Saturday, March 23, 2013

Imagine a World Without Hate


We disagree with John Lennon saying "Imagine there is no Heaven!" Without Heaven there is nobody to be held accountable to, and that opens a slippery slope for anarchy, in our opinion.

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CA - Losing Sex Offender Scarlet Letter After 16 Years to Return Man's Life, Claims Defense Lawyer

Original Article

03/22/2013

By Matt Coker

Orange County can be a pretty hostile place if you are a sex offender, witness the bans on pervs in parks the district attorney's office has pushed for and the personal information about parolees made public thanks to the likes of county Supervisor Todd Spitzer.

So, perhaps it is with some added gusto that a Tustin law firm is trumpeting a client getting his sex offender scarlet letter removed.

The unidentified fellow had been arrested and convicted in 1996 for misdemeanor indecent exposure after removing all his clothing and running around the front yard of his residence in an undisclosed Orange County city. (If I had a nickel for every time I . . . uh . . . moving on . . .)

That stupid act cost him 26 days in jail, three years of probation and fines. But a far worse penalty was having to register as a sex offender as the designation doubly penalized him by forcing him out of government-assisted housing he'd been living in for 47 years.

After living as a registered sex offender for 16 years and looking at a lifetime as one, the man turned to Stephen D. Klarich, a founding partner with Tustin's Wallin & Klarich and a specialist in sex offender law. The first thing the lawyer did was refer the client to a psychologist, who conducted an examination and wrote a report claiming the man had been rehabilitated. The report was rolled into a petition for a certificate of rehabilitation that Klarich sought from Orange County Superior Court.

At a subsequent hearing involving Klarich's client and others seeking certificates of rehabilitation, the fellow who'd run around his yard nekkid was the only one to get a certificate that day, according to the lawyer.

Losing the sex offender tag, Klarich claims, has allowed his client to return to government housing, seek employment he'd previously been barred from obtaining and go on to live a productive life with his wife.

Just watch how you celebrate, buddy.


ME - Man admits to police he killed sex offender by overdose

Original Article

03/21/2013

By Samantha Edwards

MOLUNKUS TOWNSHIP (NEWS CENTER) - Information about the events leading up to last week's murder suicide continues to unravel. An affidavit filed in Lincoln District Court states Bruce King, 59, also known as Bruce Heal admitted to killing Lawrence Lewis, 68, by forcing him to overdose on medication.

According to a newly released affidavit, days before the body of Lawrence Lewis was found in his Molunkus home he told his son he was worried. State Police Detective Darrin Crane said in a sworn statement, Lewis' son David "last spoke with his father on Thursday, March 7, 2013. Lawrence expressed concerns about a 'hit' placed on him after it had become known that he was a registered sex offender."

Lawrence Lewis was a registered sex offender in Maine, convicted in the 90's for sexually assaulting a child.

During the four hour stand-off with police on I-95, police said King told them he killed Lewis because "he had reported Lewis for molesting children and no one was doing anything."

The document goes on to state, King "killed Lewis by forcing him to take two bottles of nitroglycerin and one bottle of 'psych' meds."

Police also interviewed King's new wife, [name withheld], they said she told them King said on multiple occasions that he was going to kill Lewis because he was molesting kids.

Although the affidavit states King told police how he killed Lewis, state police have not confirmed the cause of death. It could be months until it is confirmed.

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FL - Task force: Sex offender restrictions pointless

Original Article

03/22/2013

By Ben Wolford

WEST PALM BEACH - Harsh local restrictions on where sex offenders can live should be lifted, the Palm Beach County public defender said.

And prosecutors and law enforcement agreed.

Their consensus is a turn in the way safety officials think about regulating the movements of the most restricted class of ex-convicts. Dozens of sex offenders are homeless in Palm Beach County, sleeping outside on benches or under foliage, because living nowhere is easier than living somewhere.

Meanwhile, more than 100 sex offenders populate a remote cluster of duplexes, surrounded by sugar cane, two miles outside Pahokee. Known as Miracle Village, it is perhaps the most welcoming community for sex offenders in South Florida.
- Let's not forget the Julia Tuttle Causeway (YouTube) where at one time, over 100 ex-offenders were FORCED and TOLD to live.

"Any laws about public safety should be grounded in evidence-based policies, not by hysteria and misinformation," said Gail Colletta, president of the Florida Action Committee, which lobbies for restrictions that are based on the risk posed by each offender.

Colletta is also a member of a task force expected to recommend new residency restrictions to the county government. The Sex Offender Re-Entry Task Force, which includes lawyers, deputies, parole officers and elected officials, met Friday and heard from residents of Miracle Village.

"We took one of the worst parts of Pahokee and turned it into one of the safest parts of Pahokee," said Pat Powers, director of Matthew 25 Ministries, the Christian group that oversees Miracle Village.

Of the 909 registered sex offenders in Palm Beach County, 62 of them are homeless.

They report to their probation officers daily, and deputies with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office say they are easier to watch.

"They have to tell us where they're going to be at," said Rosalyn Baker, of the Department of Corrections. "The corner of this, the corner of that."

The state law on sex offender residency says they cannot live within 1,000 feet of a school, day care center, park or playground. Palm Beach County further restricts them, pushing the zone to 2,500 feet. Some cities and villages flesh out the remaining patchwork of ordinances.

But residency means dwelling; it's where the offender sleeps between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Some of them, Baker said, could live near a school all day then leave at night.

Ultimately, the task force seems to agree, none of this is relevant. The residency restrictions offer merely a "semblance of protection," they argue.

"These residency restrictions have not been shown to be effective in reducing recidivism," Public Defender Carey Haughwout said.

The rate of recidivism among sex offenders nationally, studies show, is between 5 percent and 10 percent over a decade. One study in Minnesota determined that residency restrictions would not have prevented any of the 224 sex offenses researchers examined.

Although county law enforcement officials agree residency restrictions should be repealed, they insisted on the dangerousness of sex offenders. Five percent recidivism is still 5 percent, they said.

"We're talking about kids who have been raped and killed," Sheriff's Office Detective Kevin Umphrey said.


WY - Dell Range sex offender housing plan nixed

Original Article

By Kelsey Bray

CHEYENNE - After residents said they wouldn't feel safe with a transitional sex offender house in their Dell Range Boulevard neighborhood, officials decided to pursue other options.

The program, called a shared living arrangement, would house three or more sex offenders recently released from prison. They would have been through inpatient treatment and would be responsible for rent and treatment costs.

The year-long program also would provide intensive supervision, counseling and treatment. It is part of an effort called “Transition From Prison to Community,” which helps inmates who are being released.

Officials had considered locating the program at 132 Dell Range Blvd. The site used to be an Oxford House, a home for people recovering from drug and alcohol addictions.

But several residents said the house was too close to day-care centers, parks and families with children to house sex offenders.

There are a number of factors that the concerned neighbors we heard from raised,” said Steve Lindly, deputy director of the state Department of Corrections. “We determined in the end it wouldn’t be useful to have it at that location.”

For neighbors in the area, this was good news.

I’m so relieved, because (officials) came into this not knowing the impact that the Oxford House had on our neighborhood,” Connie Moore said. “It used to be a neighborhood where nobody locked their doors. Now everyone has a security system.”

Neighbor Rosalind Schliske said the program was not a good fit for the area.

The department of corrections has a difficult job, and I certainly understand that there’s a need for housing,” she said. “But to put it in a densely packed residential neighborhood wasn’t a good idea.”

Officials now will try to find another location for the program, which they say will help reduce recidivism and keep the public safer.

Kristy Oster is the department’s field services re-entry coordinator. She said they will look for locations in industrial areas, on the outskirts of town and with fewer children and day care centers.

It’s going to be difficult to find a perfect location,” Oster said. “But those are things we’re going to be looking for.”

She added that the house can’t be too far out of town since it is hard for program participants to find transportation to and from work. It is also important that they are held accountable by community members.

There are a lot of sex offenders that are amendable to treatment and can be held accountable,” she said.

Oster added that whatever location is looked at, they will make sure to notify people in that area.

We’re hoping that if we can find a more conducive environment for this type of housing that we could still get people to join in with the overall goal of public safety,” she said.