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IN: Justices to decide if sex offender dad can go to son’s school activities

The Indiana Supreme Court must decide if a Howard County father can attend his son’s school activities despite his serious sex offender status after hearing arguments Thursday on an ex post facto claim.

After being convicted of child solicitation in 2010, _____ ____ was sentenced to 18 months of probation and was ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years. However, the Howard Superior Court granted ____ special permission to continue attending his son’s school activities on school property, despite his sex offender status.

But when the Unlawful Entry Statute, Indiana Code section 35-42-4-14, took effect in 2015, ____ and other serious sex offenders found themselves subject to a Level 6 felony charge if they entered school property. ____ filed a post-conviction relief petition arguing the statute was unconstitutional as applied to him, and the Indiana Court of Appeals agreed. Full Article

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  1. AlexO

    The whole “not punitive” thing yet again. I swear these people would be adamantly arguing for segregation if it were still a thing. If you’re going to be in this kind of position, you need to be fighting for justice, not contract law. You’re in the wrong line of work if that’s how you’re approaching every case, especially if you’re well aware of the actual facts.

    • Joe

      If this is not it, what, then, is the definition of “punitive”? Is it punitive to, say, house and feed someone, even if the decor of the accommodation is a bit lacking and the rules are a bit strict, for free, or at tax payer expense? Or is it a sensible approach to public safety?

      As this father may encounter at the school the same demographic against whom he offended (15 year old girls – a conversation, no less), so will any other criminal convict who is released back into society.

      And it is not like schools care about criminals at the Friday night sporting event. Here is a violent young women beater (same general age group as many high school girls), multiple convicted violent felon – being celebrated at a high school event.

      http://www.latimes.com/sports/highschool/la-sp-westchester-fairfax-basketball-20160123-column.html

      Who knows who all is sitting in those bleachers…

      • ReadyToFight

        Never mind the gang banger Dad that has murdered, stabbed, and shot at others in the name of gangism. He’s free to take his children to class and attend any and all school functions. This is a fact.
        Those upholding the division of family through the Registry will be crushed by the weight of it.

    • AJ

      @AlexO:
      I swear these people would be adamantly arguing for segregation if it were still a thing.
      —–
      Indeed! Segregation wasn’t punitive, it was merely a civil regulatory scheme. What’s wrong with “separate, but equal”? It says right in there, “equal”….

  2. Tim Moore

    I wonder if former bank robbers are never allowed to be in the presence of money ever again? These Attorneys Generals are saying the system never rehabilitates. If so, let’s get rid of these pessimistic bastards and this whole useless criminal justice system.

    • David Kennerly, The Government-Driven Life

      Decades of propaganda have conflated the concept of “rehabilitation” with “inmates getting state-sponsored therapeutic massages in their air-conditioned cells.” You remember that plasma-screen you had on your wall in prison? The “gourmet-on-a-budget,” “Trader Joe’s” level of cuisine you got in the chow hall? And how you complained bitterly when that organic, all-natural peanut butter changed from “crunchy” to “creamy?” That certainly merited a hysterically-worded 602, if not an actual lawsuit! Or the kind, supportive and outstandingly qualified medical staff who took genuine care in your well being and how you could get any over-the-counter medicine imaginable and on the taxpayer’s dime, to boot? Plus, there was always HBO and Showtime after we retired for the day from swimming laps or playing tennis. Time to really crack down this time! Ferret out every conceivable “loophole” that normal life has on offer and hang it up in a gibbet over the main road into town as a terrifying warning to all. A blood-curdling declaration that some are simply not “rehabilitation-worthy.” They just aren’t. It’s common sense. I don’t even have to think about it it comes to me so automatically, as if I am programmed through some atavistically imprinted, racial memory that relieves me of the need to think about certain things at all!

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