Thursday, April 29, 2010

GA - Is the Tide Turning in Georgia's Child Molestation Case?

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Reminds me of the "Day Care Sex Abuse Hysteria!" I thought Mike NiFong was put in prison? Apparently he's been reincarnated!

04/29/2010

By Noah Arenstein

In Catoosa County, Georgia, _____'s child molestation trial continues to devolve into a absurd witch-hunt. Only now, the national media is actually starting to pay attention.

Yesterday, Assistant District Attorney Chris Arnt asked a detective involved in the case whether she “get[s] paid per child molester the way the defense does.” I'm not sure what Arnt is suggesting, but it's clear that Arnt's getting a paycheck for his services in this trial, too. And the only people losing money are the taxpayers of Catoosa County, who will likely be forced to repeat this whole farce again once the verdict is thrown out on appeal. (If you missed our previous coverage of the case, you can read up here.)

As the trial has gone on, it's become increasingly clear that the supposed physical evidence of molestation amounts to much ado about nothing. Meanwhile, the prosecutors’ cross examinations have become increasingly unhinged from the original molestation charges, and they’ve ratcheted up their character attacks on _____ — all with the blessing of the judge in the case, Brian House.

There's little doubt that a guilty verdict will fail on appeal. Yet Arnt and his fellow prosecutor Len Gregor seem intent on achieving one anyway, no matter the cost. They've badgered witnesses with questions about _____’s exercise and lawn-mowing habits, of all things. They've asked whether _____ is a narcissist, and if _____ ever passed out in a girlfriend’s bed after a night of drinking. These so-called “sordid revelations” that the kind that only a puritan (or an unhinged prosecutor) would connect to evidence of child molestation.

The case has gotten weirder and weirder. One defense witness, who let _____ watch her children every day for almost two years without incident, testified that one of _____'s accusers — who is also a child actress — was “worldly for her age.” “Does that mean she’s a slut?” asked Gregor. When the witness uncomfortably denied the charge, Gregor wondered whether the child might be a “pre-slut.”

Gregor also has a fascination with TruthforTonya.com, a website which argues that _____ is the victim of a conspiracy. Likewise, Gregor is seeing ghosts everywhere — for example, badgering a defense witness about whether she believes in 9/11 conspiracies as well.

For me, the most frustrating aspect of this trial is the way in which Judge House has wholly ignored basic rules of evidence, which are intended to insure the jury doesn't get confused by accusations that amount to little more than hearsay. But on Tuesday, when Gregor declared that he’s not required to disclose evidence he uses when cross-examining defense witnesses, Judge House actually agreed.

Despite (or because of) this circus, it appears the national media has finally gotten a whiff of this case's excesses. The Today Show aired a segment about the trial this morning, and the presence (and rumor) of national media coverage is managing to change the demeanor of the prosecutors, both who were noticeably more respectful to witnesses once the Today Show's camera crew arrived. (Fortunately for their coverage, NBC decided to use MSNBC’s Dan Abrams to offer legal analysis, rather than a local attorney.)

It looks like the tide is beginning to turn, as word is spreading about how in a little-known Georgia county, a woman named _____ is getting senselessly railroaded. Those who believe in due process and rule of law are speaking out. Let’s hope that for _____, it’s not too late.


"The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.." - Benjamin Franklin


WA - Confronting Your Neighbor Sex Offenders on Inside Edition - Lisa Guerrero (Biased as always)

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This is not reporting, it's furthering an agenda and using fear for ratings. Maybe she should contact Mary at http://sosen.org to get another point of view, but I doubt she would do this, and if she did, it would be biased as usual! She also posed for Playboy, go figure!

04/29/2010

I began working at Inside Edition in 2006 covering everything from entertainment to breaking news, but recently I've been reporting on some truly fascinating stories. Since last year I've been a special correspondent with the show's award winning investigative unit, covering consumer fraud, safety issues, and crimes against women and children. Some of these stories have led to policy changes, better regulation and primarily have shed light on troubling issues that effect many of us.

Last month I travelled to McNeil Island, Washington (dubbed "Sex Offender Island") to learn about that state's Special Commitment Center that indefinitely detains the most violent sexual predators after they've served their sentence. They hope to both treat these "residents" and keep them from reentering society until the system can determine whether or not they're likely to offend again. The cost is approximately $160,000 per resident per year.
So, if there is 280 offenders at $160,000 per year, that is $44,800,000 tax payer dollars per year to simply house them, since none have been released, and it doesn't look like they ever will. So then multiply this by the average # of years each may live, and you can see, this is a ton of wasted money!

Yesterday I appeared as a guest correspondent on an episode of the Dr. Phil show, entitled, "The Predator Next Door," to share this information, but nothing prepared me for the story I just covered in Texas for Inside Edition (airing Monday, May 3rd), and is a shocking reminder of the sex offenders in our communities and their access to our homes and safety. Public records in Texas led us to the discovery of registered sex offenders working in the US Postal Service, delivering mail, unsupervised, into neighborhoods, schools and even an amusement park. On Monday's show I confront these mail carriers and ask whether or not it's safe for sex offenders to deliver mail right to your front door. Wait until you see the official response we got from the Postal Service. Also on Inside Edition Monday, I report on registered sex offenders we found working at major hotel chains with access to guests' room keys and personal information. Unbelievably, some of these predators were given responsibilities, ranging from driving the shuttle vans (requiring access to the cell phone numbers of guests), to working unsupervised on the night shift at the front desk. When I confronted some of the managers of these hotels to ask them why they would hire sex offenders to do these jobs, they seemed more interested in protecting the privacy of their employees rather than protecting the safety of their guests. In fact, in one instance a manager called the police on us and refused to respond to why he would hire a convicted child rapist to work at the front desk of his hotel.

Although we shot these stories in Texas, registered sex offenders are working in hotels and in post office branches throughout the country. We are certainly not saying that registered sex offenders don't deserve to find reasonable employment after they serve their time, but does it make sense for them to have access to personal information and keys at hotels and wear the trusted uniform of a mail carrier in your neighborhood? My facebook fan page has more information about these stories and both of these investigations air Monday on Inside Edition.

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FL - Sex Offender Laws Create New Problem

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Sounds to me like Aronberg needs to talk with the lobbyist Ron Book, who is the mouth-piece for these draconian laws!

04/29/2010

Local Buffer Zones Leave Offenders Homeless

WEST PALM BEACH - A growing group of professionals is concerned that well-intentioned city and county ordinances that are meant to keep children safe from sex offenders is backfiring.

"Our current laws are doing more to harm public safety than protect it," said state Sen. Dave Aronberg (Email), D-Greenacres.

Florida has a statewide law to keep sex offenders and predators 1,500 feet from schools, parks and day cares. But more municipalities are creating stricter laws to increase that distance; many have adopted a 2,500 foot buffer zone.

Aronberg has tried multiple times to get a law passed that would prevent municipalities from writing these far-reaching ordinances. "I've been taking on this issue for about five years. When I first started this issue, people thought I was crazy," said Aronberg. "They said no politician could survive getting involved in this issue because you'll be seen as soft on sex offenders. And I said I'd rather jeopardize my political career then jeopardize public safety."

Aronberg, who is running for Florida attorney general, said the unintended result of all these stricter local laws is homelessness.

"When you have overly restrictive ordinances that force these offenders underground, where they're still living next door to us, but we don't know where they are," said Aronberg.

Pastor Dick Witherow said many of the sex offenders who call Miracle Park home outside Pahokee would have a hard time finding somewhere to live if it wasn't for his facility. He said, people ask him, "'How do you feel about having these sex offenders here?' I say, 'For the most part, that's not who they are, that's who they were.'"

_____, who was nabbed on a national TV show's undercover sting, lives in Witherow's village. "Original resident, raced here from prison to this new property, yes," said _____, who has found work with a landscaping company. _____ said as he was being released from prison, his mother called around to try and locate him housing that complies with state and local rules. "It's pretty much impossible to find a place to live," he said.

Witherow ministers to the men and women. Rehabilitation classes fill the afternoons. Those that have committed "forcible rape, those who have multiple victims and that sort of thing, they need to be classified as high risk and they monitored. But when you throw everybody in the same fishbowl, regardless of the risk, regardless of the crime, you're not really solving the problem," said Witherow.

Aronberg explained the problem is getting bigger, as the stricter local laws are causing some offenders to be homeless. "When you have overly restrictive ordinances that force these offenders underground, where they're still living next door to us, but we don't know where they are," said Aronberg.

Indeed "transient" is now an allowable address registration on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's sex offender registry. And while some will have little sympathy for homeless sex offenders in light of the crimes they have committed, Aronberg and others find it is far from ideal from a public safety standpoint.

"The problem is when people become homeless and we give people nothing to lose, they behave accordingly," said Lynn University's Dr. Jill Levenson. Levenson, studies sex offenders, and has discovered an abundance of research that finds the vast majority do not go on to re-offend. But Levenson said the laws that lead to homelessness are not helping.

"When we place criminal offenders in a position where they have nowhere to live, they can't make a living, they can't live with their families, what we know from research across all criminal offenders is that's actually a recipe for re-offending," said Levenson.
- I agree, when you make it impossible to find a home and job, and no hope, it's only a matter of time before a crime is committed to survive or lash out. As Benjamin Franklin once said:

"The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice."


"The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.." - Benjamin Franklin


CA - Sex Offenders Searching For One-Night Stands (Shelter)

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I wonder if the person who wrote this has studied English and Grammar? Some of the wording is screwy and doesn't make sense.

04/29/2010

By Lauren Smiley

State corrections officials will now allow sex offenders living transient because of Jessica's Law sleep indoors -- as long as they don't establish a "pattern of residency." Now, playing musical beds is the name of the game.

The clarification of the transient definition was issued to parole officials in an email from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation policy and procedures unit on March 4, says CDCR spokesman Fred Bridgewater.

Sex offenders paroled to San Francisco have found themselves in a state of enforced homelessness because of Jessica's Law, a 2006 voter-approved initiative that states they can't reside 200 feet from a school or park. In San Francisco, all but a few high-rent blocks in SoMA that no parolee can afford are off limits.

The game until now for parolees has been to avoid having a "residence." They had been told that they could fall sleep in a chair in a drop-in centers of homeless shelters, but not sign up for a bed.

One man we interviewed had claimed he was high to sleep at a rehab center, or suicidal to stay at the psych ward, just to be able to sleep indoors. Others slept in RVs or vans parked around the city. The poorest sleep on the street. Case workers said the constant stress of moving around and sleeping outdoors has led to guys using drugs and alcohol; they claimed the stress even killed one older parolee.

Yet under the new rules, they now they can sleep in an actual bed at a shelter, not just a chair. The new semantic game is to avoid a "pattern of residency." Sex offenders say in practical terms that means they can't spend two nights in a row at any one location. (And no two successive, say, Mondays at mom's house.)

One sex offender on parole in San Francisco, who wishes to remain anonymous, says the policy tweak has made all the difference for him. He used to sleep in his van. Now he plays musical beds in the houses of his mom, grandparents, wife, and parents-in-law.

"I was pretty relieved," he said. "It took a lot of stress off of us. A lot of people were astounded and relieved. It's tremendously better for me."

Yet others, who've gotten out of prison after lengthy prison sentences and no longer have any friends or family, it's no better. _____, who sat in the SoMA alley where he sleeps on the sidewalk last week, says it hasn't changed his circumstances at all. He doesn't have any family or friends with a house in the city, so he's still sleeping outdoors. And now that the parolee reporting center where he used to hang out during the days is off limits to sex offenders, he's outdoors almost all the time.

The change is "something to act like they're doing something when they're not doing anything," _____ said. "I'm on the damn street sitting down...It's just harassment. It's simple harassment."

Even the offenders who stay indoors at various residences are playing "a very risky game," says CDCR spokesman Bridgewater. "If they're going to their wife's house and brother's house, how many times can they do that before it's an established residence? We can't allow them to circumvent the law."


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


DC - Law Targeting International Sex Trafficking Moves Forward in U.S. House

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eAdvocate review of this law

04/28/2010

By Peter J. Smith

WASHINGTON – The battle against international sex-trafficking took a new step forward Wednesday after the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs approved legislation that would establish an international database of registered sex offenders and traffickers – an international version of the U.S. “Megan’s Law” – which its sponsors say would greatly assist authorities worldwide in preventing the exploitation of children by international sex tourists.

The measure, sponsored by U.S. Congressman Chris Smith (Contact), a New Jersey Republican, is called “the International Megan’s Law of 2010” and would establish mandatory reporting requirements for convicted sex traffickers and registered sex offenders against children who intend to travel overseas.

The House committee cleared the legislation to go to the floor of the full U.S. House of Representatives in a unanimous voice vote.

Currently the fight against keeping sex predators from exploiting children abroad depends on cooperation between national governments and international police agencies, such as between Interpol and U.S. border and customs officers.

But Smith, a longtime human rights leader and author of anti human-trafficking legislation in 2000, 2003 and 2005, said international cooperation is largely “ad hoc” and leaves wide gaps for sexual offenders to travel to and from international destinations largely unnoticed and anonymous. Despite the “sincere effort” of U.S. and foreign agencies, Smith said that international sharing of information about travelling child sex predators only happens occasionally.

A legal structure is needed to systematize notification efforts and ultimately protect as many children as possible," he said.

The prime model for the legislation is the U.S. Megan’s law, which was passed in 1996 in order to respond to the problem of convicted sexual predators changing their address or even moving across state lines where state and local authorities would have no knowledge of their danger to children and society. The law is named after a New Jersey girl, Megan Nicole Kanka, who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in 1994 by a convicted sex offender who lived right across the street.

The proposed bill takes specific aim at child sex tourism. Smith’s proposed law would require that the United States provide advance notice of a “high risk” individual’s intended travel to the government authorities of their destination, and would request foreign governments to notify the United States when individuals with known records of sexually preying upon minors seek to enter the United States.

If approved by Congress, the International Megan’s Law would establish a sex offender travel notification system for U.S. authorities on the look-out for sex offenders intending international travel to and from the United States, non-public sex offender registries in U.S. embassies to keep critical information on U.S. sex predators living abroad, and would provide the U.S. Secretary of State with the ability to revoke or severely restrict the passport of an individual convicted overseas of a sex crime against a minor.

The proposed bill would also require the Secretary of State to issue a report on how international cooperation between governments is progressing on child sex offender travel, and would also provide financial assistance to other countries to help them establish systems to identify and report child sex offenders to U.S. authorities.

According to the International Labour Organization, approximately 1.8 million children all over the world suffer exploitation through the commercial sex trade, a figure referenced by Foreign Affairs Chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.), who strongly endorsed the bill during its Wednesday committee mark-up.

"We all know the devastating emotional, physical, and psychological effects on these child victims," he said. "We need to do all we can to prevent these predators from circumventing U.S. laws to prey on children in foreign countries.”

Berman urged his colleagues in the House on both sides of the aisle to support the bill, which is expected to come before the full House before the summer recess.


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


FL - SB-1284 - What the hell does this mean? (I seriously think politicians are brain dead)

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"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


MN - Meeting describes sex offender's limits

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Finally someone telling the true facts instead of what will make them look or sound good! I am shocked!

04/28/2010

By Tim Engstrom

No sex offender who has moved to Albert Lea has reoffended, as far back as Albert Lea Police Department detective Frank Kohl can recall, and only one in Freeborn County yet outside Albert Lea has reoffended.

It was one detail about 50 people heard Wednesday evening at the Albert Lea National Guard Armory. The people in attendance ranged from residents to media to employees in the local justice system.

They were there to learn about a high-risk sex offender who was released from a state prison earlier this month and is living in Albert Lea. His name is _____, 40, and he has moved to the 2100 block of East Main Street.

Offenders are classified as Level 1, 2 and 3. Minnesota has had a sex offender registry for 13 years.

Michèle Murphy, a community communications officer with the Minnesota Department of Corrections, said the classifications are determined by a five-person committee with members of different backgrounds looking the likelihood of reoffending. Factors are criminal history, juvenile history, medical treatments, prison issues and psychology, among others.

"Sex offenders have always been among us and will always be among us," Murphy said.

The Albert Lea Police Department will monitor _____ for as long as he resides in Albert Lea until he completes the parole portion of his sentence on Nov. 28, 2012. However, he will have to register as a predatory offender with the Minnesota Department of Corrections for the rest of his life. Failure to register is a felony.

During parole, _____ can be in public only between the hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. when he can get groceries, attend church, get medical care and do other needs to live life and, Murphy said, he has a right to live free of harassment. He cannot have direct or indirect contact with minors or vulnerable adults, and he must comply with electronic monitoring. He cannot purchase or possess sexual material or enter a sexual establishment.

There presently are 73 registered offenders residing in Freeborn County, of which 61 are in Albert Lea.

There are 36 in Waseca County, 86 in Steele, 40 in Dodge, 93 in Mower and 45 in Faribault.

Murphy, with an overhead slideshow, said most people who are abused sexually are not abused by registered sex offenders. She gave numbers from 2004 that said 58 cases were by registered sex offenders, compared to 527 sex abuse cases from others.

And Murphy noted that 90 percent of sex abuse victims in Minnesota know the person who abused them.

She said in Minnesota the likelihood of registered offenders reoffending has gone down during the 13 years of the program.

Murphy noted a study that found that living near a school, park or day care had no impact on reoffending.

_____ was convicted in 2002 of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child for fondling a 9-year-old girl. He also has admitted to authorities other contact with girls, Murphy said.

She urged people to visit the Minnesota DOC website and be aware of offenders by sight.

"This is where community vigilance comes in," Murphy said.

Anyone with concerns about a violation should call law enforcement. The Albert Lea Police Department number is 377-5215.

Kohl said he has been investigating more and more cases involving contact with minors via Facebook and MySpace. He indicated Albert Lea is now a hub for the state ICAC Task Force — the acronym stands for internet crimes against children — to do forensic work on computer hard drives.


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


Oprah, interviewing Jenna Jameson on her (sex sells) show - What message is she sending her audience? Maybe that she's a hypocrite?

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Jenna Jameson's Home (Oprah Video)
Lisa Ling Reports On The Porn Industry

So, why did Oprah do this show? It's not obvious from reading about it. All I got from it is sex sells, and you can be rich doing it. So, what message is this sending to Oprah's audience? Does she even care how many woman and men have been abused in the business? Or is it just for ratings and viewers, thus more money? Jenna also danced as a stripper (underage), using a fake id, see here. Notice in the videos below, Oprah mentions how the porn industry makes billions, and here she is, cashing in on it as well, by having a porn star on her show. Yep, that spells hypocrite to me!

11/17/2009

She's the mom of twin boys, an entrepreneur and the author of a New York Times best-seller. Jenna Jameson did it all without coming anywhere near corporate America. This blonde bombshell made her fortune in the sex industry.

Jenna says she had one goal in mind since she bared all for her first adult film role in the early '90s—to become the number one porn star in the world. And that's exactly what she did. "I felt very sexual all my life," she says. "And I just applied it."

Over the years, Jenna starred in more than 100 soft- and hard-core adult films, one of which became the best-selling adult DVD of all time. As her popularity grew, so did her paycheck. At the height of her career, Jenna says she made $60,000 for a day and a half of work, and at one time, her company, ClubJenna, earned a reported $30 million a year.

Even those who've never seen a pornographic film may recognize Jenna's name and image from her mainstream projects. She's been featured in feature films and television sitcoms. Jenna even has her own wax figure at Madame Tussauds Museum!


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"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin