Thursday, August 29, 2013

KY - Travis McGlone proves why the online registry should be taken offline, rednecks like him!

Vigilantism is a MAJOR problem!

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Travis McGlone
Travis has his own criminal record


AL - FBI: Anniston man (Allen Wayne Densen Morgan) hired undercover agent to kill neighbor

Allen Wayne Densen Morgan
Allen Wayne Densen Morgan
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If he suspected anything he should have reached out to the police, not a racist hate group.

08/26/2013

BIRMINGHAM (WBRC) - A disabled Army veteran from Anniston has been charged in a murder-for-hire plot against his neighbor, FBI officials said Monday.

Allen Wayne Densen Morgan, 29, is accused of hiring an undercover FBI agent to murder a man he believed raped his wife days earlier, according to court documents filed by the FBI.

The affidavit says an FBI agent called Morgan pretending to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan on Thursday, Aug. 22. The agent called to verify that Morgan wanted to hire someone to kill his neighbor.

Morgan told the agent that he had just confronted his neighbor in Munford and fired several rounds at the ground to intimidate him. He said he didn't intend to kill the neighbor then because "several people were present."

According to court documents, Morgan described how he wanted his neighbor murdered by stating, "I want this man hung like a tree like an animal. I want his [expletive] cut off and I want him cut...I want him hung from a tree and gutted...that's how I want him to die. Die a slow painful death and that's it."

Morgan said he would discuss payment with the supposed hit man when they met up on Sunday, Aug. 25.

On Sunday, two undercover agents met Morgan at the Econo Lodge in Oxford around 3:30 p.m.

Morgan offered them payment in the form of a watch and a necklace and also promised to pay them with a firearm at his home. He gave the undercover agents a map to his neighbor's home and described his neighbor's physical appearance.

At the end of their meeting, the FBI agents took Morgan into custody, questioned him, and charged him murder for hire.

Morgan made a brief appearance along with U.S. Marshals at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office on Monday, but he is no longer in custody there, according to a spokesperson for the sheriff's office.

It's unclear where Morgan is currently being held, but the FBI confirms he is in U.S. Marshals' custody.

Morgan had an initial appearance on Monday morning. There is no word yet on his bond.

FBI spokesman Paul Daymond says Morgan could possibly also be charged with hate crime.

FOX6 News has not been able to obtain a mug shot of Morgan because he is in federal custody and the Department of Justice doesn't release such photos.

We have also learned that Morgan's neighbor, the man he wanted to be killed, does have a prior record. In 2008, he was accused of raping a 13-year-old and he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
- So why is this relevant to the article?

Morgan told undercover agents during one of those conversations that they could pull a picture of his neighbor from the sex offender registry website.


CA - Exeter police officer (Jeff Detwiler) arrested for having sex with a minor

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08/27/2013

By Mariana Jacob

FRESNO (KFSN) - An Exeter police officer is expected in court Wednesday, after he was accused of having sex with a minor.

Jeff Detwiler, 46, was arrested Tuesday afternoon. He's been with the department for at least five years.

Authorities say Detwiler is also facing charges of possession of a controlled substance and for intimidating a witness.

He was booked into the Tulare County jail, with bail set at $75,000.00.

The Exeter Police Department is expected to release more details about the arrest Wednesday afternoon.


New research finds forensic experts play for pay (Corruption runs deep!)

The "justice" system is corrupt
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Doesn't surprise us one bit! This is what happens when corruption and greed infest the "justice" system.

08/29/2013

By Paul Hamaker

Daniel Murrie of the University of Virginia and Marcus Boccaccini at Sam Houston State University presented new research in the Aug. 28, 2013, issue of the journal Psychological Science that indicates that forensic psychologists and psychiatrists provide the group that is paying them for their testimony with the evidence that group, prosecution or defense, expects to be best for their case.

This is the first empirically devised experiment that elucidates the influence of money on the evidence given by expert forensic witnesses and the resultant sentencing of accused felons involved in cases that involve sexual violence.

The researchers invited 118 expert experienced forensic psychiatrists and psychologists to participate in a work shop on the testing used to evaluate the potential for recidivism in sexually violent predators. In return for the free education the experts agreed to participate in a fictitious (known only to the researchers) consultation for a fictitious state agency reviewing violent sexual offender’s case files. The experts were paid for their participation in the review.

The expert’s assessment of the potential of any given sexual offender to commit the same crime again was entirely dependent on what side of the argument (prosecution of defense) paid them. The expert’s assessment was done using a standard scoring method that is used in the majority of states in the United States to evaluate the potential for a sexual predator to commit the same crime again.

The researchers offer only hope that the justice system will pay any heed to this study and amend the present practices that use expert opinions in sentencing decisions or even in trials.


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PA - How “sexting epidemic” exposes our hypocrisy

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08/26/2013

By Ty Henry

WRITER’S NOTE: a heavily edited version of the following piece was published in the Tucson Weekly in 2010. In the wake of the events in Nova Scotia, and others, I decided to update the full text and publish it here.–TH

In March of 2009, Pennsylvania Federal Judge James Munley took the near unprecedented step of preventing local prosecutors from bringing state child porn charges against six teenage girls who took and sent pictures of themselves and each other in states of undress. The girls are just the latest example of the sexting epidemic, which has been addressed kind of like termites in the house - you've heard the creaking for years, but have turned away until the bottom falls out of your kitchen floor.

Too bad there was no Judge Munley for [name withheld], and the millions of boys like him

Mr. [name withheld] was charged with Aggravated Molestation of a 13-year-old girl, and now has to register as a sex offender. Before your chorus of “They should have shot him” reaches critical mass, consider that he was 15. Oh, she also consented. The same applies to [name withheld], the Middletown, Ohio 7th grader arrested and charged with felony child porn, and the thousands of other teen boys whose lives are ruined after being ensnared in this web, such as [name withheld]. Some, like William Elliot and Gary Blanton, are murdered.


IL - There was no possibility in their mind that I didn't do it

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Diigo Post Excerpt:
On a summer day in 1980, 19-year-old Andre Davis stepped off a train 125 miles south of his native Chicago. He expected his visit would last the summer. Little did he know he wouldn't return home for more than 30 years.

Andre had just graduated from high school and traveled to the central Illinois town of Rantoul, population 20,000, to learn his father's business. Richard Davis—known as "Crazy Legs" for his brilliant moves on the dance floor—was a disc jockey serving nearby Chanute Air Force Base.

Andre had grown up on Chicago's south side, where he lived with his mother, Emma, who owned a beauty salon. Emma and Richard had divorced when Andre was two, and though Andre didn't see much of his father, he had an extended family to rely on. Andre's grandfather had moved to Chicago from the south in the 1920s, part of the initial Great Migration of African-Americans. He started a corner store and was later successful in real estate. In decades of difficulty for so many blacks, members of the Davis family attended college and went on to lucrative careers. They were, as several of them proudly put it, pillars of the community—lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, teachers, and scholars.

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Of all the criminal charges that can land someone in prison, sexual abuse of a child is considered the worst by most inmates and guards. "Everyone's out to get you," Andre says. "Keeping yourself safe is a constant struggle." On top of that, he wanted to assert his will as much as he could, to discourage other prisoners from attacking him and to convince himself that prison hadn't broken him. He says that his constant attempts to protect himself—and to send other prisoners a message—resulted in a mind-set that repeatedly got him in trouble. He racked up one of the longest prison disciplinary records in the state, according to the Chicago Tribune. It eventually caught up with him.


TX - Can Keller Conviction Stand Without Physical Evidence? Hearing in Austin ritual abuse case questions evidence of sexual abuse

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Diigo Post Excerpt:
When a child is sexually abused, there isn't necessarily physical evidence to prove any abuse happened. But whether the lack of any physical evidence of abuse is significant in the case of Fran Keller, convicted of sexually assaulting a child left in her care back in 1991, is a central issue in an appeal of that case currently pending in a Travis County court.

Fran Keller was sentenced to 48 years in prison for allegedly sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl, Christy Chaviers, who in 1991 was an infrequent drop-in at the home-based daycare Fran and her husband Dan Keller ran out of their Oak Hill home. (Dan was also convicted and sentenced to 48 years. The current appeal has been filed on Fran's behalf, but will impact Dan's conviction as well.) After a day in care at the Kellers' home that summer Chrsity told her mother, Suzanne Stratton, that Dan Keller spanked her. That allegation quickly morphed into an allegation of sexual abuse – and then again, into wilder allegations of abuse perpetrated by the middle-aged couple on Chaviers and two other children who were also drop-in clients and whose parents were friendly with Stratton. By the fall, the allegations turned fantastical: The Kellers had taken the kids on plane rides to Mexico, subjected them to satanic bone-replacing rituals, killed animals and babies – allegations that led Christy's therapist, then Donna David Campbell, to conclude Christy had been a victim of "ritual abuse."

The Kellers were among hundreds of daycare workers (Wikipedia) across the country accused in the Eighties and early Nineties as being part of satanic cults that abused children taken by their parents to daycare facilities. In 2008, the Chronicle began a reinvestigation of the case against the Kellers and found that there was, in fact, scant evidence that any children had been abused by the Kellers, let alone any evidence of satanic ritual abuse.


MO - Changes to Missouri's sex offender registry could cost state thousands in federal funding

Juvenile Sex Offenders
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Forcing someone to comply with a set of rules or they will not get grant money is nothing more than bribery and possibly extortion.

08/28/2013

By ANDREW BROWN

COLUMBIA - Changes to Missouri's sex offender registry law could cost the state hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding.

According to the Department of Justice, Missouri could lose 10 percent of its federal funding under the Justice Assistance Grant Program if the General Assembly passes House Bill 301.

The bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Kevin Engler, R.-Ste. Genevieve, would remove the names of juvenile sex offenders from the public website and allow qualifying offenders to have their names deleted from the registry. Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed the bill, saying that it poses a public safety risk because it doesn't differentiate between violent and nonviolent offenders.

House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, has said that he and his colleagues will attempt to override the governor's veto when legislators reconvene in September.

Nixon's press secretary declined to comment on the possible loss of federal funding, and Engler also declined to comment. Jones did not respond to multiple requests for an interview.

If the governor's veto is overridden, Missouri's sex offender registry law could violate the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), which established national standards for states' sex offender registries.

Among the requirements of the federal law, passed in 2006, is that states include the names of all sex offenders age 14 and up or suffer a 10 percent cut to their Justice Assistance Grant. That program allocates money to state and local law enforcement agencies. Missouri is one of 16 states that complies with the law.

If Missouri is found to be in violation of the law, the Missouri Department of Public Safety could lose 10 percent of its total funding. With 2013 as a benchmark, that would be more than $400,000. This year, Missouri received $4.4 million in funding that could be affected by the 10 percent cut. That money was put toward drug and gang task forces, crime prevention programs, drug treatment, technology upgrades and witness protection, according to the department's website (PDF).

The amount of money received under the grant program varies annually because it's calculated according to a formula of crime statistics gathered by the Department of Justice. But on average, Missouri has received more than $5 million annually over the past nine years.

Scott Matson, a senior policy adviser for the Department of Justice's Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART), said the Justice Department would determine whether to revoke Missouri's funding after the bill has been finalized.

"If the bill removes juveniles from the registration process,then it is a serious likelihood," Matson said.

Rep. Dave Hinson, R.-St. Clair, who voted for the bill in May, said he was not going to let the loss of federal funds sway his vote and that any loss in federal funding would be made up by the state.

"I think this is good policy over what the federal policy does," he said. "That is why only 16 states are compliant with the law."

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MN - State scrambles to fix sex offender program

Attorney Dan Gustafson
Attorney Dan Gustafson
Original Article

What would these people do if this were their lives politicians were playing with? They need to hurry up and fix the system so people can move on with their lives!

08/28/2013

By Paul Demko

With legal settlement talks at an impasse, DHS looks to administrative reforms

A class-action lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of Minnesota’s troubled sex offender program has reached an impasse. After more than 60 hours of settlement talks over the last 16 months, an agreement has proven elusive.

The settlement talks have stalled and now the court is going to move the litigation along,” said Dan Gustafson, the attorney appointed to represent the nearly 700 individuals involuntarily detained at prison-like facilities in Moose Lake and St. Peter.

Last week Gustafson’s firm filed a series of motions in U.S. District Court seeking to increase pressure on the state. Among the requests:
  • An order declaring that the statute authorizing the civil commitment program is unconstitutional. In particular, the plaintiffs argue that the standard for committing someone to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) is “much less stringent” than the standard for release.
  • An order requiring the state to immediately create “less restrictive alternatives” to the Moose Lake and St. Peter facilities. In addition, the attorneys are seeking a status review of every single client to determine whether they are being held in the appropriate setting and receiving suitable treatment.
  • Appointment of a “special master” to oversee the program. This would essentially place the program in federal receivership. The plaintiffs want the special master to remain in place until the constitutional flaws of the MSOP have been resolved.

A hearing on all of these motions before U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank is scheduled for November 15.

There is precedent elsewhere for appointing a special master to oversee the civil commitment program. In 1994, a jury determined that Washington’s civil commitment program failed to provide constitutionally adequate treatment. That same year a special master was appointed to monitor the state’s progress. Ultimately the program remained under federal scrutiny for 13 years, until it was deemed to have fixed the constitutional flaws of the program.

Eric Janus, dean of the William Mitchell College of Law and an expert in civil commitment proceedings, points out that Washington’s program had only recently been created at the time of the lawsuit and therefore had a much smaller number of clients than Minnesota currently has. “I just think that the changes and consequences are much bigger because of that in Minnesota than they were in Washington,” Janus said.

Only two provisional discharges

The lawsuit was originally filed pro se by 14 MSOP enrollees nearly three years ago. Judge Frank deemed the case to have sufficient merit to be referred to the Pro Se Project so that the clients could get competent legal representation. In July of last year, it was certified as a class-action lawsuit, meaning the outcome could affect all individuals enrolled in the MSOP.

The plaintiffs argue that the conditions of confinement are unconstitutional. Specifically they allege that the treatment program is understaffed and insufficient to allow for advancement on a reasonable timetable. In addition, they argue that clients are treated like prisoners, with routine invasive searches and strict limitations on movement within the facilities.

Over the last two decades, only two individuals have been granted provisional discharge from the program. One of them violated the terms of release, was sent back to Moose Lake, and eventually died at the facility.

Earlier this month, it was disclosed that two additional clients have been recommended for provisional discharge by a special review board established by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Those decisions must ultimately be cleared by a state Supreme Court appeals panel. If the two men are ultimately discharged, they would continue to be subject to GPS monitoring, mandatory sex offender treatment, drug and alcohol testing and other behavioral restrictions.

The lack of success in rehabilitating and releasing sex offenders has resulted in a dramatic increase in the size of the program in recent years. Over the last decade, the number of MSOP enrollees has more than tripled. Minnesota has the highest per-capita population of civilly committed sex offenders in the country. As first reported by Capitol Report last year, that population includes more than 50 individuals who have never been convicted of a crime as an adult.

In a genuine system of civil commitment, you [reach an] equilibrium at some point, as discharges begin to approximate new admissions. But we haven’t seen that, of course, in Minnesota,” Janus said. “That’s why we've had this huge buildup.”

Last year, the federal court ordered DHS to create a task force to recommend changes to the beleaguered program. That 22-member panel, chaired by former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, has been meeting since November. It provided an initial set of recommendations for changes to the current civil commitment system in December.

Legislation making changes to the civil commitment system was considered this year in the House and Senate. Most notably the bills would have set up a bifurcated intake system for civil commitment candidates. An initial hearing would determine whether the person meets the threshold to be detained as a Sexually Dangerous Person or Sexual Psychopathic Personality. If they are deemed to meet that qualification, a second hearing would then be held to determine the appropriate venue where the person should undergo treatment.

The legislation passed the Senate with bipartisan support. But it got caught up in partisan bickering in the House. Republicans refused to offer up any support for the politically volatile bill. DFLers tabled it rather than risk a vote that could result in campaign literature tarring them as soft on sex offenders next election season.

DHS acts on ‘less restrictive alternatives’

But that doesn't mean significant changes aren't underway. Earlier this year, DHS issued a “request for information” about existing facilities that could serve as less restrictive sites for housing sex offenders. That garnered 23 responses. For example, Alpha Human Services, a nonprofit group that has provided sex offender treatment for four decades, indicated that it could provide three residential slots for individuals who would otherwise face civil commitment. In addition, the group offered to provide day treatment for two to five clients, who would be provided housing by another nonprofit group.

DHS has now followed up with a request for proposals. Those applications are due Sept. 12; DHS expects to enter into contracts by the end of the year.

These less restrictive alternatives would provide options for individuals currently enrolled in the MSOP who have made progress in treatment. It would also provide judges and prosecutors with options beyond detaining individuals at prison-like facilities for potentially the rest of their lives.

Deputy DHS Commissioner Anne Barry says it remains to be seen whether local officials will take advantage of those options once they are in place. “It’s an unanswered question,” Barry said. “We think it will never be answered if you don’t have alternatives.”

Gustafson doesn't think DHS is moving fast enough to create less restrictive alternatives. “It’s our view that the law requires that,” he said. “They are taking those steps. Now we are saying you need to do this faster.”

DHS has also increased the number of individuals serving on the special review board to make recommendations on whether clients should be provisionally discharged. The number of slots has been increased from 13 to 19 (although one slot is currently vacant). Previously such reviews have been mired in months-long delays.

We’ve done everything we can to speed up that process,” Barry said. “The review shouldn't be what holds up the final decision and final placement.”

The sex offender civil commitment task force is also moving ahead with its work. At a meeting earlier this month, Magnuson charged members with submitting further recommendations for legislative changes ahead of the next gathering.

Some members of the task force expressed the sentiment that they shouldn't be constrained by what’s politically feasible in coming up with recommendations. “We’re the last chance to get this right and not have to worry about politics,” said Fred Friedman, chief public defender for the Sixth Judicial District.

One idea that was floated by Magnuson would surely prove controversial: capping the number of years someone can be involuntarily enrolled in the MSOP.

Janus, who also serves on the task force, questions whether scrapping the entire system should be considered. “One of the issues that the task force has not really addressed is whether this law that we have has outlived its legitimacy,” Janus said. “We've had 20 years to get it right. We've had 20 years to fix the criminal system. Maybe some of the justification for having a civil commitment system has disappeared.”

While settlement talks in the lawsuit have stalled, both sides indicate that there’s still a chance they could be resurrected at some point. They differ, however, on the prospects for that happening.

For right now I’m not optimistic that we’re going to start talking settlement seriously again,” Gustafson said.

Barry offers a more optimistic gloss. “We've been in settlement discussions for a long time,” she said. “We’re still prepared to talk.”

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