Saturday, November 1, 2008

Rickys Story - Teens Life Forever Ruined by Unconstitutional Laws in America

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I noticed in the video, Patty Wetterling mentioned "boastfulness," and other words. That brought this bible verse to mind.


CA - Designers lawyer: Girls, women lied in rape cases

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11/01/2008

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A defense attorney for fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander told jurors Friday in closing arguments that his client should be acquitted of rape charges because his accusers are lying and seeking revenge.

"How many times did you hear 'I don't recall' from them during the trial?" asked defense attorney Leonard Levine. "I stopped counting at 300. These women lied. They lied, they exaggerated and nobody cared -- but you should care."
The case now heads to the jury, which will deliberate next week accusations that Alexander raped nine females, most of them aspiring models, at his Beverly Hills apartment.

He faces 27 counts, including forcible rape and committing lewd acts on a child, stemming from assaults that allegedly happened between 2001 and 2007. The alleged victims ranged in age from 14 to 21.

Levine said the women who testified against Alexander "invited what happened," then made up stories so they could sue Alexander after his criminal case.

Prosecutor Frances Young told jurors Alexander is a "sexual predator," and should be found guilty because he humiliated and degraded naive girls who came to Hollywood with dreams of fame.

"What we heard was four male lawyers defending their male client and what we heard was a lot of misogyny," Young said. "These girls did nothing wrong. None of these girls invited what happened to them."

"This is a very sick man," Young told the jury. "He was an abuser of women who picked a profession where he would be surrounded by teenage girls."

Beverly Hills police began investigating Alexander in March 2007 when a woman reported she had been sexually assaulted by the designer in his apartment. Before his arrest in June 2007, Alexander was featured on the TV show, "America's Next Top Model."

If convicted of all counts, Alexander faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.


TX - Sex offenders violated the rules

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11/01/2008

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- While trying to keep children safe on Halloween, Precinct 6 deputy constables found some sex offenders breaking the rules in east Houston.

Deputy Constables checked up on the 60 registered sex offenders who live in Precinct 6. It didn't take long before they found a violation. A yard sale was going on at the home of a registered sex offender.
- Oh my lord, a sex offender is trying to get rid of his junk!  Give me a break!  If the parents, ARE BEING PARENTS, and watching their children, then they should be fine.  Guess they didn't check the shame registry before they decided to find a bargain?

"This is the deal. There's ladies up there, they got kids with them," explained Deputy Constable Robert Avendano. "I don't know if he is there or not, but they are still enticing kids by having a garage sale."
- No, they are enticing PARENTS to buy their junk!  If a parent takes a child there, they should be arrested for possibly endangering a child!

The deputies documented that a garage sale was taking place. It's unclear what will happen to the sex offender who lives there.

At last check, Precinct 6 reported that they did make one arrest of a registered sex offender who was passing out candy to children. A motion will be filed to revoke his probation.
- And did you warn them that they should not be passing out candy?  Or do you assume they know all the rules, which change on a daily basis?


Halloween Hysteria: Phantom Fears and Sex Offenders - By LiveScience.com

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10/30/2007

By Benjamin Radford, LiveScience's Bad Science Columnist

Across the country, the big question for children at Halloween is that of picking the right costume: ghost, Spider-Man, witch, princess or pirate?

For many parents and police, the question is more difficult: how to protect children from sex offenders.

This concern is a relatively recent phenomenon. Ten years ago the old tainted candy scare (a discredited but resilient myth) was the primary perceived "stranger danger" threat on Halloween.

This year, in New Jersey, thousands of convicted sex offenders will be on a curfew, told to stay in their homes after 7 p.m. Halloween night and not to answer the door if trick-or-treaters come by. Other states have given offenders signs reading, "No Candy at this Residence" to be placed on their front doors, and told not to put up any decorations. Some offenders have been required to report to jail overnight.

While children's safety is important, the concern far outweighs the real danger. There is no reason to think that sex offenders pose any more of a threat to children on Halloween than at any other time. In fact, there has not been a single case of any child being molested by a convicted sex offender while trick-or-treating.

These measures are popular and well-intentioned—but ultimately ineffectivepublicity stunts offered by police and politicians to placate parents. They provide a false sense of security, since there is no evidence that the policies actually make children any safer. Any opportunistic sexual predators who would attack children will simply wait until the next day.

Ironically, a group of children dressed in costume at a sex offender's doorway are probably safer than at many other places they could be, including their own homes. This is because, contrary to popular belief, most released sex offenders do not re-offend, and because most attacks on children occur in their own home by someone they know.

Furthermore, the simple logistics of trick-or-treating make an assault very unlikely. A sex offender would have great difficultly molesting a child who is in costume, outside his or her front door, and in front of other people and witnesses.

Of course, the knowledge that such an attack has never happened and is very unlikely to ever occur won't calm the hysterical concern. Those in charge of Halloween sex offender policies admit that the danger is slight, but defend the measures as being proactive. It's always better to prevent a crime from occurring than to deal with its aftermath, but proactive policies need to be logical and proportional to the real likelihood of the threat.

Police are busy making sure they know where sex offenders are on Oct. 31, but each week across America, over a dozen children are drowned, burned, or beaten to death by a parent or caregiver. If police, parents and politicians are truly concerned about children's safety, the resources spent enforcing curfews and handing out "No Candy Here" signs would do far more good in efforts to prevent parental abuse.

The real threat to children on Halloween isn't sex offenders; it’s being hit by a car crossing a dark street or wearing a flammable costume. Most kids are very safe at Halloween, and have little to fear from strangers. Scaring kids with phantom fears isn't nice, nor helpful. Happy Halloween.


Top 5 Halloween Myths Debunked - By LiveScience.com

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10/31/2008

By Amelia Tomas, LiveScience Staff

The annual Halloween ritual of candy, scary home-made costumes and trick-or-treating hearkens back to childhood innocence.

But while it's all harmless fun, Halloween is also a playground for myths and urban legends ranging from simple false beliefs to serious issues around children's safety. There are also some odd economic realities behind the curtains that are relevant during the nation's current financial crisis.

So in the darkness of this strange holiday, here are five things you should know:

1. Pure logic concludes that real-life vampires are impossible.

The percentage of Americans who believe in present-day vampires is at a dangerously high level, says University of Central Florida physicist Costas Efthimiou, who debunks pseudoscientific ideas in attempts to enhance public literacy.

Here is the outline of the belief: Legend has it that vampires feed on human blood, and once bitten, the victim also becomes a vampire and starts feasting on the blood of others. This supposedly accounts for an exponential increase of these widely feared creatures.

Efthimiou's debunking logic goes like this: On Jan. 1, 1600, the human population was 536,870,911. If the first vampire came into existence that day and bit one person a month, there would have been two vampires by Feb. 1, 1600. A month later there would have been four, and so on. In just two-and-a-half years the original human population would all have become vampires with nobody left to feed on, even if our entire species doubled each month.

So whatever you think you see prowling around on Oct. 31, it most certainly won't turn you into a vampire and we won't be living in a real-life, B-rated zombie movie anytime soon.

2. Consuming Almond Joys and other Halloween chocolates does not ward off cancer.

Avoid any wildly simplistic rumors of chocolate sweets aiding in the prevention of cancer this Halloween season. Turns out that it's not the chocolate candy per se that has anticancer properties: The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University finds that it's an ingredient in cocoa, from which chocolate is made, called pentameric procyanidin.

Research at the University of California, Davis, contributes to more delicious findings, that epicatechin, one of a group of chemicals present in cocoa known as flavanols, is directly linked to improved circulation by the relaxing of vascular tissues, and other hallmarks of cardiovascular health in humans.

These studies provide evidence that there are health benefits observed after the consumption of certain flavanol-rich cocoas, but it is still not recommended to inhale Milky Ways in attempts to lower blood pressure or fight cancer.

3. You have a better chance of being hit by a car on a dark street than finding secret razor blades in candies.

Police and medical centers across the country annually take precautions to prevent candy tampering during the Halloween season. Each year, X-ray equipment is overloaded to check Halloween items for harmful objects, such as razors, needles or other objects that might have been placed there to hurt or kill children.

However, few if any threatening foreign objects are found, with the "unfortunate victim" sometimes revealed as the culprit, in search of media attention. Essentially, these precautions are wasting resources and fueling an urban legend, as well as children's fears.

There have been only two confirmed cases of children being killed by poisoned Halloween candy, and in both cases the children were killed intentionally by one of their parents. The best known, "original" case was that of Texan Ronald Clark O'Bryan, who killed his son by lacing his Pixie Stix with cyanide in 1974.

With the exceptions noted above, no child has been killed or seriously harmed by contaminated Halloween candy.

4. Halloween won't save America's consumer crisis.

Many people are under the impression that Halloween is the second-busiest retail holiday of year, beaten only by Christmas. In fact, The National Retail Foundation ranks it sixth overall, behind Father's Day, Easter, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and the winter holidays. So, as for the pumpkin-happy holiday offsetting the Dow Jones from its financial debacle, don't count on it.

October is usually considered a vigorous month for heavy spending — between Halloween shopping and cooling weather driving consumers to search for winter gear — but it's shaping up to be a nationwide letdown, according to The Wall Street Journal. Consumers have clung so far to their newly modest spending habits. What's more, this year's Fright Night comes on the heels of a back-to-school shopping season that was considered mostly a bust, the newspaper reported.

5. There has not been a single case of any child being molested by a convicted sex offender while trick-or-treating.

Foremost, it is fairly implausible that a criminal could molest an elaborately dressed child in costume, outside the front door, in front of numerous witnesses and parents.

The "stranger danger" concern is a relatively recent phenomenon, and the emergence of sex offender laws across the country have resulted in thousands of convicted sex offenders abiding by a strict curfew and not answering their doors to trick-or-treaters on the night of Halloween. However, Georgia, New Jersey and Indiana have recently overturned sex offender laws found to be unduly restrictive, according to JURIST, a Web-based legal news and real-time legal research service.

The fact is there is no evidence that indicates these laws actually make children any safer. In 2007, Human Rights Watch concluded in a report that it is unclear whether sex offender laws "do more harm than good," noting that they might encourage harassment and ostracism of sex offenders who have served their time. In addition, most released sex offenders do not re-offend, contrary to popular belief, and most attacks on children occur in their own home by someone they know.

There is no doubt these special considerations are well-intentioned, but there is no reason to think that sex offenders pose any more of a threat to children on Halloween than at any other time.


Halloween Hysteria: Phantom Fears and Sex Offenders - By LiveScience.com

View the article here

10/30/2007

By Benjamin Radford, LiveScience's Bad Science Columnist

Across the country, the big question for children at Halloween is that of picking the right costume: ghost, Spider-Man, witch, princess or pirate?

For many parents and police, the question is more difficult: how to protect children from sex offenders.

This concern is a relatively recent phenomenon. Ten years ago the old tainted candy scare (a discredited but resilient myth) was the primary perceived "stranger danger" threat on Halloween.

This year, in New Jersey, thousands of convicted sex offenders will be on a curfew, told to stay in their homes after 7 p.m. Halloween night and not to answer the door if trick-or-treaters come by. Other states have given offenders signs reading, "No Candy at this Residence" to be placed on their front doors, and told not to put up any decorations. Some offenders have been required to report to jail overnight.

While children's safety is important, the concern far outweighs the real danger. There is no reason to think that sex offenders pose any more of a threat to children on Halloween than at any other time. In fact, there has not been a single case of any child being molested by a convicted sex offender while trick-or-treating.

These measures are popular and well-intentioned—but ultimately ineffectivepublicity stunts offered by police and politicians to placate parents. They provide a false sense of security, since there is no evidence that the policies actually make children any safer. Any opportunistic sexual predators who would attack children will simply wait until the next day.

Ironically, a group of children dressed in costume at a sex offender's doorway are probably safer than at many other places they could be, including their own homes. This is because, contrary to popular belief, most released sex offenders do not re-offend, and because most attacks on children occur in their own home by someone they know.

Furthermore, the simple logistics of trick-or-treating make an assault very unlikely. A sex offender would have great difficultly molesting a child who is in costume, outside his or her front door, and in front of other people and witnesses.

Of course, the knowledge that such an attack has never happened and is very unlikely to ever occur won't calm the hysterical concern. Those in charge of Halloween sex offender policies admit that the danger is slight, but defend the measures as being proactive. It's always better to prevent a crime from occurring than to deal with its aftermath, but proactive policies need to be logical and proportional to the real likelihood of the threat.

Police are busy making sure they know where sex offenders are on Oct. 31, but each week across America, over a dozen children are drowned, burned, or beaten to death by a parent or caregiver. If police, parents and politicians are truly concerned about children's safety, the resources spent enforcing curfews and handing out "No Candy Here" signs would do far more good in efforts to prevent parental abuse.

The real threat to children on Halloween isn't sex offenders; it’s being hit by a car crossing a dark street or wearing a flammable costume. Most kids are very safe at Halloween, and have little to fear from strangers. Scaring kids with phantom fears isn't nice, nor helpful. Happy Halloween.


MA - Mother, Son Killed While Trick-Or-Treating

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But not by some sex offender! Halloween and sex offenders, is just hype, mass hysteria and a moral panic, all propagated by the media, politicians, etc, without any justification!

See Also: Poisoned candy scare, Day care sex abuse hysteria, Satanic ritual abuse, Sex, Lies, and Moral Panics, Online predators and moral panics.

11/01/2008

Driver Of Car Questioned By Police

WESTFIELD -- A mother and her 9-year-old son were struck and killed while trick-or-treating on Halloween, Westfield police said.

Both were wearing dark clothing and walking on a street with dark sidewalks when they were struck by a Toyota, Westfield Sergeant Brian Boldini said.

Roberta A. Salois, 47, was taken to Noble hospital where she was pronounced dead. Her 9-year-old son, Steven X. Smith-Salois, was taken to Baystate Medical Center, where he died.

The driver of the Toyota, Anne R. Schlichtig, 26, of Westfield, was questioned by police.

She was driving on South Maple Street just after 8 p.m., when her car struck the mother and child.

Police said they will determine if charges will be filed.


SC - Boy, 12, shot dead while trick-or-treating

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But not by some sex offender! Halloween and sex offenders, is just hype, mass hysteria and a moral panic, all propagated by the media, politicians, etc, without any justification!

See Also: Poisoned candy scare, Day care sex abuse hysteria, Satanic ritual abuse, Sex, Lies, and Moral Panics, Online predators and moral panics.

11/01/2008

Victim's father, brother also wounded after approaching S.C. home

SUMTER - A 12-year-old boy trick-or-treating with his family in central South Carolina was shot from inside a home Friday and killed, and his father and brother were wounded by the gunfire, authorities said.

The shooting suspect, Quentin Patrick, was in custody, a jail official said. Patrick, 22, has been charged with murder and three counts of assault and battery with intent to kill.

The family was headed home from a city-sponsored event downtown when they decided to stop at a few homes, Sumter Police Chief Patty Patterson said. The father and his four children approached a home with a porch light on about 8:30 p.m. local time while their mother waited nearby in a vehicle.

As the family was at the door, they thought they heard fireworks. The 12-year-old boy, his father and brother were all hit by the gunfire. The boy died at a hospital, Coroner Verna Moore said. The other two children were not hurt.

'Very tragic evening'
The boy's father and brother were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities have not released the identity of the family.

"The investigation is continuing into what has been a very tragic evening," Patterson said. "Our sorrow and sympathy goes out to this family."

The police chief said there were other people inside the home at the time of the shooting, but she didn't expect any of them to be charged.

A neighbor said he heard a loud noise about the time of the shooting and thought it was simply Halloween mischief.

"I thought, trick-or-treat night — pranks go down. Anything goes," said Lenwood Dixon, 49, who works at a hazardous waste and recycling company. "I heard a noise like maybe gunfire, then my daughter saw a bunch of lights flashing and saw some cops."

In his six years in the neighborhood, he said he wasn't aware of any violent crimes. He said a few trick-or-treaters had been on his block that night.
- No violence.  The way the Halloween sex offender hysteria was carried out, this year, and previous years, you'd expect to hear about a bunch of sex offenders going to jail, but you don't.  I wonder why?  Because it's mass hysteria, and nothing else.

"I'm surprised. Since I was here, I'd never heard of anything like that happening. It's a quiet neighborhood," he said. "You don't see many children in the neighborhood. It's more elderly."