Tuesday, November 26, 2013

NJ - Are online registries the new tool for politicians to exploit for votes and brownie points?

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora & Gov. Chris Christie
Original Article

Politicians have found their sure fire way to get donations / support from the public, and ways to help themselves look "tough" on crime while stomping on the Constitution and exploiting fear, children and ex-felons. One day you may find yourself on an online registry since the Constitution isn't worth the paper and ink it's written with anymore. So, which registry will you be on in the near future? But of course, like Obamacare, politicians will be exempt! Pretty soon all criminal records will be online and easily available, putting millions of people out of work, homeless and on food stamps forever! The sex offender registry was just the test bed!


By Matt Friedman

TRENTON - New Jersey residents who have abused their spouses and partners would be just as easy to look up as sex offenders under a bill about to be introduced by a state lawmaker.

Assemblyman Reid Gusciora (D-Mercer) wants to create a publicly accessible registry of those found to have committed domestic violence.

It’s pretty dangerous to date a repeat offender and often times the person isn’t aware of the history,” Gusciora said. “You have instances where the person is very nice, and they’re dating, and when they’re living together that’s when the violence would happen. At least this would give some kind of warning if the person has a history of violence.”

Gusciora, who first mentioned the idea to New Jersey 101.5 FM, said he plans to introduce the legislation soon. The registry would be similar to the one that was established by Megan’s Law for sex offenders.

Gusciora said he introduced the measure because he’s a municipal prosecutor and has seen cases of women being abused by men who had hurt past partners.

Someone comes in and I’m like ‘Did you know your husband or boyfriend engaged in domestic violence three times?' ” Gusciora said. “I’ve just seen as a prosecutor horrific instances of repeat offenders that could be prevented.”
- So what about repeat drug addicts, dealers, gang members, thieves, DUI offenders, corrupt politicians, etc?  When will they have their own online registry?

The state currently keeps a database of domestic violence offenders who have restraining orders against them. But while it is accessible to police and the courts, the public cannot see it.

But Patricia Barbarito, a former chair of the Family Law Section at the New Jersey State Bar, said Gusciora’s idea may be “overkill” and noted that domestic violence offenders are found to have committed the act by a judge. Jury trials require separate charges like assault.
- Of course it's overkill, but so is the online sex offender registry! If it's okay to put ex-sex offenders on an online shaming / hit-list, then it's good enough for all, after all, we are suppose to be treated equally, right?

Barbarito said it may not be a bad idea to have a place where people can look up the information, but that domestic violence offenders should not automatically be put on the same level as sex offenders.
- And why not?  You treat all ex-sex offenders as if they are child molesting, pedophile predators, so why not treat ex-domestic abuse offenders as others who are on an online registry?

It’s far more complicated than that sort of broad-brushed approach for everyone,” she said. “The standard of proof is not a criminal proceeding. It’s a very complex issue. I think there must be much less intrusive ways to have a place someone can check..
- So you are admitting that the sex offender registry is a broad brush approach?  Thanks for admitting that!

John Paone, a family law attorney, said proceedings on domestic violence are already public record.

But he said he’s concerned that children could access to the information.

The registry is now open to the public, how do you keep some 8-year-old neighbor from accessing that information and creating all kinds of problems?” he said.
- The same thing can be done with the sex offender registry, well, vigilantes are already using it as an online hit-list!

Why not an online sinners registry?Gusciora said in his experience most domestic violence charges are dismissed because the victim declines to cooperate. So those who are found guilty, he said, rise to a level where they should be publicly known.

Those are the people who should be on the list, when it’s risen to that level,” he said.
- We think we should have an online sinners registry so everybody who sins is treated the same.  Like we said, if it's okay for one group, then it's good enough for all!

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