Saturday, December 8, 2012

Lawsuits for families of sex offenders?

The following was sent to us via the contact form and posted with the users permission.

By Chris:
Hi, here's a question I have. To your knowledge, has any family member of a sex offender tried to sue either the state or Federal Government for things such as lost wages from being fired due to being married to a sex offender, or mental anguish from being harassed as a result of their loved one being on the registry?


8 comments :

Lisa Murphy said...

I don't know of anyone that has, but I would be interested to see the results of the responses.

Robert Curtis said...

That is an interesting question and one that may balance the odds if someone did take it to court. Here in Orange County California someone is taking a few cities to court for not being able to go to city parks. I think it's a good idea! Contact the California RSOL for more details.

SOIssues said...

I agree, and their web site is: http://californiarsol.org

jz said...

I have contacted rsol in Pa to see if there is something i could do,my husband is on the registry for an idiotic reason,and it has caused many problems in our lives. The pa. Rsol advised me to move to an inner city area where it ismore common and we'd fit in! We have a child! That was thee worst advice i have ever gotten.

Pete Carey said...

Honestly, I cant imagine that being successful. BUT...I would love to see offenders get more organized and fight the legality of being punished (shamed) outside of their original and served sentences. Ive always thought the laws will change once some of the politicians sons and nephews start appearing on the list and more and more people start to understand how brutal and unnecessary it is...

WillB said...

I read an article about two years ago about a female teacher that was teaching I believe Kindergarten and was fired when the school board found out her husband was a registered offender. Even though her husband had never been on the property and nowhere around the school the article stated that she had sued the school board and the principle I bookmarked the page and about three months after that went back to look for it. It was as as if it never existed I knew I should have copied it into a Word document.

Bill said...

I was convicted in 92. My victim was my daughter. She said that she had no problem in school till I was forced to register in 96. It was shortly after that information was published she began having problems in school. Her piers put the information together about my last name and her last name. They also connected the age of my victim and year of my offense with her age and it became obviose she was the victim. She really struggled and had a very hard time as she was victimized daily by the registry. She has told me that not only was I on the registry but she was aswell. I have shared this with pro-registry people and they tell me that it is not the registry that victimizes my daughter at school but me. If I had not commited the crime she would not be living in embarssment and shame. My daughter has been told the same bull shit story. I have oftened wondered if she could sue the state of Utah for her pain suffering and embarassment endured those many years in school.

Priapus said...

After the SCOTUS rules on the gay marrige issue in a few months, the law may be clearer. Hetero couples already have rights but those rights may be stronger after the rulings.

See

Skinner v. Oklahoma ex rel. Williamson - 316 U.S. 535 (1942)

https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/316/535/case.html