Saturday, July 25, 2009

FL - Fired Because Wife is Porn Star (The Puritans are alive and well)

"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

FL - A Bridge Too Far

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This article does show one thing, that Ron Book is responsible for this mess, yet he continues to blame others.  You are a hypocrite Ron Book!  You are using your hate and anger to make and pass laws, and history has proven that laws made in hate and anger, are always cruel and unusual punishment!


By Catharine Skipp and Arian Campo-Flores

Residency restrictions have forced child sex offenders in Florida to camp out under a causeway. Now the man who helped put them there is having second thoughts.
- And Ron says he has helped several get out from under the bridge.  Well, he's helped one person, and guess what, the person was without a job and could not afford the place Ron put him, so he's back under the bridge.  So Ron has helped nobody.  This is all about saving his own butt.

In 1996 Ron and Pat book hired a nanny to help manage their frenetic household in Plantation, Fla. Ron is one of the state's most powerful lobbyists and was traveling constantly. Pat was consumed with running a chocolate shop she had recently opened. So they needed a hand tending to their three kids: Lauren, 11; Samantha, 7; and Chase, 4. The couple had already cycled through numerous nannies who didn't work out and felt fortunate to find Waldina Flores, who seemed attentive, efficient, and firm-handed.
- So what was wrong with the numerous other nannies?

For Lauren, though, Flores's arrival marked the beginning of a private horror. One day early on, the nanny asked the girl to spit out her chewing gum. When Lauren refused, Flores leaned in, stuck her tongue into Lauren's mouth, and removed the gum with it. Flores explained herself the next day by saying that was how people behaved when they loved each other. Soon she began molesting the girl in bed at night and watching her shower in the morning. Over time, Flores became more violent. She beat the girl and threw her down the stairs. Once, when Lauren joked to her father at Flores's expense, the nanny later confronted her. "You think you are funny?" Flores asked, according to Lauren. "No. You are s--t." And then she defecated on her.

Lauren's parents didn't suspect anything. Flores was canny about concealing her abusiveness, and Lauren says she was too pliant, confused, and ashamed to divulge what she was enduring. When Lauren's parents asked her one day if she was interested in any guys in her eighth-grade class, Flores set out to find the girl a boyfriend, hoping to avert suspicion. She pointed to a kid in Lauren's yearbook, Kris Lim, and coached her on how to woo him. Lauren and Kris went out and soon became a couple. As the nanny's beatings became worse, Kris noticed Lauren's bruises and asked her how she got them. After lying repeatedly, she eventually confided the truth to him. Kris urged Lauren to tell her parents, but she refused. It wasn't until Flores threatened to kill Kris that Lauren finally relented. In a session in 2001 with her psychiatrist--whom she'd begun seeing because of her despondency and loss of appetite--she shared her saga of abuse. As soon as Lauren left his office, the psychiatrist called Ron Book and asked him to come in the next day to discuss an urgent matter. When Book learned the news, he felt the world had come undone. "I was spinning, spinning, spinning," he says. Much of their session focused on Book's feelings of rage and overwhelming guilt for not having detected his daughter's abuse. He fought back fantasies of violent retribution. In the end, he channeled his wrath into the one arena in which he maneuvers so deftly: the corridors of political power.
- Anybody would be angry at such abuse, and should contact the police immediately, not take the law into your own hands.  If he would have, he'd be in prison, maybe, and then his daughter would be without a father.

Book's relentlessness as a lobbyist is legendary. Compact and pugnacious, he sports a large diamond-studded ring, wears impeccably tailored Brioni suits, and drives a Bentley V12 convertible and an Audi R8. He carries three cell phones, and during the legislative session in Tallahassee you can often see him juggling calls in each ear while also wheedling a passing lawmaker. "His drive, especially toward the end of the session, is like a whirling dervish," says former Florida House Speaker John Thrasher. Other lobbyists love going against him, because even if they lose--which is likely--they know that fighting "Ronnie" will reap a bounty of billable hours.

In the wake of Lauren's abuse, Book mounted a legislative onslaught on sexual predators. Among the many measures he championed, the most significant were local residency restrictions that barred registered sex offenders from living within a certain radius--usually 2,500 feet--of places where children gather, like schools, parks, and playgrounds. By the time he was done, Book had helped pass such ordinances in some 60 cities and counties throughout Florida and beyond.
- And he did all this based on what?  No evidence has been produced to date, that shows they even work.  It's all under the guise that if they are far enough a way, they won't commit another crime, when studies show that 90% or more of all sexual crimes, occur in the victims own home, just like the case with Ron.

The impact on the offenders was severe. Entire cities were suddenly off limits to them. They became pariahs, confined to remote and shrinking slivers of land. The most egregious example is a colony of predators camped out under the Julia Tuttle Causeway, which spans Miami's Biscayne Bay--a place so surreal and outlandish that it has become a lightning rod in the debate over America's treatment of sex offenders. For a long time, Book was unrepentant about having helped create that community of outcasts. Predators, he'll repeatedly tell you, are "monsters" and "the creeping crud of society." But eventually the fury began to subside, and was replaced by something Book isn't accustomed to having: doubts.
- And the above, is by Ron is running around now, all of a sudden, trying to protect his reputation, career and businesses! And you will notice all the time, Ron calls sex offenders predators and child molesters.  Well, some are, but he thinks all are.  There is a big difference.  He is notorious for using the term "predator" or "monster" as if all sex offenders are, which they are not.  I think he just feels guilt that he could not protect his own daughter, now he is lashing out at all offenders to make himself look and feel better.  I wonder, is Ron a Christian?  If so, he sure is not acting like one, IMO.

At the Julia Tuttle camp, the sex offenders begin trickling in around dusk. It is a squalid and dreary place. The air is thick and stifling, reeking of human feces and of cat urine from all the strays that live there. Overhead, the bridge drones and trembles with six lanes of traffic. Makeshift dwellings sprawl out in every direction--tents clinging to concrete pylons, rickety shacks fashioned out of plywood, a camper shell infested with cockroaches. There is no running water or sewage system; inhabitants relieve themselves in shopping bags and toss the sacks into a pile of refuse that they burn periodically. Some men fish along the shoreline, then gut and fry up the catch for anyone who's hungry. For diversion, there's a nightly dominoes game, or perhaps a bottle of booze sipped in solitude.

The three-year-old settlement now numbers more than 70 people, including an 83-year-old deaf man, a wheelchair-bound fellow, and one woman. Some have lived there so long that their driver's licenses list their addresses as "Julia Tuttle Causeway Bridge." Every now and then, some succumb to desperation. In early July, one man repeatedly slashed himself with a knife in an apparent suicide attempt and had to be subdued with a stun gun, according to police. Many of them freely admit that society has every right to guard against their reoffending. They just don't see how sleeping under a bridge accomplishes that. The ordinances stipulate only that they stay there between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.; come sunrise, they're free to go. "We could be in front of a school all day, but we are under the bridge when all the kids are at home with their moms at night," says Osvaldo Castillo, who has been at the camp for a year. "This doesn't make any sense."
- If they are not on probation or parole, then you have no right to tell them when to be there.

The causeway colony may be an extreme example, but sex offenders have been similarly uprooted across the country, as lawmakers have seized on residency restrictions in recent years. Thirty states and hundreds of cities and counties--162 in Florida alone--have adopted them in some form. In Iowa, thousands of offenders were displaced, which forced many into shabby motels around Des Moines and others onto the streets. In Suffolk County, N.Y., those left homeless were crammed into a trailer that periodically moved around until finally settling on the grounds of the county jail. Such accounts dismay most experts on sexual crimes. "This very-well-intended policy is making the public less safe," says Susan Brown-McBride, chair of the California Sex Offender Management Board. It "destabilizes [offenders] by making them homeless."

Even some staunch supporters of residency restrictions have expressed misgivings after witnessing the chaos the ordinances sow. Florida state Sen. Dan Gelber (Email), whose district is home to the Julia Tuttle camp, is adamant about the 2,500-foot rule. A father of three, he recently learned, to his dismay, that a registered sex offender who lived six doors down from him was arrested for masturbating in front of some children. Despite his hardline stance, however, Gelber was aghast at what he observed in his first visit to the bridge in early July--the density of the encampment, the sordid conditions. "There has to be another way," he says.
- They sit behind their desks all day, and do not know anything about the real world, not until they get out into it to see what the laws they are passing, are actually doing.  They need to get over their ego's, and work on rehabilitation and prevention, which is what the injustice system is "suppose" to be about.  Now it's all about punishment and locking people up for long periods of time, so they prison business continues to thrive.

In the immediate aftermath of that crushing meeting with Lauren's psychiatrist, Book couldn't have cared less about crafting enlightened social policy toward sex offenders. His most immediate concern was removing Flores from his home. Later that day, he arranged to pick her up at a nearby office building. When she got in the car, Book told her, "You are going to pack your s--t and get the f--k out of my house." "What did I do?" he says she asked. "Did Lauren tell you something? Lauren is a liar." After Flores gathered her things, Book dropped her off at a gas station (and later contacted the police). She fled to Oklahoma but was eventually picked up by authorities and sent back to Florida. The following year, Flores was convicted of sexual battery and lewd and lascivious behavior toward Lauren, and received a 25-year sentence, which she's serving at a prison in Ocala. (Flores didn't respond to a letter requesting an interview.)

As Lauren commenced therapy, Book began campaigning for stricter sex-offender laws. When he learned that no mechanism short of a court order existed to force an offender to get tested for HIV, he helped pass a law making such screening mandatory when a victim demands it. When Flores wrote Lauren love letters from jail, he ushered through the Lauren Book Protection Act, which makes any contact by a convicted sex offender with a victim punishable by prison. Book also helped lengthen the statute of limitations for sexual crimes against a minor and secured state funding for victim-treatment centers throughout Florida.

He then turned his attention to residency restrictions. By now, several years had passed, and Lauren had progressed remarkably--so much that she joined her father to press for ordinances throughout the state. They'd visit as many as six cities a week--by car, by commercial plane, by charter jet. In each place, Ron would speak first, conjuring images of predators "peering down into the playground." Then Lauren would recount her ordeal. Always, "the silence was almost deafening," says Ron. "There was not a peep in the room." Aided by the media frenzy surrounding high-profile child abductions, including that of Jessica Lunsford (who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in 2005), they amassed an impeccable record; according to Ron Book, ordinances succeeded in every jurisdiction where the pair appeared together. They lobbied outside Florida, too--in states like Georgia and South Carolina. Municipalities across the country began calling Book to seek help drafting measures.

Before long, however, the unintended consequences of these laws became apparent. Though some cities and counties passed the measures enthusiastically, just as many enacted them defensively, to prevent castaways from a neighboring jurisdiction from settling in theirs. Janice Washburn watched that happen in her unincorporated enclave of Broadview Park in Broward County, Fla. As one nearby city after another enacted residency restrictions, predators poured in. In August 2007, Broadview Park had four registered offenders. A year later, there were 39. A few months later, there were 106. "It was multiplying like crazy," says Washburn, who now sits on a county task force to address the matter. In response, Broward County approved an emergency 2,500-foot restriction in April and is now studying whether to pass a formal ordinance. "It is 'not in my backyard,' and not a good solution," says County Commissioner John Rodstrom. But "what are we left with?"

This disorder might be tolerable if the residency policies were effective. But "there is no evidence that [they] protect children," says Jill Levenson, a professor of human services at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., who has examined the issue in depth. In Iowa, for example, there was no reduction in the number of reported sex crimes after the restrictions took effect, she says. Moreover, a 2006 National Institute of Justice report found that only 11 percent of female victims under age 12 and 16 percent of comparable males were raped by strangers; most were assaulted by relatives, teachers, and other people they knew. If anything, the residency statutes make things worse, some activists say. In Iowa, the number of predators who absconded doubled in the six months after the restrictions took effect. "If an offender ends up with no residence, that shouldn't make any of us feel safer," says Patty Wetterling, whose son's abduction prompted the creation of the first federal sex-offender registry in 1994. "What they need is stability, support, counseling, and treatment." (Studies have shown their recidivism rate is typically 10 to 15 percent, and treatment often proves more effective with certain groups, like juveniles, says Richard Wright, associate professor of criminal justice at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts.)
- And see the link above, other studies show the recidivism rate down to 5.3% and 3.5%.

Though none of these findings deterred Ron Book, they did give Lauren pause. "I have always come from a different place than my dad because I am more empathetic," she says. "Even with what Waldy did, I don't hate Waldy ... Something happened in her life that made her who she became." As conditions worsened beneath the Miami bridge, Lauren came to view it as a public-policy calamity. She began trying to get her father to realize that as well--usually over breakfast in his office. "Dad, we have absconding criminals," she'd say. "If we can't monitor them, then we won't know where they are." Further encouraging Book to soften his stance was the fact that Lauren, whose suffering had impelled him for years, had grown into a secure and successful woman (now 24, she has a nonprofit, Lauren's Kids, focused on child abuse, and last year she married Kris Lim).

Earlier this year, Book began reconsidering his position--spurred by lawmakers on both ends of the spectrum who'd begun questioning the wisdom of the ordinances. "I had to take stock and ask myself, 'Am I in the right place or not?' " he says. In an interview with a Newsweek reporter in June, Book admitted, "I was wrong"--three times. A few days later he had dinner with Levenson, the Lynn University professor, who's critical of residency laws. "Five years ago, I thought of you as a predator sympathizer," he told her. "I didn't see the bigger picture." He concluded the evening by assuring her,? "I will be part of the solution."
- Ron Book is running on emotions, and emotions like his always make bad laws! Just look at John Walsh, Mark Lunsford, to name a few.  Most people who are running on emotions and not thinking, usually call people "predator sympathizers," or "pro-pedophile," etc, like the folks at Perverted-Justice and Absolute Zero United.  What they do, IMO, makes things worse, not better.  Many at Absolute Zero United are always screaming we should kill all sex offenders.  Now image if people like that ran this country, we'd be the next Nazi Germany, hell, we are already almost there now.

With characteristic tenacity, Book is now trying to undo the bridge fiasco. The battle over the settlement's fate has recently escalated. In early July the American Civil Liberties Union (Email) filed a lawsuit against Miami-Dade County, alleging that its residency restrictions interfere with the state's ability to monitor offenders. Shortly thereafter, Miami officials sued the state, arguing that the colony should be removed since it lies within 2,500 feet of a tiny island that the city claims is a park (the governor's office replied in a letter to the city that the Department of Corrections doesn't place predators under the causeway and that released prisoners bear responsibility for finding housing that conforms with the law).

Book has tried to enlist Gov. Charlie Crist's (Contact) help. Twice in the past month, he buttonholed the governor at private gatherings to urge him to take action--perhaps convening a statewide task force to come up with potential legislative fixes. Their more recent exchange grew testy, according to Book. When Crist denied that the Department of Corrections was placing offenders under the causeway, "I said, 'You are f--king wrong,' " says Book. "I had to walk away. I was f--king annoyed. They don't even have a clue of a solution." (In the past week, the governor's office, which declined to comment on Book's account to Newsweek, has begun working with him on a solution.) Book, like his daughter, opposes entirely eliminating the 2,500-foot zones, but he thinks that shrinking them--say, to 1,750 feet--would create sufficient housing options for offenders. The problem, though, is that no public official wants to back a measure that could be depicted as pro-predator.
- Man, Ron is so unprofessional, IMO.  Why does he have to use language like this?  Residency restrictions do not work, period.  So if you have a 1,750 foot law, are they magically okay now at 1,751 feet?  No.  An offender can go anywhere they wish, as long as they are not loitering, which means being somewhere without a purpose.  So these residency restrictions are only feel good laws that do nothing!

With chances of a legislative remedy remote for now, Book switched his focus to finding alternative housing for the bridge denizens. He has expertise in the area, given his position as chair of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust. Several weeks ago, he asked staffers there to try to find possible dwellings in the county that abide by the 2,500-foot rule. They came up with a handful of them, including a former corrections facility owned by Miami-Dade County that was converted to apartments and isn't being used. "It is critical that I spread [the offenders] around," says Book. "If I settle too many in a particular commissioner's district, that will not work." So far, he's found placements for nine of them. But it's not easy. He needs to persuade a host of local and state entities--many with conflicting agendas, and some now embroiled in litigation--to sign off on any deals. "It is wearing me down," said Book late last week. "I don't know where we stand now. But I am going out to the bridge in the next few days. I'm going to see them, so they know that we are trying." The fact that he said this without flinching is a testament to the road he's traveled.
- So Ron, who are these nine people?  The people under the bridge say that is a lie.  So is it?  If it isn't, then who are the people, so we can confirm what you say!

"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

MO - U.S. adds to sex offender registry confusion

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Three rounds of legal battles in the Missouri Supreme Court still have not cleared confusion looming over the state's sex offender registry, as prior offenders are rushing to court to file new challenges.

The suits are seeking to stop local officials from enforcing new federal guidelines, which were supposed to be in place across the country by this week.

The federal law creates a national registry of people convicted of sex offenses and expands the type of offenses for which a person must register.

"It really has muddied the issue," said attorney Julie Brothers, who filed for a temporary restraining order this week in St. Louis County on behalf of an offender known as John Doe. "There are some major conflicts that are super confusing."

The confusion centers around about 4,300 offenders whom Missouri had exempted from its sex offender registry but who are required to register under the federal law, known as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

The conflict could cost Missouri hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal grant money if the state does not comply with the federal guidelines.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (Contact) has given every state a one-year extension on the deadline to meet federal standards. But as states review the situation, some lawmakers and experts are concerned about the cost of complying.

"I think the states are being really careful," said Amanda Petteruti of the Justice Policy Institute in Washington. "Most states are already doing what they can in terms of sex offender registration. They are trying to decide if it's really worth it to them to come into compliance."


Last month, the Missouri Highway Patrol (Contact) mailed letters to convicts who were not previously required to register under state law, urging them to now add their names to the list.
- How can you urge them to do this, when the law is not in effect yet?

The letters were drafted after the Missouri Supreme Court released a short opinion June 16 supporting the federal guidelines. But experts say federal law contradicts Missouri's sex offender registry laws, and the high court still has not addressed the conflict.

"The lawyers are confused. The judges are confused. The cops are confused," Brothers said. "The Missouri Constitution is going to have to be amended if we comply with federal guidelines."
- Change the constitution?  That is scary!

Two previous state Supreme Court decisions said that an offender convicted before the list was created does not have to participate. The constitution forbids the state from retroactively imposing a penalty for a conviction, Brothers said.

But the federal law applies to retroactive convictions.
- And thus the federal law is unconstitutional.  Read the damn constitution!  It strickly says "ex post facto" laws are forbidden.  Hell, lets just eradicate the entire constitution!  If we start changing it to suit someone else's needs, then all people will be affected.

In addition to mandating who should be registered as sex offenders, the federal law also includes a long list of other standards that will require states to upgrade computer software, create a plan for notifying neighbors and share data with other states.

Illinois is still working on its plan to integrate federal law into its existing sex offender registry.

Illinois officials hosted two rounds of statewide meetings to discuss the changes. Judges, police, prosecutors, defense attorneys and treatment providers weighed in.

"We discussed what compliance should look like in Illinois," said Cara Smith of the Illinois attorney general's office. "Now comes the work of taking the information we heard and structuring it into a law."

Illinois created its sex offender registration law in 1986 and expanded it in 1996. Smith said it closely mirrors federal requirements. She said meeting the federal standards is attainable.

"I don't know of any mechanical functions that would become a problem to comply," she said.
- Except the constitution, if it meant anything anymore.  These laws violate a lot of the US and State Constitutions!  Making unconstitutional laws like this, should scare the hell out of everyone, but, the sheeple care more about American Idol!

Missouri has already submitted paperwork for the federal authorities to review, said Capt. Tim McGrail of the Missouri Highway Patrol. He said the state program was changed when lawmakers passed bills in 2007 and this year to address issues like DNA processing and sharing information with other states.

"I think we have a pretty good system," he said.


The federal government can't mandate states to make the changes, experts said. So instead, Congress threatened to take away 10 percent of a federal law enforcement grant if states don't comply. Missouri would stand to loose an estimated $400,000; Illinois' total loss would be about $850,000, according to the Justice Policy Institute.
- Yeah, they are threatening them, and that is called bribery, and the last time I checked, was illegal!

Lawmakers in Virginia asked experts to guess how much taxpayers would spend on the changes. The Virginia Department of Planning and Budget decided the first year would cost more than $12 million. Virginia only stood to lose about $400,000 in U.S. grant money each year, according to the department's documents.

"With the economic crisis upon us, states absolutely do not have the money to be doing this right now," said Petteruti, who works for a foundation that lobbies for alternatives to incarceration. She said the changes do little to improve the public's safety because every state already has a list.

"The states are already doing what they can," she said.

Missouri and Illinois said they have not estimated the costs.

Smith said critics of the federal regulations raised concern about the price tag for making changes.

Petteruti said most of the money would go toward installing and maintaining new computer software that links with a national database and manpower to keep up with the paperwork and attorney fees for legal challenges. The price tag for each state will differ.

The U.S. Justice Department has offered some federal grant money to help establish a system for notifying the community when a sex offender moves, McGrail said.

"When you start talking about resources for technology, the cost could be high," McGrail said. "But we are fairly close to compliance."

"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

FL - Under the bridge

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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

MI - Police hunt down offenders who fail to register

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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

CT - Conn. town reconsidering ban on sex offenders

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HARTFORD - Sex offenders who live in or visit the tony community of Greenwich would be banned from municipal property, schools, parks and public beaches under a proposed city law, similar to a measure that died last month for lack of final action.

The proposal calls for the creation of "child safety zones" where convicted sex offenders would be banned. Police could question a "suspected" offender and demand identification, under the proposal. Violators could be fined $100.

The original measure failed to get final approval because of constitutionality concerns, Town Attorney Wayne Fox said.

The latest version adds exceptions that allow convicted offenders access to public property for certain events such, as voting and school meetings. The board of selectmen is expected to consider the ban Aug. 13.
- Why would a ex- offender want to vote for these idiots who don't have the balls to uphold their oath of office to uphold the constitution, and those who continue to punish them, violating ex post facto, due process and other portions of the constitution?

Sam Romeo, who helped push the proposal beginning two years ago as part of a community policing group, said the goal is to "protect those who can't protect themselves."
- Well, your oath of office to uphold the constitution goes out the door then, because the constitution says that all men and woman are created equal, and deserve the same protections, so you lied when you took your oath of office, that is obvious.  So what else are you lying about?

"This is Greenwich, not Camelot," he said. "We have the same problems as any other municipality in the state or the country."

One of Greenwich's four registered sex offenders said in an interview Friday that a ban would be a sentence on top of one that he already served for his offense.
- And I totally agree.  They've already been sentenced, and signed a contract when they were.  Now, the state, is tearing up that contract, and basically burning the constitution, and punishing them twice for the same crime.  That goes totally against many aspects of the constitution, which these hypocrites and liers took an oath to defend.

"I committed a crime, almost 10 years ago," said _____ of Riverside. "I paid my price, dearly. I was wrong. I know I was wrong, and I deserved the sentence I got."

He said that he is required to register as a sex offender for life after he was convicted of possessing child pornography.

"I was born and raised in Greenwich. I am a product of Greenwich. And now years after completing my sentence, my city is imposing the same exact restrictions that were imposed while I was completing my sentence. They are saying I am going to be punished again," he said.
- Thus violating double jeopardy, due process and ex post facto issues of the constitution!  If they can do this to one group, you can bet your rights will be eradicated as well, watch and see.

But Romeo said that until a sex offender is off the list that person has not finished serving the sentence.
- Well, what did the contract say when they accepted the plea deal?  You are now tearing that up and not sticking with your contract.

Sue Rogers, president of PTA Council for the town's public schools, also supports a ban. She said it would "insure our children are placed where they can learn and play without fears or concerns."

Others disagree.

Andrew Schneider, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut (Email), said a ban would create a false sense of security. And David C. Fathi, director of Human Rights Watch, said a ban could violate human rights.

"There is no evidence that these laws prevent sex crimes or any other kind of crime," Fathi said.

Laws that require registration, community notification or that limit where convicted sex offenders may live are "based on false pretenses, the belief in stranger danger, the idea that children are most at risk from a stranger who has been previously convicted of a sex offense," Fathi said. "This is false. Most sex crimes against children, upwards of 90 percent, are committed by a person a child knows or trusts."

"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

UK - 'Vile lies' of woman jailed after driving ex-boyfriend to brink of suicide by accusing him of rape

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She should get the sentence he would have received if found guilty!  And, they should create a "FALSE ACCUSED" registry for people like this lady, so those who may want to date or marry her, can know what she has done before.


By Andy Dolan

A woman who falsely accused her ex-boyfriend of rape when he broke off their relationship was jailed yesterday for her 'vile lies'.

Louise Johnson, 37, drove _____ to the brink of suicide after he was arrested and suspended from his job.

After accusing the care worker of the rape, Johnson then took out an injunction against her former lover whom she claimed was continuing to harass her.

The mother-of-one then contacted police again to claim Mr _____ had turned up at her home with a knife, ordered her to strip and then threatened to rape her.

Yesterday a judge told Johnson she was guilty of telling 'lies of the most vile kind' as Mr _____ told of the 'devastating' impact of the case on his life.

The 41-year-old was arrested twice, had his DNA swabbed and spent two-and-a-half months on police bail until he was able to prove his innocence when CCTV proved he was with his son at a train station 160 miles away when Johnson claimed he turned up at her home with the knife.

Mr _____, from Dudley, West Midlands, said: 'I couldn't believe it when I was arrested by the police. It was devastating - especially as I was suspended from my job over it.'

'It has been a long slow two years during which my name has been dragged through the mud. I have been through hell.'

'It has been a nightmare and I would not be on this earth if it had not been for the support of friends and family. I would be six feet under.'

The couple met through their jobs as carers at a residential care home for disturbed young people.
- Sounds like this lady needs to be in one of these homes!

They had only been going out for two months before Mr _____ ended the relationship in March 2007.

Alka Brigue, prosecuting, said Johnson took Mr _____'s decision to finish the relationship 'very badly'.

He was first arrested on suspicion of rape in July 2007. Johnson claimed he had forced her to perform a sex act on him but the incident never took place.

The following month Johnson took out the injunction and a short time later Mr _____ was arrested again after she claimed that, armed with the knife, he arrived at her home in Tividale, West Midlands, ordered her to strip and threatened to rape her.

Miss Brigue said: 'Johnson claimed he turned up at her home and assaulted her. He took clothes off and attempted to rape her.'

'She said there were blows to various parts of her body from his hands and fists. He also brandished a knife.'

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard at that precise time Mr _____ had been filmed on CCTV boarding a train in Gosport, Hampshire, with his son.

In a victim impact statement filed with the court, Mr _____ described how Johnson's lies caused him 'considerable distress and discomfort'.

He has since been reinstated to his job.
- Good!

Johnson then complained she had received a string of text messages from Mr _____ and that he had again assaulted her but, at the time, he had been attending his mother's 67th birthday party before going straight to work.

Analysis of Johnson's phone suggested she had sent the messages herself, a source said.

The court heard Johnson had made a string of allegations against other people over the previous 12 years.

It is understood she had accused a man of raping her in 2005, although charges were never proceeded with.

The court heard Johnson suffered from a personality disorder.

Samantha Powis, defending, said Johnson had suffered from abuse as a child. Her alleged tormentor was acquitted after a trial.

Miss Powis said Johnson 'accepts these were gravely serious allegations and they not only undermined him but those who make genuine complaints.'

Johnson admitted perverting the course of justice. Judge Nicholas Syfret QC told her the two arrests had a 'huge impact' on the life of Mr _____.

Jailing her for 18 months, Judge Syfret said: 'He felt suicidal and it affected his work. These allegations were not only embarrassing but they meant he was suspended from doing his job.'

The judge said there were people who felt 'there is no smoke without fire' and, while he was completely innocent, they would believe there was some truth in the allegations.

'There was not a word of truth in what you said,' the Recorder told Johnson.

'A colossal strain was put on police resources while they investigated these complaints and you also undermined the causes of genuine people who had been the subject of serious complaints.'

He told her only a custodial sentence could be justified because the offence she had committed made it notoriously difficult for women who had been raped to get justice.

"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)