Thursday, August 18, 2011

SC - Cherokee County Detention Center officer Harold Glenn Phillips charged with sex crime involving girl, 7

Harold Glenn Phillips
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A Cherokee County Detention Center officer has been fired after his arrest on a sex charge involving a 7-year-old girl.

Harold Glenn Phillips, 36, of 3083 Corinth Road, Gaffney, has been charged by the State Law Enforcement Division with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under age 11.

Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said the child’s mother reported the allegations to the sheriff’s office on July 19. The woman said Phillips had touched the girl in the genital area on multiple occasions since January, Mueller said.

SLED opened an investigation on July 20. Mueller said Phillips took a polygraph test administered by SLED, and admitted to the allegations after the test.

Phillips had worked for the Cherokee County Detention Center since July 20, 2009. Mueller said Phillips was a good employee, often volunteering to work overtime assignments.

This is a very unfortunate incident for the child,” Mueller said. “This is something the child will have to live with the rest of her life.”

Phillips was transferred to the Spartanburg County Detention Center. Officials felt it would be safer for Phillips to be housed away from inmates he may have booked into or supervised at the Cherokee jail.
- But if this were not a cop, they'd not care about who he was housed with.

He remained in jail Tuesday awaiting a bond hearing.

MN - Ex-Minnesota border officer (Patrick Andrew Hamburg) sentenced for sex crime

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A former International Falls Customs and Border Protection officer has been sentenced to 7-1/2 years in prison for sexually assaulting a pre-teen girl and continuing the crime for several years.

Patrick Andrew Hamburg, 46, pleaded guilty Monday in Koochiching County District Court to second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Judge Charles LeDuc imposed a 90-month sentence, ordered the defendant to attend a sex offender program, have no contact with persons younger than 18, to not possess any pornographic or sexually explicit material and to pay $2,532.49 in restitution.
- What about register as a sex offender for life?

According to the criminal complaint, the sexual abuse involved multiple acts over an extended period of time.

"The victim of Mr. Hamburg's crime is an amazing young woman," Koochiching County Attorney Jeffrey Naglosky said. "She has exhibited a poise and courage throughout these proceedings that inspires me."

The Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook - How to Bring a Federal Lawsuit to Challenge Violations of Your Rights in Prison (5th Edition)

Note from the Editors:
This Handbook is a resource for prisoners who wish to file a federal lawsuit addressing poor conditions in prison or abuse by prison staff. It also contains limited general information about the American legal system. This Handbook is available for free to anyone: prisoners, families, friends, activists, lawyers and others.

We hope that you find this Handbook helpful, and that it provides some aid in protecting your rights behind bars. Know that those of us who do this work from outside prison are humbled by the amazing work so many of you do to protect your rights and dignity while inside. As you work your way through a legal system that is often frustrating and unfair, know that you are not alone in your struggle for justice.

Good Luck!

David Icke - The Herd Mentality

I don't agree with a vast majority of what this man has talked about in the past, but he has a point with this one video. Take the sex offender laws for example.

FRANCE - French actor Gerard Depardieu was allegedly caught peeing in an airplane aisle

Gerard Depardieu
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PARIS (AP) -- An airline passenger says her Paris-to-Dublin flight was delayed nearly two hours after celebrated French actor Gerard Depardieu urinated on the plane ahead of takeoff.

France's Europe-1 radio aired an interview with the passenger, identified only by her first name Daniele, saying that Depardieu appeared inebriated and announced "'I need to piss, I need to piss." The passenger said when the cabin crew told him to remain seated during takeoff, "he stood up and did it (urinated) on the ground."

A spokeswoman for City Jet, the Dublin-headquartered airline that operated the Tuesday evening flight, confirmed that such an incident had taken place. But spokeswoman Karen Gillo said Wednesday privacy issues prevented her from naming the passenger, who was escorted off the plane along with his two traveling companions and their luggage.

Calls for comment from Depardieu's agent went unanswered Wednesday.

One of France's most famous actors, Depardieu, 62, has appeared in more than 150 films, including 1986's "Jean de Florette" and 1990's "Cyrano de Bergerac," for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.

The actor is also a Paris restaurateur and the owner of a vineyard in Burgundy.

The false hope of sex offender registries

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By Steve Chapman

An effort to combat predators comes up empty

At age 14, J.L. impregnated his girlfriend in a consensual encounter. This was bad news on several grounds, the worst being that she was 15 months younger. Convicted of rape for having sex with a 12-year-old, he will have to register as a sex offender — for the rest of his life.

Last month, the South Dakota Supreme Court upheld the verdict, while admitting that it made little sense. "Application of the first-degree rape statute to the present facts does not create an unintended absurdity," the justices concluded. The absurdity must have been deliberate.

J.L. isn't the only person to be ensnared by ridiculous interpretations of laws affecting sex offenders. A Michigan man convicted in 1984 of rape was supposed to report his home address to police after getting out of prison in 2002. Being homeless, he tried to comply by providing the address of a homeless shelter where he got his meals.

Not good enough, said the Michigan Supreme Court a few weeks ago. It said he can be sent back to jail for failing to file the address of whatever spot he laid his head each night.

Sex offender registries once sounded like an urgent necessity. They came in reaction to publicized crimes in which children died at the hands of convicted sex offenders. One of the most shocking involved a 7-year-old New Jersey girl, Megan Kanka, who in 1994 was raped and strangled by a paroled child molester living across the street from her home.

New Jersey enacted "Megan's Law," subjecting sex offenders to registration and community notification, so police and citizens would be aware of known risks. Today, all 50 states maintain registries and make at least some of the information available to the public.

But this was a reasonable notion that has been damaged by indiscriminate expansion. It's one thing to notify neighbors when a serial rapist moves in. Many states, however, lump frisky teens in with violent adults. Others, reports Jacob Sullum in Reason magazine, include mopes who were caught trolling for prostitutes or urinating in public.

Some states also put broad curbs on where convicted sex offenders may live. In Miami, many of them have taken up residence under a causeway for lack of an alternative. This outcome may not warrant sympathy, but it makes it harder for police and citizens to keep tabs on them.

Such flaws would be of minimal consequence if the laws served to prevent crime. The surprising revelation is they don't.

A 2008 report funded by the U.S. Justice Department found the original Megan's Law in New Jersey to be a nonevent. The policy, researchers documented, "showed no demonstrable effect in reducing sexual re-offenses" and "has no effect on reducing the number of victims involved in sexual offenses." The zero effect had a cost above zero — nearly $4 million annually for the 15 counties included in the study.
- Of course they don't prevent crime or protect anybody.  The registry is nothing more than vengeance, to punish all ex-offenders for the heinous crimes of a few.  It's about vengeance and shaming, nothing more.

A more comprehensive study was undertaken by Amanda Agan, a doctoral candidate in economics at the University of Chicago, and published recently in the Journal of Law and Economics. Analyzing data from across the country, she detected no tangible gains from this approach.

"Rates of sex offense do not decline after the introduction of a registry or public access to a registry via the Internet, nor do sex offenders appear to recidivate less when released into states with registries," she writes. Evidence from Washington, D.C., shows no connection between the number of sex offenders on a block and the rate of sex crimes.

That doesn't mean you and I are crazy to prefer knowing about the pedophile next door. But it suggests that the information offers no actual benefit.

After all, most convicted sex offenders do not go on to be arrested for new sex offenses, and more than 90 percent of child victims are assaulted not by strangers but by relatives or other people they know.

Sex offender registries may cause parents to focus on the remote peril while ignoring the more pertinent one. And, as in the examples cited earlier, they can inflict harsh punishment that departs from common sense and does nothing for public safety.

Shielding citizens from vicious predators is unquestionably one of the central functions of any sound government. Megan's Laws were enacted in the sensible pursuit of that goal. What they offer in practice, though, is counterfeit comfort.

Dismissive Male Attitude Towards Female Dysfunction