Friday, April 5, 2013

GA - Commercial mug shot bill clears Ga. Senate

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It's about time they saw this and did something about it. Now hopefully all other states will follow suit. This extortion is a major problem as you can see more by clicking the "Offendex" or "Extortion" links below the title.


By Paul Crawley

ATLANTA - They've become popular viewing on the Internet, but pretty soon those online arrest mug shot websites could get some handcuffs of their own from Georgia's state legislature.

Monday evening, the State Senate overwhelmingly passed HB-150 (PDF) by a vote of 53 to 0.

Sponsored by Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta), the bill would force those mug shot websites to take down photos of those who've been cleared without charging them for it.
- It should take down everything, or if they are going to leave them up, stop extorting people to remove their photo, extortion is a crime.

"Extortion" is what Bruce calls the common practice of mug shot websites to charge people hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, to remove the embarrassing photos.

Last December, 11Alive told you about Sophia Andrade, who's been haunted by hers for almost three years. She was arrested for domestic violence in Florida, but the charge was dropped and her record cleared.

Yet her mug shot is still out there, which she calls embarrassing and an obstacle to job hunting.

She's just one of more than 40 people who contacted Rep. Bruce to complain that the only way to get their photos taken off the Internet was to pay those websites large sums of money, and that still wasn't a guarantee.

Bruce's bill already cleared the State House, but Monday evening it was amended with the words "publicly available" to exempt legitimate law enforcement and news media outlets from using arrest photos.

Bruce did not object to clearing up what some consider a free speech issue.
- Extortion is not free speech, it's a crime!

His bill would still require commercial mug shot sites to remove photos of those cleared within 30 days.

The bill now goes back to the House where it will have to vote on the Senate wording change.

GUAM - Operation Deviant Shield checked on 300+ sex offenders

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The operation should be called "Operation Gestapo Goose Stepping," or something like that. Why do all these registry compliance checks get published in the news and have some idiotic title to them?

Oh, and you'll notice they said nothing about anybody being arrested for a new sex crime! Shocker I know!


By Mindy Aguon

Guam - The Guam Sex Offender Registry is updated on a daily basis. It is meant to be a resource for the public to utilize to know where dangerous convicted sex offenders reside. A special operation recently wrapped up as officials sought to ensure the addresses are accurate.

In the last week dozens of Superior Court of Guam probations officers, marshals and Department of Corrections Parole Services Division personnel have been canvassing the streets of the island. Chief Parole Officer Mike Quinata says they were engaged in Operation Deviant Shield looking to identify where sex offenders on Guam reside.

"We were going around verifying residences of sex offenders. There's certain categories of how many years they're supervised based on what they're convicted for," he explained.

By law those who are convicted of certain sexual offenses are mandated to inform authorities of their whereabouts even when they change their address. The Guam Sex Offender Registry contains the list and location of convicted sex offenders as well as a classification of each offender so the public can know where these individuals live and work in the community. "From our side we had 51 active parolees that are on the Registry," said Quinata. "And there are also some former parolees on the Registry and because we know their residences we kind of complement one another on where to locate them."

Quinata says in some cases, the individuals relocated which left law enforcement to search for them and ask family members to help locate the sex offenders.

During Operation Deviant Shield, authorities checked on more than 300 offenders. It's an exercise that has been done for the last three years and helps law enforcement keep a closer eye on their activities while out of jail. the penalty for failing to report and register is a federal offense and in recent months the us attorney's office has pursued federal charges against those who are not complying.

While residents can view the Guam Sex Offender Registry online, Quinata says in the age of technology it's as easy as breaking out your smartphone. "There's an app, Life360, if people have that application it shows you where all the sex offenders are living on the island," Quinata explained.

Quinata adds that operations like Deviant Shield have opened up the lines of communication among various law enforcement entities.

WA - I killed my BFF - Cabin Fever

Can we ever escape our past? An organic farmer (Patrick Drum) meets a lumber mill worker (Gary Blanton) in Washington's Olympic Peninsula. They become close friends, and when Gary has to move out of his house, Patrick invites him to share his cabin in the woods. But one of them is hiding a dark secret. And when the other finds out, it begins a spiral of anger and vengeance... leading to a killing spree and an intensive manhunt. With two bodies already found, police race to find the suspect before he kills again.

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