Tuesday, February 11, 2014

UK - Online crime fighter vigilante Stinson Hunter blasted by cops during public meeting

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"Stinson Hunter"
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02/11/2014

By Sam Dimmer

Police have stepped up their war of words with online crime fighter Stinson Hunter saying he operates “blindly” and puts paedophiles peoples lives at risk.

At a public meeting held last night Warwickshire Police’s assistant chief constable Lewis Benjamin was asked for his perspective on Hunter’s actions.

Mr Benjamin responded: “He does it quite blindly. He doesn’t know if we’re engaging a police operation against his target.”

He may well drive them underground and ruin what we are doing.”

Secondly he could be putting the paedophile people at risk. Some people might say so what but also he could be endangering their family as well.”

People could get it wrong like that case in Cardiff where they attacked the paediatrician.”

It’s not a good thing to do.”

We have written to Mr Hunter and protested about his methodology and what he does. We are waiting to see what his response to that is.”

The Telegraph reported earlier this month how Warwickshire Police had written to Hunter saying they would consider legal action if he didn’t stop what he is doing.

Hunter, who is based in the Coventry and Warwickshire area, has since responded saying he plans to continue.

Responding to the latest criticism the 32-year-old said he was considering taking legal action against the force himself.

He also claimed that Warwickshire Police have helped him operate.

Look at my work in 2012 and my attitude then and compare it to where I am now,” he said.

I didn’t get there on my own. I have had people telling me what to do and I have taken that on board.”

It hurts for them to say I operate blindly because they are the people who told me what to do.”

If they haven’t assisted me would I be able to walk into a police station with my laptop in my rucksack and hand over evidence?

I’m going to be seeking legal advice. They’re threatening me with legal action saying I don’t know what I’m doing and it’s just not true.”

I feel hurt and let down. I built a relationship with some of these people and then a senior officer says something like this.”

The public are behind me – that’s a fact. And paediatricians are absolutely fine by me.”

The public meeting where Hunter’s actions were discussed was the first of its kind held by Warwickshire police and crime commissioner Ron Ball.

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VT - Corrections officer (Jay D. Mclaren Jr.) sent nude photo to girls

Jay Mclaren
Jay Mclaren
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02/10/2014

By David Charns

FAIR HAVEN - Police said a 24-year-old former corrections officer allegedly sent a naked picture of himself to two minors.

Chief William Humphries said officers arrested Jay D. Mclaren Jr., of Fair Haven, on Monday.

Investigators said they received a complaint last week that Mclaren, who worked in Springfield, Vt., had allegedly sent the pictures to a girl in Vermont and another girl in New York.

Mclaren is due in Rutland District Court to answer to charges of disseminating indecent material to a minor. The ages of the girls were not released.

Police said he may also face charges in New York state.

He has since been terminated from his position with the Department of Corrections, police said.


NY - PEOPLE v. BUSS

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Following a March 1983 incident in which he violently assaulted a neighbor, Buss pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse in the first degree and one count of assault in the second degree, in satisfaction of all charges. He was sentenced to 2 to 6 years' imprisonment on each count, to run concurrently. [11 N.Y.3d 556] In February 1987, while on parole supervision, Buss attacked and stabbed an acquaintance in her home. He pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the second degree, in full satisfaction of an indictment that included first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy counts. He was sentenced, as a second violent felony offender, to 10 to 20 years' imprisonment.

When Buss was released in 2002, the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders (the Board) determined that he was required to register under the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA), citing his 1983 sexual abuse conviction. The Board calculated a total risk assessment score of 80 points, on the basis of the 1983 incident, making Buss presumptively a level two (moderate risk) offender (see Correction Law § 168-l [6]). The Board however recommended an upward departure to level three (high risk), because of "the brutal sexual and physical assault" Buss committed in 1987. Buss filed an objection to the Board's recommended SORA assessment level, arguing, among other things, that SORA does not apply to him because his sentence for the sexual abuse conviction "was due to expire" before SORA became effective in 1996.

County Court rejected that argument and designated Buss a level three sex offender. The court agreed with the Board's level three recommendation, based on two overrides, "offender inflicted serious physical injury or caused death" and "offender has made a recent threat that he will reoffend by committing a sexual or violent crime." (Sex Offender Registration Act: Risk Assessment Guidelines and Commentary, Overrides 2, 3 [Nov. 1997].)


FL - David Jolly Showcases Support of Jessica's Law in New Video

David Jolly
David Jolly
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Like usual, someone is running for office so they bust out the heart-tugging issues about children. Mark is being played for someone else's personal gain, in our opinion, and he's a patsy.

02/11/2014

By KEVIN DERBY

David Jolly, the Republican running in the special election for an open congressional seat in Pinellas County, released a new video showcasing his work for “Jessica’s Law” and standing against child predators. Jolly takes on former state CFO Alex Sink, the Democratic candidate, and Libertarian Lucas Overby in the March 11 special election.

Many years ago, while awaiting to board a flight at Washington’s Reagan National Airport to return home to Pinellas, I met a man by the name of Mark Lunsford. It was a moment that changed my life,” Jolly emailed supporters on Tuesday. “Most of us know the tragic story of Mark’s loss. His 9-year-old daughter Jessie lost her life at the hands of a child predator who lived in the neighborhood. I’ll never forget my first conversation with Mark. I approached him to express my condolences and to offer my encouragement for the good work he was doing to enact Jessica’s Law in states across the country and to fight for increased federal law enforcement resources through passage of the Adam Walsh Act. When I asked Mark what he was doing in Washington that week, he replied simply, ‘I’m up here lobbying for some appropriations.’ Mark was referring to his efforts to secure funding for the U.S. Marshals Service to go after absconders from the sex offender registry.”

I wanted to help – so I offered to work with him and other surviving parents to convince leaders in Congress to provide the marshals the funding they needed,” Jolly added. “Two years later, as one team devoted to an incredibly important cause, we had succeeded in securing tens of millions of dollars for the marshals to help protect our communities and our children from child predators. Mark has become a dear friend. He has followed this campaign closely. He recently decided to weigh in and record this commercial about our work together.”

Jolly looked to deflect attacks from Sink and her allies against his work as a lobbyist. “Throughout this campaign, my opponent and some in the press have raised politically motivated questions about my work in Washington,” Jolly wrote. “They’ve raised questions of personal trust. They’ve challenged my character. Even more, I have been criticized for saying that I am proud of my work in Washington. I am proud of my work, and Mark is the main reason why. And I am even more proud of my friend Mark and the work he did in Washington -- and I am forever grateful that he let me bear witness to his commitment, his drive and his fight to help parents across the country.”

I didn’t get into this race to seek the affirmation of my opponent or the press. I got into this race to seek the support and affirmation of people like Mark Lunsford. I am humbled by Mark’s support and I’ll let his words in this commercial serve as my response to those in this campaign who continue to criticize my work on behalf of this community,” Jolly continued. “I’ve put my heart and soul into this campaign. I know many of you have as well. It really comes down to this – a campaign like ours that is committed to serving our community and serving those who need help working with Washington, or a campaign started, funded, and run by the Washington establishment with the sole purpose of serving the interests of Washington.”


From Outside the Box

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Original Article

02/11/2014

By willb

I have shared this article with a number of people across the country. (We Have It All Wrong. Shunning Offenders is Not Working: A Reaction to the Woody Allen Story)

One of those who doesn't want her name mentioned sent some information back to me After a short conversation with her I've added a title and changed a couple words around. She said that I could share it with anybody and I think it is a good enough perspective that it needs to be shared with a lot of people.

From Outside the Box

I have seen a small portion of the hurt that the registry can do to families and friends of the registrants. I am sure the small portion I have seen and experienced can not be compared to the hurt that those who are related to the registrants must feel. When I was 12 years old my best friend was a ‘victim’. The entire town knew about the case before the ‘guilty man’ even had a chance to speak with his attorney. It was front page news of the local small town newspaper, her name and her father’s name were there with the description of how the police took the ‘guilty man’ to jail. I recall how the poor girl was called names, shunned and blamed by her peers, school teachers, neighbors and many others. Because I stood by her side many of my friends then shunned me. Before my best friend and her brother were taken from their mother, she took me aside in the girls’ restroom at school and told me, between tears and sobs, that she would never be able to see her daddy again. While we sat on the cold hard floor I remember asking her why and she said that it was because the judge said so and even though her daddy loved her very much the judge said he was an awful man. I spoke to my mother about the situation when I got home that afternoon, I asked her how the judge could do something like that when he didn’t even know my friend or her father. My mother tried to explain it to me but no matter how she tried all she could say was that she didn’t understand all the laws and that there were many more that seemed confusing and even unfair to her, more than she could count. I found out later that the state had decided that her mother was also an awful person for not protecting my friend. The next day in our math class two people came in the room and asked my best friend to leave with them, at first she refused trying to use the excuse her mother had told her to never go somewhere with a stranger. The teacher then stepped in telling her that leaving with these people was the right thing to do and she was perfectly safe in doing so. I plead with her not to go, it had to be wrong somehow, I just knew it was. That was the last time I saw my Best Friend.


Herman's House - A PBS documentary that shines a spotlight on the injustice of solitary confinement

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On October 1, 2013, Herman Wallace's 1974 murder conviction was overturned, and he was released from prison after four decades in solitary confinement. Just three days later, Herman Wallace died of cancer, a free man.

Join the LBJ School's Center for Health and Social Policy for a public screening of HERMAN'S HOUSE, the award-winning PBS documentary that shines a spotlight on the injustice of solitary confinement and helped free Herman Wallace.

After the film, LBJ School Professor Michele Deitch, a national expert on criminal justice policy, juvenile justice policy, and the school-to-prison pipeline, will moderate a discussion on policy implications and questions raised by the film.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required for communication purposes. Light snacks will be provided.


DC - Eric Holder makes case for felons to get voting rights back

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02/11/2014

By Adam Goldman

(Full Speech) Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday called on states to repeal laws that prohibit ex-felons from voting after their release from prison, urging reforms that could allow millions more former convicts across the country to cast ballots.

In a speech at Georgetown University Law Center, Holder said: “It is time to fundamentally reconsider laws that permanently disenfranchise people who are no longer under federal or state supervision.”

Holder said that current laws forbidding felons from voting make it harder for them to reintegrate into society. He pointed to a recent study, which showed that felons in Florida who were granted the right to vote again had a lower recidivism rate.

These restrictions are not only unnecessary and unjust, they are also counterproductive,” Holder said. “By perpetuating the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals, these laws increase the likelihood they will commit future crimes.”

Holder does not have the authority to force states to change their laws, but his request could influence the debate to restore voting rights. His appeal is part of a broader effort currently underway by the Justice Department to reform the criminal justice system, which U.S. officials say often treats minority groups unfairly.

The attorney general said that after the Civil War, laws that prohibit ex-felons from voting were a way for post-Reconstruction states to keep blacks from casting ballots. Today, an estimated 5.8 million Americans are not allowed to vote because of current or previous felony convictions. Of those, nearly 38 percent are black.

The Justice Department said that 23 states since 1997 have enacted voting-rights reforms. They include Nebraska, Nevada, Texas and Washington state.

In Virginia, former governor Robert F. McDonnell enacted a policy last year that allowed those with non-violent felony convictions to have their voting rights automatically restored. But critics say the effort still leaves many disenfranchised.

Virginia is one of four states where voting rights are not restored automatically when felons are released from prison.

The Justice Department said that 11 states, including Florida and Kentucky, restrict voting rights for ex-felons. Holder said that 10 percent of Florida’s population is disenfranchised.

Voting-rights activists are trying to change the law in that state to make it easier for “returning citizens” to vote. The push could become a campaign issue in Florida’s gubernatorial election this year.

In Kentucky, a bill to restore felon voting rights to those not convicted of certain lascivious or violent crimes gained momentum last month in the state legislature.

These laws deserve to be not only reconsidered, but repealed,” Holder said.

According to a 2002 academic study on voter disenfranchisement, former vice president Al Gore might have prevailed in the 2000 presidential election had ex-felons been allowed to vote nationwide.


Dennis Sobin Interview - Creator of The Idiots Registry


TX - McGregor Passes New Sex Offender Ordinance

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NOTE: The officer in the video said it also includes bus stops which we doubt, but someone needs to clarify that before assuming it's true. Bus stops are on every corner in many states.

02/10/2014

By Mike Iliopoulos

MCGREGOR - The city of McGregor passed a new ordinance that will prohibit sex offenders from living close to schools, daycare centers and parks.

Police say multiple sex offenders moved into McGregor in the last two weeks. The ordinance was introduced to the city four years ago. Some cities in Central Texas have a similar ordinance, but it took McGregor a few years to pass the rule because of administration changes.

McGregor Police Chief Steve Foster says six sex offenders moved into the area within the last two weeks. Sex offenders are required to register with authorities when they move in to a new town. Foster took notice of it and revisited the ordinance.

The city council discussed the issue on Monday night saying, "We've got to give them a place to stay, but we can make it smaller."

Foster says the new rule says sex offenders cannot live within 1,000 ft. of schools, parks and daycare centers.

The sex offenders who are already registered and living in town cannot legally be told to move.

The ordinance will take effect immediately.


OH - Loophole Allows Sex Offenders To Live Near Daycare

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02/10/2014

MONTGOMERY COUNTY - If you thought sex offenders had to live far away from your child's daycare, think again. We have learned of a disturbing loophole in the law that allows registered sex offenders to live right next door.
- It's not a loophole, it's a constitutional issue!  You cannot apply laws to someone who was convicted before the new law came about, that is an ex post facto and unconstitutional law.

Under state law registered sex offenders are banned from living within a thousand feet of schools, pre-schools, and daycares. Well, at least most sex offenders.

"If you pay your debt, you should be allowed a second chance but I totally disagree with offenders being allowed to live close to daycares," said Ron McKenstry, a father from Huber Heights.
- So then you don't believe in second chances!

There are almost 1100 registered sex offenders in Montgomery County. 55 live near daycares.

Some of those convicts are labeled by the state as sexual predators, but they're still legally allowed to live within a thousand feet of a place where dozens of children play.

"It's a big deal to this office. Not every sex offender is convicted of an offense against a child. Or a child of preschool or daycare age. But it is a concern. I know it's a concern for parents," said Montgomery Co. Sgt. Julie Stephens.

"Parents have rights too and they have to do everything they can to protect their children," McKenstry said.
- That is called being a parent which isn't a right!

Sex offenders that committed their crime before July 1st, 2007 are allowed to live near preschools and daycares. Those exempt offenders were grandfathered into that portion of the law because the crime occurred before the law went into effect.

"Even if they committed the crime before a specific date, I don't think they should be allowed to live near daycares by any means. I don't think it's a good idea, not a good idea," said Kettering mom, Molly Hallock.

Sgt. Stephens heads up Montgomery County's sex offender unit. She's well aware of every offender that's allowed to live within a thousand feet of a daycare. In fact at the time of our interview with her, she had just found three offenders to be in violation. They were living a stone's throw away from a daycare, when they were not exempt from the law. The prosecutor's office served each offender with a letter, giving them 30 days to get out.

"A lot of people are not aware when they're living next to a home or daycare, so as soon as we serve them, they start looking for alternate residences," Stephens said.

However the majority of offenders that live near daycares in Montgomery County, can't be forced to move due to their exemption.
- It's due to the constitution!

"People should get with their children and talk to your children about safety and maybe even show them a picture. Let them know this is a person we don't want to have interaction with," Stephens said.

All offenders, exempt from the law or not are required to register with the sheriff's office. So no matter what, with a few clicks of the mouse, you can find out if they live near your child's daycare.
- But you can't find out about the serial killer who may be living near you, or other dangerous criminals, that would be illegal!


OH - Ex-police chief (Jeremy Alley) has sex crimes erased from record

Jeremy Alley
Jeremy Alley
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02/10/2014

By Kimball Perry

Jeremy Alley doesn’t want you to know that he was the Elmwood Place Police Chief in 2003.

That’s because his 11-day tenure as chief ended when Alley was arrested and ultimately convicted of using public computers on public time to try to solicit sex online from what he thought was a 15-year-old girl. Alley agreed to have sex with her.

Instead, the girl actually was a Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputy posing as a teen girl and working to stop sex crimes.

Alley, 37, spent six months behind bars, was on probation for five years and had to report as a sex offender through last year. He applied in April to have his criminal record erased from public inspection but Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Norbert Nadel denied the request, telling Alley to come back when he no longer had to report as a sex offender.

Alley was in court Monday and, despite the protests of Assistant Prosecutor Scott Heenan, the judge granted Alley’s request to have his record erased. Heenan told the judge the public’s right to know that a police chief who committed sex crimes outweighs Alley’s right to privacy.

He was in a huge position of trust being a police chief,” Heenan told the judge. “He violated that trust in about as gross a way as you possibly could.”

The judge disagreed and allowed Alley’s record to be erased.

Because Alley committed his crimes in 2003, the state law at that time allowed for him to have them erased. Now, the law has changed so those crimes aren’t eligible to be erased.

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