Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LA - Drunk lawyer (Jennifer Gaubert) tries to seduce a cab driver

Jennifer Gaubert
Jennifer Gaubert
Original Article

04/15/2014

She tried, pleaded and used every trick in her book — but ultimately left frustrated after failing to seduce a cabbie, who rebuffed her multiple attempts, saying he was loyal to his girlfriend.

Now video of that 2012 incident has been released to the public after the encounter sparked a dramatic legal battle.

Initially after the incident, the woman, Jennifer Gaubert, 33, contacted the New Orleans Police Department alleging cabbie _____, 39, attempted to blackmail her after secretly recording her in compromising sexual positions.

The 39-year-old driver was arrested, though later released and never charged. In September 2013, Gaubert was charged with making false statements to investigators, according to WDSU-TV.

However, after viewing the video at a trial last week, a judge convicted the 33-year-old lawyer of simple battery, the Times-Picayune reported. She is appealing.
- That's all?  What if a man was doing this to a woman?

Now, the man is suing the police, contending he was falsely imprisoned and suffered emotional distress because officers didn’t verify Gaubert’s claims before detaining him. According to the Times-Picayune, _____’s lawsuit claims he was victim of a false arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and kidnapping. The cabbie lost his job and his mugshot appeared on several news outlets connecting him to the incident.

According to the lawsuit, Gaubert aggressively attempted to seduce him and refused his orders to leave the cab.

The video starts after the two both concede they kissed. It shows Gaubert in the front seat with her legs open and dress lifted up.

Please,” she asks, tugging on her underwear as she begs _____ to “come here.”

The taxi driver, however, refuses saying he is loyal and dedicated to his girlfriend.

Can you chill out for two seconds? You’re hot. You’re a f***in hot guy. I’m a girl. It happens,” Gaubert is heard saying in the video.

No, I’m a faithful man,” _____ counters.

Eventually, the 39-year-old is able to convince the promiscuous lawyer that he is not interested. He later drops her off at her house.

Your girlfriend is a lucky girl,” Gaubert quips as she exists the taxi.


OR - Ex-Oregon Deputy (Kenneth Turkle) Charged With Abusing 17-Year-Old

Kenneth Turkle
Kenneth Turkle
Original Article

04/14/2014

PORTLAND (AP) - A 42-year-old former Lake County sheriff's deputy has been accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old Lakeview girl reported missing late last week.

The Oregon State Police say the girl got in touch with authorities Sunday afternoon and was returned to her family.

Earlier this month, as an investigation began, Kenneth Turkle resigned from the sheriff's department.

On Friday, the girl was reported missing. She was last seen staying with a friend in Grants Pass and leaving with a man believed to be Turkle.

He surrendered Sunday morning in Lake County on charges of sexual abuse and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.

The police said he made bail, and that evening he was re-arrested and jailed on new charges of custodial interference and tampering with a witness.


MN - Reform on sex offenders stalls in Minnesota Legislature

Lucinda Jesson
Lucinda Jesson
Original Article

04/14/2014

By ABBY SIMONS

Judge has ordered state program overhauled, but doing so means huge political risks for legislators.

The pressure to overhaul a state sex offender treatment program that has been called “clearly broken” by a federal judge is mounting daily, but the Legislature may not act in time to prevent court intervention.

With just weeks to go in the session, Gov. Mark Dayton and legislators are blaming one another for failing to address the problems identified by Judge Donovan Frank. In February, Frank called on state lawmakers to take immediate action or face a court-ordered remedy.

But little has happened since then.

Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, whose department oversees the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP), said recently that she had hoped for a different outcome this session. “I’m disappointed,” she said. “I’m concerned about the lack of progress toward overall system reform.”

Leaving the program as it is heightens the possibility that the federal courts could, at some point, declare it unconstitutional and order the release of hundreds of the state’s most violent sex offenders. There is precedent for such dramatic intervention: In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California’s overcrowded prisons amounted to cruel and unusual punishment and ordered the state to reduce its inmate population by 30,000.

Dayton said he asked the Legislature to approve $3 million for professional evaluation of sex offenders — a specific requirement to meet Frank’s order — and said he still expects lawmakers to approve it. “I hope we will get that money,” the governor said. “I don’t know why anyone would object to up-to-date psychological evaluations so we know what we’re dealing with.”
- Why do you need $3 million to evaluate something?  There are a ton of studies out there that have already been done on the subject of sex offenders and civil commitment, if you'd look and stop trying to waste more money and delay the process.

Minnesota’s program holds nearly 700 sex offenders — more per capita than any comparable program in other states. With costs far higher than prison costs, its outlays also have exploded. The state has been criticized in the past for doing too little to prove that those in its care are receiving an actual course of treatment rather than just being held indefinitely after serving their prison sentences.

Critics of the sex offender program say they are not surprised by legislative foot-dragging. Addressing the civil rights of serial rapists and child molesters in an election year, they say, is tantamount to political suicide.
- Not all sex offenders are serial rapists and child molesters!

If they fix [the MSOP], I can tell you in November they’re the ones that are going to be accused of endangering all the women in Minnesota, and they know it’s gonna be ugly,” said Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the ACLU of Minnesota, which has advocated for the confined in the lawsuit before Frank.

‘Need bipartisan support’

Last spring, the state Senate passed a bill to reform the program by modeling it after programs in New York and Wisconsin, but a companion bill faltered in the House. A similar Senate measure drafted this year also stalled.

Dayton said that he does not expect lawmakers to approve a wholesale makeover this year.

I’ve always thought realistically it’s going to have to wait until the 2015 legislative session,” he said, “and I hope we have enough courage to deal with it ourselves.”

Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, said that Dayton should be providing a specific blueprint for lawmakers and leading the efforts for change.

I’ve been around here long enough to know that when governors want something, they get it 90 percent of the time,” Hann said. “And this governor has not made this a priority. This is his administration administering the program, and if anyone should know what direction to take, he should be the one.”

House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, has said that House Republicans must cooperate with DFLers to forge a sturdy plan for overhauling the existing arrangement.

For something that’s as important as this, we do need bipartisan support,” Thissen said. “It’s an issue of fundamental public safety.”

Political reality

In addition to public safety, both sides need the other to join them in any proposed solution in order to limit finger-pointing. But House Minority Leader Rep. Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said there are legitimate differences on approaches to reform that pose a barrier to legislative change.

My impression is that the Democrats right now have their mind wrapped around some kind of less-restrictive alternative for the current population, and I think this would be incredibly unpopular,” Daudt said. “The public doesn’t support it because the public understands this is a dangerous population and they don’t want these people living next door to them.”

Warren Maas, executive director of Project Pathfinder, which works with sex offenders to prevent recidivism, fully understands the political realities. Maas was there, shortly after Frank’s order, when the Minnesota chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers held an informational session for all 201 legislators, offering assistance in the event of MSOP reform.

Six lawmakers showed up.

I think for most of them it wasn’t a priority,” Maas said. “But for some of them it was whatever the opposite of priority is. Some of the legislators are pretty adamant that they’re not going to lift a finger. They’re going to let the court system take the hit on the issue of release from MSOP.”

Maas said he wasn’t surprised: The public’s revulsion to sex offenders becomes “low-hanging fruit for negative political messaging.”

Maas said the lawmakers who did show up were engaged, attentive and interested, but their numbers were too few to make a difference.

It’s a huge disservice not just to offenders but to the community at large,” he said. “We’re wasting a lot of time demonizing a group of people who have the second-lowest recidivism rate among criminals, and nobody wants to hear that.”


OK - House of Representatives votes to ban habitual or aggravated sex offenders in parks

Josh Cockroft
Josh Cockroft
Original Article

As long as there are politicians they will exploit people and situations for their own gain while trampling on the civil / human rights of others.

Most sexual crimes occur by the victims own family, not some stranger in a park, but hey, that doesn't get brownie points from the people now does it?


04/14/2014

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma House of Representatives has voted to prohibit habitual or aggravated sex offenders from entering a neighborhood, town, county or state park.

The House voted 93-1 Monday for the bill that bans individuals who have committed a crime against a child or individuals who have committed more than one sex crime from entering the parks. Republican Rep. Josh Cockroft of Wanette said the bill stems from uncertainty over whether or not state parks are included in a current ban.

Cockroft said he believes sex offender laws need to be continually updated to make sure there are no loopholes allowing sex offenders access to public places frequented by children.
- That would be pretty much everywhere!

The bill now returns to the Senate for consideration of House amendments.

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MO - Springfield 'sex offender house' gets 2-month reprieve

Lawsuit
Original Article

04/14/2014

By Jess Rollins

Thirty days ago, the City of Springfield gave residents of 1809 E. Crestview St. exactly 30 days to clear out.

Today, the residents of the home — some sex offenders, some parolees, some drug addicts — are staying put.

An appeal filed today by Recovery Chapel, which operates the so-called group home, has delayed action against the house for at least two more months.

Last month city staffers investigated the halfway house at the urging of neighbors. Many seemed most concerned about the number of residents who appeared on the Greene County sex offender registry.

At the time, there were five. Today, there are two.

During city staffers' investigation of the home, they determined the home did not meet the zoning requirements of a group home.

The director of building development services wrote that the house acts more as a "community corrections facility" than a group home because of the high number of residents on probation and parole.
- Maybe the city needs to open a dictionary and read what a Halfway House is?

The city gave the residents 30 days to move or disband.

But today, a St. Louis-based attorney filed a formal appeal with the city on behalf of Recovery Chapel.

That means enforcement of the 30-day notice will be delayed until the case is heard by the city's Board of Adjustment, a five-member board made of members nominated by the City Manager and appointed by City Council.

The appeal is scheduled to go before the board June 3.

Chaplain Farris Robertson, who has fought the city's action against the Crestview house, confirmed the home continues to operate as usual.

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CA - Do Ex-Sex Offenders Have Civil Rights?

Statue of Liberty weeping
Original Article

04/14/2014

By Dennis Romero

They are the most loathed convicts on the planet. Even other criminals hate them. Cities in recent years have targeted them with laws that limit where and when they can be certain places, particularly on Halloween, when children are out.

But ex-sex offenders do have rights. At least that's the contention of a group called California Reform Sex Offender Laws.

It's at it again, taking the SoCal city of Carson to federal court.

The group says rules adopted by Carson in 2008 violate the constitutional rights of convicts who have paid their debts to society by serving sentences.

The organization has been suing municipalities (Carson is fourth city to sued in four weeks) that it says violate the rights of sex offenders.

Carson's law, like that of other towns, prohibits such convicts of coming within 300 feet of schools, parks, libraries, swimming pools, and bus stops.

California Reform Sex Offender Laws states:

The Carson ordinance is based upon two myths: (1) that registered citizens have a high rate of re-offense and (2) that strangers commit sexual assaults. The true rates of re-offense, according to state and federal government reports, are 1.9 percent for registrants on parole and 5.3 percent for registrants overall. More than 90 percent of sexual assaults upon children are committed not by strangers but by family members, teachers, coaches and clergy.

The group won similar cases at the California Court of Appeals level and has warned 70 cities in the state that their local ordinances limiting the movement of sex offenders are illegal under the precedents sent by the appeals panels.

Group attorney Chance Oberstein:

The presence restrictions within the Carson ordinance are inconsistent with recent decisions of the California Court of Appeals which invalidated two ordinances - one by the City of Irvine and the other by the County of Orange - as being preempted by existing state law.

Some cities reversed their laws and others agreed to put them on hold, the organization says, but Carson, after negotiations with California Reform Sex Offender Laws, stuck to its guns. The group's president, Janice Bellucci, says:

Future legal challenges by sex offenders can be expected of cities that have failed to either repeal their sex offender ordinances or agree in writing to stay enforcement of those ordinances.