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MI: Legislation approved to prevent sex offenders to go to same school as their victims

[fox47news.com]

The House Law and Justice Committee approved legislation on Tuesday that better protects underage students and victims of sexual-based crimes.

The legislation was introduced by Representative Lana Theis, State Rep. from Brighton.

The three-bill package was prompted by a recent Livingston County case where a 16-year-old was convicted of criminal sexual conduct against multiple victims as young as 12. Two of the underage victims joined Theis for testimony before the committee on Feb. 20.

“These bills are needed to ensure we better protect victims of criminal sexual conduct. No survivor should ever have to move schools to avoid riding the bus or attending school with their assailant,” said Theis, a member of the committee. “We had two young victims before this committee to tell us how they faced the possibility of being in the same school, classroom and even bus route with their manipulative predator. That should not even be a consideration.”

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  1. Bobby

    I am not saying that this is not a good idea, because it is but instead of passing new laws, the Michigan Legislatures, need to get of their ass’s, and revise the Registry like the 6th Circuit and told them to do, and with SCOTUS basically backing the 6th Circuit up n their ruling. I have written and e-mailed every senator every legislator and even the ACLU, and all they keep saying is we are working on it. Well it will be 5 months on Friday when the ruling came down and nothing has been done in my opinion. 5 months is plenty of time to revise the Michigan Registry, plenty of time.

    • Bill

      Yes, what’s the hold up? This is so wrong.Are they waiting for someone to get killed?

    • AJ

      @Bobby:
      Can you perhaps trace the footsteps the PA RCs have done, and have a lawyer whip up a letter to whoever runs the MI ML? A polite, but firm, letter saying your are requesting they comply with a lawful court order and stop harming you. Or maybe even see if you can just get a judge in the State system to issue a cease and desist on their publishing your info. IDK…just brainstorming. I think if you’re waiting for the State and ACLU to settle on a plan that fits all, it may be a while (longer). Individual relief can probably happen a la the Muniz folks.

  2. Michael

    I am all for it as long as ALL acts against a student [e.g. bullying] also require the actor to be expelled.

    ….

  3. Bill

    I see Pennsylvania is removing off there list now, after the there court ruling, not sure if that ruling was after Mi, or before?

  4. Bobby

    Hello Everyone,

    I was not sure if I should post this here or on another Michigan Article, but since this only has 6 comments I decided to post it here if anyone is interested or has any thoughts on what Mr. Caballero e-mailed me back.

    Here is what I wrote:

      I went into register on the first, and my town still has not hired a clerk yet, they said something about Wendsday, and of course none of our lazy cops no how to register people except for one, and he claimed he was to busy to mess with it.

       So anyway he took a copy of my license, and said he would call me later, which he did, and said not to worry I was in compliance, and if my registry was not up to date by Wednesday at 2pm to come by and let them know, now here is my question.

      When I do go in do I still have to comply with the 2006 and 2011 amendments, and are the cops still allowed to enforce them since they claim they have NOT gotten anything in writing stating otherwise , they claim even though the 6th circuit ruled those amendments unconstitutional  and  the US Supreme Court pretty much backed the 6th circuits ruling by denying to hear the case, the cops in my town insist that they do not have to follow that ruling until they receive something in writing that says different, is this true?

       Also do I still have to give them the $50 that they still say I have to give them, until they receive something in writing that says different?, thank you for your time.

    Here is his response back to me:

    Bobby

    Unfortunately, the state of Michigan has come up with some creative legal arguments to justify denying the benefits of the Sixth Circuit’s ruling to all registrants with older convictions. In effect their arguments are that (1) the Sixth Circuit’s ruling was limited to only those 6 registrants included in the original litigation and (2) even if the principles of the decision apply more broadly, the state can still re-enact older versions of the statute for registrants with older convictions. We disagree with the state on both arguments and are currently preparing a class action lawsuit to contest these arguments. We are planning on filing sometime in the next few weeks.
     
    We don’t know exactly what local police departments have been told about implementing Does. It is likely that they have begun the process of reviving the older versions of the SORA statute. In theory, this means they aren’t implementing the 2006 and 2011 amendments. You will still have to pay the $50 registration fee unfortunately.
     
     
    Juan P. Caballero

    In my opinion, a state should not be able to disobey a court ruling, especially from a federal court such as the 6th circuit, and then have that ruling pretty much backed by SCOTUS. Does anyone else feel the same way I do, on this situation.

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