Thursday, July 30, 2009

MI - Michigan's news media running with the moral panic over sex offenders living in motels!

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MO - Request from ACLU in Missouri (ATTENTION!!)

Request from ACLU in Missouri:

The ACLU of Eastern Missouri wishes to speak to persons required to register as a sex offender in Missouri and who believe they may be impacted by a recently placed statute imposing certain duties on registered sex offenders on Halloween.

If you believe the new law will effect you, then please contact Anthony E. Rothert, legal director of the ACLU of Eastern Missouri, at (314) 652-3114, or by email at tony@aclu-em.org.

If you live in Missouri, PLEASE do contact the ACLU on this, as we want as many as possible on this suit! Where the ACLU is involved, the chances of a favorable ruling is increased, and this may prompt them (as they get to know their clients) to further challenge the unconstitutional laws we are all concerned with!


"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)

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MO - Neighbors Angry at Man Claiming He's a Sex Offender

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07/30/2009

JEFFERSON COUNTY (KTVI-FOX2now.com) - A landlord and one of his neighbors in Jefferson County are squaring off over a sign the neighbor has put in his window. The sign in the house next door reads "Registered Offender, JCSO," with the initials presumably referring to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

The landlord says the sign is keeping families with children from renting his home, and, on top of that, he says it's misleading. There is no record of the man next door actually being on the sex offender list, or even having much of a criminal record.

The neighbor refused to comment on why he has the sign in his window.




"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)

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KY - Former police officer sentenced to time served for alleged rape

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07/30/2009

(WHAS11) - A former metro police officer accused of raping a woman at gunpoint won't be spending any more time behind bars.

Billy Ray White entered an Alford Plea Thursday morning.

That means he maintains his innocence but admits there's enough evidence for a jury to convict him.

White was convicted in 2006 of raping the woman in front of her then 9-month-old child.

An appeals court threw out that conviction and limited the evidence prosecutors could use in a new trial.

Under terms of the plea deal, White was sentenced to time served and will have to register as a sex offender.

"We looked at all the options, including re-trial and the prospects of this man walking on the streets without a felony on his record was not something she was willing to accept and not something I was willing to accept. We would have re-tried it had this offer would not have gone through,” says prosecutor Jon Heck.

"It was a very difficult case and he determined at this point if he had the opportunity to be released from prison and go on with his life while maintaining his innocence that he would be foolish not to take that," says Steve Schroering, White’s attorney.

White could have faced ten to 20 years in prison if convicted.

He was sentenced to 12 years behind bars at his first trial.




"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)

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FL - Advocates Claim Sex Offenders Are Vulnerable

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07/30/2009

Response As Woman Accused Of Targeting Sex Offender

LAKE WORTH - "The public has become hysterical when you mention the word sex offender," said Dick Witherow.

The ordained minister ought to know what he's talking about when it comes to sex offenders. His Matthew 25 Ministries was the target of wrath early this year when he opened a village for offenders near Pahokee.

"The lives of people are being destroyed all because of the myths that are being promulgated by the news media and everything," said Witherow.

Despite his experience, he is surprised to hear of Carol Wands' arrest. She is the Port St. Lucie woman facing a charge of targeting a sex offender. Prosecutors said she tried to extort $33,000 and a Cadillac from a sex offender after she called off a steamy rendezvous.

Wands at first could not recall her arrest, but then claimed she was the victim of a crime.

"It's never been proven that sex offenders have a higher rate of recidivism or re-offending," said criminal defense attorney Tama Kudman.

Kudman sees how sex offenders and predators easily can become prey.

"Their pictures are often put up, so they're easy to identify," said Kudman. "And they're so loathed, there's not much sympathy for them. So it is very easy to target a sex offender."

Both Kudman and Witherow acknowledge there is little sympathy for a sex offender turned victim. But the reverend said society needs to be a little more rational to people like Wands and those labeled sex offenders.

"They're sinners, just like this guy was a sinner," said Witherow.

Wands is a certified mediator with the state of Florida. That means she helps people settle disputes out of court. People cannot become mediators if they have a felony conviction unless they have a restoration of their civil rights. Staff at the Florida Dispute Resolution Center could not say Thursday what a felony arrest would do to Wands' mediation certification.


"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)

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New sex offender studies

Courtesy of "In the News" by Karen Franklin

07/30/2009

The booming sex offender industry is producing lots of literature these days. A few current studies of interest, all with negative findings:

Child porn use not linked to contact crimes

Men who use internet child pornography are not at high risk of committing hands-on sex offenses, especially if they do not have a prior criminal record of such activities, suggesting that other risk factors must be taken into account to identify potential offenders.

The article, The consumption of Internet child pornography and violent and sex offending, by scholars in Switzerland and Germany, is available online for free, through the open-access site BioMed Central.

Actuarials fail to predict juvenile recidivism

There's a lot of demand these days for tools to predict which juvenile sex offenders will reoffend. The recidivism rates are very low, which makes this task especially difficult. In this study, Jodi Viljoen of Simon Fraser University and colleagues tested four widely used instruments, and found that none of them significantly predicted sexual reoffending. The instruments were the ERASOR (Estimate of Risk of Adolescent Sexual Offense Recidivism), the Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI), the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version (PCL:YV), and the Static-99.

The abstract of Assessment of Reoffense Risk in Adolescents Who Have Committed Sexual Offenses: Predictive Validity of the ERASOR, PCL:YV, YLS/CMI, and Static-99 is available through Criminal Justice and Behavior's "online first" website, but you need a subscription to see the whole article.

Adam Walsh: Only an illusion of safety

This project used a sample of sex offenders in New York State who are registered under the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (AWA), to perform the fist empirical assessment into whether the Act's implementation is likely to increase public safety. The answer, unsurprisingly, is a resounding no. As it turns out, the offenders classified as lowest risk (Tier 1) reoffended at higher rates than those classified as moderate (Tier 2) to high risk (Tier 3).

Again, you can see the abstract of this study, The Adam Walsh Act: A False Sense of Security or an Effective Public Policy Initiative? by Naomi J. Freeman and Jeffrey C. Sandler, at Criminal Justice Policy Review's "online first" site, but the article requires a subscription.


"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)

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VA - Sex Offender Registry: Some say it goes too far

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07/20/2009

Is it a justifiable punishment, or the new scarlet letter? For years, there's been debate about online sex offender registries like the one here in Virginia. Some who are on it say it's ruined their chance of ever turning their lives around. Others say 'Don't do the sex crime, if you aren't willing to serve the online face time.'

CBS 6 sat down with a registered sex offender. He's asked us not to call him by his real name so, for our report, we'll call him Aaron. "It's the modern day scarlet letter," Aaron told our cameras. The scarlet letter he says he wears is the letter 'S', for sex offender. "Before I was ever convicted, I was already sentenced," he continued.

Aaron's story started a few years ago. The Richmond man said the incident that landed him behind bars happened at home on his computer. He thought he was chatting with a teenage girl, but in actuality he was communicating with a police officer. Aaron went to jail and admits what he did was wrong. He feels that the state's sex offender registry goes too far. "You don't put the pictures of murderers, drunk drivers, or drug dealers on the registry, why me?" Aaron said in an interview with our station on Wednesday. CBS 6 legal analyst Todd Stone says what started out as a good idea a few years ago may now cross the line. He says, "Are we doing more harm then good when we're putting all types of offenses on the internet instead of just the ones where they might reoffend? Is the site being watered down instead of doing what it originally intended to do?"

Regardless of some people's opinions, Sgt. Robert Holland says with 2.5 million hits on the state's website a year, it's informing the public. "People go to the website to find out who their babysitter is, or their neighbor, or even a potential daycare provider, so I think the site helps families gain knowledge."
- But what about those not caught and not on the registry, who may decide to sexually abuse your child?  How will you know about them?  You won't, until it's too late!  90% or more of all sexual crimes committed today, are by those NOT on a registry.

For Aaron though, he says he did the crime and served the time. But he says he is forced to re-live his ordeal every day because of the website, "It's a life sentence, I have to live in the shadows forever."




"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)

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Sherrif Richard Mack on Keeping the Oath of Office and Defending the Constitution Against All Enemies - Foreign and DOMESTIC

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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)

© 2006-2009 Sex Offender Issues, All Rights Reserved


WI - Neighbors react to sex offenders at motel (Oh my god! They are going to go on a mass molestation spree! Run for your lives!)

This also shows, that the registry is worthless, or else this would not have caught anybody off guard. It's nothing but a moral panic, spread by the media and politicians for ratings, votes and to scare everyone to distract them from the REAL issues.

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Kind of reminds me of the "War of the Worlds" scare! (Play List)



"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)

© 2006-2009 Sex Offender Issues, All Rights Reserved