Monday, February 16, 2009

GA - Georgia violating Constitutional rights by demanding passwords of sex offenders

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Just another hypocrite. Notice they say she is the author of a book titles "And Justice For Some!" And this listen to the hypocrisy in the video. Just another person exploiting people for financial gain, IMO.


FL - Judge rules Jeffrey Epstein agreement to remain sealed

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02/16/2009

By MICHELE DARGAN - Daily News Staff Writer

A federal judge has ruled that a non-prosecution document under which the government agreed not to pursue federal charges against sex offender Jeffrey Epstein will remain under seal — at least for now.

The U.S. Attorney's Office and Epstein's lawyers reached the agreement before Epstein pleaded guilty to state felony charges, and the document is under seal in Epstein's state criminal file.

Representing two of Epstein's victims, attorney Brad Edwards asked to have the document unsealed as part of his federal lawsuit against the Manhattan money manager. Although Edwards and his victims have seen the agreement, Edwards says in his pleadings that the government has "inaccurately described the agreement ... creating a false impression that the agreement protects the victims."

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra ruled that the claims, even if true, haven't damaged Edwards' case.

"If and when such alleged mischaracterizations become relevant to an issue to be decided by the court, the parties will be given the opportunity to advance their positions and the court will resolve the issue," he wrote. "If disclosure of the agreement will be required for the court to resolve this issue, appropriate disclosure will be ordered."

Seeking to keep the agreement sealed, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dexter Lee argued that the agreement is not part of any case before Marra.

"The non-prosecution agreement has never been filed under seal in federal court," he wrote.

He also denied that the agreement has been inaccurately described.

Marra sided with Lee on the argument that the agreement was not filed in federal court "under seal or otherwise."

On Aug. 14, Marra ruled that the non-prosecution agreement would be unsealed for Edwards and any of the victims who want to see it. But the ruling bars Edwards and anyone else who sees the document from disclosing the terms to anyone else.

In his motion to unseal, Edwards said he wants to be able to discuss the terms of the agreement with other victims and their attorneys as well as with other victims' rights groups such as the National Alliance of Victims' Rights Attorneys.

The desire to discuss the agreement with third parties is not justification for unsealing the document, Marra ruled.

"If a specific tangible need arises in a civil case ... relief should be sought in that case," he wrote.

Epstein, 56, is serving 18 months in jail for soliciting prostitution and procuring a minor for prostitution.

Under the agreement, federal prosecutors will defer their decision on whether to prosecute Epstein on federal charges until 90 days after Epstein completes all requirements of his state sentence. If he abides by all court conditions and restrictions, the federal case would be dropped.

In addition to the state criminal case, there are nine federal and seven state lawsuits pending against Epstein. All contain similar allegations: The Manhattan money manager, through his employees and assistants, brought minor girls to his Palm Beach home at 358 El Brillo Way for erotic massages and sometimes sex.


IL - Judges Should Control Sex Offender Registration, ABA House Says

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02/16/2009

By Edward A. Adams

Congress should amend existing statutes to allow judges to determine whether juveniles convicted of sex crimes should be required to register as sex offenders, the ABA’s policy-making House of Delegates said today.

Federal law currently require all youths 14 years old or older who are convicted of sex-related offenses to register as sex offenders for at least 25 years. The House resolution urged that judges be able to make those determinations on a case-by-case basis.

Resolution 101A (DOC) passed on an overwhelming voice vote.


UK - Neighbourly act led to attack on innocent man

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02/16/2009

By Rob Kennedy, Evening Chronicle

WHEN Edward Johnson got a letter saying he was in the clear over a sex allegation, it should have been good news.

Mr Johnson struggles to read or write and so asked his neighbour to do him a good turn and read it out to him.

But his so-called friend, next-door neighbour Paul Armstrong, misinterpreted the letter as meaning Mr Johnson was a sex offender and gave him a severe beating.

Not content with fracturing his cheekbone and nose, vigilante Armstrong and his girlfriend, Linzi Minchell, returned one week later and attacked him again for reporting the initial attack to the police.

Mr Johnson, who was not prosecuted for any offence, was left in hospital for two weeks with a fractured vertebra in his back.

Jailing Armstrong, Recorder Tom Bayliss said: “He has difficulty reading and writing and was asking for your help.

“He did nothing to provoke what you did other than to show you that letter.

“After the second attack he was in so much pain he could hardly move. The two of you were like a pack of animals. You are his neighbours and he counted on you as friends.”

The court heard that Armstrong, 22, of St Cuthbert’s Avenue, South Shields, had gone to visit Mr Johnson on June 13 last year.

Mr Johnson had a letter from his solicitor, which he couldn’t read, and asked his neighbour to read it to him. There had been an unfounded allegation of a sexual nature against Mr Johnson and the letter told him it was not being proceeded with.

There was never any prosecution against him.

But Armstrong became angry and started questioning his neighbour about the allegation before inviting him round to his house later in the day.

Robert Spragg, prosecuting at Newcastle Crown Court, said: “When he went round Armstrong pinned him to the wall and punched him twice in the face and repeatedly called him a nonce.

“He picked him up, put him on his shoulder and threw him into the garden. He then picked him up again and threw him over his own garden fence.”

Mr Johnson went to hospital, where it was discovered he had a fractured cheek and nose.

Just six days later, he was asleep on his sofa in the early hours when he heard Armstrong shouting for him to open the door.

Both Armstrong and Minchell came in and accused Mr Johnson of avoiding them and of reporting the initial attack to the police.

He denied it but Armstrong found a police reference number and lost his temper again.

Minchell punched him three times in the face, bursting his eyelid. Mr Spragg said: “He was kicked and punched in the ribs by Armstrong who then sat on him.

“Armstrong said ‘You better get out of your house or you will get the same again and maybe worse’.”

Mr Johnson was later found by his ex-partner unable to move with a fractured vertebra.

Armstrong and Minchell, 19, also of St Cuthbert’s Avenue, South Shields, both admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Armstrong was jailed for 18 months and Minchell was given a community order and told to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.
- 18 months for this?  He should've got many years for assault and attempted murder, IMO.


FL - Trailer where Jessica Lunsford died is torched

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02/16/2009

HOMOSASSA — Officials say the mobile home where a repeat sex offender raped and murdered a 9-year-old Florida girl in 2005 has burned down.

Citrus County officials said Monday that the fire was suspicious. John Evander Couey’s former trailer was vacant when the fire started Sunday night, but officials say it’s a “total loss” because of extensive damage. The fire investigation was turned over to the Florida State Fire Marshals Office.

Couey told investigators he kept Jessica in a closet for several days before burying her alive in a shallow grave outside the trailer. Jessica had been abducted from her home nearby.

Couey was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.


ID - Boise prison inmate found dead in his cell; officials say he likely took his own life

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02/14/2009

By Katy Moeller - Idaho Statesman

A 40-year-old prison inmate at the Idaho State Correctional Institution south of Boise was found dead in his cell Saturday morning, according to a spokesman for the Idaho Department of Correction.

_____ was found unresponsive in his cell at 6:04 a.m. The Ada County Sheriff's Office is investigating _____'s death as an apparent suicide.

Correction spokesman Jeff Ray said _____ had attached something to his bed and his neck, leaned forward and apparently hung himself. He was the only person in his cell.

_____ was serving 15 years to life in prison for lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor under 16 years old. He was sentenced in Ada County on July 1, 2004. He was eligible to be considered for parole in 2019.

Idaho State Correctional Institution is a medium security prison for men south of Boise. It opened in 1974 and has a capacity of 1,490 inmates.


OK - Officials identify dead inmate

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So in jail and prison, they remove shoe strings and other stuff a person can use to kill themselves, how does one get rope in a prison?  Sounds like they helped this man do this, IMO.

02/15/2009

By JOSH ROUSE

Lawton police have identifed an inmate found dead in his GEO prison cell, 8607 SE Flower Mound, on Friday night.

Lawton police and emergency personnel were dispatched to the prison around 10 p.m. on the report of a possible suicide. Lawton Police Department Capt. Jackie LaRoche said when officers arrived, they found 31-year-old _____ dead after hanging himself with rope from a bunk.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, _____ was serving a 35-year sentence for stealing a car, attempting to evade a police officer and sexual battery in 2008 in Ottawa County. He was convicted in November 2008 and was transferred to Lawton in January.


MD - Officials: Inmate accused of rape commits suicide

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02/16/2009

By Carl Hamilton

Police say there were no warning signs

Investigators believe a county jail inmate hanged himself inside a shower stall on Friday morning, two days after police served him court documents charging him with incest and related counts, according to the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.

Police identified the apparent suicide victim as _____, 28, of the _____ Road in _____.


AL - Capital Punishment for Certain Pedophiles?

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LA - Kennedy v. Louisiana

02/14/2009

By Jen Hale - Reporter and weekend anchor

Pedophiles who rape young children could face the death penalty in Alabama…if one state lawmaker gets his way.

State Representative Steve Hurst of Munford in Talladega County is proposing a new law that would allow a judge to use capital punishment if someone older than 21 is convicted of raping a child 6 years old or younger.

The death penalty is a punishment that - so far - has been reserved only for murderers.

Should child molesters now be included?
- Murder is wrong, regardless of who is doing the killing.  So since this man wants to kill people, is he going to be the one pulling the lever?  He should be, IMO, since he wants it.

With the growing number of child sex predators, Hurst says capital punishment is an appropriate sentence for adult rapists older than 21 who violate children 6 years old or younger.

“You take a child who’s completely helpless. They have no way to defend themselves. And someone does something of this nature to them, you have literally destroyed that child for the rest of their life,“ says Hurst.

But sex psychologist Dr. Keith Abrams warns he doesn’t think the strategy will work.

We’ve had capital punishment for decades, and we still have murder,“ says Abrams.
- Amen!  He is just wanting brownie points from the sheeple, so he can look tough on crime.  Politics as usual!

Abrams says instead of focusing on deterrents, we should focus on prevention, for both potential victims and abusers.

In Abrams opinion, any adult who could rape a young child is past the point of being concerned about the repercussions.

“When people commit those kinds of crimes, they get to a place mentally where they’re not thinking about deterrents,“ explains Abrams.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department says there are now more than 1000 registered sex offenders living in the county…and at least one third will re-offend.
- And how does the sheriff know this?  Can he predict the future or something?

Introducing capital punishment for some might not be a fix all, but Hurst says, it’s at least a start.
- A start?  A start of what?  The next holocaust of killing all undesirables?

“You’ve got to keep knocking at the door, or you can’t never get in.“

Hurst is still waiting to schedule this bill’s first hearing before the Alabama Legislature.


UK - Kids Behaving Badly (sexual bullying in schools)