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Q3: 8/12 by phone, 9/16 in San Diego [details], Q4: 10/14 in Los Angeles

Emotional Support Group Meeting: Aug 26 in LA [details]

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  • David Kennerly, Internal Exilee August 17, 2017 at 12:07 am on General Comments August 2017Albania is delightfully decrepit and just plain weird. There are still legions of small concrete domes scattered all about that were part of their extreme civil defense infrastructure during the ultra-paranoid and xenophobic Enver Hoxha period which followed the rule of the still-revered King Zog who had abolished Islamic law and opened the borders to fleeing Jewish refugees. The Albanians are largely Islamic yet clearly European, with a surprising number having blonde-hair and blue eyes. Like any country in which the people were so badly mistreated by their government, there is a lovely generosity of spirit and a disarming warmth shown for strangers, despite Hoxha's terrible rule.
  • David Kennerly, Internal Exilee August 16, 2017 at 11:45 pm on General Comments August 2017"I'd give the devil himself the benefit of law for my own safety's sake." A Man For All Seasons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDBiLT3LASk
  • David Kennerly, Internal Exilee August 16, 2017 at 11:34 pm on General Comments August 2017I really enjoyed Durres, on the coast. They have a Roman amphitheater and ruins which are wonderful and a tiny, and slightly bizarre, amusement park. And the short trip from Tirana on the train was one of the most memorable of my life. A train so decrepit and run down (virtually every window was broken) that it was amazing that it was a viable means of transportation. When I bought my ticket at the ticket window, I asked the clerk just where the train was. He pointed at an old rustbucket train in the railyard surrounded by weeds which I had assumed was abandoned. On closer inspection, it was completely packed with people. However, several very polite youngsters insisted on giving me their seat and I was quickly surrounded by students wanting to practice English. I stayed at a very strange and very new beachside hotel (I was one of the first guests) that turned out to have been funded by drug money and was hosting a poolside awards ceremony for the Italian Carabinieri who appeared to be in cahoots with the local Albanian mafia. This was soon after the war in Kosovo and they were said to be international peacekeepers. Nevertheless, I was the sole guest of the hotel for the four days I was there. The young front desk clerk whispered to me fearfully one day that something very strange was going on there. It was just a delightfully bizarre experience. The people were terrific and, apart from the inexplicable wealth of some young tough-looking guys cruising around in new Mercedes, it was very poor. One of those utterly unique travel experiences.
  • mike r August 16, 2017 at 11:13 pm on General Comments August 2017I'm lucky and highly appreciative that most of you guys takes this seriously, mostly AJ and Chris but all that have contributed to this... I'm not even really doing just for me man. the registry hardly effects me at the moment but others need this to happen and if I can help anyone , even you Ron, get relief then all my effort creating this over the last two years at least will have been worth it. MY help is unconditionally regardless of race, political views, or whether I even like you. this is bigger then anyone of us alone...be a patriot and a warrior Ron and put personal feelings aside man, all of us can use all the help we can get. THE more minds at work and collaboration the better...
  • mike r August 16, 2017 at 11:02 pm on General Comments August 2017wow that's your reasoning? that's pretty petty and kinda selfish. whatever...I really don't need anyone's help if it's conditional anyways.as Trump says..sad!..lmao..
  • Registry Rage August 16, 2017 at 10:55 pm on IA: Warrantless Search of Sex Offender’s Mobile Phone OKSo they no longer need probable cause or reasonable suspicion? This is exactly why I don't own a cell phone, which probably pisses them off because it's one less thing they can pilfer through and track me with.
  • Ron August 16, 2017 at 10:44 pm on General Comments August 2017I just don't agree with his political views. This really isn't the proper place for political debate on a subject and President that the country is clearly divided on. Sometimes it is wise to tone down the rhetoric on issues involving religion or politics, especially when you are seeking support from a broad audience.
  • Timmr August 16, 2017 at 10:42 pm on General Comments August 2017They kill us for sport also.
  • MatthewLL August 16, 2017 at 10:32 pm on IA: Warrantless Search of Sex Offender’s Mobile Phone OKIt was the byline of the article. No controversy here. This guy was an idiot and deserved what he got. After given one grace for having his phone in the corrections facility, he does it again. Second, to have child porn on it it has to put him on an IQ level with Trump. Blame Bloomberg for the incorrect article caption.
  • Harry August 16, 2017 at 10:19 pm on IA: Warrantless Search of Sex Offender’s Mobile Phone OKThis guy was very poor candidate for a court case. He or his family must of had money. This is kind of a guy makes it hard on RC's.
  • Timmr August 16, 2017 at 10:15 pm on VA: Ex-con feels he’s being forced to re-offend, asks state to step inI didn't read it to be $80K per RC. It was just $80 per year for however many of them. If there was only Mike that would a lot. If there were 80 of them in the whole state, that is $1K per RC. For a year's rent?
  • Timmr August 16, 2017 at 9:58 pm on IA: Warrantless Search of Sex Offender’s Mobile Phone OKI guess the point is that the one who challenges the rule is the one with the illegal pictures on his phone. The hundreds or thousand who have their phones searched and there is nothing illegal to be found, why is there nothing to challenge then?
  • AlexO August 16, 2017 at 9:01 pm on IA: Warrantless Search of Sex Offender’s Mobile Phone OKI'm also confused how this is an issue. Three years ago when my sentence was finalized I had a blanket okay to search whatever while I was on supervision. Then about half way into my 3 years of probation I had to go back to court because apparently some ruling came down that allowed for search of various computer devices (including the phone) without a warrant. I, along with everyone else, was surprised that we had to go back to court to modify our sentence to now explicitly allow warrantless search of our devices was allowed; we all already assumed that was how it was. So, again, I fail to see how this is an issue?
  • mike r August 16, 2017 at 8:57 pm on General Comments August 2017Glad to hear from you Chris hope your vacation is going good. look forward to hearing what you think.I should be completely done revising by then...
  • Wolf August 16, 2017 at 8:47 pm on WI: ‘Modern-Day Leper’Amendment XIV (1868); Section 1. ... No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. That may be over simplfying the basic fact...
  • T August 16, 2017 at 8:14 pm on IA: Warrantless Search of Sex Offender’s Mobile Phone OKOur government is deviating around the constitution so they can have the authorization to scrutinize registered citizens and invade their privacy as if they have something to hide, and do this to show as proof of the "high recidivism rate" of registered citizens and sending them back to prison. Correct me if I'm wrong but internet crimes and sex crimes are two different things right?
  • In MI, a homicide victim of murder and ex posto facto? August 16, 2017 at 7:42 pm on SCOTUS asks US Solicitor General to weigh in on Ex Post Facto caseHale, MI homicide victim was a convicted sex offender http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2017/08/hale_homicide_victim_was_a_con.html
  • In WY, Sex offenders helping pay for record keeping August 16, 2017 at 7:33 pm on WY: Sex offenders now pay the cost of supervisionIn Wyoming, Sex offenders helping pay for record keeping https://lingleguide.com/article/sex-offenders-helping-pay-for-record-keeping They want their money and want it from everything!
  • Concerned Registrant August 16, 2017 at 7:10 pm on General Comments August 2017I've been watching a lot of Youtube travel videos about Albania, Croatia, and Montenegro. Albania may be tolerant, but the infrastructure is lacking. Public transportation (buses) are infrequent to many places there. Doesn't appear to be much to do there longtuerm. Much better in the other countries.
  • Chris F (@Ron and Mike R) August 16, 2017 at 6:59 pm on General Comments August 2017@Ron You sound unhappy but Mike R appreciated and used much of your feedback? Did I miss something? Your suggestions were very good and any help to clean this up will benefit everyone. @ Mike R: I'm on vacation until the 22nd and will catch back up as soon as I can and look at your latest draft. I only had 5 minutes to check here today. I hope all is going well!
  • who removes from list August 16, 2017 at 6:59 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingMy husband saw this today on Pa Supreme Court Site. LEROY SPANN, Appellant v. PENNSYLVANIA BOARD OF PROBATION AND PAROLE AND PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE, Appellees No. 71 MAP 2016 Appeal from the Order of the Commonwealth Court at No. 728 MD 2012 dated June 9, 2016. File August 16 2017 - Pa Supreme Court JUSTICE MUNDY FILED: August 16, 2017 I agree that in light of this Court’s recent decision in Commonwealth v. Muniz, ___ A.3d ___, 2017 WL 3173066 (Pa. July 19, 2017), the Commonwealth Court erred in rejecting Appellant’s argument that SORNA is an ex post facto law.1 However, if I were writing on a blank slate, I would conclude that SORNA does not violate the Ex Post Facto Clauses of the Federal and Pennsylvania Constitutions. I have previously expressed my views in this area in Commonwealth v. Perez, 97 A.3d 747 (Pa. Super. 2014). Therein, the Superior Court balanced the factors articulated under Kennedy v. Mendoza-Martinez, 372 U.S. 144 (1963). The panel concluded that SORNA’s requirement that an offender appear physically in person to regularly update his or her information was “an affirmative restraint,” weighing in favor of 1 I did not participate in Muniz, which was argued with Commonwealth v. Gilbert, 48 MAP 2016, a case in which I participated on the Superior Court. 2 concluding SORNA was punitive, and therefore an ex post facto law. Perez, 97 A.3d at 754. However, the court also concluded that the other six factors did not weigh in favor of concluding SORNA was punitive. See id. 754-58. Balancing these factors, Perez concluded that SORNA was not punitive, and therefore not an ex post facto law under the Federal Constitution.2 Id. at 758-59. I continue to believe that Perez was correctly decided and struck the proper balance under controlling cases from the Supreme Court of the United States. I therefore disagree with Muniz’s conclusion that SORNA violates the Ex Post Facto Clause of the Federal Constitution. Even assuming that Muniz’s federal constitutional analysis was correct, its analysis should have properly ended there, since any claim under the Pennsylvania Constitution is moot. See generally Pap’s A.M. v. City of Erie, 719 A.2d 273, 281 n.12 (Pa. 1998) (concluding that since a local ordinance violated the First Amendment of the Federal Constitution, there was no need to consider whether the ordinance also violated the Pennsylvania Constitution), rev’d, 529 U.S. 277 (2000). Since the Court decided to reach that argument, I agree with Justice Wecht that the Ex Post Facto Clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution does not provide higher protections than its federal counterpart. See Muniz, 2017 WL 3173066, at *26-33 (Wecht, J., concurring). Although I disagree with Muniz’s conclusions, they are now the law of this Commonwealth. As such, they must be applied in a meaningful way. No sensible reading of Muniz would permit the Commonwealth Court’s contrary judgment to stand. I 2 The panel did not address Perez’s claim under the Pennsylvania Constitution, due to his failure to conduct an analysis pursuant to Commonwealth v. Edmunds, 586 A.2d 887 (Pa. 1991) in his brief. See Perez, 97 A.3d at 759-60. 3 therefore join the Court’s order in this case, because it correctly applies Muniz and reverses the Commonwealth Court’s order in this regard.
  • BSL August 16, 2017 at 6:59 pm on Life as a Registered Sex Offender: What Is It Really Like?1 count of indecent exposure 25 years ago. Was spotted by adult witness while urinating in public area. I was messed up at the time. I had just quit doing drugs for a year and was not mentally in a good place. I was identified and called into the DA's office. I was embarrassed and denied the accusations at first but in about 5 minutes I agreed that it may have been me. I was ashamed by my reckless public actions. When asked if I had done this before, I responded yes, several times I have urinated in public. The DA asked me all the right questions. Little did I know, he was building me up as a sex offender. He asked if I became aroused, I told him at the time, I was just urinating but if someone had seen me and I put some thought to it, yes, I may have been aroused. Then he told me he had two witnesses and that it would do well for me to write them apology letters. They were random people to me. Later I found out this is a standard tactic to create 2 confessions on paper. I was so embarrassed and knew nothing about laws in this area as well as the sex registration so I became very open and truthful about my actions. Had I known the consequences, I would have enlisted the help of some counsel. I don't even remember being read my rights. However, I was told I could go after that. I was never arrested or spent a day in jail. I went to court and pleaded guilty. I just wanted to get on with my life. I was on probation for 6 months, but got out early 3 mos. because I followed all the orders for counseling and completed my community service hours super fast. At some point I was told by my probation office to see the Sheriff because of a registration requirement. I took care of this and was told I had to register as a sex offender for the rest of my life. For me, It's been like putting my life on hold. I stated that I had quit drugs. I was never the addictive type but I was beginning to change my life to the good. I was cleaning up and getting ready to go to college and make my future dreams come true. My negative behavior had stopped. The offense I engaged in was from the year before, it was just a while before I was identified. I already had a job and was going to school and the bad stuff was out of my system. I just wanted to put this in the past but registration would never let me stop looking back. Suddenly there were all these laws created to protect people from me! I was told to go to college, I had to register with the campus police. I had x high school friends that worked in the college administration. The last thing I was going to do is have them find out I was now a Sex Offender! I live in a small town. One college admin tells my co-workers what they found out and I loose my job. I now live in constant fear of loosing my job. But I can no longer move forward because I had to drop college to protect my job. I never went back. Every time I saw a news report that profiled a violent sex predator that molested a small child, they would refer to them as a Sex Offender! I felt sick inside. That's not me, why am I being lumped into this category. I was sorry for my actions, but they were very different. I would later on get married and have children. Every time I went to the park with my child, I was so paranoid that if only someone knew I was labeled a Sex Offender, they would not care why, but they would probably want to grab their children and run or see harm come to me. It made me feel like I was a bad person, an outcast, not like everyone else. I moved to the local town in my area and had to change reporting to a police office. They seemed nice but I was told that the sergeant likes to personally talk with the registrants the first time they register before I could go. He called me in the back and proceeded to verbally humiliate me. He told me I was scum and he would be watching me and do anything to put me in jail or get me to leave his town. He said he can't make me leave but I was not welcome there. I left there crying and suicidal. When laws started changing for registered citizens, I was told never to go to parks, schools, or other places where children gather. Now I have a child and I can't take her to the parks anymore. No more open houses at school. No more 4th of July picnics at the park or boating at the lake. I became imprisoned by all these new ordinances in my town. HOW IS THIS NOT PUNITIVE!?!?! It was all gone. My future dreams, college, family get together, school sports for my child, amusement parks, everything! All I had left, was my job, and my family. I've managed to hold on to those for all these years. But that's it. Things are starting to change now. and I'm holding my breath....
  • Concerned Registrant August 16, 2017 at 6:58 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLJust received my new passport today. Still no markings.
  • AJ August 16, 2017 at 6:55 pm on VA: Ex-con feels he’s being forced to re-offend, asks state to step inHopefully something positive comes out of this. Not that the State will all the sudden jump in to save "Mike," but that perhaps some public opinion for our side is gained. At minimum, the public can wonder why they're spending $80k per RC.
  • AJ August 16, 2017 at 6:51 pm on IA: Warrantless Search of Sex Offender’s Mobile Phone OKI'm unsure why this rates as a topic on here. The man had contraband (phone) in a supervised release facility. Just like anyone on parole/probation, his stuff is subject to warrantless searches. What I find ironic, is that it seems the only reason this topic got posted was because it had to do with a RC. This isn't a whole lot different than other stories that needlessly point out someone is a RC (the 81 y.o. suicide is a prime example). Personally, I see no story here...and am surprised it went so high in the courts.
  • Who removes from list? August 16, 2017 at 6:23 pm on PA: Pennsylvania Supreme Court finds state sex offender registration law punitive and thus unconstitutional to apply retroactivelyMy husband located a case from PA Supreme Court - Leroy Spann vs PSP and Pennsylvania Parole Board. The PA Supreme Court used the Muniz Decision in his favor. Even the decision was concurring by Pa Supreme Court Judge Saylor and Mundy, and admit they dont agree with Muniz decision, they stated it is now Pa Law and must be applied to Spann. PSP or Pa State Parole couldnt mandate Leroy Spann to Register under Sorna because his sentence was 1990. Please look into this and post of your site, if this is correct!! This means that Muniz Decision, can be used for appealling SORNA cases when applied retroactively!
  • ONE DAY AT A TIME August 16, 2017 at 6:21 pm on General Comments August 2017Racism must not be supported in any way. There is no room for the KKK or their ignorant views in this country.
  • C August 16, 2017 at 5:56 pm on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex OffendersAre you kidding? I'd have been on the registry from age 4 along with my brothers and sisters and half the other neighborhood rug rats. Of course, that was back when the world was crazy and kids played outside riding their bikes w/out helmets until the street lights came on. Thank God order is being restored by way if public registries and toppled statuary.
  • KM August 16, 2017 at 5:53 pm on IA: Warrantless Search of Sex Offender’s Mobile Phone OKSupervised release. What's the controversy? Seems to me the guy has impulse control issues and probably belongs in custody anyway.
  • C August 16, 2017 at 5:52 pm on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex OffendersI recall some Jewish cats that went a different route.
  • mike r August 16, 2017 at 5:32 pm on General Comments August 2017Man after watching more on that rally and march it's a hard call man.. What do you do arrest people that are spewing "Jews will not replace us" "blood and soil" and what about black lives matter yelling "what do we want, dead cops, when do we want em, now" or "pigs in a blanket and its our streets". What about pro-lifers yelling and carrying signs saying "baby killers' or "murderers" or or anti-gay groups yelling "homosexuals are demons" or "gays are going to hell"..Where do we draw the line???????????
  • C August 16, 2017 at 5:20 pm on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex OffendersJust an FYI that I always enjoy your input on this board. I'm curious what you do professionally?
  • C August 16, 2017 at 5:17 pm on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex OffendersWhat is more cruel, killing a 5 year old child or a 75 year old man? There is the answer.
  • mike r August 16, 2017 at 4:45 pm on General Comments August 2017who draws that line? I think there needs to be some codification stating where we draw that line and then it needs to be debated and scrutinized for constitutionality. It's a slippery slope that's for sure...
  • mike r August 16, 2017 at 4:38 pm on General Comments August 2017You know it's gotten so bad that every time I hear about someone trying to suppress someones speech I automatically want to jump and say you can't do that without even seeing or hearing what speech was being spewed.it is a serious hard call to say what amounts to hate speech to the point where you shut it down but I do believe the marchers went to far and amounted to hate speech and I am a staunch believer in free speech. man thats hard call. where is the lline drawn and how far should it be able to go before it becomes illegal
  • mike r August 16, 2017 at 4:27 pm on General Comments August 2017after watching more of the coverage of that march I have to say and have to agree this was beyond a free speech issue that the marchers were spewing hate speech and they should have been shut down by police not protesters through violence. Black lives matters saying pigs in a blanket what do we want dead cops or any people spewing hate in a public forum should be shut down by the police. I do not consider that type of language as a lawful peaceful protest. I stand by my statement that people that were protesting taking down the Robert E. Lee statue peacefully who were not spewing hate speech had a right to do just that...
  • who removes from list August 16, 2017 at 4:17 pm on PA: Ruling raises questions about sex offender registry’s futureMy husband wanted to allow you know his today's research. READ ENTIRE OPINION - ITS IN THE FAVOR OR SPANN - MUNIZ APPLIES TO SPANN - FIRST ONE IN PA SUPREME COURT TO HAVE MUNIZ APPLIED IN AN APPEAL CASE AGAINST PSP AND PA PAROLE AND PROBATION! The Pa Supreme Court Applied Muniz Decision because is it now LAW! - PA SUPREME COURT, says ITS LAW AND APPLIES TO OTHERS! Read this Leroy Spann decision. Even though its a concurring statement, it says they still have to applied Muniz Decision even though they dont agree! http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Supreme/out/concurring%20statement%20-%20affirmed-reversed%20-%2010321130522850710.pdf#search=%22sorna 2017%22
  • who removes from list August 16, 2017 at 4:16 pm on PA: Cumberland County DA Freed to request U.S. Supreme Court review of sex offender decisionMy husband wanted to allow you know his today's research. Pa Supreme Court Applied Muniz Decision because is it now LAW! - Read this Leroy Spann decision. Even though its a concurring statement, it says they still have to applied Muniz Decision even though they dont agree! http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Supreme/out/concurring%20statement%20-%20affirmed-reversed%20-%2010321130522850710.pdf#search=%22sorna 2017%22
  • Happy, joyous and free August 16, 2017 at 4:01 pm on VA: Ex-con feels he’s being forced to re-offend, asks state to step inWhat I would like to know is how he got into this assisted living? I think it's the right thing for him. He is absolutely right that getting hired is next to impossible. I've been through that experience too much, especially when I have been the best qualified person for the job and to have several job offers rescinded. I pray that the best outcome is just around the corner for him. It was in 2006 or so when Virginia required posting employers on the website. Before that, finding work was far easier. Getting the Virginia Legislative bodies to undo the damage has been impossible, particularly when people like Senator Obenshain do their best to scuttle proposed legislation year after year. Facts about unemployment for registered citizens do not make a difference.
  • kind of living August 16, 2017 at 3:41 pm on General Comments August 2017@ AJ ,,, well I can see I have my home work cut out for me , I love to study things like this , because it at feels like I am making plans , as well as learning about places , The would is truly beautiful , full of secrets waiting to be discovered over and over again by someone
  • mike r August 16, 2017 at 3:35 pm on General Comments August 2017Nowhere did Trump say he supported nazism or the kkk or any hate group,, but as usual people put words in his mouth that he never uttered. He unambiguously stated he doesn't support hate groups and is against anyone that commits violence for any reason....I agree these groups are repugnant and disgusting but, that's a big but, they have a right to think whatever they want and to lawfully express their opinions...If they don't then who's next? Pro lifers, anti gay groups, black lives matter. Just out of curiosity where is your line that you think the constitution no longer applies.
  • mike r August 16, 2017 at 3:26 pm on General Comments August 2017WOOOOW RON< really....What's your reasoning behind all of a sudden you're done helping me Ron????I mean whatever but I am just curious....
  • Lovecraft August 16, 2017 at 3:15 pm on Are Sex Offender Registries Too Strict?This article is just....wow. An RC is getting kicked out of where he is staying by the doc, cant maintain a job anywhere because no business wants him to register there, and cant stay with family due to stigmatizing everyone. Then there is this: Mike claims an official told him to “‘re-offend and we can help you.’ That means going back to jail. That means I have to go back out there, commit a case to go back to jail. Just to have a place to stay,” he said. So I guess now we have an argument for reoffense rates being artifically inflated. Im sure no offical would admit to doing this, but if this doesnt show how messed up the situation is with the registry I dont know what does. http://m.nbc12.com/story/36144480/ex-con-feels-hes-being-forced-to-re-offend-asks-state-to-step-in
  • steve August 16, 2017 at 3:02 pm on General Comments August 2017I don't disagree with you that people have a right to say whatever they want...however Nazi's and the KKK shut not be supported, in any manner, by the President of the United States.
  • Ron to Mike r August 16, 2017 at 2:54 pm on General Comments August 2017Good luck, I'm done helping you.
  • DPH August 16, 2017 at 2:53 pm on Was judge in Palo Alto sex case swayed by fear of Brock Turner fallout?Now, we will have to wait to see what is the final for Mr. Ryan...sad the Judge may be relected and knows he's being watched and knocked -TKO - out the PD's and DA's agreement on the Plea Bargin. Interesting article from The Mercury. Worth reading more. I am SURE that they're individuals on here where the 'victim' has cried out Post the Facto when statements reflected in admittance of guilt for stating a lie about over 18 when they in fact where a minor here in Calif. But then nothing happens to that individual as they are no longer guilty. Why did she reach out for dating on a dating app if she is still going through Trauma from the last situation? Does this make any sense. Then reading about Mr. Ryan's activiities, if they are true, the DA always seems to inflate and the LEO's writing for cause of arrest to bump up crimes to stick when they are NOT fact is interesting. That's happened over the last decades too. Gotta ask for those valid ID's and DL's from the Victim prior to engagement. OH! Of course not from the police on the other side faking to lure folks (not just men) to fall to prey for the Victim? The decoy? Hmmm. Mr. Ryan did what was asked and then the fearmongering (with the judge's outcome for himself or what the Public Eye would see and ears hear about the final outcome, granting the Plea Deal, making the Judge look bad at what just happened last year when the Stanford stud. did behind the dumpster on campus, and left the state. Hmm
  • David Kennerly, The Irredemiably & Patently Offensive August 16, 2017 at 2:34 pm on General Comments August 2017Agreed! Although I hate the alt-right, too as well as the antifa totalitarians.
  • Registry Rage August 16, 2017 at 2:28 pm on General Comments August 2017In the days following the Charlottesville incident, lawmakers nationwide have gone on record stating "hatred should be rejected in ALL forms," yet they continue unabated to circle the wagon around Megan's Law and the AWA! Hypocrisy just died. Community notification = weaponized hate
  • kind of living August 16, 2017 at 2:20 pm on General Comments August 2017I feel envious for lack of a better word , of anyone that gets to really go and see places like this , but happy that some do it truly must be a great experience , I can only imagine the vibe , standing and viewing history foreign to my senses , much like riding a motorcycle across the US the first time , its a high like know other , , riding under the red wood trees and feel so small and smelling the pines and mist in the morning air , so going some place like Montenegro and many of the things there , like the caves , and the fossil beds , or just out fishing on a boat drinking ice tea meeting people that truly enjoy the simple things in life , good positive vibe is in high demand for sure , I wish everyone good luck with their days to come , we only live once in this circle I think , don't know for sure if we go on to another or not , so it just seems like we should enjoy life rather than the negative fall out of hate based agendas that are being pushed like dope to a drug addict , so travel to some where positive would be great meds for anyone in need of washing off the funky negativity that seems to stick like super glue to a persons spirt , lol
  • AJ August 16, 2017 at 2:10 pm on General Comments August 2017@kind of living: As David Kennerly mentions, there are a number of great places in the former Yugoslavia. You mentioned expense, but in truth a number of these places are *very* reasonable for living. You'd be surprised. He also mentioned Albania, which I have yet to visit (but have wanted to since before it was practical). Albanians LOVE America and Americans, and they also have some incredible Roman architecture.
  • mike r August 16, 2017 at 1:26 pm on General Comments August 2017Great observations Ron.. Fixed them all so far when you get a chance keep going....
  • mike r August 16, 2017 at 12:16 pm on General Comments August 2017you know alot of people are disgusted by those people who they don't agree with, kind of like the disgust they feel for us, but our people have paid with blood and treasure to protect everyone's right to express themselves and have their own opinions, what disgust me is that all these left wing high morality radicals are attempting to make all that blood and treasure spilt was in vain..thats disgusting....remember those people had a permit even and have every right to protest against the radicals trying to suppress speech and defame great American historical figures because they are offended..this is nothing to do with racism and even if it was , here's a news flash, even if it was, people actually do have a right to be racist if they want. that goes for blacks whites browns or whatever race it maybe.
  • New Person August 16, 2017 at 12:05 pm on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex OffendersA collection of sources identifying the registry is punishment is an important record of logging. Recall, the SCOTUS needs proof beyond a doubt that the civil scheme is, in fact, punitive.
  • mike r August 16, 2017 at 11:43 am on General Comments August 2017thanks Ron..I can use all the help and feedback I can get.I feel confident that I will prevail but a little encouragement and positive feedback as well as constructive criticism from people like you, AJ, and Chris goes along way..I haven't heard from Chris in awhile hope everythings ok...oh and Steve I'm not going to get in a arguing match right now over Trump and his so called racism. I will say this, I don't care what people are chanting, whether it is black lives matter or these white nationalist or muslims preaching the koram, this is America, every single citizen in this country has a right to their opinion and a right to express those opinions in a lawful, peaceful way. If they are not actually inciting violence or or creating a public panic like fire in a theater then they have a constitutional right to express themselves. I hear on all the media politicians should act on moral compasses and not on the letter of the law and Trump supports kkk or racism, NO politicians should uphold their oath of office and abide by and bow only to the constitution of the US not some moral standard some faction of the country wishes.I think its really really refreshing to see someone stand up and say enough is enough, we are a country with laws based on a constitutional republic not on a high moral democracy. I myself think they are going to far removing statues of great generals like Robert E. Lee whose spirit of American patriotism and courage should be celebrated and not tainted by some faction of the country that are offended because they don't like what he stood for or fought for.Like Trump said "who's next Thomas Jefferson, George Washington" hel... might as well remove every statue except Abraham Lincoln's statue, oh wait he was a slave owner, tear it down..I hope Trump stands his ground under all this media pressure because it gives me a little hope that we maybe able to preserve our constitutional REPUBLIC and not regress into a plutocratic democracy or oligarchy.we are a nation of laws not of men...
  • Harry August 16, 2017 at 11:20 am on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex OffendersThe reality is that every kid has done some type sexual exploration on another kid, hence that every kid can end up on the registry.
  • Edward Bronston Jr August 16, 2017 at 10:57 am on Are Sex Offender Registries Too Strict?The registry is cruel and unusual and enacts double jeopardy for the sole purpose of allow different agencies to abstract sanctions on individuals who committed one crime. Furthermore jurisdictional challenges of the registry also can be challenged in regards is it federal or state if it's federal how can they impose sanctions for a state offense if it's state how can another state governor another state's sanction i would love to be apart of this movement 9377272728 i which to speak with someone who is in the position to bring about change not only against the registery but all laws unconstitutional weather civil or criminal thanks for creating a page to give me voice
  • steve August 16, 2017 at 9:17 am on General Comments August 2017Ron 2nd paragraph 3rd sentence "believe"..jk
  • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy August 16, 2017 at 8:35 am on General Comments August 2017Montenegro and Croatia are very lovely, indeed. I like all of the former Yugoslavia, as well as Albania.
  • steve August 16, 2017 at 8:11 am on General Comments August 2017This is not about freedom of speech this is about people standing up to VILE hate groups. Mike, did you happen to her them chanting "Jews will not replace us" That type of speech should be fought and challenged whenever it rears it's ugly head. And now, the president has given his thumbs up to Nazi and KKK rallies. Why don't you go back and see what George Sr. had to say about this same thing. Trump is a moron and there is nothing good about him.
  • steve August 16, 2017 at 7:59 am on General Comments August 2017David Duke is proud too...
  • Robert Curtis August 16, 2017 at 7:49 am on AL: Teacher Accused of Sex with Students Gets Charges Thrown Out as UnconstitutionalAny victory for someone wrongfully accuse of a sex crime is highly valuable but the gender question does hang in the air...What if it was a male teacher would it had been handled differently?
  • kind of living August 16, 2017 at 5:33 am on General Comments August 2017@AJ,,,, I looked around some of the area and it looks great , many places that I would love to see as well as the fam , I plan on researching more on it , very interesting "area" , looks like a killer places to check out ,Montenegro looked really nice , give me water and a boat and I am set , but I am also a big time cave fan as well and their every where around that coast under water as well as dry caves , I bet it cost more than I have made in the last 30 years to trip/ live there lol , guy like me dreams of living in places like that , fish being a great food source and restaurants must be something else , well that being said I am hungry , and the only trip I have to make now is to the kitchen ,lol
  • kind of living August 16, 2017 at 4:05 am on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex Offenders@ C ,,, great points all of them , I feel every word and so did my wife , we applaud your strength , and strait foreword thinking , what ? go after the very criminals that keep this cycle of pain and shaming going , never done since the Nuremberg trials ,
  • kind of living August 16, 2017 at 3:15 am on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex Offenders@ David ,,, great comment ! and thank you for the name of the doctor so I may study more in depth ,, because I was wondering about the people that so often fall between the cracks that don't develop the same as others for what ever reason or age ,
  • kind of living August 16, 2017 at 3:02 am on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex Offendersas an adult on the registry for a good many year , my kids / wife are on the registry that have committed no crime , not only damaging to the adult but the family as a whole , I know you feel this being a parent , because our children deal with much the same stigma as a child on the registry for a crime , "the problem ? the registry as a whole dose no good for anyone , am I anti police ? No , am I anti law ? NO , I am anti Bad policing , and Anti Bad unconstitutional laws , and putting kids on any registry for any reason is not only bad law , but it is plain for all to see that these laws are not put in place for the reasons that are pumped into the walleyed public that "most" are no victims at all , NO they by far are mostly people that want more drama in there live that's hands on rather than watching life time and Nancy Grace with her pin headed hate slanted / victim grooming saint hood , not ever talking about treatment , or forgiveness , or how the "Victim" can move on , I would give 100bucks just to peak in her closet , she is just like the rest of the fools pushing this agenda of punishment as opposed to treatment based ideals for children and adults to help not just the victim but the persons they will turn into victims because of the system not willing to open the doors to preventive treatment so the cycle can prevent , and even reverse this very troublesome problem , some one on here pointed out a program in Germany that people could go into with out even fear of prosecution , and the results are very interesting to say the least , but our country is focused on punishment /prison , even our kids ! the very ones they say they are trying to protect , well that's not working ,, crime as a whole is rising , our opposition stand out with signs with rabid hate unchecked in their arm chair rally's in front of courthouses , unchecked with nice warm secure housing and jobs , and most of us poor" lucky if we even have a roof , we need to pull together and grass root organize and not only put our message out as well as not make it so easy for our opposition at there chicken crap rally's spreading hate and swaying courts out come for fear of loosing votes , many of us and our family's are votes too , so go figure if our numbers are big enough we might really get the ball rolling in the right direction of not only ending the registry but push a message on humane tactics of handling the issue of the registry and working on ways to help all , rather than creating more victims on a never ending cycle of punishment , never helping anyone , they are not helping anyone with negative grooming of "victims" rather than helping them with coping , and why stop at helping the victim , why not help all , "open the door" to people that "may" / could / or did a crime and was not cot at least it shows their intent not wanting to crime , its better than most ways law uses intent ,,, do we want to arrest the person ? or the crime / problem? all kids are subject to be affected in one way or another by the registry , in no way is it positive ,
  • Ron to Mike r August 16, 2017 at 1:55 am on General Comments August 2017THIRD CLAIM Section 4- "Here are just a small portion of laws targeting where a registered person may reside, work, recreate or be physically present at and this is only at the state level, not mentioning all the different local laws and ordinances." This sentence doesn't flow right to me. How about "These are just a small portion of laws targeting where a registered person may reside, work, recreate or be physically present at the state level, not including all the different local laws and ordinances." Section 5- "sufficient definiteness that" would a better word be "sufficient definitiveness that"? Section 7- "based on a past convicting" should be "past conviction"? Section 7- "and not actually being convicted" to perhaps "no longer having a conviction" Section 7- "but I bet the court" I wouldn't use that phrase, use "but I would assume the court" Section 10- It this a published opinion or just your opinion? If it's your opinion, I'd consider leaving it out as it does nothing to help you. Personal opinions do not help your case. Less words are always better. Section 11-15 should be totally rewritten since it is really one subject and at minimum your statements in Sections 11 & 15 are simular and should be combined. Section 16- "such as though that are" should be "such as those that are" Section 18- "people who 6 decorated" take out the number 6 Section 19- "Public Park" not proper name, should just be "public park" Section 19- "I will sustain" how about replacing it with "I will abstain" Section 20- I would delete or add it to another section. I understand that some of your words, phrases or sentences are copied and pasted from other briefs or opinions, however I hope you realize that not all of their words or grammar have been used correctly. Although you belive that you're "going up against the most powerful, experienced and talented attorneys and organizations in the world", I'm not sure that is or will be true. Also keep in mind, some laws (that were also reviewed by attorneys) have failed just on the basis of punctuation. I would also expect since you are pro se, that the first person reviewing your petition for the court will be not be a senior lawyer. They must have at least a couple of layers of law clerks that review and submit notes and opinions before any case gets a formal consideration for review by the judges. Both State and Federal Courts get far too many petitions for the actual judges to review each case without a prior review from their staff. The job of the court's staff will be to find ANY legal reason to deny your petition. Don't be in a hurry to file this since you are at a disadvantage by not having a review by a competent attorney. I'm stuck at THIRD CLAIM, Section 20, for now. I'll post more tomorrow hopefully.
  • Q August 16, 2017 at 1:00 am on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: Police"Would be nice to see a story or two or more like that showing a good thing happening despite the RC label" That wouldn't generate clicks or sell newspapers. So I really don't see that happening anytime soon.
  • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy August 15, 2017 at 10:02 pm on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex OffendersThe question is "is it more damaging to kids to be on the Registry than adults?" and I think it almost certainly is but, on the other hand, if the question is "are the people who would put adults on the Registry less cruel than those who would put kids on the Registry?" (although usually the same people) and I think the answer is "maybe a bit but not much." They're pretty much the same cruel, petty, ignorant and vindictive people and their sadism cares little for the ages of their victims. Unless they're completely stupid then they will realize that their willingness to torment the very class of individuals they purport to be so concerned with (kids) gives lie to their stated motives. If they possess this level of sophistication and self-awareness then they may take a position limiting the damage or duration to which the child Registrant is subjected although their motives may well be more for reasons of public relations than for genuine human decency.
  • Timmr August 15, 2017 at 9:03 pm on General Comments August 2017Do statues have inherent rights now? How did cold pieces of metal and stone get rights before us. Incredible.
  • Timmr August 15, 2017 at 8:40 pm on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceYeah, many therapists treat us like carbon based robots that had a malfunction and simply need to be reprogrammed. See child. Leave the area immediately. Affirmative.
  • mike r August 15, 2017 at 8:26 pm on General Comments August 2017absolutely Ron..I want this to be as perfect as possible..thanks...
  • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy August 15, 2017 at 8:17 pm on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex OffendersWhat they don't tell you is that life experience is crucial to DEVELOPING the prefrontal cortex and so this idea that we infantilize adolescents as a means to protect them from experiences which we imagine to be outside the capacities of a fully-developed prefrontal cortex (sex is that "danger" which most find especially convenient to castigate in the more pop psychological and dumbed-down version of the theory) may, in fact, be STULTIFYING a crucial phase of neurological development. What they are arguing for is no less than stunting normal human development in a way which, not coincidentally, conforms with their own cultural prejudices born, not from science, but from superstition and religion, except that now they can point to science and say "See! That's why you can't have sex!" We should not fall in to this trap. My thanks to Dr. Robert Sapolsky of Stanford University for pointing this out.
  • Timmr August 15, 2017 at 8:16 pm on General Comments August 2017Hey, the public does not matter. They are pawns. The police held back as the Alt rightists trapped people in a church and engaged with anti-fascists with blows. There were no rules enforced to keep peace. When a registrant is killed by one of these white supremacists, the courts parse out the most lenient sentence possible. They stand back in tacit approval. Inaction speaks volumes about who our government supports.
  • The Unforgiven August 15, 2017 at 6:59 pm on General Comments August 2017My bad. "..the list of presidents and other influential men who helped shaped this country were slave owners." should be "there is list of presidents and other influential men who helped shaped this country who were slave owners."
  • The Unforgiven August 15, 2017 at 6:42 pm on General Comments August 2017Thank you! I'm not on the Trump crazy train but yes, the list of presidents and other influential men who helped shaped this country were slave owners. In all honesty, our money should be upcycled starting with George, the very first one. If you want to talk about blatant in your face racism pretty much daily, there it is. How has the pc police not gone there yet? This is probably off topic for this site, so I apologize but certainly the state of affairs is worth thinking about.
  • Ron August 15, 2017 at 6:23 pm on General Comments August 2017To Mike r, these are minor Type-O's I found, you may want to fix these; INTRODUCTION: Section 7- "( if any)" added space between parenthesis and the word if "(if any)" Section 25- "that an in-person" 2 spaces between words "an in" instead of 1 Section 27- “narrowly tailored to serve a compelling government interest. missing end quote Section 34- "burdensome and impossible" 2 spaces between words "burdensome and" instead of 1 Section 34- "laws;;" 2 semicolons added instead of 1 Section 38- add freedom of religion to your panoply of protected rights (ie. churches with day care) PARTIES: Section 10- "are to extensive" should be "are too extensive" FIRST CLAIM: Section 3- "have repeatable found" should be "have repeatedly found" Section 3- “sex offender. missing end quote, should be “sex offender". Section 9- ‘Megan’s laws’, should be quotes not apostrophe and law capitalized "Megan's Law" Megan's Law is a proper name and 's should not be used as it is one law, but with many rules. You may want to search and replace your many uses of "Megan's law" with "Megan's Law". You have used 'apostrophe' many times when you should be using "quotes". In English, it has two jobs: To show where one or more letters have been left out (as in the abbreviation (contraction) of do not to don't). To show the possessive case (as in the cat's whiskers). Section 14- “An Alaskan “avenger,” I think you are missing a second end quote Section 14- "flesh out" I'm unsure if this is proper use of this word, I'd use "obtain" SECOND CLAIM Section 2- what/who is "requires PHAs to deny" was it defined earlier or is reader expected to know what PHAs is? 2nd Section 6- "reports ( see also claim 4" added space, should be "reports (see also claim 4" 2nd Section 9- "other felons ,(or any" should be "other felons, (or any" I don't know if bringing these type-O's to your attention is helpful, but these are easy fixes. This is very time consuming so let me know if you want me to continue. I have not started past the SECOND CLAIM yet. I will continue at another time if you want.
  • Bobby August 15, 2017 at 4:31 pm on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex OffendersI agree, 18 is just a number they throw out there in my opinion, I seen on the news not long ago that our brains are NOT fully developed into we reach the age of 25 yrs old. I confirmed this FACT with my brother-in-law who is a doctor. So are thinking is actually distorted until our brains are fully developed. So again 18 is just a number the powers that be came up with to satisfy the masses, now when I graduated in '88 I was 19 only because of my birthday being on the 2nd of June and I graduated 10 days later, but again it's that magic number that is always brought to everyone's attention.
  • David August 15, 2017 at 4:17 pm on WA: Seattle set to prevent landlords from considering applicants’ criminal records@ Gralphr: Don"t forget convicted arsonists and those convicted of gun offenses. They're fine too. ...just not Registrants. Yeah, it's the usual sh#t.
  • mike r August 15, 2017 at 3:36 pm on General Comments August 2017I'm so proud of Trump speaking up against the leftwing radicals who think they have a right to suppress other's speech or opinions. Just like he said "whats next, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, they were slave holders so should we wipe them from our history and tear down statues?" the pc police are out of their minds..
  • AlexO August 15, 2017 at 2:32 pm on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex OffendersI feel what you're saying. I don't have kids but I have a young nephew who'll be starting school next year. I hate thinking that I'll have to miss at least several years of his events because of this "regulatory" BS. It's going to be hard trying to explain to him why I can't come every time he asks. Especially as he gets older and starts understanding more and more.
  • Michael August 15, 2017 at 2:28 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingIt's said that revenge is a dish best served cold. Many Americans are willfully ignorant, and they have an insatiable appetite for the registry now. It's scope and reach may be limited, but until society starts accepting the facts, it will not be going anywhere for the foreseeable future. ....
  • C August 15, 2017 at 2:11 pm on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex OffendersI agree with most of your comment, but you lose me at the idea someone is glossing over problems faces by adults on the registry. This article is about kids on the registry and why it's a bad idea. The whole rest of this site is dedicated to adults on the registry and related hardships. BTW - I'll bet it's a hell of a lot harder on a child than an adult for the same reasons I wish it could be me that's sick instead of my little ones when they take ill: I understand what's happening to my body and a lifetime of development has taught me how to cope, be patient and look forward to being well again.
  • C August 15, 2017 at 1:52 pm on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex OffendersIn reading this I had the horrible notion of my little boy, about to turn 6, being on the registry and ostracized at such a wonderful innocent age. In a way he and my daughter are ostracized without yet knowing it because we have elminated my participation in school events. Thank God, my closest childhood friends' kids are about the same age as mine and they are "besties". Today was the first day of school, the first day of many I will not share with them. It is heart breating to say the least. To think of my kids being on that web site? Forget it. They'd chase me to the ends of the earth before those government hacks come near them and I'd support the efforts of any parent who would hide and protect their children from such cruel insanity. To force anyone, especially children, to register is yet another indicator of just how screwed up this nation has become. We have completely lost our moral compas and lack a sense of direction and decency. Edit: It occurs to me that anyone advocating or engaged at any level of child sex offender registration should be charged with child abuse and punished accordingly. From the politician to the cop, from the web developer to the web host, they're equally guilty.
  • mike r August 15, 2017 at 12:06 pm on General Comments August 2017makes me a little nervous knowing I'm going up against the most powerful, experienced and talented attorneys and organizations in the world...thanks for all your support everyone ....
  • Good Samaritan law does not help August 15, 2017 at 12:04 pm on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceBy Good Samaritan laws, you can only call for help and not render it if you don't want to be liable under Good Samaritan laws because you are not a trained professional to render aid. Sad to be a bystander like that on the phone while others around you would be asking who is going to do what to be a hero and save someone. Of course each state is different under that law.
  • AJ August 15, 2017 at 11:24 am on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: Police@mot: What an incredibly sad commentary. In effect, laws would drown the child.
  • AJ August 15, 2017 at 11:21 am on General Comments August 2017@David: Yes, that irony wasn't lost on me, either. I do have to admit to experiencing a bit of schadenfreude (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schadenfreude) about the whole thing. But then I saw it for what it is: one side deciding their way is the right way. The "tolerant" are being wholly intolerant of a view in polar opposition to theirs. How is this any different than in totalitarian countries where they ID people in protests and imprison them? What makes it right to name and shame someone when you disagree with them? I don't care the topic, or how fringe the belief, it's wrong. If and unless someone is doing something illegal, which most the protesters were not, naming and shaming is wrong. There were people who had to quit their jobs because they were named. People fearing for their lives because they were named--and I'm sure there are a bunch of the "good people" saying, "turnabout is fair play." I recall the good old days when the expression, "two wrongs don't make a right," was used. Now, your wrong gives me the right to do wrong too, or so many seem to think. That only leads to escalation. We have it in politics (thus the "nuclear option" used in the Senate), we have it on the street (gangs killing more and more), we have it in religion, etc. Anymore, it seems the high road is the untraveled one and is viewed as weakness.
  • AJ August 15, 2017 at 11:05 am on General Comments August 2017@kind of living: Ah yes Bell v Buck. Good thing we've completely learned from that {insert sarcasm} and don't propose things like castration, either chemical or physical, of people. Thanks for the kind words. My belief of anomie isn't anything new; I think this country has been on an ever-increasing downward slide since sometime in the 1960s. The rate of decline seems to be increasing exponentially. If the tolerant, libertarian (small "L"), moderate, core that I believe still exists doesn't speak up and take charge, we're in for deep problems. Much worse than we're seeing now. The breakdown in law enforcement is already happening. Good policing happens when citizens contribute to the process (report crimes, bear witness in court, etc). That is eroding, in pockets that continue to grow, and that erosion is harmful to all of us. With an average ratio of 3.4 cops per 1,000 people (https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/police-employee-data), there simply cannot be effective law enforcement (i.e. enforced civil norms) without citizen involvement. Toss in the political side of things and the way we all seem to live in echo chambers, only listening to views that support our own, and things only get worse. As for countries other than here, there are many that just like to be left alone on the world stage. Some of them right in our back yard (I've always found the Dutch to have done a good job of colonization), others near or along the Mediterranean (especially the eastern Adriatic area). Anyway, that's not happening for at least a few years due to various circumstances, but it's definitely in my thoughts.
  • Stephen King August 15, 2017 at 10:53 am on Are Sex Offender Registries Too Strict?I am a tier 2 registered sex offender I find that the sex offender registry is in violation of someone's civil rights it gives out personal information for any Identity Thief who wants to get your identity along with people who want to bully you and harass you and threats that I have received are numerous. I pled Nolo contendere to one count of indecent assault which is equal to unlawful sexual contact the facts of my case were never revealed because the lawyer I retained was not a criminal trial attorney but was a Civil Trial attorney dabbling in criminal law so from the beginning I had no chance. They need to repeal the restrictions and the level of people that end up on the registries a level 2 as I am is no different than the level one the only difference is the charge. Since my release I've had no problems I've been openly gay my entire life and have never had any previous convictions nor any conviction since my release and no convictions will be in my foreseeable future. People need to understand that fear is lack of knowledge they should get better educated to know about what being on this list really is about.
  • The Unforgiven August 15, 2017 at 10:18 am on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceI am pretty sure that people with alcohol and drug related offenses have won the lottery and yet, I never hear about that in the news. Are they more deserving of having the money?
  • AlexO August 15, 2017 at 10:12 am on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex OffendersFor anyone that's not a Judge and a DA, it's definitely viewed as punishment. But it's the SCOTUS that we have to convince to see it like everyone else does.
  • kind of living August 15, 2017 at 10:12 am on General Comments August 2017Bell v Buck 🙂
  • The Unforgiven August 15, 2017 at 10:09 am on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceAs a human being, I would want to try to save the child but as a registered person, I would completely hesitate and can't say what I would do. During my time in counseling, I was told if I was in a public restroom, actually peeing at the stall, and a child walks in (meaning we were the only two in there), I should stop and get out immediately. This thinking lends credence to what @mot is saying. I also wouldn't want that one person to go ape sh*t crazy because how dare a sex offender pee where a child might pee.
  • JM of Wi. August 15, 2017 at 9:58 am on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceIn my SOT group, one of our members (a parolee) stood on his lot line when he got home from work and watched his child hurt & crying in his garage. His wife was his supervisor, was not home yet, his rules forbade contact with his own children. Even though his kids weren't his victims. (C P or a sting ). This non action was condoned by his PO--- He did a nice job. I am truly glad I was never in that situation. I also truly hope I never jump off a bridge.
  • Timmmy August 15, 2017 at 9:26 am on Was judge in Palo Alto sex case swayed by fear of Brock Turner fallout?At least mostly positive comments on the site against the judge, and against the "victim" who claimed numerous times to be an age of 20 years, and for the person being persecuted.
  • mot August 15, 2017 at 9:23 am on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceInteresting scenario you present; when I was going through my sessions after release that was proposed by the counselor to the group of RSO and we all said save the child. The counselor said NO do not save the child as you will be arrested and charged since you should not have been close enough to a child to see them drowning...I would save the child but then I am a person.
  • kind of living August 15, 2017 at 8:40 am on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: Police@Stephen ,,, , that was a great link , its even easy to leave comments , anyone that that's sad or in a pissed off mood don't go here because it will wreck your day , its very sad but there is a ton of info on there , lots of stuff to pick from it left me with the regulation my a$$ , punishment
  • David August 15, 2017 at 7:21 am on General Comments August 2017Really?? There's an uproar about white supremacists' names and information being posted on Twitter because they're being named and shamed. Really?? What about the US government posting names and information on individuals who have done their time and paid for their crimes?? No public outcry about that, huh??
  • Yes it will August 15, 2017 at 7:19 am on Are Sex Offender Registries Too Strict?Yes, yes it will, Harry
  • kind of living August 15, 2017 at 5:07 am on General Comments August 2017@ AJ . expatriate ,,hmmm , why leave? , our Gov't looks to be hanging by a thread , and our cultural breakdown has been broken for many years , matter of fact the more one reads history can plainly see that in Bull V Buck and many others that seemed at first glance some mistake in medical teaching or a few people feeling they should be placed above the simple folks , but no its much deeper that that and much more sinister , as it has been ,, always an incremental power play to rule over the mass's as dictators , only losing because of elites being out numbered by some mass of people and their out cry , the "social breakdown" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/social_breakdown_thesis is always pushed by the powers that be , the fascism can be traced to close descendants of many of the people that are in our Gov't right now and the system we live under will not be fixed , its easy to see why our Justus system drag their feet on what is plain as the nose on their many faces in the constitution , punishment is part of breaking down the people that adds the need for more laws to justify the need of more power , I hope you never leave AJ and stand with us , you have a great mind with much to offer , besides the way things are , places in the world that are better are becoming fewer by the day it seems , good luck in what ever you do Bro!
  • Jtc August 15, 2017 at 4:24 am on Petition Challenges State Department RegulationMargaret thanks for reading IML. Hope he was able to email or fax Janice a copy of that importanat denial 'doc'.
  • kind of living August 15, 2017 at 2:06 am on General Comments August 2017@mike r , thank you for your hard work and time , and thinking about all of us in hopes of saving us all from unjust laws that affect not just us but our familys that did nothing to have this punishment put on them even know they did no crime , good luck man
  • mike r August 14, 2017 at 9:44 pm on General Comments August 2017Also a huge THANK YOU to Janice and this organization for letting us collaborate on this site and giving us this platform...THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART....
  • mike r August 14, 2017 at 9:41 pm on General Comments August 2017you're incredibly perceptive AJ. I only wish everyone had common sense and came close to understanding our country's perils and life in general. Have faith man I'm filing this week..I don't know exactly what procedures follow filing so if you are aware of what or how I should prepare I'm all ears...
  • ReadyToFight August 14, 2017 at 8:55 pm on General Comments August 2017@mike r, That's awesome dude. Give em Hell for All of us please.
  • ReadyToFight August 14, 2017 at 8:49 pm on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: Police@Timmer. Well put.
  • Josh james August 14, 2017 at 8:41 pm on ACSOL’s First Phone Meeting is August 12 [updated with recording]Listened to the call. All the way from Missouri. Thanks for speaking up. I have written my statesman and govenor. I hope it makes a difference.
  • Timmr August 14, 2017 at 8:26 pm on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceImage what you would do if you saw a child drowning and no one was around. Would you dive in and save the child or even go and ask for help. in either case you may end up guilty of something. I am sure everyone would say they would save the child or like to think so. Self preservation, though is quite a strong instinct. Laws that create such moral conundrums are evil.
  • TG August 14, 2017 at 8:22 pm on ACSOL’s First Phone Meeting is August 12 [updated with recording]Does anyone know when SB 421 will be heard?
  • mike r August 14, 2017 at 8:12 pm on General Comments August 2017Note that I had to change where I refer to lines ??? since I added and removed some material...so disregard those disparities.....
  • AJ August 14, 2017 at 8:09 pm on General Comments August 2017@mike r: Then it's a good thing I only made it through Part I this past week! I'll d/l it and pick through in the coming week-plus.
  • AJ August 14, 2017 at 8:08 pm on General Comments August 2017@mike r: How quaint and traditional of you to consider the Constitution more important than any one person or credo. Anymore, the only thing that's right is what (generic) I say, and everything that (generic) you say is wrong. I've said it before, both on here and to friends, this country is in the early stages of anomie (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anomie & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anomie). People often claim we're headed for anarchy. No, we're not. The government is still in existence and will remain so, most likely. But with anomie, cultural, social, and moral norms break down. That's what we're facing: societal and cultural, not governmental, breakdown. Pretty scary stuff if you think about how it can play out. That's why once my life situation allows, I'm gonna be expatriate-AJ. Lots of places in this world that are wonderful, kind and reasonable.
  • Timmr August 14, 2017 at 8:07 pm on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceHe could have had an issue not even related to the registry, but, of coarse the registry does nothing but add maggots to rotten meat. I haven's yet heard where the registry has even done anything good for anyone, it seems to make victims more afraid and reactionary, offenders destitute and give bigots a free pass to be obnoxious. It does seem to be a boon for politicians and their whores in the news media, though.
  • Timmr August 14, 2017 at 7:59 pm on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceYah, if the sex offense itself didn't break up the family, the registry will finish the job.
  • AJ August 14, 2017 at 7:45 pm on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex OffendersHow can registries be cruel and unusual punishment for juveniles if they are not punitive? Last I checked, the governmental bodies all claim it's merely civil. Civil is not subject to cruel and unusual punishment scrutiny. I so hope some judge holds it as cruel and unusual punishment...because then we're at least all agreeing it's punitive!
  • AJ August 14, 2017 at 7:41 pm on Are Sex Offender Registries Too Strict?I agree that the mere mention of "punitive" is helpful to our cause. As more hear the truth about recidivism; the truth about the major threat being within the family, friends, etc.; the truth about the overwhelming, undisputed harm the registries cause our society; and the truth that even the government itself finds the registries ineffective, the public opinion will change. Public opinion is indeed shifting. Politicians follow public opinion. I don't know that means anything will be repealed, but perhaps fewer new laws will be enacted. Perhaps. But yes, it is only going to be resolved by SCOTUS. Thankfully they have many cases at hand to use (Snyder, hopefully Muniz, plus a couple others petitioned). I strongly feel they will find in our favor.
  • Harry August 14, 2017 at 7:38 pm on Are Sex Offender Registries Too Strict?I agree, however, the more it is mentioned it will become a household, word even at the courthouse.
  • New Person August 14, 2017 at 6:57 pm on General Comments August 2017only problem is the registry needs to be proven beyond doubt that it is punitive. That's a weird concept. The SCOTUS believes all laws are civil first. It seems asinine to believe all people are angels and will act accordingly. The founding founders didn't believe all people are angels nor make the correct decisions, which is why they designed the government to have checks and balances. That's the hump you have to get over... how to prove it is beyond a doubt punitive? Look at California. All these new laws go up b/c of two things: 1) the guise of public safety from 2) high recidivism amongst ALL registrants. Remember, we're treated as one class.
  • New Person August 14, 2017 at 6:51 pm on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex OffendersFrom the article: ===================== These studies provide a sound empirical basis for concluding that juveniles are less blameworthy for their criminal conduct than adults, and thus less deserving of the harshest punishments. ===================== Harshest punishments is alluding to the registry. Again, is the intent civil or punitive?
  • Need courts understanding August 14, 2017 at 5:36 pm on Are Sex Offender Registries Too Strict?Until the courts agree with that, especially SCOTUS, it will take the masses to continue to drive that thinking about punitive.
  • 18 and life as the song says August 14, 2017 at 5:35 pm on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex OffendersInteresting people still think at the magical age of 18, everything is all adult and no longer child, yet adult can go under 18 or well beyond 18 depending on the person. Science does not agree with 18. 18 is based on schooling, nothing more or less.
  • mike r August 14, 2017 at 4:59 pm on General Comments August 2017Alright you guys I am done.. I am not making any more changes unless you can see an obvious flaw..go check it out and let me know what you think... http://mllkeys20112011.wixsite.com/mysite It's time to bring about the change we all deserve........
  • Gralphr August 14, 2017 at 4:54 pm on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex OffendersWhile it is indeed horrible that they want kids on the registry, is it any worse than making adults register, possibly for life, only to be be harassed for the rest of their lives? Is it right to have such draconian laws to the point of where the families of said offenders face banishment due to something out of their control? Is it right to continue punishing a man in his 60s for a mistake he did when he was 23? You don't have to bring up children on the registry to see its cruel and unusual punishment for everyone regardless of the age.
  • Frank August 14, 2017 at 4:32 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilJanice, Thank you so much for protecting us from the ignorant fear mongers.
  • Harry August 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm on Are Sex Offender Registries Too Strict?"...surveillance and restrictions far more punitive..." The word 'punitive' is showing up more.
  • AlexO August 14, 2017 at 4:14 pm on Cruel and Unusual: The Case Against Registering Kids as Sex OffendersRegistering kids is certainly cruel. They either don't really understand what they did is wrong, or in the cases mentioned in the article, didn't really do anything wrong, and absolutely would not have been aware that what they did would be frowned up to this level. But lets not gloss over the fact that the same issues these kids are effected by equally translate over to adults having to register. Being 18+ at the time of the offense certainly doesn't make things any easier to live life. For a nation that hangs its hat on how just it is, we certainly has a lot of cruelty directly backed by the government.
  • The Unforgiven August 14, 2017 at 11:55 am on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: Police"Actually, no." ...what? Sounds like you agreed and/or further proved the point.
  • mike r August 14, 2017 at 11:28 am on General Comments August 2017You know we already have a name for what I am talking about, It's called beyond a reasonable doubt standard. Shouldn't our constitution have deference to at least the same standard as a citizen has. I believe the constitution is much more valuable to this country then any individual or even groups of individuals. What do you think about that idea AJ ???? Pretty sensible isn't it????
  • mike r August 14, 2017 at 11:20 am on General Comments August 2017I hate to say it but the scenario that I described with a unanimous decision by scrotus to uphold or strike down laws is the only way this country is going to avoid civil war..We know the powers of the elite will never relinquish power like that so it's coming. It might be next year or next month or ten years from now but it's coming man if our gov. continues down this self destructive path..I am sure if anyone thinks about my idea as more then just some crazy idea the unanimous scrotus court would solve almost every issue in this country..Think about...it isn't going to happen but that's how my crazy mind works. See a problem, fix it with the most obvious solutions..
  • New Person August 14, 2017 at 11:09 am on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceThat's a very good question. I'd like to know the number of suicides as well. Then maybe do a comparison to other sets of convicts. Very curious about it.
  • Stephen August 14, 2017 at 11:07 am on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: Policehttp://congress-courts-legislation.blogspot.com/search/label/Suicide%20-%20Sex%20Offenders
  • mike r August 14, 2017 at 10:58 am on General Comments August 2017well said AJ and David...everyone has a right to speak their views whether you like it or not..as long as they are not inciting violence or panic such as fire in a movie theater yes..I go even further by standing by my comment that it is the police's and gov. official's job to protect them against the radicalist that are trying to silence them through violence or confrontations. its a hard call to determine who actually is at fault for the violence and even though both groups have a right to assemble and protest or speak it's almost common sense that the protesters trying to silence speech are the ones that are actually inciting violence just as they did at Berkeley and Portland ect. this may shock you but with your example I can't say who I would side with because they probably won't post it but I can tell you our country's out if control tyrannical government who thinks they can police and inject their political views and moral turpitude across the globe and attack their own citizens like they are with us isn't something that I support..remember our second amendment right was to protect ourselves or our fellow citizens from a tyrannical government who thinks they can act eith impunity without any consequences...I will just leave it at that...
  • Gwen August 14, 2017 at 10:44 am on CA Write-In Action Alert by Sept 1: Guidelines for writing in support of Prop 57 applying to registrantsAnonymous Nobody - Just FYI I know of a first time ever incarcerated person, who is in prison and had no criminal record prior to this charge, and when you put there name into Megan laws or any registry they appear. And there place of residence list the prison they are currently in. Also, Orange County, CA DAs make sure to state that all sex offenders are to be listed 290 and it is put on everyone's court documents that they are to be a 290 Registered Sex Offender,effective at incarceration, whether or not the offense was non-violent. (unless you perhaps have higher contacts within the OC system - Such as the recent OC Sheriff convicted of having relations with a minor and the DA stated 2 years on the registry.) And having witnessed this first hand I feel that should start the clock ticking for time on the registry. Not at release from prison like the new tiered registry states.
  • My Life Ruined August 14, 2017 at 10:44 am on General Comments August 2017I posted an in depth response but I don't think it's going to post. Yes, I registered my travel 6 weeks in advance. Colombia sent a notice to CBP saying I would not be admitted into Colombia and CBP said they were preventing me from going all the way down there just to have to come back as it was pointless. CBP said they were doing me a courtesy and claimed they didn't even know my situation.
  • kerry August 14, 2017 at 9:28 am on Survey – International Travel after IMLWhen you give 21 day notice, just tell them your relocating to where ever. They will send a notice to that country. Once in Europe, you travel country to country under the Schengen rules with no border crossing guards. You don't have to give them an agenda. (that is only for sex offenders who are registered in a jurisdiction that requires registration. Most countries in the world do not.
  • kind of living August 14, 2017 at 8:56 am on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: Policewining the lottery would be great ! standing there smiling knowing people would be wondering if I was going to buy the whole dang block where they live on ,lol , or build a place just for RC's to live happy as close to normal life's as possible , open a company to help put citizen's to work , just sayin it would be great to be able to rub haters noses in it all , and they having to watch protest on there street on TV every day! lol i had 7 lotto tickets riding on one lottery that at the time was over 100 million for days and days
  • Gralphr August 14, 2017 at 7:37 am on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceExactly. Theres been incidents where sex offenders have won the lottery and it was brought up even though the crime happened decades ago.
  • kind of living August 14, 2017 at 7:01 am on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: Police@ Timmr ,,, it kills me how these self serving cop/news monsters stand around popping valiums washing then down with a Perrier , and make these harsh decisions with no thinking of the fact that this was an 81 year old man with family that will have to wear the funk that they spray out of their fat mouth , only thinking about what slant they can put on what was obviously a very tormented citizen that no longer wanted to live , yet they think only of the money spin , or slant things so they look like hero's in the eye of so called fans that are nothing more than walleyed robot trained haters , lapdogs to unchecked bully's aloud to run amuck and carry out their sick judgment on even the dead , at some point we need to pull together and get in some faces , this story makes me so sad because of what he must have been feeling before he jumped , dying from a never ending broken heart , it reminds me of how it must have felt to have been a native watching many of there own family die from starvation / small pocks , hopeless , and no one caring ,just hate , I don't care about his charge , respect and honoring his family and his will to die is what I chose to remember , as well as the hate these walleyed cow people are so willing to kick even know a person is dead from depression and repression put on him by unconstitutional laws
  • AJ August 14, 2017 at 6:52 am on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: Police@David Kennerly: How naive. Don't you know RCs have no time for revenge because they're all out cruising near playgrounds in old vans, asking kids if they've seen a lost puppy, all the while handing out ice cream--and maybe even candy bars with razor blades in them?
  • AJ August 14, 2017 at 6:40 am on General Comments August 2017@Ron: Yes, to their holding a rally espousing their views. All day, any day. The basis of our First Amendment is that even disfavored speech gets to be voiced. The SCOTUS case about it, by the way, was for the IL Nazi Party...in a "predominantly Jewish community, [where] one in six residents was a Holocaust survivor or was directly related to one"...just 30 years after WWII ended (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Socialist_Party_of_America_v._Village_of_Skokie). The old quote, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it," applies for me...though seemingly not for our society anymore (see: Charlottesville, Berkeley, Portland, etc.). Ron, are you in favor of only letting speech with which you agree and support to be voiced? If so, to me you're more dangerous to my life and liberties than any ISIS, Nazi, or white-supremacist rally.
  • ml August 14, 2017 at 5:58 am on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceI wonder are there any statistics on suicide by RC's? I am sure that the rate must be very high.
  • Frank August 14, 2017 at 5:33 am on Survey – International Travel after IMLVery good point.
  • kind of living August 14, 2017 at 5:03 am on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceNew News ,,,,if that ain't the fact . total truth in how many of the witch hunters thinking of the many stupid comments left on that article , they all ready have issues on where we are to be buried , or nursing homes , why not charge us after death , great 'comment new news'
  • kind of living August 14, 2017 at 3:38 am on OH: Overhaul could drop thousands from sex offender registry@ Advocate ,,, hear you loud and clear, there are many people that took deals in the court and got some years in prison , and others that took deals for paper , all the same to me a deal with the court should be just that "a deal" a deal that should be honored and up held in all courts of the land , "and is not being honored" that's like getting a speeding ticket going to court and receiving a fine , then later on the court says well we are having a budget problem so lets pull all these speeders back in and give them a new fine that we can bill them each month for life , and post them on a web site making the crime of speeding look like they killed someone and laughed in the face some injured Child as they where being loaded in the ambulance , so the speeder would be shamed for life , when the fact is that it was just a ticket , or at the worst an accident as a result of speeding , the speeder would feel bad and go to a safe driving school in hopes of never inflicting any further injury , and move on in their life , only to be snagged up and put on the shaming list and allow the public to punish them , doing the dirty work of the chicken crap courts that claim to be constitutional , saying that its just a regulation claiming it cause's less accidents makes people safer , yet that not being the truth , to heck with the truth they say in their privet circle jerk its about grand standing / votes / money , pubic entertainment / fearmongering . grand masters of butchering the constitution to better suits the tyrannical Gov't always using some one that is easy to use propaganda to enslave a portion of its citizens for all to scoff at ,,,its is imbedded in history , yet here we are in the supposed free world of the USA being duped in the very same way as in history , we can see these laws spreading exponentially and the only way to stop this is to fight back , "if it just saves one" we have done our job , as we can see that people like attorneys like Janice are few , but all the same our generals that should be respected as such , but all generals need soldier's and we fit that bill , we need to unit in any way we can to better help each other but Janice and all attorneys that are on the same page as the constitution , and I "think" that unity in every way we can will help the most , I said "think" because that means I am open and not closing the door on any ideas that may be better , but I "think" as many of us that can put communities together to better help manage the best practice of organized protest , as well as educate one another , "and security" the organized protest should be a regular job , in practicing what we preach , its a big job , we have a legal team , we need to gather together as RC's and family 's and push these law makers back where they belong , to the unemployment line ! we need to make some stink happen that its not the same old propaganda we get in the news , I "think" we would at least be able to better manage the slanted propaganda as well as call these coward witch hunters out in well informed and well practiced demonstration's , I know we have some barriers in our way but I "think" this can be done ,, and "can spread" , its not even so much for "us" its for our offspring and there future . a positive place in history . money is an issue but once started and the ball rolling we might be surprised how many will contribute , go ahead call me a dreamer that's cool , but all the best things that the starry eyed people that came to this country were the dreams of being free , "I think"
  • New Person August 14, 2017 at 12:50 am on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceActually, no. There was a sex offender who did something heroic, but the city didn't want him a part of the ceremony. The article was something posted here. There was a video attached to that story as well.
  • Advocate August 13, 2017 at 9:45 pm on OH: Overhaul could drop thousands from sex offender registryNot to mention if you got probation it is not ever expungeable, marked for life even if you get off the reg! Lifetime punishment was not part of the deal!
  • Advocate August 13, 2017 at 9:37 pm on OH: Overhaul could drop thousands from sex offender registryI totally agree! It has caused more problems then solutions, like children on the registry! It was never supposed for children. I say 99% of teen agers are sexually active by the age of 13. The lawmaker hand out felonies for sexual assault like candy on halloween even when everyone involed said they gave conset, but they wrote the law to say a 14 and under cannot legally consent even when they do, but they face no consequences. Neither do the females who lie about their age for real, no consequences, they instigate situations, no consequences they should have consequences then things would change perhaps. It's about time they realize some of these young men should not have been charged in the first place, not only will no one rent to them, you now have homeless people on the rise in cities across our nation, they cannot pay taxes or support their families because its rare they find jobs, and they the lawmakers have now eliminated highly skilled people from the workforce, I am happy as crap to read this.
  • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy August 13, 2017 at 9:18 pm on General Comments August 2017Yes. We have a right to peaceably assemble and to express our views, regardless of what those views might be. That should be non-controversial since it is enshrined in our Bill of Rights, i.e. not open to debate. If we are not peaceable then we can be prosecuted. Speech is not the same as violence. It is necessary to distinguish between the two.
  • So true August 13, 2017 at 8:32 pm on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceSo true, Timmer, and the family will need to continue to deal for a while longer under the RC label before it fades, not that he was a loved family member.
  • Randy August 13, 2017 at 8:10 pm on Emotional Support Group meeting – Aug. 26 in L.A.Hello Janice! It was nice to meet you in St. Louis and enjoyed out intellectual dinner. As you are aware we have been working on our class action lawsuits (both in state and federal courts). This is an exhausting issue/debate; as attorneys have their opinions and plans to go about declaring part (hopefully large) of these Draconian laws unconstitutional. Although I have several questions we can discuss via the phone, my main questions to you and legal team are as follows: Should we look to past history and frame an argument declaring us as "Second Class Citizens" - and what standing would we have within the courts? States have Departments of Mental Health where a court can defer a defendant\client indefinitely. However they can petition the court for a conditional or unconditional release - considering these laws are "civil in nature" should we not explore the same remedies nationwide? We discussed the difference in Doe v Smith and current registry scheme and to define the obvious difference between the two; and providing evidence to the absolute harm inflicted on RSO's and their families (especially children) - should we focus on the children and spouses and their innocence? Considering there is a complete disregard for them to have a normal healthy life? Lastly, do you agree with a "separation of powers" argument considering we are one of the SORNA compliant states. And how would you approach that issue besides Doe v Snyder. Every state has statutes referring to the term rehabilitation. Should we not push the envelope in every state and have individuals petition the court for a declaration of rehabilitation? Not asking for relief from SO laws just that the court decree "rehabilitation". Then use that decree in future proceedings. Lastly, has anyone investigated or spoken with google or yahoo to remove content of a person without a court order; and openly tell them the damage done to innocent children, spouses, and RSO's? When we get our pleadings prepared we will need to ask the experts to testify to there research and empirical evidence. That is extremely important and would ask everyone for their assistance Thanks. Look forward in talking with you soon.
  • concerned registrant August 13, 2017 at 7:27 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLI am kind of surprised that no one has brought up the fact that "signing out" means you are signing out of "jurisdiction". That means you are no longer their responsibility, and YOU are no longer responsible to their jurisdiction. I see no way that any court would hold you accountable for registering every 90 days if you are out of jurisdiction.
  • The Unforgiven August 13, 2017 at 6:40 pm on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceI've thought about this and mentioned it to several people. If a sex offender were to save several people from a burning building, that would be the sensational headline. Not man/woman saves people from fire..it would be sex offender saves people from fire. I would even venture to say that 'grabs' would be used in place of 'saves'. Sounds better given the nature of 'those' people. Then everyone would freak out because a sex offender was near these people's fire and there could have been children there. Sounds funny and ridiculous but it's truth.
  • Frank August 13, 2017 at 6:14 pm on Survey – International Travel after IML@James I appreciate your help, it means a lot to me. I am sort of new to all of this and I'm not too certain on my states requirements. It's seem pretty lax to be honest. I just have to verify my address every 90 days by signing a piece of paper, no residency restrictions and no need to inform anyone if I leave the state though it is recommended. I have a BA in international studies and it was always my intent to study abroad and stay there, not it just seems that the hurdle is a little taller.
  • Timmr August 13, 2017 at 5:15 pm on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceMaybe I am being overly sensitive, but the fact is the his status as a registered sex offender was considered not sensitive information, before even his name. they had to get the permission of relatives before they could disclose that information. If he had relatives and I was one of them, I would not now give them permission to disclose his name, now that it is widely know he is a registrant. For what safety reason would the police disclose that fact to the press? What safety concern is there from a dead registrant. No the disclosure is all for the drama factor. We or our relatives don't own our information anymore. There is no privacy or respect, even in death.
  • Jay Jobees August 13, 2017 at 5:04 pm on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceMy 26 year old friend and roomate took his life last November in my home because he could not stand the thought of spending the rest of his life as a marked man. His crime? 21 year old college kid with a 17 year old girlfriend. Both families approved, the cop who saw them kiss in the park decided his life was worth nothing. I feel for this man.
  • Travel August 13, 2017 at 4:44 pm on General Comments August 2017Kerry / Stuck in FL- Seems unlikely for anyone from the USA to get into Bermuda since it's part of the UK system. Belize does seem OK at present. Aruba could be a good option and is very near Colombia. The 21 day notice of IML does appear to apply to all states independent of SORNA. Kerry, have you flown to countries outside of Europe? It seems the APIS for international airline passenger info (operated by the CBP) would tie into databases of those countries as coordinated by the USA. Those countries are here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance_Passenger_Information_System I would also guess living in Europe, you could still not get into the UK or Ireland(?)
  • Timmr August 13, 2017 at 4:32 pm on MA: Landlord to sex offenders in Ware, on registry himself, says safe home cuts riskNo, too fancy. I am thinking something on the Latino immigrant model would be the only way it would work -- keeping an eye out for each other, providing jobs and security on an opportunistic and ad hoc basis. Frankly, it is more of an extended family concept, but it is not going to happen.
  • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy August 13, 2017 at 4:26 pm on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceI think that the steady and unremitting drumbeat of injustice will be the undoing of the whole system and it shows the news media, particularly the sensationalist local t.v. news pseudo-journalists, in a very unflattering light. They're going for sheer numbers of viewers/readers but they're also showing themselves to be pandering, sensationalist and unethical. So, I am glad to see them displaying the fruits of their multi-decade campaign of shrieking hysteria. Also, it has to have occurred to the more intelligent folks out there that there has not been a single sex offender who decided to take out a prosecutor, a cop, a judge or a hysteria-campaigner before doing themselves in. Just how violent could we really be in missing such an obvious opportunity for revenge?
  • Timmr August 13, 2017 at 4:09 pm on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceQuite true. thankfully there are emergency response people who don't ask, "are you a sex offender", before deciding to save your life. Hopefully they don't succumb to the general corruption creeping through the civic benefit professions. The 4th estate has always been subject to corruption. Their minions who comment at the end of the article share in that moral impotence.
  • New News August 13, 2017 at 3:58 pm on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceUpdate on article: "Police were on hand to rescue the 81 year old man so as to charge him with being within 1200 feet of a public park. Once they recovered the lifeless body of this unfortunate soul they charged him with a Felony and remanded him to the county morgue awaiting a court hearing on said charge. His cadaver will most likely be remanded to the state prison for at least two years for violating the terms and conditions of of his sex offender status."
  • Ron August 13, 2017 at 3:33 pm on General Comments August 2017So you would also support ISIS holding a rally to support their views also?
  • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy August 13, 2017 at 3:26 pm on General Comments August 2017Please provide any further details as being pulled off of a plane in the U.S. prior to departure for reasons of not being admissible into Columbia (in CBP's estimation) is not usual procedure, from our experience. I'm not sure I've heard of this before except for one man, who was from a SORNA state (I think it was Michigan), who got pulled off of a flight at O'Hare and bound for Europe who was criminally charged with not giving advance notice. What did they give as a reason for being pulled from the flight? Were you detained and questioned for any length of time? Did you undergo a search? That seems very unlikely since you weren't reentering the U.S., though. What did they say? Please tell us more.
  • C August 13, 2017 at 3:13 pm on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceHow sad that the first two words in the headline are proven, surefire attention getters: sex offender. Not Grandfather Commits Suicide Or Retiree Leaps to Death Or Senior Citizen Drowns Or Police Attempt Rescue of Drowning Grandfather. Communicating the story and informing people has absolutely nothing to do with this article. Everything is about the headline amd getting eyeballs on the page to view the advertisments. Get the click-through rates higher to get your advertising rates higher. Journalistic integrity, if there ever was such a thing, is dead as the proverbial door nail.
  • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy August 13, 2017 at 3:09 pm on MA: Landlord to sex offenders in Ware, on registry himself, says safe home cuts riskYes, this would have been a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Broken-down old RVs parked in an oval across from Nancy Pelosi as well as Dianne Feinstein's old house.
  • Matthew August 13, 2017 at 3:08 pm on ACSOL’s First Phone Meeting is August 12 [updated with recording]Kind of scary that they are looking into ammend CP. Its not something I am proud of but was able to determine my shortcomings and reasons behind it. I hope it sticks to tier 1.
  • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy August 13, 2017 at 3:03 pm on MA: Landlord to sex offenders in Ware, on registry himself, says safe home cuts riskPerhaps things will change so much for the better that it will no longer be necessary. One can dream...
  • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy August 13, 2017 at 3:01 pm on MA: Landlord to sex offenders in Ware, on registry himself, says safe home cuts riskOur (my friend's and my) idea was to buy a motel so that a chain-link fence around it would not have been feasible. The idea was to keep it as a motel, at least until we managed to fill it the rest of the way up with Registrants. It is too bad we couldn't get it off the ground as it was a very good deal on a 60 unit motel in a very scenic locale but we couldn't make the numbers work with any less than four of us. And, of course, there WAS the issue of being harassed out of existence.
  • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy August 13, 2017 at 2:21 pm on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceI don't think that it is an unreasonable assumption that having to register as a sex offender is highly likely to play into one's decision to kill oneself. As for it being mentioned, it is clearly a good thing from our standpoint as it demonstrates the savagery of sex offender criminal justice in the U.S. It's also an opportunity for people to read the invariable comments written by blood-thirsty psychopaths cheering these appalling deaths on couched, as they always are, in faux concern for the "victims" as well as to hear, increasingly, from those who are challenging the wisdom of this system. It's also an occasion for people to ask themselves what principles they stand for when confronted with these realities.
  • Not Really August 13, 2017 at 2:13 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilGood finds, AJ. I like to try to find stuff that might help in court, and you may have.
  • Lovecraft August 13, 2017 at 1:54 pm on Sex offender housing restrictions: where the law, common sense and politics collideSomething to the effect of: "The city council reluctantly repeals the residency restrictions due to the overwhelming support the rc's have received from courts in surrounding counties. The council believes that the courts deem rc's consitutional rights greater than those protecting children from predators. Shame on the courts." Does that sound about right?
  • AJ August 13, 2017 at 1:46 pm on General Comments August 2017@mike r: Yes, Muniz importance cannot be understated. If PA appeals to SCOTUS, we get an answer; if PA doesn't appeal to SCOTUS, we get leverage. As far as the courts glossing over the studies and recidivism and such, I wonder how much of that is done out of deference and respect to SCOTUS as an entity. It's bad form to dis another judge or court, which is how that would probably be taken. Once (not if!) SCOTUS addresses and corrects the "frightening and high" lie, I think things will shift. Also, the courts are managing to find for us without even using that data, which only works even more in our favor for when the day comes that it is used. Most important to me is the courts, at least in Snyder and Muniz, point directly at offense-based tiers as being a significant element indicating punishment and/or unconstitutionality (and as I've previously posted, the tiers are something the USSG dodged in its amicus. Hmm, I wonder why they dodged it?). I think that if/when tiers are required to be risk-based, we'll also see a huge step back in who is required to register, etc. For one, it will become incredibly more difficult and expensive for the States to do the assessments. But I also think it will sap the energy out of the, "all RCs are pedophiles waiting to snatch children off the playground," frenzy and phobia. I do not think the registries will ever go away, though I do hold out hope they revert to LE-only or, at most, limited release akin to what a number of non-SORNA states do.
  • AJ August 13, 2017 at 1:07 pm on Home Compliance Checks@Frank: The legality of it is certainly debated, though from our eyes it's not. What is a compliance check? Good question. Is it reasonable suspicion? Doubtful, unless they have reason to believe you lied about your info during registration. Is it an administrative act? Doubtful, as the administrative act was done during re-registration. Based on how RC laws are getting scrutinized across the country, I could see these checks as being struck by a court. Unless you're on probation or parole, and your PO is involved, you have no obligation to answer the door or talk to the police. Even if you open the door, you are well within your rights (5th Amendment) to tell them you don't answer questions, particularly without legal counsel present, wish them a fine day, then close the door.
  • mike r August 13, 2017 at 1:02 pm on General Comments August 2017want to know an easy fix to our judicial a d even our gov. as a whole? Very simple, if the legislature or executive branches pass any legislation that encroaches on any type of liberties that it has to be confirmed unanimously by scotus to be constitutional or its struct down. if it is legislation that expands liberties then unless it is unanimously decided to be unconstitutional then it can go into effect..very simple fix and a path back to the original vision of the founding fathers...no individual interpretations or political views and no biased opinions. All gone...
  • AJ August 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm on MO: City Union Mission sues Jackson County sheriff over arrest threatsG4Change: I'd keep a close eye on the Pepitone case in neighboring IL (https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ILSexOffenders.pdf). It's pending before the IL Supreme Court. The case would seem to apply to what is going on in MO (punishing innocent conduct). The case would of course only be binding in IL, but it could be used as reference for a case in MO. But then again, from everything I glean about MO, it's no better than FL in its views on things.
  • pgm111 August 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceThis country is all about labeling everyone: young, old, gay straight, conservative, liberal, etc. That a newspaper would use the term "Sex Offender" in the headline is not a surprise. Better to attract attention to an otherwise sad personal story.
  • It bleeds, it leads August 13, 2017 at 12:50 pm on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceBecause it does not make much for a story otherwise if it was just an 81yr old gentleman who jumped to his death from the bridge. Have to find some sensational connection to draw readers, which in this case is his being an RC. If I was the family, I would be asking what happened at the cop shop when he registered since he leapt afterward. An RC can be a hero even, but the fact they're an RC would be included just because they can include it despite being irrelevant to the story. Can you imagine the brewhaha if that was to happen? Would be nice to see a story or two or more like that showing a good thing happening despite the RC label.
  • AJ August 13, 2017 at 12:46 pm on General Comments August 2017@My Life Ruined: I'm confused as to why CBP pulled you off the flight. Typically, RC or not, free citizens (i.e. not a fugitive, not under supervision) are not prevented from leaving the country. This is shown on a daily basis when people fly somewhere, then are rebuffed at that country's entry point, and are shipped back home on another flight. Did you perhaps skip the IML process? Something doesn't add up for me. There's gotta be more to your story than "CBP comes and pulls me off the flight." What reason did they give?
  • mike r August 13, 2017 at 12:35 pm on General Comments August 2017man another thing I need to vent. let me be clear I don't believe in racism or hate and violence but this crap how almost all the gov representatives news media and all these so called patriots are trying to in their own words "silence " or "prevent" these white nationalist from speaking in public forums their views is another bs crap..these guys have just as much a right to free speech as the black lives matter groups or the naacp or Muslim communities or any other races. I guess since our greatgrandfathers had slaves it means whites can't express their views or have white pride in their heritage lack blacks have black pride in theirs or other races having pride in their races..I for one am proud of my white heritage just as african Americans should be proud in their racial heritage. it isn't always about supremacy just because someone believes in saving their racial heritage from going extinct..what kind of world or diversification would we have if we lived in a completely homogeneous society? I condemn all violence and anyone that commit an act of violence should be prosecuted to the fullest extent however each and everyone one of us have a right to their own opinions and a constitutional right to express those opinions. these protesters don't like don't go listen and the police need to protect people even if they are disgusted by those people. you know it's kind of ironical that private citizens are the ones who are suppressing free speach and not the gov..of course it opens the door for gov. to do just that.. I hate it man..either denounce or fight against what they believe or your racists and therefore are subhuman..pc and the far left are out of control...
  • AJ August 13, 2017 at 12:34 pm on Survey – International Travel after IML@Frank: I agree with James about registration requirements. I would think there's no way you can be required to fly back to the US and re-register every 90 days. If so, there is almost certainly a lawsuit for abridging freedom of movement. Suppose instead of college, you decide to do an around-the-world trip that will take 12 months. You're not changing your permanent address, as you won't have one while on the road. You have your itinerary, supply it to whomever for IML requirements, and head out. Are you then required to fly back every 90 days? I would suspect not...but then again, none of the RC rules follow logic or common sense. I'd pose the global travel example to the local authorities and see what they say. Get it in writing if possible. Also, if your state only requires one party to know of recording, I'd also try to get a recording of everything.
  • AJ August 13, 2017 at 12:23 pm on Sex offender housing restrictions: where the law, common sense and politics collideThis seems to be a good piece for us, showing the idiocy, frankly, of the SD City Council. I'm sure there will be many citizens who will focus on how it's wrong that the court ruled as it did, etc., instead of accepting the facts and truth the court decided. If one accepts the court ruling, even if disagreeing with it, the 5 members of the Council look foolish. I'm guessing the Council will see the light and repeal before it actually heads to trial. Expect some sort of soap-boxing and grandstanding associated with it.
  • AJ August 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceThis article doesn't really serve anyone who reads it. Why make mention about his being a RC? Given the sketchy details, there is no apparent connection. That he killed himself, and that he did so shortly after registering, doesn't necessarily have anything to do with his having been a RC. Actually, I'd be more likely to think there's a connection if he did it while on the way to register or such. Definitely a sad story, but it seems to be a suicide that happened to be a RC, not a RC (rooted) suicide.
  • mike r August 13, 2017 at 11:52 am on General Comments August 2017Muniz is incredibly important like you have said. I just recently read it and its way better then snyder..it still doesn't go far enough in contesting the gov. or the courts assertions that there is conflicting evidence when it comes to recidivism rates...that is their way out and it can not be ignored and must be aggressively argued. there is no conflicting reports the all have the low absolute rates of recidivism and the under reporting or the competitive rates have absolutely no weight or bearing on these cases...we cannot let them brush or ignore these issues anymore..recidivism is a major, major, issue and we need to be perfectly clear with empirical evidence..I hate seeing that bs that there is conflicting reports or under reporting..those are further misrepresentations of the facts to the court and the court must apply even more strict scrutinizing of anyone trying to mislead the court and effect a informed and just decision by the court. it actually borderlines if not reaches a point to where it can be considered an obstruction of justice issue...that's criminal as we have all heard on the news lately..
  • Lake County August 13, 2017 at 11:51 am on General Comments August 2017Even if you live in a non-Sorna state, you should always give your 21 day notice. Until IML rules are finalized and gone through court challenges, it is not worth a 10 year jail sentence for a violation of IML. Even if your registration agency says it's not required, send them a registered letter with your travel plans.
  • New Person August 13, 2017 at 11:10 am on Are sex offender registries reinforcing inequality?Your reasoning leads its way to a retributive action after the fact. Surely falls in line with Snyder.
  • DavidH August 13, 2017 at 11:10 am on San Diego Sex Offender Residency Law Faces Uphill Legal BattleBy Golly! Do I read this lawsuit right??? Are we actually suing for damages the "Defendants" in this case the city council members who voted against repeal and some other unknown 1-10 defendants personally, as opposed to seeking attorney fees and other financial compensation from the city??? This has been my dream come true. To make the bastards who do these things personally liable! Only then can we give them pause to think about the consequences!
  • New Person August 13, 2017 at 11:01 am on WA: Seattle set to prevent landlords from considering applicants’ criminal recordsThe registry is not criminal because that means it is punitive. This is supposed to be a civil record.
  • Lake County August 13, 2017 at 10:36 am on General Comments August 2017Calling a Colombian attorney is a very good idea. Make sure you get a smart one that has previous success. The right attorney will know how to make an exception to the rules. If you and she love each other, perhaps marriage would help you in being allowed into the country. Find another country to meet her for marriage. But speak to the attorney before doing anything and make sure she can accept your registered status.
  • kind of living August 13, 2017 at 10:03 am on MO: City Union Mission sues Jackson County sheriff over arrest threatsgreat analogy , good numbers are an easy sell when it comes to $$$ in this case , and who your selling the numbers to , if its "performance rounds" for your DI the numbers need to be true for the best out come , "if its Gov't small or large" you play with the numbers for the best bang for their buck ,
  • AlexO August 13, 2017 at 9:32 am on WA: Seattle set to prevent landlords from considering applicants’ criminal recordsBecause they don't state anything as a reason. They either choose not to re-up the lease, or, if there is no lease, they simply choose not to continue doing business with you and give you a 60 day notice. All that is perfectly legal and doesn't require any reason. It's what happened to me when I lost my home of 20+ years.
  • kerry August 13, 2017 at 9:01 am on General Comments August 2017When you are an RSO, you must plan ahead to prevent your problem. You have to give 21 days notice unless you live in a non-Sorna state. You could have flew to Belize or Bermuda and then to Columbia without a problem. There are always solutions to the problems. What you did in the last 4 years has nothing to do with reality today. I live in Europe and travel all over the world. Good Luck
  • Won't report it unless solid, very solid, proof August 13, 2017 at 8:30 am on General Comments August 2017Not without solid evidence against them so they can sue in return for $$.
  • Numbers, man, all about numbers August 13, 2017 at 8:28 am on MO: City Union Mission sues Jackson County sheriff over arrest threatsReminds me of the performance bullets you need on your performance reports in the military showing how good you did with statistics and numbers, which we know don't lie unless they are manipulated by others in untrue ways. Good numbers helped promotions.
  • kat August 13, 2017 at 6:50 am on Sex Offender, 81, Jumps Off Joliet Bridge, Drowns: PoliceWould be interesting to know what was said or done to him while he was at the police station, unfortunately, we will never know. This is such a sad commentary on what "might" have been a consequence of having to register, and at 81 no less. So sad.
  • kind of living August 13, 2017 at 5:11 am on MO: City Union Mission sues Jackson County sheriff over arrest threatsthanks timmer , , I am not a new York timey kind of guy really ,lol but I have been trying harder , I read all of your comments and always find them extremely well laid out and very insightful , I am a fan of many on this site , again thank you for even looking at my comments ,
  • kind of living August 13, 2017 at 4:48 am on WA: Seattle set to prevent landlords from considering applicants’ criminal recordsFB and Tweet are the only options to be able to leave a comment , they pretty much just want to build a bubble around them selfs , I wish they would so not to infect even more people , I see what some are trying to say about people cooking dope in the homes , but their not going to be able to stop that by running some check on someone that's did their time and trying to become a productive member of the community , who knows maybe the Mr and Miss's fancy pants that have a fat bank account and great record could be doing all of the nightmare stuff they are talking about , same crap just a broader spectrum , and the city counsel trying to open a few doors , kind of strange being the city it has become ,
  • My Life Ruined August 13, 2017 at 4:04 am on General Comments August 2017I have a flight home. I slept in the floor of the airport. I told my Colombian girl what happened and why. She said it sounds stupid and doesn't understand why I can't come for something silly. The Colombians have never had any problems from me. I can only guess that since the US haven't suspended our passports yet, they made sure they wouldn't accept me. I'm extremely heartbroken and angry and sad. I'm going to call a Colombian attorney I know and ask for help clearing this up, but I doubt he can help me.
  • kind of living August 13, 2017 at 3:15 am on MO: City Union Mission sues Jackson County sheriff over arrest threats@ G4 Change , the kitchens , as well as many parks out in the state of MO were an issue for a good many years before there was any such thing as a registry in MO , RC's are just an easy target because of these laws, but when I lived / worked out that way the law enforcement was down at the kitchens looking for people with fines they could not afford to pay , as well as loitering if they could find nothing on them , ticket them knowing that many were homeless , became a really big problem , now with RC's it puts a face on the punitive way law enforcement likes to do things , always someone that has no way to fight back , and ensure the prisons / jails stay full and fines being stacked as high as the laws being past , good luck to any RC that lives out that way my heart go's out to all of them , but the higher courts is a real bad deal because no one cares enough or don't have enough money to get MO over the barrel and push them hard enough to start backing up , because the only way I know of out that way to get them to begin to revers them selfs is to cost them a lot more money , but it takes a bunch of law suits in the lower courts focused on law enforcement , as well as working on the higher court , not a lot of attorneys want to tackle law enforcement or the courts with out the money to back them , because it is sure to become a full time job fighting the good ole boy crew willing to wine and dine cops as well as attorneys , corruption with little over site
  • kind of living August 13, 2017 at 1:37 am on General Comments August 2017@ Lake County ,,, I have known some women over the years , ex girl friends , some just friends , one was a dancer that got busted having some coke in her purse and this cop put her in his car and drove off with her so some side street and did some crazy stuff to her , all of these women said the same thing , that they did not want to be marked / targeted by the cops , this go's for probation / parole as well , as I think I have said before in much more detail , anyway lake county your right that number would be much / much / much higher ,
  • James August 13, 2017 at 1:20 am on Survey – International Travel after IMLDear Frank: Here is the case you want: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sex-offender-wins-registry-dispute-in-supreme-court/ However, how this interplay's with the new IML is unclear to me...again, depending on your jurisdiction, I think you just have to check out...but I would cement this to the ground...by this I mean, work on it with your registering agency enough that you are in agreement on what is required. I know it is difficult to be pushy with the police, but this is their duty...be polite, but....not insistent, rather persistent. Hard as this may seem to actually do....you can do this. Though I am sorry you have such difficulties placed before you for no good reason. And yet, they are there...so take care of them. Best Wishes and Good Luck, James
  • kind of living August 13, 2017 at 12:47 am on General Comments August 2017sorry to here , travel is an issue even right here in the US , but please as a favor to your self listen to what I am going to tell you about relationships , always have your paper work handy before you proceed to next level so your out front pretty much out the gate , you will at least be able to save that person from hurt feelings , or trust issues , even anger , I would be willing to say a good many of us have had to walk away from what may have been a great thing , but being honest and strait for word is good practice , it also helps in finding out what kind of person your dealing with In many ways , I my self was in the mine frame of looking at prospect life partners , as "friends first" never over stepping the boundary's in tell I really felt I was talking to what could at least be a good friend , being honest with your self and friends are the most important when it comes to the topic of being an RC as well as everything else , others people its of course important to be honest , but I always looked at it that it was a need to know kind of thing while I am not for advertising , at some point one needs to think what being an RC may do to another's feelings / life , its hard every time , but necessary to save their feelings as well as your own , its one of the reasons its hard to make friends as an RC always feeling like you cant leave it behind , but this is a different day its stupid easy for people to just look you up on some web site ,honesty regardless of the out come will keep you being able to look your self in the mirror each day as a citizen , good luck to you and yours
  • Timmr August 12, 2017 at 11:58 pm on MO: City Union Mission sues Jackson County sheriff over arrest threatsYour wording may not be New York Times, but I read your comments for your insight and empathy.
  • Mark August 12, 2017 at 11:48 pm on Home Compliance ChecksAlso at times a crime is commited and everyone in an age range and race that match are visited. I can tell the triggered vs routine as the former is 3 cops at various distances, even one with a rifle, older pros. The routine check is a rookie trainee asking one question, "has anything changed" with another standing back a few feet. I expect a routine one once a year and the other once a decade. The weird part is neighborly gossip but cops visit one house or another from time to time and we don't assume to know why.
  • G4Change August 12, 2017 at 11:47 pm on MO: City Union Mission sues Jackson County sheriff over arrest threatsIf I'm understanding what happened in MO correctly: Several years ago, a couple of these restrictions were found unconstitutional as applied retroactively because of a clause in the state constitution that bans civil laws that are "retrospective" in their nature. Years before that the MO Supreme Court found all S.O. laws to be non-punitive and therefore civil. So, we came back and said, "Ok, since they're civil, you can't apply them retrospectively" and the liars in black robes agreed and struck down the residency and the Halloween law (for a couple of years). Then some guy got busted being present at a park. That specific law hadn't been struck down. So, that ended up going to the MO Supreme Court (to the liars in black) who then said, well, wait a minute, the park law is a criminal law because it is specific-offense-based. In other words, the park laws and all the others they are now passing apply to those convicted of specific offenses instead of "Anyone required to register." They compared it to the ban that prevents felons from owning guns. Nice, huh? So, the liars in back robes fell for it and upheld the "Park Ban". This is what led to the big bru-ha-ha a few months ago about them trying to apply the GPS requirement retroactively. The MO Supreme Court likes to move the goal posts to their liking. And, yet again, the MO ACLU doesn't seem to give a crap about RCs anymore. That's my best summary of what's going on in MO. You people in CA should THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS that you have Janice, Chance, and all fighting for you. Because MO has NOBODY! The ONLY thing that will help MO would be a federal circuit court ruling that covers our area or SCOTUS. Other than that, we are left out in the cold to die in MO.
  • Timmr August 12, 2017 at 11:38 pm on WA: Seattle set to prevent landlords from considering applicants’ criminal recordsThere are say 400+ something comments from landlords saying what a bad idea this is, and not for the reasons we like. Does anyone feel like commenting there? I am for some reason having a hard time thinking of something to say.
  • Civil rights first August 12, 2017 at 11:31 pm on WA: Seattle set to prevent landlords from considering applicants’ criminal recordsHmm..... If you run a criminal background check on me it comes back clean.... 20 years ago was my last criminal offence..... But the registry isn't punitive it's civil.... So how does a civil notification get one denied housing.... It's that wink wink BS.... It's civil (Wink wink) not punitive. The last background check I had done on me was when I got my last job.... Nothing came back on the criminal background but a short sentence saying potential match on the registry.... Tell me why that comes up in a background check...... Because it's flipping punitive that's why!
  • Timmr August 12, 2017 at 11:25 pm on Are sex offender registries reinforcing inequality?Good point, the therapy given at that time, as an cooperative operation of probation or parole and the therapy provider, was tailored around the laws and situations that are in existence at the time. The therapy is done to increase your chances of not re-offending. So if they change the laws on you, they are essentially making it more difficult to stick to your non-re-offense plan. I don't know about you, but no one spent anytime training me to handle the slew of laws that came out in the following years. I am sure they didn't even expect them. The shame barrier was difficult enough to break though at that time. (I feel that only through protesting these laws am I gaining any self respect and sanity back.) Therefore, the new laws are not regulating your conduct for the betterment of society, but working to make your path bend back towards prison while undermining past so called regulations that actually did do some good.
  • Lake County August 12, 2017 at 11:14 pm on CA Write-In Action Alert by Sept 1: Guidelines for writing in support of Prop 57 applying to registrantsI think the Corrections Department has enough staffing problems as it is. If you also narrowed the qualified D.O.C. employees to just those that are willing to teach, you would end of with a huge shortage of officers. Fewer officers would only hurt those in prison since prisons would just lock everyone down more without the needed staff. I don't think anyone that works in the current prison or jail system could be trained to also be a good teacher.
  • Timmr August 12, 2017 at 11:01 pm on AL: Teacher Accused of Sex with Students Gets Charges Thrown Out as UnconstitutionalI think what joins these groups is the idea of sexual exceptionalism. By that I mean that sex takes on a sacramental quality, way above in importance to that of other bodily desires. Sex as looked at by these people if done by the right people in the right way at the right time, in the right surrounding and with the right approvals, is something that sanctifies your life way above what it actually does, or if not done in the right way, then you are scarred forever. It is no wonder that the penal system is so involved in sex regulation. It is the social institution that is most comfortable with and equipped to implement this binary view of male or female, black or white, good or evil, criminal or saint, child or adult. These distinctions don't often play out so very clear cut in real life, but don't tell anyone that today or they will call you strange at best or at worse a monster.
  • To stuck in Florida August 12, 2017 at 10:53 pm on General Comments August 2017I feel bad for you, it's a tough situation, but you will get through this. It took me 3 years before I had to tell my girlfriend. I was very scared, but she was much more accepting of it than I though she would be. Most people we have to disclose our status to don't realize the full consequences and stigma of being registered or how it effects friends or family. But at risk to sounding mean, why would you travel anywhere without having the funds to return home? That's even more important when you are a registered citizen. Since you came here to report your situation right away, you must have been aware of previous posts here stating the constantly changing risk of any of us traveling anywhere.
  • Lake County August 12, 2017 at 10:23 pm on General Comments August 2017If they say that sexual assaults among the general population are under reported, then I would imagine that reporting sexual assaults by the police would be under reported even more. I can't imagine anyone would want to go through the added trauma of making a report against someone in law enforcement.
  • Timmr August 12, 2017 at 10:16 pm on WA: Seattle set to prevent landlords from considering applicants’ criminal records"The only people who could be denied housing based on their criminal histories would be those listed on sex-offender registries because of adult convictions." Of course, exclude the group with the lowest re-offense rate. No one will complain about that, will they?
  • T August 12, 2017 at 9:56 pm on WA: Seattle set to prevent landlords from considering applicants’ criminal recordsThis is discrimination, and if there's no reason to exclude registrants from renting and getting a place to live. The reason why they won't want to allow registrants to rent is because of these notifications being in the hands of weak minded individuals and they'll squeal around to the public about a tenant being RSO that's going to do something real bad and create hysteria, to humiliate and harass a registrant.
  • My Life Ruined August 12, 2017 at 8:12 pm on General Comments August 2017I've been planning a trip to Colombia for months. I've been travelling by bus and plane all day yesterday and today. I was just now sitting on the plane to take off and CBP comes and pulls me off the flight. I've spent months in Colombia the last four years and they never had a problem. Now I'm out hundreds of dollars and I'm stuck in Florida. I have no hotel or any way home. It's the middle of the night and I just want to cry. My Colombianan girlfriend doesn't know and now I have to explain to her why I can never see her again. She doesn't know my past and I'm about to go tell her. She's the love of my life. I don't want to seem melodramatic, but I don't think I'll make it through this. I have no friends or family left and travel is all I had that makes me happy. I have nothing and I'm very distraught right now.
  • Frank August 12, 2017 at 8:07 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLThanks for the insight James, I am certainly going to look into it. I remember reading a while back of a case where a state wanted to charge a registrant for not verifying his address, but he was no longer living in the country. I believe the judge sided with the registrant. So if I am able to get a student visa and move abroad, I wonder if the same would apply here?
  • @JAB August 12, 2017 at 8:06 pm on WA: Seattle set to prevent landlords from considering applicants’ criminal recordsWhich is interesting because if the website(s) you refer is not updated, then they could be denied on false information. What kind of legal repercussions lay in wait on that one?
  • Quint August 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm on Survey – International Travel after IML@DGS: Probably won't happen, at least for a while. Probation and parole would have conditions.
  • Quint August 12, 2017 at 7:59 pm on Survey – International Travel after IML@Frank and @James: Yes, you can move abroad freely, no problems, as long as it's not part of your parole or probation. As long as the school supports your visa, you're good to go!
  • Quint August 12, 2017 at 7:57 pm on Survey – International Travel after IML@Frank: I moved for grad school abroad and now don't have to register. I had to check out, but never checked back in. It would be the same for you.
  • Nicholas Maietta August 12, 2017 at 7:05 pm on WA: Seattle set to prevent landlords from considering applicants’ criminal recordsYour right.
  • mot August 12, 2017 at 5:50 pm on CA Write-In Action Alert by Sept 1: Guidelines for writing in support of Prop 57 applying to registrantsI want to comment on the 288(a) since I am guilty of that one. I was caught in a sheriff department sting so there was no person under the age of 14 involved but a sheriff male deputy age 36+. I think that the situation and the entire story should play into how each one of us should be considered for Prop 57 and eventually for the tiered registration. Just as all sex offenses are not the same neither are the 'crime' the same just because they fall under a disignation such as 288(a) and the vast spread of events that fall under that
  • James August 12, 2017 at 4:40 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLHi Frank: I don't see how the registering agency can have you register every ninety when you have a bona fide permanent address abroad. I think you have to check out and check in when you return and forever long you are in the US...but I would see a local attorney on this....and, if you really can go to school abroad, maybe sue the registering agency and get a declaratory relief order from the court... I am not quite sure how this would be done....but you could be a trail blazer in this area of the law...good for you and good for everyone else. It seems like a moderately easy case, a clean and distinct question for the court, and worth doing. Best Wishes & Good Luck, James
  • ReadyToFight August 12, 2017 at 4:38 pm on CA Write-In Action Alert by Sept 1: Guidelines for writing in support of Prop 57 applying to registrantsI agree Lisa. And I wanna add that if they asked I'm sure they'd find that most prisoners would much rather be doing something productive than sitting around stewing about the eff'd up system and counting down the days till they're released....
  • Lisa Rogers August 12, 2017 at 3:32 pm on CA Write-In Action Alert by Sept 1: Guidelines for writing in support of Prop 57 applying to registrantsI believe increased credits should be given for convictions of 288 (a) on case by case basis' especially if their Static 99 shows them to be at low risk and federal studies have shown that certain sex offenders (low Static 99 scores) are less likely to reoffend. Consideration should be given to first time offenders for increased credits. In consideration of Prop 57, 667.5 subdivision (c) in which it describes violent crimes for the purpose of enhancements for repeat offenders, as selected by the legislature and as stated in case law that certain felonies, such as 288 (a) Lewd Acts (not to be confused with 288 (b) with the use of force) are those which cause"extrodinary psychological or emotional harm". Nothing in the Proposition stated anything about psychological or emotional harm and trying to guess or assume that for instance the fondling of a breast or buttocks, and without being tried for emotional or psychological harm, it seems as though a potential can of worms will be opened. 273.5, domestic violence is not on the list of violent crimes for enhancement purposes and neither is domestic violence against a child. People v. Hetherington (1984) "The statute's unadorned language indicates the Legislature intended to impose increased punishment via section 667.5, subdivision (c) not only for certain felonies which are "violent" in a physical sense but also for other selected felonies which cause extraordinary psychological or emotional harm." (Most all crimes against a person and especially those of the domestic violence nature with violence against an adult or a child have extraordinary psychological harm). Although crimes of domestic violence involving an adult or child are obviously violent in nature and the term violent is associated with physical violence, these criminals are allowed increased credits. I find domestic violence crimes reprehensible. I have been a victim of 273.5 in which my ex-husband was incarcerated and I know that these offenders repeat this type of behavior because they are truly violent and never change. The legislature also have used studies regarding recidivism amongst sex offonders based off of the Static 99. . Federal Recidivism Study (Released Inmates Followed for Three Years) - Sex Offenders have Lower Rates of Recidivism A 2003 study by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics has been widely cited as authority for assertions that sex offenders have shocking rates of recidivism. However, the study does not make such claims. In fact, as measured by the study, sex offenders have lower rates of recidivism than do other offenders. The study did make the finding that (former prison inmate) sex offenders were more likely to commit a future sex crime than were other former inmates, although the non-sex crime inmates were significantly more likely to commit new crimes overall. This is consistent with one of the basic principles underlying the STATIC-99 that past behavior is an important predictor of future behavior. Even Section 707 was amended by this Proposition and removed 288 (a) Lewd Acts with a Child Under 14 and it is noteworthy that it was added only if it were gang related, completely ignoring 667.5 as the rule of thumb. There are offenders in there that will never take advantage of the milestone or education credit because they can't or simply do not want to. For those that have had great behavior, I believe it should be retroactive or at least incentive based. For instance, for every two years of incarceration with good behavior, an additional 5% of good time credits could be applied up to 50%. Or retroactively based. The prison system should eventually evolve into real education / training and should be reflected in your new hire practices. Education / Training could be given to long term employees so that they can be be utilized and not in fear of losing their jobs.The California prison model has not worked, but if you evolve and train the employees into more of a teaching / training roll, I think it will pay off in the future. Thank you.
  • New Person August 12, 2017 at 2:38 pm on Are sex offender registries reinforcing inequality?Timmer, I think you can use the Snyder case as those restrictions are retroactive. = )
  • New Person August 12, 2017 at 2:33 pm on General Comments August 2017That's always been the case. It's not just video chat. It's using the phone that's quite expensive! The food too is a boon! Ramen costs like a $1 or $1.50 in jail while it's only a dime outside of jail. This is why jails are more popular b/c many others benefit fiscally from many being incarcerated. There are those who can't afford to bond to bail and have to be in jail awaiting their trial. They're subjected to that as well.
  • New Person August 12, 2017 at 2:06 pm on WA: Seattle set to prevent landlords from considering applicants’ criminal recordsThat's odd. Because if they're hiding criminal records, then why would registrants be on there at all? That should imply registrants should never be denied any access b/c it's not a criminal record, it's a civil one. Apparently, the civil intent has gone punitive as shown by this exclusion - ruined on both sides: not a criminal aspect, but treated like one more dangerous.
  • New Person August 12, 2017 at 1:57 pm on CA Write-In Action Alert by Sept 1: Guidelines for writing in support of Prop 57 applying to registrantsThis law is an immunity. I present to you California Constitution Article 1, Section 7(b): ===================================== (b) A citizen or class of citizens may not be granted privileges or immunities not granted on the same terms to all citizens. Privileges or immunities granted by the Legislature may be altered or revoked. ===================================== The immunity is for all non-violent class or none at all. It's right there in the constitution! With that stated, why is it the same ordeal with the 1203.4 with registrants? Why aren't they allowed to share the same immunities like all other former convicts?
  • Anonymous Nobody August 12, 2017 at 12:51 pm on CA Write-In Action Alert by Sept 1: Guidelines for writing in support of Prop 57 applying to registrantsI agree with the thrust of your article. But let me first correct some key language. You say it denies this early parole to registrants. No, does not. There is not a single registrant in prison, no one in prison has to register under 290. Only those not in prison have to register — that is, only those who are NOT sex offenders have to register, as in they are not committing sex offenses so are not in prison. What the regulations here say is that anyone convicted of a registrable offense, it does not say any registrant. And unfortunately it does not say "any prisoner serving time for an offenses included in 290," so it does certainly sound retroactive to any prior offense that might have nothing to do with why you are in prison now. And mind you, that language does not care even if you get released from registration under this tier proposal. I know that is what you were meaning, but if we are going to assert that we should not be called sex offenders, we should be called registrants, then please do not equate us with prisoners, which we absolutely are not. Punishment can be imposed on prisoners, but it cannot reimposed on registrants (yes, I know the courts have widely lied about what is punishment). Let us not undermine our own argument. The regulations notice is 117 pages long. I’m not going to read through all that. But I found the key parts. And yes, it says anyone convicted of a sex offenses included in 290. You can get to the actual regulations at: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Regulations/Adult_Operations/docs/NCDR/2017NCR/17-05/17-05.pdf And that clause I just paraphrased comes on page 34 under: Nonviolent Offenders. Section 2449.1. Definitions . It says: This section is adopted to define key terms that will apply to the new parole consideration process for nonviolent offenders. First, this section defines a “nonviolent offender” as any inmate who is not (1) condemned, (2) currently incarcerated for a term of life without the possibility of parole, (3) currently incarcerated for a term of life with the possibility of parole, (4) currently serving a term for a violent felony as defined in Penal Code section 667.5, subdivision (c), or (5) convicted of a sex offense that currently requires registration pursuant to Penal Code section 290. … Inmates convicted of a sex offense that currently requires they register pursuant to Penal Code section 290 are also excluded from parole consideration because the crimes listed in that section of the Penal Code reflect the determination of the people of the State of California (through initiatives and the legislature) that, “Sex offenders pose a potentially high risk of committing further sex offenses after release from incarcerati on or commitment, and the protection of the public from reoffending by these offenders is a paramount public interest.” (Penal Code section 290.03.) Also, when the people of the State of California approved Proposition 35 on November 6, 2012, they declared that “Protecting every person in our state, particularly our children, from all forms of sexual exploitation is of paramount importance.” (See Proposition – Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act , 2012 Cal. Legis. Serv. Prop. 35 (Proposition 35) (WE ST), section 2, paragraph 1.) That sounds completely challengeable in court, that is the weakest justification I have ever seen. They are citing non-violence matters to justify it as violence. Saying sex offenders are highly likely to offend says nothing about violence (yes, I know how wrong even that statement they make is, but it isn’t even important, it does not apply to violence!) And citing a statute that says you must protect people from sexual exploitation has nothing to do with violence. In fact, even these regulations point to Sec. 667.5 PC as defining what is a violent felony! And ALL sex offenses are not in there. But evening naming that stature, it grants this early parole to even these actually violent offenders under the circumstances stated: Inmates currently serving a term for a violent felony as defined in Penal Code section 667.5, subdivision (c), are excluded from parole consideration because the crimes listed in that section of the Penal Code involve physical violence. However, inmates who have completed a violent offense term but remain incarcerated for offenses that do not qualify as a violent felony will be eligible for parole consideration, in accordance with court decisions. It seems to me that the law already has defined who is a violent offender. I don’t know the language that was in that ballot measure, but I would look closely at it to see if the regulators even can change that definition in 667.5 for this isolated matter. The ballot measure said NON-VIOLENT offenders must be granted this early parole. It did not give any leeway to name people even these regulations do not say are violent to be excluded from its relief -- as in ALL sex offenders,not only those who are violent or only those who are listed in 667.5. These regulations say they are lily to reoffend, not that they are violent. These regulations are another blanket application based on the idea that all sex offenders are the same. Clearly, someone very sick in the head wrote this bit about people convicted of 290, so sick that they decided to write in that people even they couldn’t call violent would be excluded from the relief. If fighting this, we are not arguing that violent sex offenders should get this relief, as this early parole doesn’t apply to any violent offender. We are saying the regulations cannot exclude the relief beyond violent offenders, as it so clearly is doing. But again, bad language in this article. We do not want to write in demanding that ALL sex offenders be grated this relief. We want to write in saying that all NON-VIOLENT sex offenders be granted the relief, and even say all sex offenders not listed in 667.5 be granted the relief. In fact, we should say that the relief should be granted to all non-violent prisoners currently in prison for registrable sex offenses as opposed to having convictions in the past that is not why they are in prison. If we simply demand no sex offenders be denied the relief, we are wasting our time, that will be ignored, even the courts would not allow that. This relief is specifically only for non-violent felons. This article above is just saying to demand sex offenders not be denied the relief, and that means ALL of them. And readers here, mind you, if you ever land locked up again — and you better understand that you don’t have to do anything for that to happen, you are prime suspect always and will be framed if necessary, but all they have to do is have someone accuse you, and the jury will convict. The jury system is not what it ought to be.
  • JAB August 12, 2017 at 12:44 pm on WA: Seattle set to prevent landlords from considering applicants’ criminal recordsHi Joe, They actually are using sex offender websites to view applicants and evict tenants inCA. I am baffled how they get away with it.
  • Distraught Grad student August 12, 2017 at 12:31 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLCan you tell me how this turns out? I'm currently a grad student in physics and my trial is on Monday. Trying to plan for the future and was possibly thinking about relocating to Germany for a phd once everything is over no matter how it turns out.
  • Frank August 12, 2017 at 12:20 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLHey Kerry, what was the process for relocating? Thanks, Frank
  • ML (at Kerry) August 12, 2017 at 12:18 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLcan you contact me at latintravel@registranttag.org
  • Nicholas Maietta August 12, 2017 at 12:14 pm on WA: Seattle set to prevent landlords from considering applicants’ criminal recordsThe problem is that the registry isn't considered punishment and is also considered public record. Being on the registry itself isn't a "criminal record" and likely legally excluded from being covered under the proposed law.
  • Frank August 12, 2017 at 11:58 am on Survey – International Travel after IMLI have done some preliminary research and questioned the consulate of the country I wish to study in and they didn't seem to care that i am an RSO. Unfortunately, I must verify my address every 90 days which would make studying abroad very difficult but maybe not impossible? I have been looking into Germany and they SEEM pretty chill with offenders and they actually offer free Masters/PhD programs. I suppose all I can do is hope and do some more research. I appreciate all the assistance I can get!
  • mch August 12, 2017 at 11:46 am on General Comments August 2017Here are some interesting numbers to digest from the U.S. DOJ regarding police misconduct. This topic is a real burr under my saddle because police often get a free pass or a get out of jail free card from their fellow law enforcement cohorts. This study was completed in February 2017, so it is fairly recent. Some of the numbers used were rounded for simplicity's sake. 980/100,000 officers involved in misconduct or ~1% 4861 incidents of misconduct of which 9.3% were sexual misconduct, or 457, or about 9 per state $345.5 million paid out/4861 incidents or ~ $71,300 per incident The study does not specify how many instances of sexual misconduct involved minors. My guess is that the percentage of police misconduct involving minors is greater than sex offender recidivism rates.
  • Gralphr August 12, 2017 at 11:38 am on WA: Seattle set to prevent landlords from considering applicants’ criminal recordsWhile it has good intentions, it still isn't enough. The problem is they concentrate on sexual crimes, but totally ignore all of the other acts of violence directed towards kids AND adults. Gang members, wife/kid beaters ok, sexual crimes, not so much.
  • kerry August 12, 2017 at 11:38 am on Survey – International Travel after IMLI flew into Paris on June 18th. after giving notice that I was relocating to France from Mass. No problem. Since then I have flew to Albania, Italy, and recently to Spain without incident (July 01, 2017) Albania, who is not an EU country, did not even stamp my passport coming or going. They want Americans to live there as long as they want. (the official visa limit is 1 year, but not enforced) I have had zero problems since arriving in Europe.
  • kerry August 12, 2017 at 11:31 am on Survey – International Travel after IMLI flew into Paris on June 18th. after giving notice that I was relocating to France from Mass. No problem. Since then I have flew to Albania, Italy, and recently to Spain without incident (July 01, 2017) Albania, who is not an EU country, did not even stamp my passport coming or going. They want Americans to live there as long as they want. (the official visa limit is 1 year, but not enforced) I have had zero problems since arriving in Europe.
  • Joe August 12, 2017 at 9:18 am on WA: Seattle set to prevent landlords from considering applicants’ criminal recordsNot to worry. The landlords will figure out a way around the law. Haven't they done that in California by using everything other than the sex offender registry to deny registrants?
  • AJ August 12, 2017 at 8:40 am on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City Council@Not Really Thanks for that find. Here's a link to a transcript and audio (no video) of the story: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/law-jan-june08-sexoffenders_01-17/ It's ridiculous--shameful even--that the situation hasn't changed in almost ten years. The statements made then, in this story, ring exactly the same now. Same false arguments from the LE and victim side; same proof falling on deaf ears from the social science and advocacy side. How it's taken this long for it to land before SCOTUS, I will never get. A related story from the News Hour site has a quote that stood out: “Violent offenders and sex offenders could access public assistance, but those who committed drug offenses couldn’t get it for a year,” said [State Rep.] Leger in Louisiana. “People thought, ‘That doesn’t make sense. Why carve out those people and put another barrier to re-entry?’” (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/states-working-reduce-recidivism-among-ex-offenders/) Good thing they fixed that! {insert sarcasm} Now drug offenses can get help, and RCs can never. Finally, in a section on the site titled, "Broken Justice," there's a piece on the MN SO facility that is currently petitioned to SCOTUS: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/inside-minnesotas-sex-offender-facility-where-no-one-has-ever-been-released/
  • AJ August 12, 2017 at 8:16 am on MO: City Union Mission sues Jackson County sheriff over arrest threats@G4Change: Thanks for the clarification. I was going to research the MO law myself, but didn't. It's interesting the mission is suing about loitering then, and that that word has even been tossed into the conversation (including by the Sheriff). As mentioned above, it should be seen as unconstitutional either way. Even if found constitutional (this is MO, after all), it will still infringe on a fundamental right (religious expression), and is therefore subject to strict scrutiny (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strict_scrutiny), meaning the onus is on the State to show it's valid. Somehow I'm guessing the law is neither the least restrictive nor narrowly tailored to satisfy a compelling government interest. Just a guess...
  • When prisoners are a 'revenue opportunity' August 12, 2017 at 8:15 am on General Comments August 2017When prisoners are a 'revenue opportunity' http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/when-prisoners-are-a-revenue-opportunity/ar-AApOdiz?li=AA4Zjn&ocid=spartanntp
  • Still there under legal tab August 12, 2017 at 7:49 am on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilStill is one, look under the legal tab up top of this webpage to find the 50 state travel reqs. Would be nice if it was updated to include US territories
  • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy August 12, 2017 at 5:25 am on AL: Teacher Accused of Sex with Students Gets Charges Thrown Out as UnconstitutionalBecause the original, 1980s, hysteria was propagated by an unlikely alliance of religious fanatics and the Dworkin/MacKinnon branch of gender feminism, the eventual addition of women, themselves, as "predators" (they were running out of men by that point) was undoubtedly more of a cognitive hurdle for many (but not all) of the feminists than it was for the religious conservatives (especially the women) whose beliefs were inflected rather differently than the feminist pressure groups. Ultimately, however, they all more-or-less despise human sexuality not their own while maintaining sharply distinct views on homosexuality and gender roles.
  • kind of living August 12, 2017 at 4:40 am on MO: City Union Mission sues Jackson County sheriff over arrest threatsNote ,, no I am not real bright , and yes I put my self in stupid situations , but in my defence that was years ago and have paid in full light years ago , that don't make what the Justice system exempt or a free ticket to take advantage of the not so bright or anyone else , sure I made mistakes but never to hurt anyone and never premeditated , the same can't be said for law enforcement ,
  • Not Really August 12, 2017 at 4:34 am on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilThe Real Point of Sex Offender Residency Restrictions By Jamie Spencer on January 17, 2008 It’s refreshing when an elected politician speaks the truth, especially when they don’t mean to. There was a segment on McNeil Lehrer this evening titled “Housing Sex Offenders,” which chronicled the very real problems with various versions of Jessica’s Law that have sprung up around the country. The name “Jessica’s Law” started in Florida, based on the name of a victim, but is now the de facto name given by the media to various and sundry laws dealing with sex offenders. The report focused on California sex offender residency restrictions. California’s fairly new law prohibits registered sex offenders from living within 2000 feet of parks, playgrounds, schools, etc. Sounds like a great idea but problems in this regard have been well documented. PBS showed a map of Los Angeles with all the prohibited living places in red. At first, it’s easy to tell that literally almost every place in Los Angeles is covered; and then the announcer let’s us know that the places that are ‘OK’ are almost all business and commercial. The point of this is not to make folks’ hearts bleed for sex offenders. But let’s acknowledge what the real point of these laws is. Or better yet, let’s hear from San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who when asked by the reporter the perfunctory ‘where are they supposed to go?’ replied: "The real intent of Jessica’s Law is to put people that violate children and others in prison and keep them there." Bravo! We’ve convicted and sentenced the offender, but he’s served his time and now we want to put him back before he reoffends. The constitution prohibits us from going back and adding time to his sentence, so… Let’s make it literally impossible for him to live anywhere legally. Then we charge him with that violation, and the problem is solved. http://blog.austindefense.com/tags/sex-offender/
  • kind of living August 12, 2017 at 1:19 am on AL: Teacher Accused of Sex with Students Gets Charges Thrown Out as UnconstitutionalI am glad for her out come , I hope its over , maybe she should run for president 🙂
  • Timmr August 11, 2017 at 10:53 pm on AL: Teacher Accused of Sex with Students Gets Charges Thrown Out as UnconstitutionalSo people think it is only dirty old men who take sexual advantage of youth. How many men do you see here? http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/notorious-teacher-sex-scandals/?ftag=ACQb72972c&vndid=00c2d05b30268f6b389739e35261314467
  • Timmr August 11, 2017 at 10:26 pm on Are sex offender registries reinforcing inequality?When I went to therapy years ago, the program was approved by probation. 15 years ago there wasn't all these residency restrictions and you were an anonymous dot on the map. Still, the approved therapy program on the one hand urged you to developed family and community connections. At the same time the registry was there to isolate you. Law enforcement were giving us a double, conflicting message.
  • G4Change August 11, 2017 at 10:07 pm on MO: City Union Mission sues Jackson County sheriff over arrest threatsThe way I understand the law is it says "must not be present". So, it's a presence restriction. I pray that this and other laws like them are finally struck down. And thank you very much ACLU of Missouri for not giving a crap and not lifting a finger. You make me sick!
  • Timmr August 11, 2017 at 10:04 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilIt a alteration of "The Negro Motorist Green Book". The "Green Book" as it was often called was used by African Americans from 1936 to 1966 to avoid coming in conflict with Jim Crow laws while traveling. I just made up the term "Registrant Green Book" to show the comparison of Jim Crow laws to registration laws. I believe there was a 50 state registration laws handbook posted on this site at one time, to help registrants to travel without ending up jail for not knowing local laws.
  • Lake County August 11, 2017 at 8:07 pm on AL: Teacher Accused of Sex with Students Gets Charges Thrown Out as UnconstitutionalLet me clarify my statement: when I said "I can understand a law making sex illegal for any adult directly in authority in a high school setting". I actually meant that perhaps the teacher should be fired or lose their teaching credentials (especially if it is prohibited in their employment contract), but in no way do I think the teacher should be prosecuted in a criminal court for sex that would otherwise be legal had it not been a teacher in authority over the student.
  • Power tripping Sheriff August 11, 2017 at 7:01 pm on MO: City Union Mission sues Jackson County sheriff over arrest threatsWhat else is interesting is some of these missions do essential work for the homeless in helping them secure VA benefits, housing, etc through associate agreements with local agencies. Are they loitering then while they are waiting for their turn? What about when it is gets cold in KC? Sheriff is on a power trip in MO, like the rest of the state. The mission should be putting up a fight on the sweeps. "But Sheriff, you only enforce those laws you really want to enforce or someone else wants you to, not all of them. If you did, then there would be a lot more folks in the county jail."
  • Jack August 11, 2017 at 6:14 pm on AL: Teacher Accused of Sex with Students Gets Charges Thrown Out as UnconstitutionalThat just goes to prove how far we've gone down the path in the war on sex. The age of consent in Alabama is 16 for crying out loud. Good to see that woman's free.
  • New Person August 11, 2017 at 5:25 pm on Are sex offender registries reinforcing inequality?collateral damage. I think you have a point about your therapist stating one thing and the law negating all of that. That would imply the law is retributive.
  • New Person August 11, 2017 at 5:20 pm on General Comments August 2017Wow! Thanks for the link! I didn't realize PA went beyond Snyder!
  • Lake County August 11, 2017 at 3:40 pm on General Comments August 2017Remember though that Facebook does not ban us from reading any of it's pages, we are just banned from creating our own page. However you need to have a Facebook page to make a comment on anyones page.
  • Registry Rage August 11, 2017 at 3:24 pm on MI: Neighbors, community members react to registered sex offender looking to open businessThey will never "wake up" because it's more easy to HATE and be dismissive about US. Women have become TOO dependent on the registry because they have been brainwashed and reprogrammed into believing that it's a credible "safety tool" to protect their spawns. It's all fabricated fear and fake outrage that keeps Megan's Law aloft.
  • FrankGP August 11, 2017 at 3:14 pm on Emotional Support Group meeting – Aug. 26 in L.A.I see this starts at 10am. Is there any schedule? I would like to take the train, but my return if I do is about 3:00pm. I am wondering how long these usually go.. Thank you.
  • just in CA August 11, 2017 at 1:38 pm on MO: City Union Mission sues Jackson County sheriff over arrest threatsmy bad
  • Not Really August 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilLaws Restricting Lives of Sex Offenders Raise Constitutional Questions January 17, 2008 at 6:35 PM EDT BONNIE DUMANIS: Let's see what happens so that we can see whether or not this is a problem. But I'm not ready to say the sky's falling right now. We'll take a look at it. "You know, it's progress, not perfection. The real intent of Jessica's Law is to put people that violate children and others in prison." http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/law-jan-june08-sexoffenders_01-17/
  • Not Really August 11, 2017 at 1:08 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilThe City Council had information all the way back in 2008. See the San Diego City Beat: Sex offenders!!! Do our laws really protect kids, or are they misdirected reactions based on myths, misperceptions and stereotypes? by Kelly Davis http://sdcitybeat.com/news-and-opinion/news/sex-offenders/ Bonnie Dumanis, the San Diego DA, was once quoted as saying the stiffer laws were meant to get sex offenders out of town, and everyone knew that. That is a paraphrase and I'm searching for the source. Anyone else recall that quote?
  • PK August 11, 2017 at 1:04 pm on MI: Neighbors, community members react to registered sex offender looking to open businessThat is kind of the sixth sense that I have had- collective karma.
  • ReadyToFight August 11, 2017 at 12:35 pm on General Comments August 2017@AJ good analogy with the Jellybeans. That's a hilarious way to describe the kind of...Frontal Lobe impairment we have forced upon us. Lets just stuff everyone with this Label into the same Barrel, paint a bullseye on it and see how many we can get in there before it pops.
  • ReadyToFight August 11, 2017 at 12:24 pm on MO: City Union Mission sues Jackson County sheriff over arrest threatsI'm so sick of hearing about these stupid ass restrictions and rules aka eggshells to walk on. This is Not American Freedom. If the DOJ and those in the "Justice System" lmao, did their damn Job and kept actual threats to society off the streets and help Rehabilitate all other offenders then maybe we'd have a functioning system instead of the culture of chaos this country is breeding. History repeats itself and this country is going to crap its collective short shorts When not IF, Registered Sex Offenders rise up like an Army of Black Panthers and really make their lives hell until they stop playing the "Administrative" card and stop abusing our families and our constitution. P.S Death to the Registry
  • AJ August 11, 2017 at 11:30 am on General Comments August 2017@kind of living Even if either of my hypotheses were to come true, it wouldn't necessarily open up FB to RCs for general use. Were their hand forced, FB could well implement some sort of "limited" account that would only allow access to verified governmental accounts.
  • AJ August 11, 2017 at 11:25 am on General Comments August 2017@Chris F Agreed. The government is being duplicitous with the ML data. One could use the same concept that was said regarding the terrorism fears about Syrian immigrants: "Suppose you have a jar of jellybeans, and someone tells you there are 25 in there that will kill you. Do you eat any?" Almost everyone will avoid all the jellybeans like the plague, to avoid getting one that kills. It's no different with the ML data the government supplies: "Here's a huge list of people, and 25 of them are pathological sexual abusers. Do you allow any on your site?" On another note, I really hope PA does appeal Muniz to SCOTUS. (I think they will, as I see them stuck with a Sophie's Choice in the matter.) If they do, I foresee SCOTUS accepting it and combining it with Snyder--not to mention probably issuing a CVSG for Muniz. Granted, that would delay any Snyder argument and decision, but I will take one definitive decision over a handful of half-a$$ ones trickling out over years. A recent article on reason.com claims that the PA ruling, "is in some ways more striking than [Snyder]." (http://reason.com/blog/2017/07/20/pennsylvania-supreme-court-recognizes-se) I wholeheartedly agree. Snyder merely addresses ex post facto, which of course means punitive. But Snyder doesn't fix it for those under the horrible laws that were in place when convicted. Muniz blows past the ex post facto and punitive argument, and instead says the laws are outright unconstitutional--a much stronger statement. We all owe a thank you to the PA SC for making the discussion (and some sort of decision) unavoidable.
  • lovewillprevail August 11, 2017 at 11:16 am on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilOut of curiosity, I looked up the ordinance you refer to above. Basically the ordinance provides a defense to prosecution for one feeding the homeless if basic health guidelines are followed, which is better than the ordinance in San Antonio which at last time I heard just outright bans feeding the homeless. Dallas does not prohibit one from feeding the homeless, it just outlines health guidelines to follow if you do not want to be prosecuted. So the city is not interfering with one's religious beliefs to feed the homeless, only putting in place health guidelines. So I am confused to how and why all the grievances in the petition. Just follow the health guidelines and go feed the homeless. One job of government is to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the citizens. In this case, I see no issue. Go find another battle to fight such as sex offender issues.
  • Eric August 11, 2017 at 11:13 am on Are sex offender registries reinforcing inequality?I completed a sex offender treatment program, and the overarching emphasis was that having a healthy social life was the key ingredient to not reoffending. So I have finally found a girlfriend, things are going very well, she wants me to stay the night at her house (how wonderful), I call the police department to be sure every thing is cool--but everything is not cool, they say I have to register her address with them--so I ask, "Will her address come up on the public registry?" The answer is yes! "But she has rental properties, and that could seriously hamper people wanting to rent their." "To bad!". So I am not able to have a normal relationship with a woman--the single thing the SO therapist said was crucial to success is stifled by the registry. Yes, I would say it reinforces inequality.
  • Josh james August 11, 2017 at 10:59 am on MO: City Union Mission sues Jackson County sheriff over arrest threatsIs the MO law loitering or just being there? (Either way is unconstitutional)I thought it was just being in the vicinity of. I love it how the sheriff does not take any accountability for the law, the lawmakers don't either...This is the law and I will enforce it. It will cost them though. I don't see a chance of blocking anyone from a church.
  • AJ August 11, 2017 at 10:49 am on MO: City Union Mission sues Jackson County sheriff over arrest threatsThis case sums up a couple things I've been on lately: how presence restrictions violate First Amendment religious expression, and the vagueness of the word "loiter." I am confident the State will lose this case, perhaps even with harsh words from the bench. That said, I'm guessing the court will take the easy way out and merely rule on the vagueness of the word "loiter," and avoid the First Amendment issue. (Kind of makes sense. Why kill a law the hard way when you can kill it the easy way?) The thing is, the State is going to have a VERY hard (I would say impossible) time saying the RCs were loitering, regardless how that word is defined. In fact, the State cannot say one way or another what the RCs were doing there. Maybe they were basket weaving. Maybe teaching ESL. Who knows. All that matters is the State must show "loitering," however defined, was occurring. But it doesn't really matter, as there is no way they were present at the mission for no apparent reason, or not doing anything, etc. They were there for food, shelter and (perhaps) religious services. IOW, engaging in life activities, which definitely is not loitering. One thing that makes me scratch my head is how is the mission being forced to, "allow sheriff’s deputies to conduct 'sweeps' of its facilities." Someone should remind the mission operators that there's this thing called the Fourth Amendment. @just in CA Yes, Federal court: "...according to a federal lawsuit..." is right in the article, and the header of this section.
  • just in CA August 11, 2017 at 9:24 am on MO: City Union Mission sues Jackson County sheriff over arrest threatsIs this filed in Federal Court?
  • michael August 11, 2017 at 9:12 am on Registrants Sue City of San Diego in Federal CourtLOL I read the lawsuit...i'm not on parole, am a so called "290" I goto the ZOO and SEAWORLD all the time !!! Even the RH Fleet science center and balboa park !!! Im not changing anytime soon !!! San Diego City (and COUNTY)=THE AXIS OF EVIL !!!!
  • Chris F August 11, 2017 at 8:48 am on ACSOL’s First Phone Meeting is August 12 [updated with recording]I'll be on vacation with the family, so no way I can call in though I'd really like to. If anyone else could bring up a topic, I would like to know the lawyers' thoughts on a challenge to freedom of speech based on Packingham to how the government provides our email addresses to social networks just so they can ban us. Just like IML providing our info to other countries that just ban us, this should also be a violation of Substantive Due Process. After all, in both situations the judiciary is not declaring we are too dangerous to travel to other countries or use social networking during the fair sentencing portion of the trial, which is when the judiciary has the task assigned ONLY to them to punish, rehabilitate, and PROTECT THE PUBLIC from those convicted. NOT the legislature. In both situations, another government or a social networking site isn't going to spend the time, money, and resources to determine our level of dangerousness every time, when our own government didn't do it just ONE time during trial. They have no reasonable alternative but to ban us all based on the lowest common denominator of a repeat child predator being somewhere on our "list". Packingham was really big for us, and should translate into arguments to affect all this. Between the Justices specifically noting the "troubling" way restrictions go on past the end of the length of supervision determined by the judiciary and therefore over-ridden by legislature with sex offender laws, and how they recognized the extreme importance of social media to those trying to re-integrate with society, I think we have a solid foundation to build on. If anyone could get their opinions on this, it would be greatly appreciated.
  • Todd August 11, 2017 at 7:44 am on MI: Neighbors, community members react to registered sex offender looking to open businessI remember Debbie Wasserman-Shultz saying in a sound bite news segment that "We" (meaning congress) are declaring war on sex offenders. It struck me odd that SHE (Wasserman-Shultz) was the one to say this, because no one officially said they were declaring war on us. It apparently caught on because that is exactly what the United States is doing to Registered citizens.
  • How binding is that? August 11, 2017 at 7:12 am on Authorities looked at nearly 1,800 homes for this convicted child predator, but none were suitable. He now lives in a motel@AJ How binding is that code? If the do that, what are the repercussions for the Sheriff and their office if found they committed a violation against the code? Can they be sued if found in violation after an ethics inquiry agrees they are guilty of a violation? Does the Sheriff have to openly state they agree to the code?
  • Chris F August 11, 2017 at 6:10 am on General Comments August 2017This is just the argument that I asked Mike R to include in his suit, but since the government doesn't supply his email to FB, he can't add that. It's exactly like what they do with IML. The government supplies someone else with a list of "potentially dangerous" people without any Due Process to determine that, and gets away with it by saying those provided with the info can make the determination of dangerousness. Of course, that won't ever happen, because nobody is going to expend time and money every time, when our own government won't do it just once, during the fair sentencing portion of the trial.
  • Jtc August 11, 2017 at 5:47 am on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilThanks for reminding us...new person. The aggrivated was a fresh reminder pre and post 7 vs. Past 10 yr for those who it affected...during that timeframe. Cal Prop 83 not National vs. Megans later on. Interesting
  • Jtc August 11, 2017 at 5:36 am on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilHey Timmr! What is an RGB? For interstate travel? Or is this just your way of para-phrasing...(?) If not, please share. As long as they're not video game rockets landing on us.
  • Jtc August 11, 2017 at 5:29 am on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilInvisable is NOT Invisable this time...they have a point! Respectfully submitted. Fontana's besides San Diego's is the same way. Not for rules and laws for municipalities but for employees and referendums. Not City Law.
  • Lake County August 11, 2017 at 1:29 am on ACSOL’s First Phone Meeting is August 12 [updated with recording]I hope to participate, looking forward to it.
  • Lake County August 11, 2017 at 1:19 am on AL: Teacher Accused of Sex with Students Gets Charges Thrown Out as UnconstitutionalI had assumed that this law for consent only applied to teachers with direct authority over a student. It seems I was wrong. I can understand a law making sex illegal for any adult directly in authority in a high school setting. But if the adult is not a direct teacher or administrator over the student and otherwise sex with the student would have been legal, then this teacher should not have been charged. I have also heard of teachers being charged for having sex with their students that were over 18. Sometimes sex between adults is considered inappropriate (like with your college prof. or boss), but it should not become a crime. Sometimes our bad judgements should just become one of life's many lessons and not make someone a lifetime criminal. Here's a conflicting 2010 ruling by Washington State Supreme Court. http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/high-court-teachers-cant-have-sex-with-students-even-an-18-year-old/ Here's another conflicting 2014 ruling by the NJ State Appellate Division. http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2015/07/appeals_court_reinstates_charge_against_teacher_ac.html And another: A former Ohio substitute teacher was sentenced in 2017 to two years in prison after admitting Monday she had sex with an 18-year-old students; http://people.com/crime/ohio-teacher-sex-student-jessica-storer/ Maybe these conflicting rulings should be settled by SCOTUS
  • Timmr August 11, 2017 at 12:51 am on OH: Petition started to romeve convicted sex-offender from Youngstown State football teamThe victim will never find peace and the offender will always offend. That's how they think in Never Never Land.
  • Timmr August 11, 2017 at 12:44 am on LA: Debate builds over suggestion by child rape victim’s mother to create sex crimes arrest listWe haven't improved much since the beginning of civilization. We put down the Aztecs, say, for tearing the hearts out an enemy or sacrificing a virgin in order to make it rain. Now we have to keep the victim and offender forever in their roles to prove a point that we are making some kind of better world. It has gotten more sanitized, but the pain and the death is still there. That pain and suffering is believed to bring about something productive, but actually serve as catharsis, so the people won't feel like rebelling. Bread and circus the Romans called it.
  • Timmr August 11, 2017 at 12:23 am on MI: Neighbors, community members react to registered sex offender looking to open businessThese categories were not always enumerated for protected. More are included as the years go by and are recognized. Some movement had to recognize them and bring them to the attention of the nation. The underlying reasoning is, I think, because taking away someone's freedom by the broad stroke of class is very much a bill of attainder and it can violate other inalienable protections as well. Because a particular protection is not listed in the Constitution does not mean it doesn't exist as the ninth amendment says. "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
  • kind of living August 11, 2017 at 12:03 am on General Comments August 2017@AJ ,, good points , I don't like FB but it would be handy to know who is saying what and if you know them , we have family on there we have not seen in years
  • Timmr August 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm on Are sex offender registries reinforcing inequality?People under the Jim Crow laws needed a book called the Green Book for short. It helped them avoid towns, gas stations and restaurants where they would be persecuted. Now registrants need to look at the 50 state guide to registry laws in order to safely travel. It didn't surprise me to hear that blacks are discriminated against for sex crimes like they are for other crimes. Thanks for the article. I never believed the registry is colorblind. Now we are finding out another truth about never never land. All the pretty little myths about the registry come tumbling down.
  • kind of living August 10, 2017 at 11:01 pm on IN: County prosecutor – State effort valuable tool for parents seeking child carealways crying poor in the "med"west yet always have money to create anything that allows people point out ones sin , to better kick them when their down , , and gossip about people , the story getting bigger all the way down the line , its for the children ! well if that's the truth why not spend that money on better schools , so they can get better jobs and create less violence , but what would the state do with out the money the prisons generate from repression of its tax paying people IF THEY CAN GET A JOB , and live better in many cases than they ever have feeling honor/ pride/ "positive" being able to be the bread winner or what ever , have real choices , maybe even help others gain what they have , and pass that on to their kids rather than disappointment and fear of the boogieman ,
  • Lovecraft August 10, 2017 at 9:59 pm on Authorities looked at nearly 1,800 homes for this convicted child predator, but none were suitable. He now lives in a motelYou could apply that to almost any sheriff in Florida. Many have openly stated they purposely make it hard on rc's so they will leave their county.
  • perplexed August 10, 2017 at 9:24 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilSo if my crime was over 10 years ago and none of these residency laws apply to me in California, then I move to San Diego....I'll be subject to different laws? Seems unconstitutional to me...
  • AJ August 10, 2017 at 8:11 pm on Authorities looked at nearly 1,800 homes for this convicted child predator, but none were suitable. He now lives in a motelAt minimum, it appears to violate the National Sheriffs' Association's Code of Ethics (https://www.sheriffs.org/sites/default/files/tb/NSACodeofEthics.pdf): ***"I shall ensure that I and my employees, in the performance of our duties, will enforce and administer the law according to the standards of the U.S. Constitution and applicable state constitutions and statutes so that equal protection of the law is guaranteed to everyone. To that end I shall not permit personal opinion, party affiliations, or consideration of the status of others to alter or lessen this standard of treatment of others." Hmm... Personal opinion? Consideration of the status of others? Altering or lessening the standard of treatment of others? ***"I shall not tolerate nor condone brutal or inhumane treatment of others by my employees nor shall I permit or condone inhumane or brutal treatment of inmates in my care and custody." Inhumane: "not humane; lacking humanity, kindness, compassion, etc." (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/inhumane, http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/inhumane)
  • Eric Knight August 10, 2017 at 7:55 pm on Registrants Sue City of San Diego in Federal CourtLink to actual complaint authored by Janice (downloadable): https://kpbs.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/news/documents/2017/08/09/Complaint_-_CONFORMED_-_Aug_2017.pdf?_ga=2.4011760.113636880.1502419899-562418157.1502217255
  • TS August 10, 2017 at 7:01 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilJanice, has their ever been a case where several lawsuits could be filed or a class-action suit where many join as one. You could have a colleague in San Diego take names and the sheer number would be a huge financial cost to SD. The precedent has already been set in other cities, this should be an easy one for you and the damages will be in the millions.
  • AJ August 10, 2017 at 6:40 pm on General Comments August 2017There's a case in ME of the ACLU suing the Governor regarding his FB page (http://www.wcsh6.com/news/politics/aclu-of-maine-sues-gov-lepage-over-facebook-censorship/462837712, which also includes a link to the suit). At first blush, this may seem of no importance to RCs, but I think it bears watching. For the ACLU to win, the Gov's FB page will need to be declared a limited (or "designated") public forum. If that happens, FB becomes a de facto conduit of official government speech. That could do two things, both of which I could see being beneficial to RCs. One way would be that FB is no longer a private party hosting private speech; it becomes an official source of contact with government agencies and officials--of which some speech, assembly, and redress are specific to FB. It's not too much of a stretch to then equate FB to a telephone conference call, and from there argue that Ma Bell would not be allowed to ban citizens from using their phones to speak or listen to official government speech. (One could also use an example of Comcast/DirecTV blocking the official government TV channels, but only for RCs.) In Packingham, SCOTUS labeled, "social media in particular," as the most important place (i.e. forum) where exchange of views occur (i.e. speech and assembly). What kind of forum remains to be seen, but their wording hints at either a public or limited public forum--both of which play to our favor (Forums: https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/forums). Anyway, this may well prevent social media from being able to categorically ban some citizens from communicating with their government. A second way this could play out for us is that, even if FB avoids the above scenario, it can be argued the government itself is prohibiting RCs from communicating with their government. How, you ask? Well, by government giving information about RCs to FB. The government, through its dissemination of RC information and through granting of immunity to social media operators who use ML data, is denying First Amendment rights (speech, assembly, petition) to RCs. This is akin to the government renting out a venue from a private party for government officials to speak with, meet, and listen to any and all constituents. However, even though the government is speaking indiscriminately and officially, it also gives a list of certain citizens to the owners of the venue. The government doesn't outright say, "don't let these people in," but it is does tell the venue owner that it's a list of, "undesirables," and that there will be absolutely no repercussions from the government if those on the list aren't allowed entry. What happens? Surprise, surprise, the venue owner bans those on the list. Is this all a reach? Perhaps...for now.
  • AJ August 10, 2017 at 4:48 pm on Janice’s Journal: It’s Time to Topple California’s Lifetime Registry@A. Spencer: Thank you for your input and opinion. I'm sorry to hear you are surviving some sort of sexual abuse. Many on here are survivors as well. Your statement is a bit confusing, and I would say off the mark. I guess those who have not been convicted can be? Those would be the uncles, mothers, step-family members, clergy, teachers and such that have been sneaking around without your knowledge and are where the lion's share of offending happens. The convicted offenders are the only ones who ARE getting "cured" (to use your word), because they are given counseling, therapy and coping skills as part of their sentence and rehabilitation. But what exactly do you mean my "sex offender" anyway? In some states, kidnapping a child--even with no sexual motives involved--labels one as a sex offender. Is that what you mean? Some states, high school students streaking across the football field during a game get convicted as sex offenders. Maybe that's who you mean. In other states, public urination gets one convicted as sex offender. I suppose you could mean them. Are there pathological sex offenders? Yup, just like pathological murders (commonly called 'serial killers'), drug dealers, burglars, etc., etc. Pathological people, regardless the pathology, are incredibly difficult to help, but to say nobody convicted of a sex offense can be "cured" is well of the mark. You are but one case, and you may well have been harmed by a pathological abuser, I don't know. But you are definitely painting with a very broad brush. Again, I'm sorry for whatever harms and abuses you suffered. God Bless.
  • Smacks of potential illegal politicking by the badge August 10, 2017 at 4:42 pm on Authorities looked at nearly 1,800 homes for this convicted child predator, but none were suitable. He now lives in a motelThis echoes the story last month of the gent in AZ where the sheriff's deputy told the campground owner they should not be doing business with the RC, which is not in sheriff's or his office's line of business to do. I have to agree this is potential illegal political activity.
  • DavidH August 10, 2017 at 4:11 pm on Authorities looked at nearly 1,800 homes for this convicted child predator, but none were suitable. He now lives in a motelThis only goes to show why there cant be a registry tiered or otherwise! You cant villanize people as this and expect that the public will be accepting. I wouldn't feel comfortable knowing that he is around. And without the registry, as it's always been since the beginning of time. People just dont learn of these dirty little secrets, and life goes on. And yes occasionally a child does have a bad experience that most will get over. There was no epidemic in sex crimes when registries happened: Only a series of headline cases here folks wondered how such things could happen. Well if one examines the reasons, generally you'll find that the "system" failed. They let people who had a bad history run free. Those were the people law enforcement should have been looking after had they been doing their job-- a law enforcement only registry everyone would have agreed is a good idea. But this story illustrates the collision of good intentions paired with greedy power hungry people of power and responsibility: AKA politicians, judges, Prosecutors, etc. they are the ones charged to solve our problems, but it is they who failed. Well blame isn't the issue here-- No need for a registry and law enforcement and legislators doing their jobs are the issues here
  • Nondescript August 10, 2017 at 3:21 pm on Janice’s Journal: It’s Time to Topple California’s Lifetime Registry@A. Spencer I would suggest to you that the phrase “convicted child sex offender” does not always align with that which is imprinted on your mind and the mind of others. It has become a label generated by our controllers to oppress large swaths of people and keep YOU in a low vibrational state of mind as well. (Mainly because you are, in the future going to expect the kind of behavior that suits the label) And if you can place your anguish aside and refrain from parroting what others have told you for the moment, remember this if nothing else: If you choose tyranny for some , you are in effect choosing it for all, including yourself, so be careful what you wish for. I am not a convict nor a sex offender. I am a “survivor” just like you.
  • ab August 10, 2017 at 2:59 pm on Authorities looked at nearly 1,800 homes for this convicted child predator, but none were suitable. He now lives in a motelI saw this very soon after it was posted here. After a number of hours I have come up with one question. Where did the author of the story come up with the idea that the authorities were searching for a home for this guy? The California department of state hospitals isn't law enforcement and neither is the healthcare company hired to watch the man 24/7. If anything the authorities were waging a campaign against this guy finding a suitable residence. The sheriff's office and district attorney wanted the public to get a court to deny the man a home and it worked.
  • USA August 10, 2017 at 2:41 pm on MI: Neighbors, community members react to registered sex offender looking to open businessWow, this is another sad story. I would sue the landlord! The guy paid his debt to society, probably can't get a job and what's better than starting your own business? It's shocking to see how our Country spends billions to help other countrird, but yet what about when it comes to our own? I can recall as a young man going to a barber and the barber was ranting about the guy he just fired. The guy went to prison, learned a trade and simply wanted to work? Wake up society!
  • Hopeful August 10, 2017 at 2:12 pm on Janice’s Journal: It’s Time to Topple California’s Lifetime RegistryYou sound close minded not very smart. Period saying that you know about the rehabilitation potential of a registered sex offender because you were an abuse victim is like saying you know all about automobile safety because you got in a car accident. I hope you get the attention that you want and the help that you need good luck.
  • Nicholas Maietta August 10, 2017 at 1:58 pm on MI: Neighbors, community members react to registered sex offender looking to open businessI really hope there is a God and i really hope there is a Day of Judgement. Banishing a human being from being self-sufficient goes even further than being banished from having shelter or working for someone else. This is not only insane, it's criminal. One day, someone is going to be pushed from being sane and banished, to completely losing it and will start killing people. If you PUSH someone far enough, they will eventually break. Is this what we as a society want? Because i get the impression they just don't give a damn and this is exactly what they are doing to registered citizens. We cannot travel freely. We constantly face imprisonment for little things like forgetting our check-in appointments. We are publicly humiliated shamed and mentally tortured. We are banished from commenting on news websites about our issues and prevented from communicating with our government. We are forced to place signs in our yards. We are forced to advertise our criminal record "label" on drivers' licenses. We are plastered on digital displays in courthouses in some States. We are prevented from using dating websites to find a companion. We are stigmatized so badly that even employers won't hire us. We are banished from finding good housing in most States. We are not allowed to be involved in our children's lives at parks and schools. And now we're being kept from operating our own businesses? Yeah if someone finally loses it, i can't say i didn't see this coming. This shit has to stop before it starts. The real war isn't looming starting with North Korea. The real war is right in our own towns.
  • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy August 10, 2017 at 1:18 pm on Janice’s Journal: It’s Time to Topple California’s Lifetime RegistrySelf-proclaimed "survivors" don't get automatic buy-in from me. We've had a culture of "believe the victim" for so long that we've lost our critical faculties. Time to get 'em back.
  • Lake County August 10, 2017 at 12:46 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLI would imagine that getting approval from the school is the easy part. Getting the student Visa will be the challenge. As Concerned Registrant stated, you will likely not have any problem visiting a Schengen country, but staying their and passing a background check will be difficult at best. You would definitely need the help of an attorney in that country.
  • steve August 10, 2017 at 12:38 pm on Janice’s Journal: It’s Time to Topple California’s Lifetime RegistryA Spencer are you a professional in the field or a bitter angry survivor who's out to get everyone not associated with your situation. Get some help.
  • AlexO August 10, 2017 at 12:31 pm on Authorities looked at nearly 1,800 homes for this convicted child predator, but none were suitable. He now lives in a motel"But none of the homes were deemed suitable for Snyder, a sexually violent predator convicted seven times of molesting children, the district attorney’s office said in a statement." Was this seven counts or seven separate convictions? If he's being let out into the community, I'm thinking its the former. If it's the latter, this person has severe issues and I don't know if he'd fair well on the outside. Still, these restrictions and allowing public opinion on who lives where, is pretty bad in general. The public should have as little say as possible. People are dumb, panicky animals.
  • Eric August 10, 2017 at 12:17 pm on 2017 ACSOL Conference Videos uploadedThese videos are gold. A new epoch is upon us. Thank you all.
  • wonderin August 10, 2017 at 12:14 pm on Janice’s Journal: It’s Time to Topple California’s Lifetime RegistryEveryone is a survivor of something. Big deal! It doesn't make you an expert on anything. One doesn't have to be cured to learn to cope with their disabilities or irregular mindset. Effective therapy can help both victims and perpetrators to live constructive lives.
  • Thoughtasweak August 10, 2017 at 12:08 pm on Janice’s Journal: It’s Time to Topple California’s Lifetime RegistryThat is incorrect assumption. Studies show that the reoffense rates are in the single digits, after a person is caught. I am a mother of an abuse survivor, and I know many registrants who have been offense free for years after their conviction. The registry only gives families a false sense of security, as they believe in the "boogeyman" sex offender that will jump out of the bushes to molest their kids at the park. What they fail to realize is that over 90% of sex offenses are committed by someone the victim knows and trusts who isn't on the registry. I am sure that you are one of those 90%, as well it was for our situation. We need laws based on facts, not the myth of the boogeyman. We need education programs to teach parents who are the biggest threats (not a known sex offender), and how to minimize their children's risk of being abused, as well as prevention programs that allows individuals to seek help without fear of being prosecuted (like the successful Dukenfeld project in Germany).
  • New Person August 10, 2017 at 11:47 am on Authorities looked at nearly 1,800 homes for this convicted child predator, but none were suitable. He now lives in a motelEssentially, the public can ban him from living in their area.
  • DPH August 10, 2017 at 11:43 am on Emotional Support Group meeting – Aug. 26 in L.A.Thanks for having this available to RC's and their Families and friends. We just need one up here in NorCal for those who cannot travel to L.A. Maybe the ACLU BLDG in SF City. Good Deal
  • kind of living August 10, 2017 at 11:26 am on Authorities looked at nearly 1,800 homes for this convicted child predator, but none were suitable. He now lives in a motelthis is that happed when Singleton got out , they end up putting singleton in a trailer on some prison grounds tell he was off prole , its really a drag he went on to kill a women in Florida , these hi profile cases are really counter productive , its to bad that much more time would of been spent on helping him so not reoffend rather than the stupid prison time to punish , I just don't see how punishment was cheaper or better than helping him so there would a much lesser chance of reoffending , not to mention the advancement in this kind of medicine as well as knowledge of helping people as a whole , punishment is not the answer for people that are sick , punishment stands in the way of positive future out come as well as real advancement in humane thinking rather than guilt sin blame punish cycle that go's no where no one is truly helped including the "victim" or future "victims" , what about the "victim" that is inflicted with some kind of disorder that can be helped if only the door was open with out the whole shaming process and fear of prosecution even , the system we have now is a nightmare for everyone , I am just saying that many of the places that prisons and state hospitals are more geared to keeping people and not truly fixing anyone , and when it comes to citizens with issues dealing with sex "Crimes" even being in a state hospital there is an element of punishment that is in the way of treatment ,, shaming once people get out ,
  • mike r August 10, 2017 at 10:58 am on MI: Neighbors, community members react to registered sex offender looking to open businesscollective karma is coming...North Korea...big boom boom...hope it doesn't happen but if it does its because of people like this...
  • Gralphr August 10, 2017 at 10:50 am on Are sex offender registries reinforcing inequality?The fact the laws are mirrored after how Germany treated the Jews (minus the gas chambers) shows it is indeed punishment and reinforcing inequality. Besides being like Nazi Germany, its also pretty close to the old Jim Crow laws. You can call it Jim Crow 2.0.
  • AlexO August 10, 2017 at 10:27 am on MI: Neighbors, community members react to registered sex offender looking to open businessUnfortunately, the current laws only protect from discrimination for those that are part of a "protected class". Among other things, it includes gender, race, and religion. A sex offender is not a protected class. So the government basically gave everyone free reign to discriminate against RC's as long as that discrimination is only based on the fact that they're an RC.
  • kind of living August 10, 2017 at 9:04 am on Survey – International Travel after IMLI want one of those T shirts ! a whole box full of them and put ACSOL on it , and go down town and just give them to everyone , not even telling them what acsol is , and keep one for myself lol
  • AJ August 10, 2017 at 8:49 am on Authorities looked at nearly 1,800 homes for this convicted child predator, but none were suitable. He now lives in a motelI have a significant problem with this: "In a Facebook post, the Sheriff’s Office urged Squaw Valley residents to speak up to stop Snyder’s placement in their community." This is well beyond the mission and duty of the Sheriff's Office. In fact, I wonder if it could perhaps be illegal political activity. It's one thing for the Sheriff to put out a neutral statement saying this person is seeking, etc. It's quite another to outright "urge" residents to act. If this is okay, what's to stop the Sheriff from "urging" residents to start making life hard for other RCs already settled in the area?
  • kind of living August 10, 2017 at 8:34 am on MI: Neighbors, community members react to registered sex offender looking to open businessthis sucks , but I read this and see this RC as a rock star , and so should anyone that truly wants to save just one child , this guy is there with what sounds like a great idea for the community , that don't mean that they should turn a blind eye to him anymore than they should anyone else , better watch out for the toy store owner ,or the guy that did not honor his contract to rent this store to this citizen
  • Concerned Registrant August 10, 2017 at 8:18 am on Survey – International Travel after IMLI do agree that there are questions that need to be answered. Not only must the school accept an RC as a student, but the country's government must approve. We can currently enter the Schengen region on a "tourist" capacity, but staying as a student requires a "student" visa, which includes very specific questions and a background clearance. It is one thing to be allowed into a country by a border agent, and another to be approved by a bureaucrat. I hope someone succeeds in this process and lets us know about it. This could open up an option for many of us.
  • Bill August 10, 2017 at 8:16 am on MI: Neighbors, community members react to registered sex offender looking to open businessI'd would find a good lawyer!
  • Counting the days August 10, 2017 at 7:54 am on Survey – International Travel after IMLFor the benifit of clarity if anyone chooses to travel to Guam, their registry offender level designation is the reverse of the U.S. Level 1 - highest Level 2 - medium Level 3 - lowest They seem to run their registry more "civilized" than the U.S. as well. Any additional input or comments is welcome ( if constructive ).
  • kind of living August 10, 2017 at 7:13 am on General Comments August 2017just go's to show that all the fearmongering dealing with RC's the safety of our children are at further risk , because less people will be willing to step up for fear of being branded , or RC's for sure wont even give a second look to help for RC's will be scrutinized even if trying to help and fear being charged with some bogus case, or being killed or harmed by witch hunters , its proof that banishment/ registration don't make anyone safer , clearly its the opposite ,
  • @ Notgivingup August 10, 2017 at 6:39 am on General Comments August 2017Five working days (M-F are considered working days) according to the doc you can find here in the CA block of info: http://all4consolaws.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Summary-of-State-Registration-Laws-Concerning-Short.pdf
  • kind of living August 10, 2017 at 6:36 am on General Comments August 2017@ AJ ,,, interesting since most RC's are at different ends of the of the dinner table as the Neo , agenda is a nice way to put it , its truly hard for me to understand what the agenda is , like trump talking about the race horse analogy and his German blood being "good stuff" with one face , then turn around with a new face talking about how he respects all people , hell lets have another War and guess what? trans gender are not allowed to serve , why not ? , , and those of us that served that are now RC's not being able to be buried in military cemetery and this is cool with now at least three different presidents , or RC's not even being able to receive health care in hospitals or clinics with them knowing we are RC's and being shuffled off to a longer time of waiting as well as doctors having an open bad demeanor because they find your an RC ? agenda is painted like a picture of a field of flowers with a distant fire in the back ground , thinking about all this makes me want to drink whisky with a beer chaser and listen to Robert Cray in hopes of drowning the noise of self serving politicians , and I have not drank for 15 years .lol all the same that was an interesting post
  • someone who cares August 10, 2017 at 6:01 am on General Comments August 2017Not Giving Up ~ Here is a link to the State's requirements, and California has a 5 day registration law for out out state/ visitors. I attached it here. http://all4consolaws.org/lawsbystates/rsol_states_Overview.pdf Also, the Cities and County Ordinances I posted earlier say that Redding and Shashta County don't have any Presence, Residence or Holiday Restrictions. Can someone explain what the 5 days for visitors ( more than 14 consecutive days ) means? Does it mean that you don't have to register if you plan on staying less than 14 days but more than 5? Another vague way to confuse people, I guess.
  • James August 10, 2017 at 5:24 am on Survey – International Travel after IMLDear Frank: This most definitely a travel question...but as you seem to suspect, there are wheels inside of wheels working here: Some suggested approaches and issues that would need to be resolved or answered first: 1. Do you need to check out with your registering agency? Answer, probably certainly Yes, but, need you re-register, yearly or whatever is required of you even if you are over seas? 2. Will the school over seas accept a RSO? But before that even, can you get into that country? Continental Europe you can most certainly get in, but, will the school itself accept you? Is there a question on their application form concerning your criminal history? This is something I would encourage for everyone...but there are serious questions to be teased out into the open, and then answered, first, (imo). Good Luck, Really... James
  • Nondescript August 10, 2017 at 5:23 am on LA: Debate builds over suggestion by child rape victim’s mother to create sex crimes arrest list@timmr I think the math is even weirder than you suggest. By constantly reinforcing this victim/ offender dichotomy, they are able to suck the power out of both. "Victim" is from Latin victima which means a dupe, or someone who has been conquered and sacrificed to a supernatural power. No wonder they love to use that word. ( but that is a whole other subject) Yeah , I agree. Freedom is becoming an anomaly and something to be mistrusted. I think the desire for it is actually being bred out of us. The one thing that is nurtured by freedom and stifled by continuous monitoring, and restrictions is creativity and imagination- and I have come to believe that, that must be the biggest threat to " them" of all. Once they harness those from us, we are just automatons without the ability to imagine an alternative way to be. A better way to live. We are either going to beat them at their game, or our future really will be the "boot stamping on a human face—for ever.” Collective imagination is our real power. We need to yank their boots off before it is too late and I do believe it is possible.
  • Joe123 August 10, 2017 at 2:17 am on MI: Neighbors, community members react to registered sex offender looking to open businessThese people should do the world a favor and step off of a cliff. America is about 2nd chances which these people absolutely are not. We don't need hate like that in this country.
  • T August 10, 2017 at 1:47 am on MI: Neighbors, community members react to registered sex offender looking to open businessSimple, if there's no reason but excuses to deny and exclude registrants from finding a place to live, then this is discrimination, file a lawsuit and fight for change to allow registrants to find a place live without being molested and live like a normal person.
  • New Person August 9, 2017 at 11:53 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilJanice, The more I think about your title about "Shame on SD City Council", the more I believe they are not shameful at all. There is no shame in refuting facts for them and that the only facts that matter are their fears. I just hope this goes to trial and you put a whooping legally and fiscally so that all of California hears and feels the irresponsibility. No more chipping away at letting them settle out of court. Bring it to ahead and publicly educate the whole state once and for all.
  • New Person August 9, 2017 at 11:44 pm on General Comments August 2017So the father who lost his daughter goes and punches the guy? Can't be the father's fault, right?
  • Nondescript August 9, 2017 at 11:43 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilThree of the five council members who voted not to repeal the ordinance Chris Cate, Georgette Gomez and Lorie Zapf have recently been appointed to head up a first of its kind in San Diego, the Homelessness Committee. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2017/may/16/san-diego-city-council-homeless-committee/ I must say, they couldn't have chosen a finer group. 🤔🤔 The homelessness task force will work in conjunction with, among others, a new County program for Community Based Services and Recidivism Reduction (CoSRR). " This project will change the lives of participants by identifying and addressing complex needs at the root of criminogenic behavior, by advancing wellness and healing, building skills for self-sufficiency " ( But you shan't be able to live next door to anyone and stay away from me and my dog)
  • Q August 9, 2017 at 10:45 pm on FL: Hundreds of Miami Sex Offenders Live in a Squalid Tent City Near HialeahIs Florida part of Saudi Arabia or ISIS? Just wondering because I've only heard of heathens and heathen nations doing this sort of thing to their own people. I'm talking of inhumane treatment of other human beings because they think they are better than everyone else.
  • Notgivingup August 9, 2017 at 10:36 pm on General Comments August 2017Can someone from California please answer this, I want to visit Redding from out of state, as long as I do not stay longer than 5 days am I good to go without having to register?
  • Q August 9, 2017 at 10:26 pm on San Diego Sex Offender Residency Law Faces Uphill Legal BattleCity Attorney Mara Elliott must be a very frustrated attorney having to work with a group that can only be described as ignoramuses.
  • Q August 9, 2017 at 10:05 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City Council"Pure evil" - I've been calling this entire public registry thing and everything that has sprung up from it, like presence and residency restrictions. Glad to hear someone else calling it what it actually is. "Ignorance is a choice" - are you listening San Diego?
  • USA August 9, 2017 at 9:56 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilWell, I'm not sure what to say. The City S Officials sound a bit arrogant. Can you imagine if the law had ruled with them? Yet, they still refuse to follow such rulings. I would like to see someone sue this city and follow it through until settled with a financial reward! Best of luck! Times are changing
  • Robert August 9, 2017 at 8:15 pm on International Travel – MexicoStewart, Sorry that this experience happened to you. It is a terrible experience to go through. I would encourage you to seek the truth of what actually occurred as much as possible. I have experienced this on three occasions visiting my family overseas. What likely happened to you is that a “traveling sex offender” alert was sent to Mexico in advance of your arrival. Based on factual information posted here and in the news since late 2012, it is likely that your government did share your information with a foreign country. Recently there was a post here, a press release by Philippine Immigration that reported the Philippine government received traveling sex offender alerts from three countries – UK, US and Australia. If the UK is sending alerts to Philippines on their citizens then certainly they are likely sending to Mexico as well. Link: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/620103/176-sex-offenders-mostly-americans-barred-from-entering-phl-in-first-half-of-2017-bi/story/ Also a couple years ago, UK and US DHS ICE announced a joint effort to share information on their citizens: https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-uk-national-crime-agency-enhance-joint-efforts-combat-child-exploitation This is also evidence that UK shares data on its citizens. It is unlikely that you will be provided any information as the actual alerts (which is just an email) are treated as protected information by the government – they call it “intelligence” which is a joke because as most of us who this has happened know this false information being generated for political purposes than any actual threat to foreign citizens. If you have protected rights in the UK, maybe you have a lawsuit if you can uncover the truth. Many of us believe that the government is violating many civil rights and it will likely need resolved through the courts for this to end. Best of luck to you in discovering and uncovering the truth.
  • Biol57 August 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm on 2017 ACSOL Conference Videos uploadedThank you so much for posting the videos for those of us who were not able to attend the conference. You have my continued support for the work you do on our behalf.
  • Jack August 9, 2017 at 6:49 pm on San Diego Sex Offender Residency Law Faces Uphill Legal BattleCan't say I'm surprised. The city council in San Diego sounds like a bunch of Nazi thugs to me. They'll never change. Real Nazis like these just need to be stopped.
  • Fighting!! August 9, 2017 at 6:44 pm on FL: Hundreds of Miami Sex Offenders Live in a Squalid Tent City Near HialeahThis registry thing is working exactly as the Books want it. Banish and Punish after the court ordered sentence has been fulfilled. Its also creating some nice patronage jobs throughout America for politicians to "give back" to their donors, friends and/or family members. FOLLOW THE MONEY $$$! Do these people really want to protect children from sexual abuse? Spineless, Brainless idiots. Also, What's in your closet Mr. Walsh & others? Admit it now.
  • Frank August 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLI know that this isn't a travel question, but is it possible for an RSO to study abroad? thanks.
  • Chris F August 9, 2017 at 6:14 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilI'm torn. I like simplicity, but I don't think other motions get far enough because they don't paint the entire picture of how ridiculous all this is and how many parts of the constitution it actually touches on. I could see some tweaking and removing redundancy, but I like that it includes so many issues. I see that dissenting opinion I posted about a little while ago where the judge actually thought registration doesn't tick off any more boxes of the mendoza list than the 2003 Smith V Doe, and can't believe it.
  • kind of living August 9, 2017 at 5:22 pm on General Comments August 2017@C ,,, it looks to me that they are going bypass the fantasizing thing , and just go for the juggler and go after anyone thinking at all , thinkers are a threat to the security of tyrants
  • Harry August 9, 2017 at 5:11 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilAfter San Diego looses it would be easy to petition a Public Servant Honestly Act initiative on the state ballot
  • Harry August 9, 2017 at 4:59 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilAnd to add to your day, I am a cat servant (there no such thing a cat owner) Cyrene do not need a license and the only reason he has his shots because they were given to him when he was neutered by a free clinic. No Price Club for cats or cat servants.
  • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy August 9, 2017 at 4:48 pm on International Travel – MexicoInterpol makes clear in their stated policies that any authority to share criminal history data is controlled solely by their respective country; if the U.K. is unwilling to share that data through Interpol then it will not be shared, according to this rule. Interpol has no independent authority to transmit such data through its network.
  • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy August 9, 2017 at 4:47 pm on International Travel – MexicoInterpol makes clear in their stated policies that any authority to share criminal history data is controlled solely by their respective country; if the U.K. is unwilling to share that data through Interpol then it will not be shared, according to this rule.
  • Lake County August 9, 2017 at 4:16 pm on General Comments August 2017Accused Florida kidnapper was actually helping lost child, police say: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/27/accused-florida-kidnapper-was-actually-helping-lost-child-police-say.html No surprise this story came out of Floridah. Could you imagine the harm it would have done to this person if he was a registered citizen? It's very sad to say, but I would not help a lost child except to call the police from a distance. It just isn't worth the risk to myself.
  • Timmmy August 9, 2017 at 4:15 pm on International Travel – MexicoLet them threaten all they want. They can't stop you. I have even left the inspection to go pee.
  • Timmmy August 9, 2017 at 4:13 pm on International Travel – MexicoCell phones do work close to the border, but VERY close. That would be within a mile of the border. T-Mobile, and its now owned MetroPCS now have roaming included in its plans now. AT&T should have it now since their purchase of two major cell phone carriers in Mexico.
  • Timmmy August 9, 2017 at 4:08 pm on International Travel – MexicoMarry a Mexican is about it.
  • AJ August 9, 2017 at 4:06 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City Council@mike r Your motion is sounding like not only spaghetti tossed against the wall to see what will stick, but also a bit like the old Ragu commercial: "it's in there...!" 😉 Now just a few meatballs, and dinner is served. FYI, the SCOTUS decision that said a law cannot be so vague such that a person of ordinary intelligence cannot figure it out happened to be about loitering. City of Chicago v. Morales (http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/527/41/case.pdf). A helpful article about loitering (a liberty interest) can be found here: https://www.citylab.com/life/2014/09/a-guide-to-legal-loitering/380615/
  • Jc & the guys August 9, 2017 at 4:02 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilHere-Here, toast to the Truth! You go KM.
  • Jc & the guys August 9, 2017 at 4:01 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilThank you now we can all read the law from San Diego
  • AJ August 9, 2017 at 3:39 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City Council@invisable Good luck with that.
  • AJ August 9, 2017 at 3:30 pm on General Comments August 2017"As long as they are not defaming of course." With that thought in mind, I changed "Did" to "Dated" in my one example. 😉 I can verify the latter with his own words, but not the former.
  • lovewillprevail August 9, 2017 at 3:30 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilRather than waste my time explaining the Texas constitution and the types of Texas municipalities and the powers granted to them by the state, I will just say consult with a Texas attorney who specializes in Texas municipal law if you plan on not complying with Texas municipal ordinances. So no offense to you, you can believe whatever you want to believe, but I am making my decisions based upon my reading of the Texas constitution and the Texas Local Government Code until a court rules an ordinance invalid for whatever reason. I have also spoken with a high profile attorney in Texas regarding some of these issues. I just had to make my comments in case anyone from Texas thinks about following your beliefs. I just do not want to see anyone from Texas running into trouble.
  • David August 9, 2017 at 2:28 pm on San Diego Sex Offender Residency Law Faces Uphill Legal BattleGood article that clearly states all the reasons the law should have been repealed. And it has good links/downloads including to the lawsuit filing itself (with Janice's name right up top!) (Thank you, ACSOL and Janice, for bringing a big smile to my face!)
  • Joe123 August 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm on San Diego Sex Offender Residency Law Faces Uphill Legal BattleWe're with you Janice! Thank you for doing the right thing. These council members that voted against the repeal already look like idiots claiming that these laws protect children when they should be looking within their own family circles to find sexual abuse going on. Mis-guided morons, who are going to cost San Diego tens of thousands and hopefully hundreds of thousands of dollars. Hope they learn their lesson.
  • Warren H. August 9, 2017 at 1:08 pm on Join us at CDCR Hearing on Sept 1 on Prop 57Where do you stand on this extended parole terms ? When I signed my deal I signed for 4 years now their papers read 5 years. And why can't we get early release from parole? Do you have someone in San Diego county the wife an I can talk to? Prisoner's hand books detail the possible early release...
  • Gary August 9, 2017 at 12:43 pm on Are sex offender registries reinforcing inequality?Retroactive registration for sex offenders before the enactment was past are unconstitutional and the U.S. Supreme Court should rule in favor of our constitutional rights. The retroactive laws are not regulatory but are absolutely punitive in nature. GT
  • Don't defame them of course August 9, 2017 at 12:40 pm on General Comments August 2017As long as they are not defaming of course.
  • She is outdated by 50 years at least August 9, 2017 at 12:37 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilThe separate but equal ideology went out with the civil rights movement in case she forgot. She should pull up photos and stories of separate but equal water fountains, dining areas, bus seats, etc. Maybe someone ought to send her some of those or have them in the case filing for the judge to remind the City Atty about.
  • concerned registrant August 9, 2017 at 12:33 pm on International Travel – MexicoYour speculation based upon your experience is probably true, and I would not be surprised. Keep in mind however, that the information on our travel is also being shared with Interpol, which is an international police force, and the information could be disseminated by them to any country of arrival. Just another possibility.
  • Harry August 9, 2017 at 12:27 pm on FL: Hundreds of Miami Sex Offenders Live in a Squalid Tent City Near HialeahThat live-in nanny, that abused her. should get a royalty for all the money she is making, because if Ms. Book was never abuse she and papa Book would be a nobodies.
  • mike r August 9, 2017 at 12:12 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City Councilperfect someone...aj and chris your both right and I like how you worded that..In my motion...lol ..
  • invisable August 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City Council@lovewillprevail, Sorry this is so long, but since your from Texas here is something for you and any one else that is on here from Texas. The True Power of the People Over Unconstitutional Acts December 22, 2016 Tao of LawLeave a comment So, some municipality has ‘enacted’ an ordinance, and is using it to charge you with some sort of ‘crime’ defined therein. But, have you bothered to even ask yourself if they actually have any lawful authority to so such a thing?  If not, why not?  Do you simply assume that they automatically have this authority?  If so, then, obviously, you have never asked yourself just from where exactly they allegedly did or could get it, right? Well, I am here to tell you, and show you, that they don’t have it, and that they have never had it, despite all their protestations to the contrary.  I have several other articles written on this blog that goes into the details of exactly how and why that is, so I won’t belabor it further with another article that does the same thing. What I am going to do is show you just one of the ways that the People have reserved to themselves the lawful authority to force a municipality’s rogue ‘legislation genie’ back into its bottle and seal it up so it stops interfering in your life and messing with your property. Below you will find a People’s Petition of Grievances and Remonstrance that will be used against the CITY OF DALLAS for its unlawful creation of an unconstitutional ordinance, and the use of that ordinance against the People of Texas as if it has the force and effect of binding public law, which it absolutely and constitutionally does not. Making the CITY OF DALLAS’ effort to use and enforce the statute an unconstitutional act under color of law that subjects them to tort actions for their treason and violation of fundamental human and individual rights that we the People specifically reserved to ourselves as being inviolable by our government, at any level. The Title of the petition that should indicate that we need a change in direction of what and to whom we address such petitions. I am of the mind that, since the municipality really has no authority to what it did in the first place, which is to try and make any law binding upon the public, then we shouldn’t be petitioning them for anything. I am thinking of this in the same common sense manner that one wouldn’t try to petition the local thieves guild to do something about all the burglaries and robberies occurring in your neighborhood. We should be going directly to the state legislature and demanding that they protect our rights and property by putting laws into place forbidding this fraud and making municipalities and their employees directly liable for their actions under state law. But we have to REALLY go after the legislators to make it happen, because, right now, they are getting a cut of the stolen property to allow this to continue. THAT is what we need to expose and resolve so that this has a chance to actually work. The petition was not my idea, but I decided it had merit in what it sought to do and offered to assist in “fleshing it out” with more specific grievances and remonstrances so that signers of the petition, as well as the criminals hiding behind the municipal corporate veil, would have a clear understanding of the specific rights and issues involved here, and the People’s demands and requirements for making it right. Please, if you live in the Dallas, Texas area, or anywhere in Texas, like San Antonio for example, where similar ordinances have been enacted, then please look for places in your area to sign this petition and exercise your rightful power against unlawful and unconstitutional encroachment and infringement by these criminal municipal corporations who spit on our rights and constitution for their own private interests. Even better, use the attached MS Word document version to start one in your own neighborhood. Remember, we can all stand and fight together now, while we can and should, or we will all eventually and surely be tried and hanged alone. PUBLIC NOTICE AND PETITION FOR REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES TO THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS AGAINST THE MUNICIPAL CORPORATION OPERATING AS “CITY OF DALLAS” Notice, this petition is being instituted, signed, and presented by men and women of the Texas Republic, as sovereign People and free individuals domiciled within the geographical region of the Texas Republic commonly referred to as “Dallas,” as a public demand for redress of grievances relating to and challenging the unlawful and unconstitutional imposition of CITY OF DALLAS ORDINANCE NO. 29595. The free men and women who have signed this petition are of one mind in that, the CITY OF DALLAS ORDINANCE NO. 29595 is violative of the most basic and fundamental of human rights and needs, is violative of state and federal constitutional provisions and prohibitions upon the limited powers and nature of government, and the knowing and willful violation of rights specifically reserved by the People to themselves to protect against such abuses of the People’s own delegated powers through governmental overreach and unlawful usurpations of powers and authority never delegated and constitutionally forbidden to any political subdivision of the state, or to the state government, by the People of the Texas Republic. The CITY OF DALLAS may already be liable through individual and class action torts for unlawfully acting under color of law and without lawful authority in knowing and willful violation of both the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES (“US Constitution”) and THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF TEXAS (“Texas Constitution”). Whereas:   on its face, CITY OF DALLAS ORDINANCE NO. 29595 infringes upon, outlaws, and prohibits the free exercise and enjoyment of the People’s fundamental rights, such as the right to free association and to peaceably assemble, the right to freedom of religion and to engage in the consensual practices and customs thereof, and the right to individual liberty in all of these and the pursuit of happiness associated therewith. Whereas:   on its face, CITY OF DALLAS ORDINANCE NO. 29595 infringes upon, outlaws, and prohibits the free exercise and enjoyment of the People’s fundamental rights by unlawfully and unconstitutionally converting the free exercise and enjoyment of those rights into a crime with the threat of penalty and punishment via unconstitutional taxation or fines imposed for no other purpose that to punish the act of  caring for and feeding of their fellow man in the form of the poor and/or homeless People who are doing nothing more than trying to survive within the corporate municipal limits of the CITY OF DALLAS. CITY OF DALLAS ORDINANCE NO. 29595 is a prima facie violation of the following protected individual rights and constitutional prohibitions: The unconstitutional exercise of prohibited legislative powers specifically delegated to the Legislature of the State of Texas under Article 3, Sec. 1, and the constitutionally mandated process for the creation of any and all binding public law within Secs. 29-39 of said Article, and, therefore, are specifically prohibited to be exercised by municipalities and counties, including, but not limited to, the unlawful and unconstitutional exercise of any and all legislative authority having the intent or false pretense of creating and enacting binding public law in any form for any purpose whatsoever. The unconstitutional exercise of constitutionally delegated powers and acts specifically prohibited to municipalities as set forth in Article 11, Sec. 5, of the Texas Constitution The unconstitutional violation of specific rights and protections reserved to the People of Texas under Article 1 of the Texas Constitution’s Bill of Rights, including, but not limited to, the right to challenge and hold void any and all governmental and non-governmental corporate violations of any provisions or prohibitions therein under Article 1, Sec. 29. The unconstitutional violation of specific rights and protections reserved to the People of Texas by which the state and its political subdivisions are constitutionally prohibited from exercising any power or authority violative of any clause or provision within the Texas Constitution, especially those within the Bill of Rights. The right to freedom of Religion, as it prohibits the right of the People to minister to the poor and needy as a part of their religious or personal custom and practice. The right to freedom of association as a natural right, as it prohibits the right of the People to befriend and provide aid and assistance to whomever they may choose for whatever reason they may choose. The right to peaceably assemble as a natural right, as it prohibits the right of the People to gather together to minster to and provide charitable aid and mutual kinship and comfort to those in need. The right to the pursuit of happiness as a natural right, as it prohibits the right of the People to enjoy providing mutually voluntary and consensual aid and assistance to those in need as their heart and personal morality may move them to do. The right to Due Process, as this ordinance is a violation of the right of a free People to life, liberty, property, and all the rights, privileges, and immunities of same, and in some cases, serves as a potential death sentence devoid of any form of due process or human empathy for the plight of others. The unconstitutional violation of the specific right to local SELF-government, as being a right specifically reserved solely to the PEOPLE of Texas within Article 1, Sec. 1 of the Bill of Rights of the Texas Constitution, in both their natural capacity as sovereign individuals and as a public body assembled, which is not a right or delegated power that is in any way reserved to the creation or operation of municipal corporations, counties, or the State government. Whereas:   on its face, CITY OF DALLAS ORDINANCE NO. 29595 unconstitutionally infringes upon, outlaws, and prohibits the People of Texas from invoking the blessings of Almighty God by performing His commandments and works. THE TEXAS CONSTITUTION PREAMBLE Humbly invoking the blessings of Almighty God, the People of the State of Texas, do ordain and establish this Constitution. Whereas:   on its face, CITY OF DALLAS ORDINANCE NO. 29595 unconstitutionally infringes upon, outlaws, and prohibits the People of Texas from declaring and acting upon their individually reserved right to local self-government of THEMSELVES, both as individuals and as a community in relation to their private individual and communal actions and activities, just one aspect of which is providing consensual and voluntary care and assistance to the poor and needy. The right of local self-government is specifically reserved to the People of Texas under Article 1, Sec. 1 of the Bill of Rights within the Texas Constitution, not to the corporate municipality, county, or state governments. ARTICLE 1. BILL OF RIGHTS That the general, great and essential principles of liberty and free government may be recognized and established, we declare: Sec. 1. FREEDOM AND SOVEREIGNTY OF STATE.          Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States. Whereas:   on its face, CITY OF DALLAS ORDINANCE NO. 29595 unconstitutionally infringes upon, outlaws, and prohibits the right of the People of Texas to individual and collectively exercise their individual and collective political power in a manner they have deemed necessary and fitting, and denies the People of Texas in their rightful authority and to all benefits and privileges associated therewith, while simultaneously denying the People an independent and sovereign State and a Republican form of government as existing and operating by and for their individual and mutual consent and benefit, rather than for the private interests of the corporate municipality. ARTICLE 1. BILL OF RIGHTS Sec. 2. INHERENT POLITICAL POWER; REPUBLICAN FORM OF GOVERNMENT.             All political power is inherent in the People, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the People of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient. Whereas:   on its face, CITY OF DALLAS ORDINANCE NO. 29595 unconstitutionally infringes upon and violates multiple provisions and prohibitions of the Texas Constitution by the fraudulent exercise of Legislative authority in order to unlawfully defraud the People by the fraudulent creation of unconstitutionally enacted binding public law that was void ab initio. The power to create binding public law is constitutionally delegated and vested solely within the LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS (“Texas Legislature”) by Article 3, Sec. 1 of the Texas Constitution, and that power may not and cannot be re-delegated to political subdivisions of the state government by mere legislative enactments and statutory schemes. ARTICLE 3. LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT Sec.1.   SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. The Legislative power of this State shall be vested in a Senate and House of Representatives, which together shall be styled “The Legislature of the State of Texas.” Sec.2.   MEMBERSHIP OF SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. The Senate shall consist of thirty-one members. The House of Representatives shall consist of 150 members. Whereas:   on its face, CITY OF DALLAS ORDINANCE NO. 29595 unconstitutionally infringes upon, outlaws, and prohibits the right of all men as having a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences. ARTICLE 1. BILL OF RIGHTS Sec. 6. FREEDOM OF WORSHIP. All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences. No man shall be compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry against his consent. No human authority ought, in any case whatever, to control or interfere with the rights of conscience in matters of religion, and no preference shall ever be given by law to any religious society or mode of worship. But it shall be the duty of the Legislature to pass such laws as may be necessary to protect equally every religious denomination in the peaceable enjoyment of its own mode of public worship. Whereas:   on its face, CITY OF DALLAS ORDINANCE NO. 29595 unconstitutionally infringes upon, outlaws, and prohibits the natural and indefeasible right of all men to protect themselves and others from unlawful and unnecessary deprivations of life, liberty, property, privileges or immunities, or disfranchisement, without due process of law. ARTICLE 1. BILL OF RIGHTS Sec. 19. DEPRIVATION OF LIFE, LIBERTY, ETC.; DUE COURSE OF LAW. No citizen of this State shall be deprived of life, liberty, property, privileges or immunities, or in any manner disfranchised, except by the due course of the law of the land. Whereas:   on its face, CITY OF DALLAS ORDINANCE NO. 29595 unconstitutionally infringes upon, outlaws, and prohibits the natural and indefeasible right of all men to freely associate and act for their individual and common good, to be free from all unreasonable searches and seizures, and to petition their servant government for redress of grievances. ARTICLE 1. BILL OF RIGHTS Sec. 27. RIGHT OF ASSEMBLY; PETITION FOR REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES. The citizens shall have the right, in a peaceable manner, to assemble together for their common good; and apply to those invested with the powers of government for redress of grievances or other purposes, by petition, address or remonstrance. The People’s Declaration of Relief and Redress WE, the undersigned PEOPLE OF TEXAS, do hereby declare CITY OF DALLAS ORDINANCE NO. 29595 void on its face under the authority of the Bill of Rights in its entirety within Article 1 of the Texas Constitution, and pursuant to Sec. 29 of said Article specifically. WE, the undersigned PEOPLE OF TEXAS, do further petition and demand that the CITY OF DALLAS MUNICIPAL CORPORATION cease and desist with any and all enforcement of the odious and unconstitutional DALLAS ORDINANCE NO. 29595, dismiss any charges, fines, and fees unconstitutionally perpetrated and taken thereunder, and to further act to immediately and permanently repeal said ordinance, thereby restoring the constitutionally protected rights that the free and sovereign People of Texas specifically reserved to themselves so as to prohibit such infringements and violations through unconstitutional abuses of power and authority as exists in said ordinance. That goes for ALL ORDINANCES,THEY ARE ALL UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
  • Lake County August 9, 2017 at 11:55 am on General Comments August 2017That is a great idea. You could even use something like: A political figures home address, SheriffJones123AnyStreet@gmail.com There is no limit on the messages or info we could provide through the public registry. Would they even have to publish email names with swear words in it? If you have your own domain name with unlimited email forwarding accounts, you could submit every name in any dictionary @YourDomainName.com and see how they will handle posting all those email names. Sounds like this could be fun. Then they would have to create a law that limits the number of emails a SO can have and limit what the email names say. So if you live in a state that requires the listing of your email addresses, please get creative!
  • New Person August 9, 2017 at 11:24 am on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City Councilin a way, her mentality supports the "separate, but equal" ideology. Registrants can freely live... but they can freely live somewhere else. Registrants can freely work... but they can freely work somewhere else. Registrants can freely walk... but they can't freely walk over here.
  • Eric August 9, 2017 at 11:22 am on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilSo the city council member said she voted to keep the residency restriction in place because she fears her daughter won't be safe walking the dog. So she believes taking a person from a stable home environment where they can maintain employment, have a bathroom and a bed, have mail delivery, have friends over, date, feel secure and have self worth, and have an address the police can monitor, to casting them out on the street relegating them to the homeless population with all its sundry vicissitudes will make the city safer for children walking dogs. Ok, got it, just wanted to make sure I got the logic,
  • AJ August 9, 2017 at 8:38 am on Are sex offender registries reinforcing inequality?That's easy: yes. Next question. Digging deeper, I think the easiest way to attack residency and presence restrictions is to compare recidivism in States (or counties or cities) that have them to States (etc.) that do not. Boom, done. No need for any deeper studies or panels or grants. The data are right there waiting to be used.
  • AJ August 9, 2017 at 8:34 am on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilFWIW, pretty much anytime I've seen loitering addressed in court documents, the word is in quotes and the definition from the challenged law is cited. That courts have to air-quote the word and repeatedly define it shows me the word really has no firm legal definition. In fact, I think some of those cases attacked the definition that was used. Black's says loiter is a, "term that describes to hang about and doing nothing in a public place" (http://thelawdictionary.org/loiter/). I don't know about any of you (for those in the South, make that "all y'all"), but if I'm in a public place, I'm certainly doing SOMEthing. Perhaps enjoying the sunshine, maybe listening to nature and watching birds, or even just resting before continuing on my ambling, etc. But to be doing nothing? Nope, never. In fact, I would posit it's impossible to be doing nothing. Thus, I'm never loitering. 😉 Perhaps this is why courts air-quote it.
  • C August 9, 2017 at 7:35 am on General Comments August 2017"Gateway victims." Nice. I suppose our hands are the original gateway victims, eh? I must confess to abusing my pillow about the 4th grade, as well. How is it that none of these legislative giants (Leyva, Runner, et al) hasn't introduced a law banning the fantasizing of illegal sexual activities?
  • Cite everything August 9, 2017 at 7:15 am on General Comments August 2017Cite everything when coming from an external source. It also show completeness of the doc in the eyes of the reader.
  • Chris F August 9, 2017 at 6:43 am on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilI don't see that as reasonable at all, and may highlight the ridiculous and arbitrary nature of these laws. Look at the definition of loitering: ‘loitering’ means remaining, lingering or wandering in a public or private place for the purpose of engaging in any lewd, lascivious or otherwise illegal conduct, That begs for arbitrary enforcement when a police officer just wants to harass a sex offender. There is no way they can know the intent of a sex offender walking through a park. Also, since the conduct they describe you intending to do is illegal anyway, why limit it to sex offenders? That's the definition of arbitrary, which is purely unconstitutional. So normal people are allowed to loiter in a park that want to specifically commit sex crimes but not someone that is registered? Wow...I can't see a judge not rolling his eyes at the ridiculous nature of this law.
  • someone who cares August 9, 2017 at 6:28 am on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilHi Mike ~ You are right. The language makes it seem less unconstitutional, but still, it also seems that they really can't enforce these laws since they can't really prove that you are actually loitering if you are just in the area. In any case, these are the two PDFs I kept from this site actually, I believe: http://all4consolaws.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/290CaliforniaOrdinancesCity_20130128.pdf http://all4consolaws.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/290CaliforniaOrdinancesCounty_20130128.pdf
  • lovewillprevail August 9, 2017 at 6:16 am on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilI hate to burst your bubble, but municipalities are generally given authority by the state legislature to adopt ordinances relating to the safety, health and welfare of the public and also are generally given the authority to enact monetary or criminal penalties if one does not follow an ordinance. An ordinance is a law, but at the city level instead of the state level. The state will set certain parameters and procedures for the municipality. All this can be different in the various states, but the gist is the same. For example, in Texas there is no statewide residency/proximity restriction. But many municipalities have adopted residency ordinances. If I choose not to comply with a residency ordinance, I legally can be arrested as long as the municipality followed the legal procedures to enact the ordinance and gave the required public notification of the law. So you better think twice about not following a municipal ordinance until you first research your state laws pertaining to municipalities enacting ordinances and ensure your municipality has not followed your state law when enacting an ordinance before choosing not to follow the ordinance so that you will have a legal basis for not following the ordinance. I will tell you that your comments are completely 100% wrong pertaining to the Texas constitution and municipalities in Texas.
  • mike t August 9, 2017 at 5:56 am on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilI think the city council bumped their collective head and did more damage than that. The past, present, and future walked into a bar... It was tense. Sex offender: past, present, and future tense. People cannot differentiate this generic term. Hence, once an offender, always an offender. This is a problem.
  • Stewart August 9, 2017 at 5:54 am on International Travel – MexicoHi All, I just wanted to share my experience as my situation is slightly different to most on here. I am a RSO in the UK, a UK citizen and i live in the UK. I was denied entry at Cancun almost 4 years ago when I flew in from London. Whilst lining up at Immigration, I was pulled out and taken into the office. I was asked a series of questions about my conviction by an immigration officer and 2 police officers. I was open and honest about my conviction. The officer had a report with my photograph on it - pretty much the same as everyone else's experience on here. I was returned back to London on the same plane I arrived on. Now, the UK does not share information with other countries about convictions unless they pose a threat. My contact in the UK confirmed to me that they did not share this information outside of our borders. The only way Mexico could have known, in my opinion, is that the US shared it. The US are aware of my conviction as i declared it whilst trying to obtain a US visa. So it seems that not only is the US sharing information about convictions of US citizens, it's also doing the same for other nationalities if they're aware of it - completely unacceptable and outrageous. Is there anyone else who isn't a US Citizen who has been denied entry to Mexico? Cheers.
  • T August 9, 2017 at 4:01 am on Are sex offender registries reinforcing inequality?Yes it's reinforcing inequality, registrants are getting rigged in the system as a form of punishment after they've already been punished, and they're getting harassed and humiliated by the public because of what they've done, and be exposed in the media to create hysteria. This is just like the "war on drugs" epidemic except this is "war on sex" that feeds to mass incarceration. Our politicians have played the world's greatest Jedi mind trick on us about how dangerous, evil, and incurable registrants are because of recidivism through propaganda.
  • kind of living August 9, 2017 at 3:32 am on FL: Hundreds of Miami Sex Offenders Live in a Squalid Tent City Near Hialeahbad law/registry is the problem . not RC's , none of this would be going on if RC's were able to move on in life with out popping up on all these stupid web sites to mostly in part pacify nosy snobs so they take there eye off the ball , you know nose to grind stone?, blinders on ?,, ass in the air uncle sam standing close behind thrusting the blue vain thumper of Justus ? enjoying there off shore accounts and very strange play grounds that the elites hang out , laughing the whole time about who is paying for there life of blissful crime ,only to want more like a shark smelling blood , more power unchecked not happy tell they do what ever they want to us , killing us by the millions , look at history , and not the cleaned up history , no the truly filthy one thats still going on somewhere , let them gorge on war money that they take from us , locking our children up , turning a blind eye to our constitution , the very same brand of tyrants that has been seen non stop in history , and what we will see on an epic scale of our future , these people that see RC's everyday and point the blame on them have blinders on , they choose to where blinders so they need to be looking at other peoples rights , if there biz fails its not the RC's fault , its there own for not long ago saying enough is enough , no way man they have the same state of mind as this fool in san diego say way cant we "just tow them out to the desert" ? all these people need is little brown coats with a patch on it making them the Gov't lap dog , and they wont get it tell the gates of tyrants close behind them
  • ab August 9, 2017 at 3:24 am on Are sex offender registries reinforcing inequality?Of course sex offender registries reinforce inequality across the social and racial spectrum.
  • kind of living August 9, 2017 at 1:46 am on MA: Landlord to sex offenders in Ware, on registry himself, says safe home cuts risk@Timmer AJ David Kennerly . I really do think this is the key in battling this registry , as well as living a life that shines a good light on RC's , being able to grow much of our food , but as AJ was talking about with the gate would be funny , because we could all have the gate cam on our TV's as well as other cams on site , great for catching witch hunters in there cowardly acts and make them pay for damages they get away with everyday now , sorry stupid you messed up my ride now your going to put new rims on it and paint sucker fish because we have your face and plate number , and at least 50 0f us have it recorded , the more they get pissed the more it will be clearly shown who is being a truly bad citizen , I don't think it will happen but it would be great , that's the kind of stuff that attorneys can sink there teeth into , in many different ways to combat the constant every day issues , and make it not worth running this dog and pony show these people have been able to get away with out being taxed back for there phony bull , take all of there fun out of the picture and they will go dormant
  • no name August 9, 2017 at 12:35 am on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City Councilhere is the code http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=PEN&sectionNum=3003.5 Penal Code - PEN PART 3. OF IMPRISONMENT AND THE DEATH PENALTY [2000 - 10007] ( Part 3 repealed and added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 106. ) TITLE 1. IMPRISONMENT OF MALE PRISONERS IN STATE PRISONS [2000 - 3105] ( Title 1 repealed and added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 106. ) CHAPTER 8. Length of Term of Imprisonment and Paroles [3000 - 3089] ( Heading of Chapter 8 renumbered from Chapter 7 by Stats. 1941, Ch. 893. ) ARTICLE 1. General Provisions [3000 - 3007.05] ( Article 1 repealed and added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1139. ) 3003.5. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, when a person is released on parole after having served a term of imprisonment in state prison for any offense for which registration is required pursuant to Section 290, that person may not, during the period of parole, reside in any single family dwelling with any other person also required to register pursuant to Section 290, unless those persons are legally related by blood, marriage, or adoption. For purposes of this section, “single family dwelling” shall not include a residential facility which serves six or fewer persons. (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, it is unlawful for any person for whom registration is required pursuant to Section 290 to reside within 2000 feet of any public or private school, or park where children regularly gather. (c) Nothing in this section shall prohibit municipal jurisdictions from enacting local ordinances that further restrict the residency of any person for whom registration is required pursuant to Section 290. (Amended November 7, 2006, by initiative Proposition 83, Sec. 21.)
  • no name August 9, 2017 at 12:28 am on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilI think it all started from Jessica's Law, California Proposition 83 (2006) https://ballotpedia.org/Jessica%27s_Law,_California_Proposition_83_(2006) Proposition 83 was named after Jessica Lunsford, a 9-year-old girl. She was the victim of a convicted sex offender who had failed to report his whereabouts, in spite of laws requiring him to do so. Proposition 83 is well-known for requiring registered sex offenders who have been convicted of a felony sex offense to be monitored by GPS devices while on parole and for the remainder of their lives. It included a number of other provisions that increased the legal penalties for specified sex offenses by: Broadening the definition of certain sex offenses. Under Proposition 83, aggravated sexual assault of a child is defined as including offenders who are at least seven years older than the victim. Prior to Proposition 83, an offender had to be at least ten years older for a sexual assault of a child to be defined as "aggravated." Establishing longer penalties for specified sex offenses. Under Proposition 83, the list of crimes that qualify for life sentences in prison includes assault to commit rape during the commission of a first degree burglary. Prohibiting probation in lieu of prison for some sex offenses, including spousal rape and lewd or lascivious acts. Eliminating early release credits for some inmates convicted of certain sex offenses, including habitual sex offenders who have multiple convictions for specified felony sex offenses such as rape. Extending parole for specified sex offenders, including habitual sex offenders. Increasing court-imposed fees currently charged to offenders who are required to register as sex offenders. Prohibiting any person required to register as a sex offender from living within 2,000 feet of any school or park. For specified high-risk sex offenders, the ban extends to 2,640 feet. Making more sex offenders eligible for an SVP ("Sexually Violent Predator") commitment.
  • kind of living August 8, 2017 at 11:52 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City Council@AJ speaking of dogs , lol , I took my dog to get his shots 59 BUCK'S ! 20 bucks for shots and 20 some bucks for the certificate ! , and 60 bucks for his tag ! doggy price club day sucks , regulating us to death , I could totally feel why my bog ole dog just sat and wined cause he was going to get one in the neck and one in this ass , and have to listen to me gripe all day , poor dog , but I have to say its not like we have money to just flush down the crapper to help them inforce regulations on many other that don't have this kind of money , last time I seen a case of rabies was a skunk years ago , but you better get them shots or you could end up on yet another price club day as a doggy abuser !!! dog catchers sneaking around looking to enforce every new regulation , just like they do with RC's by stacking stupid regulations making it harder and harder to stay under the radar , yet last time I went down to san Diego , 2 people were stabbed by the local punks down there on the beach , and some women was all freaking out because this guy had a video cam and she had the beach boy cops come down and look at his cam to see if he had any pictures of her kids , it was funny in a sick sort of way because the cops said all he had on there was footage of her freaking out lol ,
  • Timmr August 8, 2017 at 10:47 pm on MA: Landlord to sex offenders in Ware, on registry himself, says safe home cuts riskIt would be a very satisfying thing to do. Some day some where. You are going to face opposition where ever you put it. I would like a facility to be more or less self contained for the registrants, where they can get the rewards of their own labors. Call us the Mayflower operative. Escaping tyranny is our enterprise. I resent any of my labor going to benefit the registry advocates. I would like for us to keep as much as we can to ourselves. I had never been that much for self employment until getting on this registry. I am not making that much in my business, but at least I am not helping to make a registry goon rich.
  • Timmr August 8, 2017 at 10:22 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilI doubt if she was listening to city council. Maybe she hit one of the many potholes in San Diego and it knocked out the listening part of her brain.
  • mike r August 8, 2017 at 9:13 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilHey Someone can you please just post them on here??? Thank you for posting that ordinance but the way they stated that would be kind of hard to argue against even though it isn't right they put in language that would surely make it appear more constitutional.. I know we have to have some more restrictive and blatantly unconstitutional ordinances in this state ....Like you said that is a start but I need ordinances like the one that the city of Carson had...
  • Chris F August 8, 2017 at 8:33 pm on General Comments August 2017If the email address isn't part of your registration then you are right, you can't put it in. They frown on stuff that isn't affecting you. As for the Packingham quote, I would use the one I posted above to add to your 8th claim about seperation of powers and bill of attainder. Here it was, and I named it as #8.5 so you'll need to renumber to squeeze it in right: #8.5 In Packingham V North Carolina (2017) the Justices majority opinion noted “Of importance, the troubling fact that the law imposes severe restrictions on persons who already have served their sentence and are no longer subject to the supervision of the criminal justice system is also not an issue before the Court”. This demonstrates their concern that the length of supervision to punish, rehabilitate, and protect the public was established by the judiciary during the fair sentencing phase of the trial, and is being over-ridden by the legislature with a wide brush without taking into account the individual or circumstances. I'm not sure if it needs to be formatted differently to put it in a lawsuit. Do you have to label it as SCOTUS saying it? I'm not sure.
  • E August 8, 2017 at 7:32 pm on Registrant Travel Action Group (RTAG) International Travel Matrix UpdateHi does anyone know whether RTAG is still active? Last update from Paul R. was November 2016 on the site. Thanks.
  • Eric Knight August 8, 2017 at 6:54 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilGreat column, Janice. Can this be submitted to the Union-Tribune and other media in the San Diego area?
  • AJ August 8, 2017 at 6:41 pm on General Comments August 2017Looks like RCs aren't the only people Airbnb doesn't like: http://nypost.com/2017/08/07/airbnb-users-claim-they-are-getting-booted-over-far-right-rally-plans/ Apparently Airbnb isn't just about putting rooms and people together, it's also about putting forth an agenda...or at least not accepting any contrary ones.
  • mike t August 8, 2017 at 6:35 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilCouncil members 'Asleep at the wheel'. ...expressed concern that her daughter wouldn’t be able to safely walk the family dog if the restrictions were repealed. Is she safe now? The restrictions have NOT been enforced since at least 2009. Seriously... WTF? Sorry, I'm just having a hard time wrapping my head around this. Intransigence.
  • someone who cares August 8, 2017 at 6:24 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilMike ~ I have a couple of "older" Ordinances, and I know some of them have been repealed maybe, but it is a start. I can e-mail them to you if you want to ask the moderator for my e-mail address. One is County Ordinances and one is City Ordinances. I also found Ordinance Number 9811 and it explains "loitering" in an area where children might be present. I know this one is from 2006, but one has to agree that incidental presence is an exception to this law as it is stated in this text. I copied and pasted it here. ORDINANCE NO. 9811 AN ORDINANCE ADDING CHAPTER 16, SEX OFFENDER LOITERING ORDINANCE, TO TITLE 3, DIVISION 2 OF THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY CODE OF REGULATORY ORDINANCES The Board of Supervisor of the County of San Diego ordains as follows: Section 1. The Board of Supervisors finds and determines that there is a need to add an ordinance to the Code of Regulatory Ordinances that will prohibit those who are required to register as sex offenders from loitering in areas frequented by children. Section 2. The San Diego County Code of Regulatory Ordinances is hereby amended to add to Title 3, Division 2, a new CHAPTER 16, as follows: CHAPTER 16 SEX OFFENDER LOITERING ORDINANCE SEC. 32.1601. DEFINITIONS. (a) “Sex Offender” means an individual who is currently required by law to register with a governmental entity as a sex offender. (b) For purposes of this Chapter, ‘loitering’ means remaining, lingering or wandering in a public or private place for the purpose of engaging in any lewd, lascivious or otherwise illegal conduct, including but not limited to committing offenses specified in Penal Code sections 207, 209, 261, 264.1, 273a, 286, 288, 288a, 288.2, 288.3, 289, 311.1, 311.2, 311.4 or 311.11or for the purpose or intent of engaging any person in any sexual act of any kind, or for the purpose or intent of soliciting any person to engage in any sexual act of any kind. (c) “Child” or “children” means any person who has not reached his or her eighteenth birthday. (d) “Child care and development agency” shall have the meaning set forth in California Education Code § 8208. (e) “County Park” shall mean have the meaning set forth in County Regulatory Ordinance 41.101(b). SEC. 32.1602. PROHIBITION AND ENFORCEMENT Any sex offender who loiters, as defined by section 32.1601, subdivision (b), of this Chapter, in a public or private place that is on or within 300 feet of a public or private school for children, a child care and development facility, a park, recreation facility, playground or arcade where children are present, is guilty of a misdemeanor. Each offense is punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 (one thousand dollars) or by confinement in the County Jail for a term not exceeding six months, or by both such fine and confinement. Each distinct and separate instance in which a sex offender loiters as prohibited by Section 32.1601, subdivision (b), shall constitute a separate offense. SEC. 32.1603. EXCEPTIONS (a) This Chapter shall not apply to restrict incidental proximity not amounting to loitering as defined by Section 32.1601, subdivision (b) of this Chapter. (b) This Chapter shall not restrict access to public parks for the purpose of exercising First Amendment rights under the United States Constitution, nor any other constitutional rights under either the United States Constitution or the California State Constitution, so long as such activity does not constitute loitering as defined in Section 32.1601. (c) This Chapter does not apply to restrict a sex offender’s place of residence when such residency is regulated by state law. Section 3. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force 30 (thirty) days after its passage, and before the expiration of 15 (fifteen) days after its passage, a summary hereof shall be published once with the names of the members of the Board voting for and against it in the San Diego Commerce, a newspaper of general circulation published in the County of San Diego. PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 5th day of December 2006
  • Timmr August 8, 2017 at 5:45 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilBreaking the Constitution is clearly criminal, and hating all registrants because they are registered shows their bigotry, but to make life miserable for the children and spouses of registrants is beyond those two other things -- it is "I like ignoring the facts and I could care less about the consequences as long as I stand by my opinion" pure evil.
  • Timmr August 8, 2017 at 5:31 pm on Janice’s Journal: Shame On the San Diego City CouncilThank you for fighting the new sunset laws! This country has a very short memory. It is bad enough we now need a Registrant Green Book to travel safely between states and internationally, and then have to navigate through this or that city's ordinances to see if we can simply find a safe place to live.
  • AJ August 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm on MA: Landlord to sex offenders in Ware, on registry himself, says safe home cuts riskRats, this would have been the perfect place to let RCs live (though on the street): http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Rich-SF-residents-get-a-shock-Someone-bought-11738236.php