Tuesday, July 26, 2011

OR - Rep. David Wu to Resign Following Accusations Over Sexual Encounter With Young Woman

David Wu
Original Article

I have seen very little detail about who this woman is, but I heard in other articles, she is/was eighteen.

07/26/2011

Democratic Rep. David Wu, facing eroding support from his party, plans to resign following allegations that he had a forced sexual encounter with a young woman last year.

The Oregon congressman said Tuesday that he would step down pending "resolution" of the debt-ceiling crisis. The announcement comes after he initially told colleagues he wanted to stay in office until the end of his term in early 2013.

"The time has come to hand on the privilege of high office," Wu said in a statement. "I cannot care for my family the way I wish while serving in Congress and fighting these very serious allegations."

Wu cited the "well-being of my children" in announcing his decision. He also said his resignation would "avoid any distraction from the important work at hand in Washington."

Though Wu initially tried to remain in office, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi applied pressure to Wu Monday by formally requesting an ethics committee investigation into his actions.

Fox News has learned that the chiefs of staff for Oregon's two senators, Democrats Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, also spoke with Wu's chief of staff on Tuesday and said they would call for Wu's resignation if he did not step down. In their prepared statement, which they had at the ready, the senators called the accusations against Wu "jarring and exceptionally serious."
- So much for innocent until proven guilty!

On the sidelines, fellow Democrats gently counseled Wu about his future up until his announcement.

Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., told Fox News that he told Wu to look to past situations.

"I said recent events should guide him as to how things can unravel around here," Larson said, in an apparent reference to former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., who had to resign after a recent sexting scandal. "No one can tell him what to do. And he doesn't have many options."

The Oregonian first reported that a young woman had left a voicemail for Wu at his office accusing him of an unwanted encounter shortly after last year's election.

The Oregonian reported Tuesday that Wu told Larson he will eventually be "vindicated" and that he "did nothing illegal."

Meanwhile, candidates may already be lining up to vie for his spot. One woman who identified herself as Saba Ahmed told Fox News that she's "running for his seat," before ducking into Wu's office Tuesday morning. Though she described herself as a "good friend" of the congressman, she said before his announcement that he should resign.


FBI has been given broad new powers to search everything!!


Who Isn’t A Sex-Offender These Days?

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See more insanity here

07/26/2011

By Amy Alkon

Don't be taking pictures of your daughter figure-skating in Troy, New York. Prohibited! Because of a new policy at an arena there, instituted to protect children from pedophiles. (Daughter's first axel? Sorry, parents. Do your best to commit it to memory.)

A man in England on a walk saw children building sand castles and took a picture. "An hour later, he was reported to the police and arrested," per website SOL Research: Look Who's A Sex-Offender Now!

More from the link:

Look at children in public? You're a sex offender.

Florida, 2007. An unidentified man was questioned by police after he spent more than an hour watching a children's karate class.

Turned out he was thinking of enrolling his kids.

New York City, 2005. Sandra Catena took a break from her dance lessons and sat down in the park. She was given a ticket by police for violating a law designed to keep out pedophiles -- that adults are not allowed in the park without children.

Another:

Kiss your naked baby? You're a sex offender.

North Carolina, 2005. Charbel Hamaty spent six months in prison for kissing his naked baby on the belly button. His wife was also arrested and she was denied contact with their children for several months for taking a picture of the "abuse."

Another:

Teenager taking naked pictures of yourself or your sweetheart? You're a sex offender.

Pennsylvania. A 13-year-old girl is on the sex offender registry for life because she took pictures of herself naked.


CANADA - Former police official (Curtis David Paradee) facing child porn charges expected to enter plea

Curtis David Paradee
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07/26/2011

Former police official Curtis David Paradee is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday on charges of child pornography and communicating with an underage person on the Internet for the purpose of committing an offence.

42-year-old Paradee is accused of posing as a teen boy while commuting with a 15-year-old girl in New York. It’s alleged he tried to persuade the teen to perform sexual acts while he watched on a web cam.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security alerted Canadian authorities to the activity last year.

The former chair of the Taber Police Commission is expected to enter a plea.

Paradee had been serving as the chairman of the Taber police commission for four months and had been a member of the commission for over five years.

Paradee has been released on bail but is prohibited from using computers unless monitored by police.


OH - Clarification sought on sex-offender ruling - Maybe the attorney general should go back to school!

Mike DeWine
Original Article

Well, it's clear to me, and I am not a politician. Guess it doesn't take brains to be a politician these days. Mr. DeWine, maybe you should go back to school and read the Constitution, which you took an oath to defend. Passing laws and forcing new penalties onto people who have already served their time or been convicted, is an ex post facto law, which is unconstitutional. I don't know how much clearer the judge can be here.

07/26/2011

By David Eggert

Attorney General Mike DeWine asked the Ohio Supreme Court yesterday to clarify a recent decision that struck down parts of the state's sex-offender law that had been applied retroactively to crimes committed before the law took effect in 2008.
- Just think about it for a minute Mr. DeWine, I know it may be hard to think, but just try.  Retroactive, that means something done after the fact.  So if you had a DUI, say 20 years ago, and were convicted of it, the law cannot come back and punish you again for that same offense, which is exactly what this sex offender law is doing, thus it's unconstitutional.  Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out.

DeWine and Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell did not ask the court to revisit its bottom-line ruling. But their motion said, "It is genuinely unclear what the court meant to do doctrinally, and that confusion has significant consequences."
- Do you need some pretty pictures to spell it out for you?  See --->

The confusion, in part, is because the justices in the majority "entangled" federal and state constitutional law, according to the motion. Prosecutors also are worried the high court's ruling on retroactive laws could put at risk a wide range of civil laws and ordinances.
- Good, if they are passing ANY retroactive laws, they should also be deemed unconstitutional!

On July 13, the Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that the sex-offender law had been changed so much to the detriment of offenders that it violated the Ohio Constitution. The ruling will affect about 7,000 sex offenders who have tougher reporting and registration requirements.
- Yes, they have tougher reporting and registration requirements, which is the problem, it's ex post facto punishment, and unconstitutional.


FL - Lynn professor refutes claim of 100,000 missing sex offenders in new study

Jill Levenson
Original Article
The Saga of 100,000 Missing Sex Offenders: Now the truth

07/26/2011

Adam Walsh Act deadline is tomorrow; researchers call for a more data-driven national sex offender policy

Jill Levenson, associate professor of psychology and human services in Lynn University’s College of Liberal Education, has co-authored a new study which refutes the common claim that 100,000 sex offenders are missing. The authors call for a more data-driven national sex offender policy.

The study, “100,000 Sex Offenders Missing... or Are They? Deconstruction of an Urban Legend” was published this month in the Criminal Justice Policy Review.

Tomorrow, July 27, marks the deadline for states to comply with federal sex offender registration requirements set forth in the 2006 Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. As of July 18, only eight states had been deemed to have substantially implemented these requirements, and many have called for Congress to revisit key provisions in the law. The “100,000 missing” figure was repeatedly cited in the debates leading to the law’s passage and in its subsequent re-authorization hearings earlier this year.

The study, co-authored by Levenson and Andrew Harris, a criminal justice professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, traces the origins and evolution of the “100,000 missing” figure and identifies multiple fallacies that have surrounded the statistic.

Rates of registration noncompliance among registrants living in the community varied greatly, ranging from about 1 percent in some states (e.g. Florida, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia) to about 13 percent (California, Hawaii and Oklahoma). Nationally, the median rate of noncompliance is about 2.7 percent.

Differences in how state systems define and capture data make it very difficult to know exactly how many sex offenders have truly gone missing,” said Levenson, “but even using the most inclusive definitions, our data suggest that the 100,000 figure is highly inflated. That figure is three to four times what the number probably is.”

This new analysis is part of a multi-phase research initiative to provide state and federal lawmakers with data to inform policies concerning the nation’s sex offender registries. “Considering how much attention Congress has paid to reforming the nation’s sex offender registries, one would expect that we’d be basing decisions on solid data,” said Harris. “But the fact is that many important policy decisions are occurring in an information vacuum. We shouldn’t be crafting national policy based on sound-bite statistics.”

Read more about Levenson and Harris’ most recent study on the University of Massachusetts Lowell website, or download the full report online.

More on Levenson:

Jill Levenson is an associate professor of human services at Lynn University and a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience treating sexual abuse victims, survivors, perpetrators and non-offending parents. Her academic focus is on sexual abuse and how offenders are categorized and treated.

Currently, Levenson, Lynn University and Debra Ainbinder, an associate professor of psychology at Lynn, are partnering with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) on a community safety implementation project to help prevent sexual assault.

The “100,000 Sex Offenders Missing... or Are They? Deconstruction of an Urban Legend” study follows Levenson’s May 2011 report that provided a snapshot of the nation's registered sex offender population. The authors were able to identify only about 4%, or 17,688, whose addresses could not be verified, despite claims by the U.S. Marshals Service that 100,000 sex offenders are missing.

Levenson is a nationally known expert on sexual violence and has become a respected authority on, among other things, laws aimed at protecting children while punishing, tracking and rehabilitating sex offenders. She has been quoted in national publications including the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek, among others. She has published over 60 articles about sex crime policy and offender treatment.


The Death of Common Sense

Original Article

03/15/1998

Three yards of black fabric enshroud my computer terminal. I am mourning the passing of an old friend by the name of Common Sense. His obituary reads as follows: Common Sense, aka C.S., lived a long life, but died from heart failure at the brink of the millennium. No one really knows how old he was, his birth records were long ago entangled in miles and miles of bureaucratic red tape. Known affectionately to close friends as Horse Sense and Sound Thinking, he selflessly devoted himself to a life of service in homes, schools, hospitals and offices, helping folks get jobs done without a lot of fanfare, whooping and hollering.

Rules and regulations and petty, frivolous lawsuits held no power over C.S. A most reliable sage, he was credited with cultivating the ability to know when to come in out of the rain, the discovery that the early bird gets the worm and how to take the bitter with the sweet.

C.S. also developed sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn), reliable parenting strategies (the adult is in charge, not the kid) and prudent dietary plans (offset eggs and bacon with a little fiber and orange juice).

A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, the Technological Revolution and the Smoking Crusades, C.S. survived sundry cultural and educational trends including disco, the men's movement, body piercing, whole language and new math. C.S.'s health began declining in the late 1960s when he became infected with the If-It-Feels-Good, Do-It virus.

In the following decades, his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of overbearing federal and state rules and regulations and an oppressive tax code. C.S. was sapped of strength and the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, criminals received better treatment than victims and judges stuck their noses in everything from Boy Scouts to professional baseball and golf.

His deterioration accelerated as schools implemented zero-tolerance policies. Reports of 6-year-old boys charged with sexual harassment for kissing classmates, a teen suspended for taking a swig of Scope mouthwash after lunch, girls suspended for possessing Midol and an honor student expelled for having a table knife in her school lunch were more than his heart could endure.

As the end neared, doctors say C.S. drifted in and out of logic but was kept informed of developments regarding regulations on low-flow toilets and mandatory air bags. Finally, upon hearing about a government plan to ban inhalers from 14 million asthmatics due to a trace of a pollutant that may be harmful to the environment, C.S. breathed his last.

Services will be at Whispering Pines Cemetery. C.S. was preceded in death by his wife, Discretion; one daughter, Responsibility; and one son, Reason. He is survived by two step-brothers, Half-Wit and Dim-Wit.

Memorial Contributions may be sent to the Institute for Rational Thought. Farewell, Common Sense. May you rest in peace.


CA - Man shot to death outside home near Exeter

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07/26/2011

By DAVID CASTELLON

A man was shot to death Monday morning while waiting for a ride to work outside his home northeast of Exeter.

Neighbors said [name withheld], 30, was a field worker who was usually out waiting to be picked up for work at that time, about 5:45 a.m.

Later that afternoon, Elias Alberto Zurita Ramos, 23, of Lindsay was arrested on suspicion of murdering [name withheld], the Tulare County Sheriff's Department reported.

The department had also searched Ramos' home.

The shooting occurred on Eaton Road, just a few yards from Highway 198, where a small cluster of homes are located.

Kerry Dalberg, who lives nearby, said he was asleep when he heard a boom. "I thought it was a wreck," he said.

He said he and others went outside to see what happened and saw [name withheld]. He had walked a few yards from the place where he was shot to the front door of his home and collapsed. He said a woman there was pressing a towel to wounds to his chest.

"He was saying 'I don't want to die. I don't want to die,' " Dalberg said. He was also telling some of the people around him that he loved them, he added.

[name withheld] was taken by ambulance to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, where he was pronounced dead at about 6:45 a.m.

A sheriff's report states that [name withheld] was shot multiple times in the upper body by someone who either drove up near him or approached him on foot.

The shooting doesn't appear to be gang-related, the report states.

[name withheld] is listed on the Megan's Law website — with the first name of "[name withheld]" — as a registered sex offender for a 2003 conviction on a charge of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14. The site states he was released in 2010.

A man at [name withheld]'s home who identified himself as his brother declined to be interviewed Monday.

As for the suspect in the case, a sheriff's press release didn't state how detectives connected Ramos to the killing, where he was located or a possible motive for the shooting.

Detectives were still questioning him late Monday afternoon.

Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to call 800-808-0488. Anonymous tips also can be called or sent by text message to 725-4194. They also can be emailed to tcso@tipnow.com.


AUSTRALIA - Sentence cut for child sex offender after 'vigilante' attacks

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07/26/2011

By Amelia Bentley

A child sex offender has had his jail term cut after a court took into account the trauma he suffered from 'vigilante' attacks from his victim's family.

[name withheld], 31, was to spend 12 months in jail after pleading guilty in April this year to five counts of indecent treatment of a 15-year-old girl in her own home.

[name withheld] is now free after that time was cut to about eight months by the Court of Appeal.

Court of Appeal president Justice Margaret McMurdo said the young girl's family needed to understand [name withheld]'s time in jail would have been longer but for their retribution antics.

The court heard [name withheld], 31, was bashed by the girl's brother who left him with facial injuries, a fractured rib and collapsed lung.

He was hospitalised for four days and had health problems for weeks stemming from the assault.

On another occasion, the girl's family made death threats against him and smashed his car window with a baseball bat.

"The fact that an offender has suffered extra-curial punishment will not necessarily result in a significantly reduced sentence ... but nor can this court ignore the detriment the applicant suffered at the hands of the complainant's family acting as vigilantes," Justice McMurdo said in a judgment published today.

"I emphasise that our community does not tolerate vigilantism. The complainant's family must understand that the applicant's sentence would have been longer but for their anti-social retributive behaviour," Justice McMurdo said.
- So from what I gather from this one article, nothing was done to the people who beat, made threats and harassed this man, so apparently you do condone vigilantism!

The court heard [name withheld], who was known to the girl's mother, had been staying the night at the girl's family home in October 2010.

First, he inappropriately touched the girl on a couch. When others retired to bed, he entered her room and tried to kiss her despite her telling him to get out of her room.

He left then returned a short time later and exposed himself to her and held her down while he performed oral sex on her.

He told the girl: "I swear to Christ if you tell anyone about this I'll come back and slit your throat."

The girl told her brother the next morning and he bashed [name withheld], accusing him of raping his sister.

[name withheld] told police he had mixed alcohol with prescribed drugs and could not remember the incident in the girl's room.

In April this year he pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16 and stealing $10 from her room.

He was sentenced to three years' jail to serve 12 months before being eligible for parole. He was also placed on two years' probation.

But he appealed, arguing the sentence was manifestly excessive.

In a unanimous decision, Court of Appeal judges sentenced him to 12 months' jail suspended after he had served about eight months.