America."

"It's simply an emulation. The more important point is that they get porn whether or not they go looking for it because the whole culture is shaped by porn. They get porn through the mainstream culture," Sarracino said, citing Abercrombie & Fitch ads with half-naked men and women, as well as a Carl's Jr. hamburger commercial, where Paris Hilton appeared to mimic oral sex with a burger.

"It's a symptom of a much larger phenomenon that's happening."

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WI - Sex offender mandate threatens liberty

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Another great article of truth!


by Sam Clegg

If ever there was a good time to give short shrift to principled arguments on behalf of justice, the punishment of sex offenders could very well be that time. The caricature of the typical child molester — a man with sunglasses and a mustache, peering out his window as he cruises by the local middle school — is not a figure that should, or ever will, invite sympathy.

So it is understandable that the town of De Pere, in the interest of wiping clean such a stain on the fabric of civil society, would want to impose harsher restrictions on sex offenders. De Pere’s city council passed a law this past Tuesday mandating that registered sex offenders avoid loitering within 200 feet of public parks, schools or other areas where one would conventionally expect to find children. The ordinance applies to all sex offenders and will be pertinent to them even if they are not under state supervision.

The measure is not alien to the universal human urge to defend its young — perhaps that is why the city council passed it unanimously — but the casual disregard of De Pere’s city council for the rights of society’s most detested individuals is an act of insanity all the more troublesome because it is so excusable. De Pere’s ordinance may make a city council feel good about their ability to defend a threatened community. It may make police feel as though they have the legal muscle to nip pedophilia in the bud. It is also a drastic violation of human rights.

The idea that all sex offenders — every individual who has committed a crime that is remotely sexual in nature — are a threat to children reeks of a paranoia with no interest in hearing the voice of reason. Every class of offender, whether his or her crime victimized children or not, will now be painted with the stigma of pedophilia, the most egregious brand of sexual crime it is possible to commit. And while the bitter pill of reality may be difficult to swallow, it is impossible to see how certain classes of sexual crime — with their own psychological motivations and underlying causes — can in any way make an offender more disposed to harm children than the average citizen. The drunken partygoer who became too aggressive in a moment of alcohol-induced self-confidence is no more likely to be De Pere’s next pedophile than its average inconspicuous male park-goer.

Society has the right — and the responsibility — to protect itself from any individual who would do it harm. However, if such restrictions are truly necessary, it begs the question as to why these offenders, so unworthy of loitering in parks, are worthy of living in civil society at all. Parks, above any other public area, are where someone would be most expected to “loiter.” If this amount of latitude, so willingly given to any other member of society, is denied to sex offenders, then it is challenging to see how the city council of De Pere has any true willingness to see sex offenders rehabilitated. It is not an act of insensate brutality to acknowledge that the average pedophile may very well never be fully capable of existing in society. And if that is the case, attempting to make him or her stay away from parks will do little to discourage an underlying disorder that renders an individual more fit for a prison cell than the tree-lined streets of De Pere.

One must also question whether the measure is not simply designed to drive sex offenders out of De Pere altogether, so that another town in Wisconsin can bear the proud mantle of a municipality that is friendly to sex offenders. During a discussion on the ordinance, Alderman Bob Wilmet cited his concern that De Pere could become a dumping ground for sex offenders that are fleeing neighboring areas, where ordinances are stricter. As a patchwork of local regulations concerning the conduct — and in many cases, the living circumstances — of sex offenders begins to spring up across the state, it will be increasingly difficult for them to not only find a place to live in a state that has supposedly welcomed them with hesitant arms, but to be able to travel at all without fear of violating a draconian ordinance drafted upon the whim of well-intentioned councilmen.

Sam Clegg (sclegg@badgerherald.com) is a sophomore majoring in economics.
- Isn't it ironic, that a sophomore, has more knowledge than people running this country?


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Yeah, they seem to think all sex offenders are going to get together to mass molest everyone!


Interesting Read, on pages 10 and 11 they talk about internet indentifiers. They declare their intent to make a system availible for "reverse phone and e-mail" searches via the website for the general public. Additionally their rationale for not disclosing internet information and phone numbers to the public is, "The public availability of this type of information could allow sex offenders to network with one another, reinforcing negative behavior and providing opportunities for coordinated criminal activity."

You've got to be kidding me right? Let just say its because it would be highly UNCONSTITUTIONAL, and stop trying to make the public fearful for no reason!

Republicans' sex offender fetish

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It's called POLITICS.



What is it with Republicans and sex offenders? It's getting so ridiculous that the Party (Republican Governor's Association included) is starting to look like former legislators Jim West and Richard Curtis posturing about gays. Methinks they doth protest too much.

Back in 2006, House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt sent out ridiculous mailers into various districts claiming that the incumbent Democrats in that district were lenient on sex offenders.

The postcards show a mug shot of a middle-age man with slicked-back hair. His eyes and his name are blacked out to shield his identity. The cards, shown in photocopies provided by Democrats, carry a bold headline that reads, "This violent predator lives in your community."

They also describe sex crimes supposedly committed by the person, then mention the name of a Democratic lawmaker and claim the legislator "refused to impose life sentences for violent sex predators."

The charges by the mailer were bogus, and voters summarily rejected the Republicans' claims by expanding the Democratic majority in both houses of the Legislature.

Fast forward to 2008, and the Republicans are back at it with the sex offenders. This time Governor Chris Gregoire is the victim of a scurrilous mailer by the Republican Governors' Association.

Year after year, the Republican party, particularly as seen in this mailer and the McCain-Palin campaign, plays to the lowest common denominator. It plays on hate and fear at every opportunity. In the 1980's Ronald Reagan warned us of nuclear armageddon, welfare queens and the commies. In 1988, a criminal named Willie Horton was the undoing of Massachusetts Governor Mike Dukakis' campaign. Congress under Newt Gingrich was all about family values and demonizing those that weren't like them (despite the irony that they didn't seem to have any family values). George W. Bush's administration has played on the fear of terrorism since September 11, 2001.

More locally, its a common feature of Republican legislative campaigns to introduce sex offenders and the most violent, gruesome crime into the mix, and to blame the Democrat in the race for doing nothing to stop the crime or, more disgustingly, for enabling the perpetrators.

The truth is that since becoming Governor, Chris Gregoire has strengthened laws that keep our communities safe and given more resources to law enforcement and prosecutors to keep sex offenders out of our neighborhoods. But don't take my word for it, read this letter from some prominent members of the law enforcement community.

Fear and lies. It's all the Republicans have to run on.

TX - More judges under investigation - Experts call 5 ongoing probes of federal jurists unprecedented

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U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent is the first federal judge to be indicted for alleged federal sex crimes, but he's only the latest in a string of jurists to face misconduct allegations in 2008, for behavior such as frequenting a topless club or lying under oath.

Nationwide, four other federal judges are being investigated for, among other things, taking cash from lawyers, using an escort service, posting nude photos on a personal Web site and abusing power in court.

The flurry of federal disciplinary activity appears unprecedented under the modern review system, established by Congress in 1980, according to experts and official court statistics.

"As far as I know, we've never had anything like this,'' said Arthur Hellman, a federal judicial disciplinary expert and professor at the University of Pittsburgh law school.
- Yeah right!  Just check out this link!

Kent, who sat on the Galveston bench for 17 years before being transferred to Houston last year, is the only federal judge to confront an ongoing public criminal investigation.

He's been indicted but pleaded not guilty to charges he improperly touched a female court employee and attempted to force her to perform oral sex.

He faces a trial on Jan. 26 before U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson of Pensacola, who was specially assigned to oversee the case.

Four other federal judges in California, Colorado and Louisiana confront various stages of judicial disciplinary review - including U.S. District Judge Thomas Porteous Jr. of New Orleans, who is being investigated for possible impeachment by the judiciary committee of the House.

After being granted immunity from prosecution as part of the judicial disciplinary process, Porteous admitted under oath that he filed a bankruptcy under a false name, illegally concealed assets and gambling debts, and accepted thousands of dollars in cash from lawyer friends, according to statements included in case documents released recently by the Fifth Circuit judicial council.

Normally secret

The council made public its normally secret investigative archive, which will be part of the congressional investigation. The Department of Justice's Public Integrity Division, which filed the misconduct complaint against Porteous, chose not to seek an indictment, records show.

He remains on the federal payroll but was recently reprimanded and suspended from hearing cases for two years by the Fifth Circuit judicial council.

Unless impeached, Porteous will continue to collect full pay as a judge, even though he has been stripped of his duties. Kent and a California judge, who both received formal written reprimands, also remain on the bench.
- Wow, I wish I could still receive pay for jobs I've lost!

However, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, the ranking minority member of the House judiciary committee, recently told the Houston Chronicle he believes that Kent's disciplinary matter should receive additional scrutiny immediately, given the indictment.

"Judges should be held to the highest standard, and the allegations against Mr. Kent are severe,'' Smith said in a statement to the Chronicle. "No one is above law, most especially, judges. I urge the Judicial Conference to consider an immediate review of the claims made by the complainant and make an appropriate recommendation to Congress if necessary.''

Judges defend actions

Meanwhile, two others - judges in Colorado and the 9th Circuit in California - face judicial conduct inquiries for behavior that they have defended as part of their private lives.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Nottingham, of Denver, acknowledged he spent $3,000 in a two-night binge at a topless dance club and used a high-priced escort service. But he defended those actions, part of misconduct complaints, as "private and personal matters involving human frailties and foibles.''
- Prostitution is illegal sir!

In California, Alex Kozinski, the 9th Circuit's chief judge, admitted in June that his personal Web site included off-color videos and photos, including one of two naked women depicted as cows revealing bare crotch close-ups. However, the judge also said he mistakenly believed that particular part of his site was not available to the public.

A rare situation

Normally, few complaints against U.S. judges have been considered serious enough to merit forming an investigating committee.

Only 18 of 1,484 complaints filed from September 2004 to September 2007 prompted formation of such judicial investigative committees, according to revised U.S. court statistics. Those committees, made up of judges from the same circuit, do their investigations in secret. Findings are reviewed by judicial councils, who can vote to do nothing, take action privately or, rarely, take public action. Even when discipline is public, allegations can be summarized with little detail.

When Kent, recently indicted for abusive sexual conduct and attempted aggravated sexual assault involving a female employee, was reprimanded last year, the 5th Circuit Judicial Council described the matter as "sexual harassment.''

That reprimand was one of three public sanctions taken against federal judges in 2006 and 2007.

By comparison, from Sept. 30, 1999, to Sept. 30, 2005, judicial councils reported only four public disciplinary actions, according to official court statistics. A search of electronic public records and media archives reveals details on only one.

No matter how serious the allegations - or criminal charges - accused judges continue to receive full salaries, unless impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives and removed by the U.S. Senate. No federal judge has been impeached since 1989; only seven judges have been removed from office in U.S. history.

Kent continues to work in the federal courthouse, where the woman he is accused of abusing also works.