Some quotes from a man who has lost touch with reality!
And many more articles here
Now I know why the reporter let him publish this. I believe he is mostly a financial person, and apparently knows nothing about how the legal system works, but thinks he does, and he made himself look like a total a__ in this article, IMO.
By JERRY KEEN (Email)
In 2006, I authored the bill that created the toughest sexual offender law in the nation in response to the tragic death of Jessica Lunsford. The 9-year-old girl was raped, bound with speaker wire, wrapped in garbage bags and put into a hole in the ground before being buried alive by her kidnapper: a convicted sex offender. John Couey was apprehended here in Georgia.
- Toughest doesn't always mean the best! You should be passing smart, constitutional laws, not tough, unconstitutional laws, which punish and torture people who have served their time already! Wait until you, or someone in your family get slammed with the sex offender label! You passed a law to punish thousands, due to the insanity of one man. Wow! If that is how laws are made, we are all in trouble. You should be fired, along with all the other idiots in office.
In Georgia, as much as possible, we want to protect children from people who want to rob them of their innocence and even their lives.
- No you don't, you want to cover your own a__, make it look like you are actually doing something. 90% of all sexual crimes occur in the family, or close friends. So by pushing them out into the country, you are just pushing the problem a way, so you don't have to deal with it, and can look "tough" on crime. If a person is intent on harming someone, they will do it, regardless of the laws you idiots pass!
In their zeal to protect the rights of convicted felons, those fighting the new sex offender law have trivialized the rights of the victims of sexual crimes. And they haven’t told you the whole story.
- And in your zeal to protect your career, you have stomped on the constitution of the state and US, and are punishing and torturing thousands of offenders, their family and children as well, just to save your career, and win some brownie points from the sheeple of this state! And you are a member of the Georgia Christian Coalition???? Give me a break, HYPOCRITE!!! So Jerry, what is the "whole" story? Why don't you tell us then? Also not all sex offenders are convicted of felonies, so another lie on your part!
Offenders who received first offender treatment before the new law went into effect should be able to come off the registry if they are in compliance with the requirements of their probation. Those who are still on the registry have either committed subsequent crimes or were not granted first offender treatment because the judge in that particular trial did not consider it appropriate.
- You are lying! Many committed their crime before 1996, and have NOT committed another sex crime. But, you come along, pass a new law, make it retroactive, thus VIOLATING YOUR OATH OF OFFICE, AND THE CONSTITUTION, back date it to July 1st, 1996, and now every sex offender in the state of Georgia is on the registry for life. Stop your d___ lying! Are you really a Christian?
Sexual offenders are placed on the state registry for a reason. We do not always hear every sordid detail of one offender’s case because those who are pushing so hard for relief for offenders often leave out the particular circumstances that led the offender to be placed on the list in the first place.
- That is not what is being fought in court either. The ex post facto issues, and other UNCONSTITUTIONAL issues are. Anyone who commits a crime, sex crime or not, should be punished, but the punishment should fit the crime, and I think by making someone be on a shaming list for life, move every time a daycare or church decides to open up, offenders and their families must move, they lose their jobs, homes, etc, that is cruel & unusual punishment. But, you will never see that, not until someone in your family is slammed with the label.
For that reason, it is incumbent upon us to trust the criminal justice system. Each offender on the registry list has been indicted by a grand jury, gone to trial and convicted by a jury of his or her peers.
The new law also provides that, for certain crimes, teenagers who are engaging in what some might call “consensual” sex acts will be prosecuted on misdemeanor charges.
- So why did Genarlow Wilson get sent to prison for 10 years? And why is Wendy Whitaker, who did less than Genarlow did, being forced to move. Since you pass ex post facto laws, why not make the new law affect those prior to the law, and set them free? Oh, it doesn't go both ways, right?
If found guilty of a misdemeanor sex act, a teenage offender will not have to register. Only felony crimes require registration for life.
- Another crock of BS!
Those convicted offenders who were on the registry before the new law went into effect were not reviewed by the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board and we have no way of knowing how dangerous they could be.
- Sure you do. Review them, their criminal history... It doesn't take rocket science to figure that out. So, all those who were convicted before the law, you just ASSUME are dangerous, and put them on the registry for life. What about your mother and father? If we examined their marriage licenses, how old would they be when they had sex? I bet they'd be on the registry as well.
The law needs to be tough, because as much as sexual criminals want you to believe that they will not reoffend, we know that they can, do and will re-offend. If you don’t believe that, think of Jessica.
- Yes, they can, but many do not. Some do, that is common sense! But, statistics, even from the Bureau of Justice, shows they are less likely to reoffend than any other criminal. You are lying through your teeth!!!! Oh, if you don't believe that, think of Jessica. She was killed by a sick psychopath, and also because instead of her father staying home and watching his child, he left to go meet some woman, expecting his mother to watch them, plus they left the doors and windows unlocked!!! Why are you comparing all sex offenders to John Couey!!! Screw you sir! So I guess we can say that all republicans are Internet Predators, because Mark Foley is? No, of course not, but that is exactly what you are doing!
It is not the role of the General Assembly to play judge and jury. When the legislature passes a law it does so for a class of people. It would be reckless for the General Assembly to exempt an entire group of offenders from registration and monitoring requirements.
- You are right, the General Assembly should not be playing judge and jury, so stop doing so! You made a law, which is unconstitutional, and you clearly did not give it much thought. But, you are too proud to admit you made a huge mistake. Very arogant and self-centered! So, why don't you make the same laws apply to any and all criminals? There is many other people, like their own family, DUI offenders, gang members, drug dealers, etc, who are just as must, if not more of a danger to kids than all sex offenders. I admit, there is some psycho people out there, but you are treating all sex offenders as if they are some sick murderer like John Couey, that sir, is morally and ethically wrong... Not all sex offenders are like John Couey! If that is true, then all republicans are pedophile, internet predators. See here, from many of your other buddies being busted on child sex crimes.
We created a law that is designed to keep all sexual criminals away from any future victims. To weaken the law for one has grave potential to hurt many.
- Shut the hell up! This really sounds like some BS Hitler would say... Really!!!
No matter how vigorously some might argue that the General Assembly needs to fix the woes of convicted sexual offenders, I believe that our duty is first to the victims of these crimes, and that is where we should focus our time and energy.
- Look, you could pass 10 million laws, and again, if someone wants to harm someone, they will, period!!!
- Jerry Keen (R-St. Simons) is House majority leader in the Georgia General Assembly.
- And should be fired for not upholding his "oath of office!"
Rep Davis - One of your hate monger buddies!