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  • steve October 21, 2017 at 4:03 pm on General Comments July 20177300...lol
  • mike r October 21, 2017 at 3:07 pm on KY: Judge strikes down Kentucky’s social media ban for sex offendersI like that AJ, if it's so damn dangerous then ban kids from the internet, like you said, they have no constitutional rights to the internet.
  • who removes from list October 21, 2017 at 2:25 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingHere is a copy and paste from an article that they cant sentence a man for his sex assault charges and sentence him to SORNA because his crimes were committed prior to SORNA December 20 2012. And they have nothing to sentence him too for the Megan's Law. This is for @Paul2 Ex-Oley Valley school bus driver's sentencing delayed Saturday September 9, 2017 12:01 AM Written by David Mekeel The sentencing of a former Oley Valley School District bus driver was delayed after questions arose around state requirements about reporting as a sexual offender. Arthur Fick was in Berks County President Judge Paul M. Yatron's courtroom Friday morning for sentencing on a charge of indecent assault, which he pled no contest to in June. But the hearing had to be deferred to Oct. 27 when it became unclear if Fick was mandated to report as a sexual offender, something the district attorney's office believed was the case when they offered him a plea deal. TODAY'S SPONSOR: The waters have become muddy due to a recent state Supreme Court ruling that says defendants aren't subject to reporting requirements in the state's Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) if the crimes occurred before it went into effect in 2012, which is the case with Fick. The previous state statute, known as Megan's Law III, expired at the end of 2012 as part of the new SORNA. Fick's attorney, Todd Mays, argued that means Fick isn't subject to that statute either because he was charged and pled guilty after its expiration. That would mean there is no state statute requiring him to register. Colin Boyer, assistant district attorney, said that if that's the case, then the district attorney's office would want to rethink its plea offer. Yatron decided to delay the proceeding in order to get more clarity on the situation, lamenting the situation the state has created. "This is another brilliant move by our General Assembly," he said sarcastically. Yatron said not having the ability to require a sexual offender to report is a "departure from our entire jurisprudence on the subject." "This whole situation is troubling to me," he said of being forced to delay the hearing. "But it can't be escaped." Fick, 80, of the first block of Gauby Road, Alsace Township, pled no contest to charges that he inappropriately touched two elementary school girls, one in 2001 and the other in 2008. A no contest plea means Fick conceded that prosecutors could prove he committed the crime but it is not an admission of guilt. Fick was charged with the assaults in March 2016, more than eight years after he was fired from the bus company following a parent's complaint. The first incident came to light in December 2015 when authorities received a ChildLine report. In that report, a girl, who is now 17, said Fick inappropriately touched her more than once when he was her bus driver in 2008. She was an Oley Valley Elementary School student at the time. The girl's mother reported the abuse in 2008 and Fick was fired by his employer, Quigley Bus Service, which was contracted by Oley Valley to provide transportation services. Authorities also discovered another girl said a similar incident happened to her in January 2001. The second victim, who is now 25 and lives out of state, reported she was indecently assaulted by Fick while she was in elementary school. That girl's mother reported the abuse to school district officials at the time and the case was turned over to county children and youth services, which investigated. The outcome of the investigation was unclear. Prior to the decision to delay Friday, Boyer read a moving victim impact statement written by the young girl assaulted by Fick in 2008. In it, she said it's hard to express what his actions have done to her, saying she now has social anxiety, depression, insomnia, post traumatic stress disorder and other issues. "I pretty much stay inside by myself most of the time," her statement read. The victim said she only ventures out when accompanied by her parents or brothers, and has been forced to stop attending public school. She no longer cares about things, her statement said, and finds herself often crying and filled with shame. "I feel I will never be the same person I was," her statement said. The victim went on to express regret about not telling someone about what Fick was doing to her earlier, but said she "was just a little girl" and didn't fully understand what was happening. Someday, her statement said, she hopes to return to being the carefree child she once was. "I just want to be happy again," her statement said. Contact David Mekeel: 610-371-5014 or dmekeel@readingeagle.com.
  • Davidh October 21, 2017 at 1:24 pm on CA: Simi Valley links to Megan’s Law site to safeguard kids from sex offenders on HalloweenHey how about equal protection under the law??? why dont they post the CASOMB video on their nixle.com website! Present all necessary data for a parent to make an informed decision; perhaps that would have been the better response to thinking it appropriate to link to megan law's website!!
  • Davidh October 21, 2017 at 1:20 pm on CA: Simi Valley links to Megan’s Law site to safeguard kids from sex offenders on HalloweenMike R Haha you're inadvertently on to something; if the State ever wants to have the website pay for itself--charge a fee to whoever wants to access it
  • Davidh October 21, 2017 at 1:17 pm on CA: Simi Valley links to Megan’s Law site to safeguard kids from sex offenders on HalloweenTim my thoughts exactly! this was a battle that could only be lost
  • Davidh October 21, 2017 at 1:16 pm on CA: Simi Valley links to Megan’s Law site to safeguard kids from sex offenders on HalloweenThey have every right under the law to disseminate information as they see fit!
  • Davidh October 21, 2017 at 1:14 pm on CA: Simi Valley links to Megan’s Law site to safeguard kids from sex offenders on HalloweenGiven that it wasn't being enforced-- another solution to a non problem was introduced. People who wouldn't have had attention drawn to them now will! Pick and chose battles carefully, please
  • TS October 21, 2017 at 12:48 pm on MO: Sex offender laws in effect for HalloweenWell said AJ, what does the law actually say and what is the spirit (no pun intended) or intent of it can be fulfilled many ways.
  • David Kennerly, 1st Amendment Absolutist October 21, 2017 at 12:18 pm on General Comments July 2017Well, we don't really get to see any of this, do we Alex? And because we can't see it, we cannot come to a common understanding of what comprises it. Our government decides what is, and what is not, child pornography (yes, I'm not changing the term I use because the term "child abuse images" is totally agenda-driven by the real abuse/therapy industrial complex - I'm not carrying their water for them) and because the government criminalizes the very act of viewing those images so-categorized, then we are free to mean anything we like when we say "child pornography" simply because there is no way for us to legally view it, apart from becoming law enforcement or forensic examiners. As for real abuse images and rape, well, I can honestly say that I had never seen any material of that sort some decades ago before my one arrest and have no reason to believe that it is any more prevalent today. What is more prevalent today is that the bar for what constitutes child pornography has gotten extraordinarily low and now includes material no reasonable person would consider "pornographic." Keep in mind that simple nudity is now treated as "child pornography" whereas, once, nudity was perfectly legal. But even nudity is no longer necessary to be "child porn." Fully-clothed subjects said to be "provocatively posed" are now "child pornography." By the way, that's why the abuse-complex started using the term "child abuse images," simply because clothed images of kids not being touched is so obviously NOT pornography in any meaningful way. They had to come up with a term even fuzzier than "child porn." Now throw into the mix that kids with cellphone cameras are widely believed to be creating more "child pornography" than any adults and you have a huge, black box of unknowable material that we are to trust (the government) is actually harmful, both to their subjects and as viewed by kids or adults. We need to stop kissing the asses of these ostensible "experts" and asking exactly what is in the big black box which none of us are allowed to peer into and why lives are being destroyed for possessing it.
  • Who removes from list October 21, 2017 at 11:03 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingIt does matter @paul2, why are you against everyone on here. The case Commonwealth v Williams, was decided on Oct 4 2017, after the stay of remand on Sept 5 2017. He won using the state ruling violation. He didnt get his convictions overturned for the federal ruling of Muniz. In the Williams case it says, thus binding authority is limited to the pa constitutional ruling ex post facto clause. This case Commonwealth v Williams is why my husbands failure is getting dismissed.
  • AlexO October 21, 2017 at 10:26 am on General Comments July 2017Right, so you wouldn't call that CP either, correct? I'm talking about actual rape and abuse videos and pictures of children to which people most commonly refer to as Child Pornography. Call that SCAI. A nude selfie of a 16-year-old that was sent to their partner is different than a video/pic of a 10-year-old involved in intercourse with an adult. I'm talking about the latter.
  • AlexO October 21, 2017 at 10:15 am on CA: Simi Valley links to Megan’s Law site to safeguard kids from sex offenders on HalloweenI misunderstood what it meant. I thought they were going to push the individual information of each of the 100 or so RCs in the area. I still don't like the idea that the government is actively telling people to look.
  • AJ October 21, 2017 at 9:54 am on General Comments October 2017@David Kennerly: I don't know that Marshall amps in general go to eleven. That was something from "This Is Spinal Tap", poking fun at Marshall's seemingly endless quest for louder and bigger. (https://www.forbes.com/sites/allenstjohn/2012/04/05/it-goes-to-11-the-loud-legacy-of-guitar-amp-guru-jim-marshall-dead-at-88/#2dd9e79d5528)
  • AJ October 21, 2017 at 9:47 am on Why some travelers will need a passport card for 2018@Joe: The State Department (technically, the Secretary of State) is given broad authority to whom and under what conditions international-travel documents are issued. On top of that, the Passport Card is a courtesy the State Department created and issues so those who don't need or want a passport can travel within North America (defined as Canada, Bermuda, Mexico, and the Caribbean). Remember, too, that SCOTUS has never explicitly stated one has a right to international travel; they've only said one has a right to domestic travel. In short, unfettered travel is not a right. So no, you do not have a right to a passport card, or even a passport.
  • Leonard Cross October 21, 2017 at 9:37 am on CO: County Sex-Offender Registry Pulled Down Because of Lawsuit Fearsno body needs these laws. They benefit no one and hurt everyone. Open your eyes.
  • AJ October 21, 2017 at 9:27 am on MO: Sex offender laws in effect for HalloweenWere I required to post a sign, I would read the law to see what the criteria are. If it doesn't say a certain font size, then make it small text. If it doesn't say a certain font type, then make it one that's tough to read. If it doesn't say anything about contrast or brightness, make it low contrast and a light coloration. Of note, courts have long ruled that if a law includes some criteria but not others, that shows will intent by the legislature not to regulate the omitted items. In this case, were the law to mandate the size of the sign and nothing else, a court may well say the legislature didn't care about anything but dimension, so the rest is up to the sign creator.
  • AJ October 21, 2017 at 9:19 am on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween Ordinance@Josh james: The requirement to remain indoors would seem to be ripe for challenge. Since one's First Amendment right to assembly is implicated, it should be subject to strict scrutiny, which means the onus is on the State to show a compelling interest and have the law narrowly tailored to achieve the goal. Placing a RC under house arrest is excessive and overly broad. Add in that there are zero cases of anything ever happening on Halloween with RCs, the State may have a tough argument. As others have pointed out, the sign is compelled speech, which implicates your First Amendment right to speech (which includes NOT speaking). Again, as it's a fundamental right, it's subject to strict scrutiny, so the State would need to show a compelling interest and narrowly tailor the law to achieve that goal. In both these cases, it's worth noting that if there is ANY other less restrictive means to achieve the goal, strict scrutiny requires that to be used instead. The State already has its ML site to achieve both goals. In fact, most States explicitly say the goal of their ML sites is to protect (so no need for house arrest) and notify (so no need for a sign) the public.
  • Paul 2 October 21, 2017 at 9:10 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingSorry that guy was charged long before the stay and filed his writ long before July 19th the supreme court ruled on it July 18th they over turned it because it was the day before Muniz decision was made so his appeal or writ was before not after,you should read it
  • AJ October 21, 2017 at 9:10 am on CA: Simi Valley links to Megan’s Law site to safeguard kids from sex offenders on Halloween@AlexO: I think you'd have a hard time making an argument that providing a hyperlink is a push notification. It would be quite another thing if SV pulled RC data from the ML site and republished it or pushed it to Nixle users. In fact, to get the to ML URL, one must first click on another URL from the SV PD. In short, a user still must actively seek the information, versus having it handed to them.
  • Paul 2 October 21, 2017 at 9:01 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingYou are right in part They can retroactively apply a new law tailored like ML 2 if they think it will pass muster as David freed said against it being punishment and doesn't include anything more than the original ML2 I don't know if they can pass such a bill but David freed sure will try to talk them into it The whole thing you have to look at is the courts will come to a compromise on the punishment thing, Thats why people that were life and SVPs under ML1,2, and 3 will most likely still have to register somehow but it will not be the same as the people post SORNA.
  • AJ October 21, 2017 at 9:00 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling"(if your out of state I believe they have to credit you for the time you reg in another state)" ----- Some States have text in their laws saying they don't give credit for time registered in other States, but I suspect that could be successfully challenged as a Privileges and Immunities and/or an Equal Protection violation.
  • AJ October 21, 2017 at 8:43 am on KY: Judge strikes down Kentucky’s social media ban for sex offenders@AlexO: Sort of. SCOTUS struck down instances that match NC's law. So what happens is States argue that theirs isn't as restrictive, or it's materially different, etc. Packingham didn't yield an outright, "thou shalt not ban RCs from social media sites," directive; it instead established that the State must narrowly tailor any sort of restriction to achieve the stated and intended outcome. As the article points out, "Kentucky...told [the court] that the social media ban was a narrow restriction that should be considered constitutional." ----- I really like the one comment someone posted: "There is a very simple solution to all of this....Ban Children from the internet....they have no constitutional right to be on a chat site as long as they are under 18.....we don't let them into bars or smoke etc etc...there won't be a problem with kids on the Internet if you ban them from it. I'd (sic) it's that dangerous for kids to be on the Internet why don't we protect them like we do from other adult activities." A valid point, but one I don't foresee gaining any traction...ever. ===== I think it's not too far off before the Internet in general (and perhaps even Twitter, FB, etc. specifically) gets classified, if not by a legislature then by the judiciary, as a public utility (https://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Public+Utilities). The more one is required to conduct life online and the more public officials and even private enterprises use FB as their primary means of communication, the more easily the utility argument can be made. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if someone isn't formulating a lawsuit out there somewhere, based on Packingham, to attack FB's ban certain demographic groups (not just RCs). SCOTUS has already established social media as effectively being the new public square...and yet the owners of said public square are hindering certain groups (in an RC's case, outright preventing) from their First Amendment rights of assembly, speech, and petitioning their Government. (I cannot engage in public discussion with others--or the official herself/himself--on my Rep's/Sen's/Gov's FB page or Twitter account. I can listen, but cannot speak.) At some point it will tip, of that I'm sure.
  • David Kennerly's Spectral Evidence October 21, 2017 at 8:28 am on General Comments October 2017There's really no basis for the penalties for any sex crimes. Notice how sentence ranges are in multiples of five years. It just sounds good to the punitive ear. None of it is rational. It's a little like how Marshall amps go up to "eleven" instead of just "ten". It just sounds more impressive. So much ersatz mythology was developed around child porn that they could only floor the punishment accelerator in response.
  • FRegistryTerrorists October 21, 2017 at 7:46 am on CA: Simi Valley links to Megan’s Law site to safeguard kids from sex offenders on HalloweenIt is a shame that anyone would ever give any indication in the slightest that the Registries are acceptable. The Registries are an act of war.
  • Harry October 21, 2017 at 7:10 am on CA: Simi Valley links to Megan’s Law site to safeguard kids from sex offenders on HalloweenIt was encouraging that commenters, of the article, were beating a different drum than the fear mongering the city's leadership and media.
  • ML October 21, 2017 at 6:55 am on General Comments October 2017Does anyone know what the stated rationale was for keeping the possession of CP as a crime for which there was no relief from registration? Was there any basis that suggested they those individuals were more dangerous than some of the other crimes?
  • Who removes from list October 21, 2017 at 6:42 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingMy husband knows this @terrybundson. He and his attorney were going to ask the court to place him back on ML3 knowing it doesnt exist. Then when the DA or the judge, said thats fine and before the order was before the court and having that under oath. Then his attorney was then going to bring up that the ML3 was deemed unconstitutional and therefore, after they were agreeing to relief and placement back on his original ML3, hid attorney would then make the arguement that my husband would not need to register anymore because ML3 doesnt exist.
  • SBC October 21, 2017 at 5:54 am on CA: Simi Valley links to Megan’s Law site to safeguard kids from sex offenders on HalloweenHe's just grand standing to get his name in the media. Licking his wounds and needing again too harm others for no reason. Must be something inside him he's trying to punish.
  • terry brunson October 21, 2017 at 4:26 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingHi Your Husband can do better - Tell he to ask his Lawyer to ask for injunction relief under state rights only - DA Freed asked for a stay on the federal cliam. . . It needs a remand from the SCOTUS court only onr the federal issue. . . . NOT THE PA SATE CLAIMS.. . . . . ABOUT REVERTING BACK TO MEGAN'S LAW 3 - 2, OR 1 - SORNA EXPIRED all former Megan's Laws on the books 20 December 2017 . There is no Megan's Law to revert back to - - - The Pa legislatures are trying hard to come up with a new Megan's Law that would solve their problem of which Megan's Law to go back to fix the old Megan's Law which was expired when SORNA took effect. SORNA is Megan's Law 4 which expired all other Megan's Laws on Pa. books. To revert back to a old megan's law would take a legal miracle - any new megan's law would put a new date on that megan's law only to be applied to people who break the law after the new megan's Law date - meaning to apply a New Megan's Law to a Pre-SORNA person would make it Restroactive in application -rIGHT BACK TO T muniz PROBLEM AND HERE WE GO AROUND AND AROUND...........
  • David Kennerly, Child-Resistant Package October 21, 2017 at 4:18 am on KY: Judge strikes down Kentucky’s social media ban for sex offendersThe point is that it is no longer enforced by law. That is a huge "point."
  • David Kennerly, Child-Resistant Package October 21, 2017 at 4:03 am on General Comments July 2017For me, 9,865 days, roughly, since my arrest! Yet, it seems like just yesterday, seared, as it was, into my mind.
  • David Kennerly, Tamper-Proof Package October 21, 2017 at 3:51 am on General Comments July 2017Also, it is now widely surmised that most CP is created by kids, themselves, rather than by adults. Laws forbidding the depiction of child nudity in art or photography is a very recent, and dramatic, reversal of laws and mores. There are many countries and cultures which don't have a tradition of America's puritan-derived hostility to nudity. Nevertheless, these religiously-infused attitudes are changing laws worldwide.
  • Who removes from list October 21, 2017 at 2:17 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingThis man who is charged, cant be charged, but the PSP doesnt care. They are being told to follow through for charging people. Then they continue there proceedings. They dont try and convict. http://explorevenango.com/emlenton-man-to-be-sentenced-for-failure-to-comply-with-megans-law-registration-requirements/ Per this case they cant prosecute. http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Superior/out/25035971.pdf My husband wants you to read this case. The Superior Court overturned this mans conviction for failure to register conviction on Oct 4 2017. After the Sept 5 2017 stay of remand. He was charged and convicted of Sorna Violations and his convictions were overturned 2 weeks ago. Why? Because he was never supposed to be charged for Sorna Violations, and they ovetturned his conviction for failure to register. He was Pre Sorna.
  • David Kennerly, Tamper-Proof Package October 21, 2017 at 1:56 am on Why some travelers will need a passport card for 2018Here is a document about how TSA checks identity at security checkpoints in airports (just before the x-ray and pat-down zone between check-in and gates). It wasn't always clear to me if they are actually pinging a database when you hand them your driver's license (for domestic flights) or passports (for international) so much as checking them for authenticity. It turns out that they are now running against a database. For our purposes, I imagine that that database could also contain Registrant status. But, given that I have never been looked-at crosswise by these TSA agents after they check my ID, I suspect that they do not (yet). It seems to me that they have moved away from only using a UV flashlight for checking the security hologram to a little podium-mounted scanner that connects to a network which would enable this function. "Secure Flight data integration into the CAT/BPSS process allows TSA to mitigate security vulnerabilities presented by fraudulent passenger identity documents and/or boarding passes. By using trusted data obtained from Secure Flight via the STIP interface, TSA reduces the reliance on airline data and manual processes to validate passenger identity documents and/or boarding passes. https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/privacy_pia%20update_tsa_cat%20bpss_20130118_0.pdf There's also this: "System of Records Notices (SORNs) A system of records is a group of any records under the control of any agency from which information is retrieved by the name of the individual or by some identifying number, symbol, or other identifier assigned to the individual. The Privacy Act requires each agency to publish notice of its systems of records in the Federal Register. This notice is generally referred to as a System of Records Notice or SORN." "SORN" is a little too close for comfort to SORNA, isn't it? 🙂 https://www.dhs.gov/publication/catbpss-update
  • David Kennerly, Tamper-Proof Package October 21, 2017 at 1:31 am on CA: Simi Valley links to Megan’s Law site to safeguard kids from sex offenders on Halloween"One other thing, checking out the Megan’s law map and avoiding houses is now encouraged by ACSOL?" I think that it went a little far and didn't need to be said. Probably in the spirit of conciliation and to convey reasonableness in the public sphere on the heels of victory. However, we need to keep in mind that the Registry is not reasonable.
  • mike r October 21, 2017 at 1:28 am on CA: Simi Valley links to Megan’s Law site to safeguard kids from sex offenders on HalloweenCourt and Criminal records easily accessible my assssss. Are these downright idiots at scrotus??? I am still searching see how easy it s to find court records and what they actually contain, but especially criminal records, are not by any means easily accessible. I am going to pound this issue home as well. Has anyone on here ever tried to get a criminal record of anyone? Well, you can't unless you pay money and go through a lengthy and full disclosure of all your personal info via your credit card first. I just started thinking about this the other day and finally got around to trying and there is not anyone that will offer you those records without a lengthy process, and all kinds of disclosures, and without your credit card and personal info.....
  • David Kennerly, Tamper-Proof Package October 21, 2017 at 1:10 am on KY: Judge strikes down Kentucky’s social media ban for sex offenders"How can I report a convicted sex offender? Convicted sex offenders aren't allowed to use Facebook. If you've encountered an account that may belong to a convicted sex offender, please report it to us." https://www.facebook.com/help/210081519032737?helpref=uf_permalink
  • T October 21, 2017 at 1:07 am on Why some travelers will need a passport card for 2018I think they are just exposing registered citizens because they are easy targets to go after which makes their job easy and make people feel safe which is false, but the real criminals who most are not registrants and haven't got caught could be anyone even someone we know and admire. Sooner or later the public's going to learn that passing these SOR laws are useless, and don't protect their families, because we've seen over the years of how very destructive it is has become.
  • Nondescript October 21, 2017 at 12:59 am on FL: Month After Irma, Sex Offenders Haven’t Left" my dog lives better than I do" Said by anyone else, that statement would be an exaggerated figure of speech, but for some registrants, it is an orchestrated reality. Have the citizens of Florida a conscience ?Are they aware that this reprehensible situation is the result of an ordinance that prevents people from finding suitable housing or returning to their own homes where they belong? It blows my mind to think that this is going on and the community doesn't even care. Shows just how pathetic Americans have become.
  • jo October 21, 2017 at 12:40 am on CA Assembly Committee Passes New Tiered Registry Bill SB 384You would be eligible to file petition in a few years when it goes into effect
  • jo October 21, 2017 at 12:38 am on KY: Judge strikes down Kentucky’s social media ban for sex offendersThis is a feel good ruling because Facebook will ban you anyway, so what is the point?
  • Magic myke October 20, 2017 at 11:42 pm on CA Assembly Committee Passes New Tiered Registry Bill SB 384Reading this bill is like something from NASA. So im a 288.a(i) i was 18 im 38 now. Any hope for me. Also i moved but i still follow cali law for the lifetime reg even though i live in texas. Thanks
  • G4Change October 20, 2017 at 11:13 pm on MO: Sex offender laws in effect for HalloweenThis is what happens when you don't have Janice, Chance, or ACSOL in a state. The same crap that's overturned and thrown out in other states still applies in this SH**HOLE state because there is NOBODY doing F***ALL about anything in Missouri!!!!! For everyone in CA, you need to thank your lucky stars you have ACSOL.
  • G4Change October 20, 2017 at 11:10 pm on KY: Judge strikes down Kentucky’s social media ban for sex offendersNothing ever seems to be national and binding when it comes to helping us. However, when it comes to destroying our lives and the lives of our families, it seems to be national and instantaneous. Sucks!!!
  • Double A October 20, 2017 at 10:48 pm on KY: Judge strikes down Kentucky’s social media ban for sex offendersDoes Facebook or any other social media websites still have a ban on registrants? I remember hearing a few registrants had their profiles shut down because of Facebook's policy. Have things changed?
  • G4Change October 20, 2017 at 10:38 pm on Why some travelers will need a passport card for 2018The a**hole judge tossed out the first lawsuit we filed because the law was so new that it wasn't clear how or if it would affect registrants' constitutional rights. Well, if this doesn't make it CRYSTAL F***ING CLEAR that it DOES affect registrants' rights to travel - even here in the U.S., then I don't know what the F*** does!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Time to file another lawsuit!!!!!
  • Not Really October 20, 2017 at 10:31 pm on CA: Simi Valley links to Megan’s Law site to safeguard kids from sex offenders on HalloweenSimi Valley has a population of about 125,000, and it would be very interesting to know how much of a spike there will be on the DOJ registry website from Simi Valley. My bet is barely a nudge.
  • Tim Moore October 20, 2017 at 9:32 pm on CA: Simi Valley links to Megan’s Law site to safeguard kids from sex offenders on HalloweenWhat? Have Halloween in churches, schools and at family gatherings? That is where the sexual abuse happens that is going to happen. What map are you going to use for that? People just really enjoy getting off being scared, that's all I can see. One other thing, checking out the Megan's law map and avoiding houses is now encouraged by ACSOL? Is that a misprint or what?
  • Joe October 20, 2017 at 9:28 pm on Why some travelers will need a passport card for 2018... and because, at this time, registrants are exempt from receiving a passport card because the government claims it is impossible to accommodate the required identifier on the card. Leaving the registrant having to acquire a (much more expensive) passport book (with an identifier that is designed to eliminate travel for sex tourism - to exotic locations like Kansas or Massachusetts) for national travel. Keep up! (@KM)
  • Joe October 20, 2017 at 9:17 pm on Why some travelers will need a passport card for 2018Not me, as the Government has previously announced that, because they cannot accommodate the identifier required by IML on the card, registrants are exempt from being issued a card. To which I say.... your document, your identifier. Fire up Adobe Illustrator and make it happen. This is not Australia, where registrants are denied passports (can you even fathom???). Receiving government issued ID is not a privilege, it is a right. Even if it has a mark on it.
  • Joe October 20, 2017 at 9:11 pm on General Comments July 2017Could not disagree more. Example: photo of a topless 16 year old. 1. 16 year olds are not children. 2. Nudity is not pornography, nor sexual abuse. Don't believe everything you have "learned".
  • TS October 20, 2017 at 8:57 pm on MO: Sex offender laws in effect for HalloweenAlso, requiring a sign on their front door can be considered “forced speech” and a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Right to Freedom of Speech...credit to David for this from the other posting here on Halloween fears Forcing an illegal sign by law to be posted with no light on to be read seems like a politicians grand scheme and a liability for the renter/home owner.
  • TS October 20, 2017 at 8:35 pm on MO: Sex offender laws in effect for HalloweenUm, if the exterior light is off, how are you going to read a sign posted on the door that says no candy here? A flashlight, lighter or glow stick maybe? Normally you don't go to doors with no light on. Just asking for the dimwitted politician who thought his/her lightbulb idea worked, but forget it was not on in the first place.
  • AlexO October 20, 2017 at 8:27 pm on General Comments July 2017I'll add to this. Don't refer to Child Pornography as such or CP, but rather as CSAI (pronounced as "sigh") or Child Sex Abuse Images. Calling it CP somewhat downplays the matter, as pornography is a legitimate industry. Call such things exactly what they are, which is abuse of children in a sexual matter. BTW, this isn't something I made up but learned.
  • Matthew October 20, 2017 at 8:20 pm on CA: Simi Valley links to Megan’s Law site to safeguard kids from sex offenders on HalloweenAlexO, I was about to say the same thing! This should be used in any future litigation. It may be a blessing right now! Man, I had many conversations with you, is there anyway to share emails on here to keep this information.... The ruling was that people have to search for information by agreeing to certain conditions...
  • ❎ Sex Offense Registry ❎ (David) October 20, 2017 at 7:41 pm on General Comments July 2017❎ A suggestion to all: Words matter. Please consider referring to the list as "Sex Offense Registry", not Sex OffenDER Registry. Don't buy into their oppressive syntax of ostracisation and vilification!! For most of us, it was a bad decision, a foolish/reckless /wrong action, but it was years ago, not yesterday. I am not their reviled present-tense "sex offender" - I was convicted of a sexual offense two decades ago - not today and not yesterday, but 7,000 yesterdays ago, so their present-tense is inaccurate and inappropriate. [If you stole a candy bar as a 10 year old, should you forever be identified first and foremost as a thief?? No, of course not. Same notion here.] ❎
  • Who removes from list October 20, 2017 at 7:12 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling@paul2 My husband wants you to read this case. The Superior Court overturned this mans conviction for failure to register conviction on Oct 4 2017. After the Sept 5 2017 stay of remand. He was charged and convicted of Sorna Violations and his convictions were overturned 2 weeks ago. Why? Because he was never supposed to be charged for Sorna Violations, and they ovetturned his conviction for failure to register. He was Pre Sorna. http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Superior/out/25035971.pdf What are you worried about, did you get arrested for a failure to register and you are pre sorna and unsure if it will be dismissed?
  • David October 20, 2017 at 7:08 pm on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween OrdinanceYet how many of these so-called journalists bother to mention this: "The NHSTA study found 715 pedestrian deaths that occurred on Oct. 31 between 1978 and 2002. Halloween trails only Dec. 23 (753 deaths) and Jan. 1 (751 deaths) for the sad title of most dangerous day on the road." http://m.newsok.com/article/5456322
  • David October 20, 2017 at 7:03 pm on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween Ordinance@ Josh James: Requiring RSOs to place a sign on their front door can be considered "forced speech" which is a violation of the U.S. Constitution's Right to Freedom of Speech.
  • Paul 2 October 20, 2017 at 6:57 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingAlso I think you should read SORNA that is in effect right now The part about failure to comply and the different grading and guidelines That wording is all part of SORNA, so if SORNA was ruled that it can't be applied to this guy, they can't charge him with the failure to comply under the current SORNA laws which is what they are now doing. Do you see what I'm saying? Who said anything about wiping out sentences? They are charging him with laws from SORNA. If you read the old ML 2 law you will see that the charges for failure to comply are different, its possible they would have to use those, if at all, because they are currently not in effect. So if for this guy no laws for failure to comply apply to him, then they can't convict him legally. ML 3 was struck down because of the single subject rule, so it defiantly can't apply to him. They let a lot of people out of prison and dropped charges on people when they struck that law down. I don't see how current failure to comply laws can apply to anyone Pre SORNA now. Does that make sense ?
  • AlexO October 20, 2017 at 6:50 pm on CA: Simi Valley links to Megan’s Law site to safeguard kids from sex offenders on HalloweenWait, wait, wait... Wouldn't this be illegal for them to PUSH this information onto people? At the very least one would think this would be completely contrary to the 2003 SCOTUS ruling that "it wasn't a big deal because one would have to seek out this information".
  • AlexO October 20, 2017 at 6:46 pm on KY: Judge strikes down Kentucky’s social media ban for sex offendersI'm confused. They did another judge have to rule on something SCOTUS already said isn't legal? I thought a SCOTUS ruling became national and binding?
  • AlexO October 20, 2017 at 6:44 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetThat's the really frustrating part. The legislature seems to love how easy Static-99 makes it for them to evaluate people without actually needing to evaluate the individual, but choose (and it is very much a choice) to ignore the other part of the exact same tool that says they're doing it wrong.
  • Statistical ninny October 20, 2017 at 6:42 pm on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween OrdinanceI love that last comment stating that actually nobody has ever even been arrested for halloween related offenses involving rc's...here's a few other interesting numbers i culled about california by looking around on the net for related info....an examination of the last 11 years indicates an annual average of 8 million students enrolled in public k-12 schools. According to publicly available state websites a minimum of 3.7% of these students were sexually assaulted by a teacher at least once in that 11 year period, an average of 27000 per year. So IF average class size = 25 students then on average 320 thousand teachers taught per year. Then that would mean that as many as 8.1%of them sexually assaulted a student, which means that they're 5.1 times MORE likely to commit a sexual assault than an rc is (at 1.5% in any given year). Furtermore, examination of sexual assault allegations against California law enforcement (including DOJ) stands at (depending on who you believe) between 3-4.5% of that segment of the population, 2 to 3 times more risk there than from rc's! Just saying....
  • Paul 2 October 20, 2017 at 6:39 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingNo the failure to comply laws are written in SORNA, they are using the Mandatory F1 charge for this guy, from SORNA, they can't do that, the laws for failure to comply with SORNA don't apply to him. They would have to charge him with something pre SORNA not sure if they can apply the failure to comply laws that were in effect pre SORNA because they have been taken off the books. If SORNA can be applied retroactively to this guy that includes the failure to comply law with in SORNA.
  • J October 20, 2017 at 6:25 pm on CA: Simi Valley links to Megan’s Law site to safeguard kids from sex offenders on HalloweenLol. We've all seen this type behavior over and over. The Pot calling the Kettle black. This guy HUBER has a few deep rooted secrets of his own just like Dennis Hastert ( the political figure who fought tiredlessly for stronger sex offender regulations and was found guilty of several accounts of molestation). Nice try Bob Huber, don't you know your fascination with this is enlighting. I encourage everyone to link on to the ACSOL website and wait for updates on this monster.
  • G4Change October 20, 2017 at 5:50 pm on KY: Judge strikes down Kentucky’s social media ban for sex offendersAnother one bites the dust!!!!
  • robin shrawder October 20, 2017 at 5:39 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingSo what your saying is all pre-sorna requirements are aqquitted .. The muniz decision wipes out all pre-sorna sentences (requirements) ??? If these are part of there sentencing orders i believe they must be satified .... I think you are wrong ,, the issues are retroactive appication of the law... The muniz decision doesnt wipe clean former sentencing orders,, it attacks the way its applied ( upgraded ,, increased ) .... I must respectively disagree with your assesment of the decision...
  • Paul 2 October 20, 2017 at 4:12 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingThe law that David Freed was talking about at the public PA house judiciary comity meeting is ML 2 because ML 3 was struck down because of the single subject rule. ML 2 was in effect until 2004 or 05 They only had SVP pictures on the internet then from what I remember, That is why David freed was talking about a way to post a mug shot from a SOs arrest because if they revert pre SORNA people back to ML 2 they would only be able to make people reg 1 time per yr and provide address info. If your crime falls under a ML 2 10yr reg you would not have to register anymore if the 10yrs is up (if your out of state I believe they have to credit you for the time you reg in another state) If you fall under life time reg under ML 2 you would have to reg it would be a different reg and info than SORNA people They would have to find ML 2 un constitutional some how or some reason that they can't re instate pre SORNA people on to ML 2. They also talked about new legislation to somehow capture pre SORNA people I don't know how they can do that. I hope they can't do anything at all to pre SORNA people but if they do I hope it is ML 2 because if they pass thru something new it will be something in between ML 2 and SORNA they will add as much as they can without making it punishment in their eye as David Freed likes to say pass muster, Then we will have to go thru everything all over again. So I would look into what the ML 2 law and what it says about out of state offenders. I think this is why they are using the delay tactics because they are going to try and pass some crazy new thing that keeps everyone on a reg or a secondary reg I'm hoping some kind of injection or class action can be done to stop them from making everyone go back to court.
  • concerned registrant October 20, 2017 at 4:07 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetGood points Alex. Also, just to note, a Static score is based off of "age at release." Current age is not taken into account with regard to the Static-99R. Neither is offense-free years in the community. Current age and offense-free years are the most significant risk factors in determining whether one will reoffend. Yet the Static-99R scam does not have any of those two factors in its scoring system.
  • FRegistryTerrorists October 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm on FL: Month After Irma, Sex Offenders Haven’t LeftAgreed. I don't have one bit of empathy or sympathy for anyone who supports the Registries. Let them suffer.
  • concerned registrant October 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetJudging from their usernames, "Sexercise" and "HotCock" might be trolling. I don't know how anyone who is informed can defend the Static-99R. Even IF the Static-99R was accurate (which it is not), the tiered law would still be blatantly misusing the Static-99R because, according to the Coding Rules, a Static score is only valid for two years. Further, "risk" is halved after five-years that a person has been offense-free in the community. So even if someone is initially scored "high" risk fresh from incarceration, that person will probably not have "norms" that are comparative to the "high" risk category after he has been offense-free in the community for five-years. So even if you overlook the literally hundreds of flaws to the Static-99R's methodology, even the Static-99R's very own Coding Rules specifically imply that using it to place people into Tier 3 is completely illegal (as legislation states that the state must comply with the "Coding Rules"). Refer to page 13 of the newest Coding Rules: "The longer an offender has been free of detected sexual offending since his release to the community from their index sex offence, the lower their risk of recidivism. Our research has found that, in general, for every five years the offender is in the community without a new sex offence, their risk for recidivism roughly halves (Hanson, Harris, Helmus, & Thornton, 2014). Consequently, we recommend that for offenders with two years or more sex offence free in the community since release from the index offence, the time they have been sex offence free in the community should be considered in the overall evaluation of risk. Static risk assessments estimate the likelihood of recidivism at the time of release and we expect they would be valid for approximately two years.” http://static99.org/pdfdocs/Coding_manual_2016_InPRESS.pdf
  • AlexO October 20, 2017 at 3:08 pm on MO: Sex offender laws in effect for Halloween"Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!" --Homer Simpson
  • AlexO October 20, 2017 at 3:07 pm on MO: Sex offender laws in effect for HalloweenRight? They seem to be treating it partly as punitive when they can only apply certain portions of it based on conviction date, while at the same time not dismantling the whole thing for those post supervision because they technically don't have to as it's "regulatory". If Janice or anyone on her team could somewhat explain the semantics of this, I'd love to hear it and understand it. This almost seems worse than simply making it all a blanket for everyone.
  • New Person October 20, 2017 at 2:47 pm on CA: California law will bar cities and counties from providing information for a ‘Muslim registry’Alex, What do you to an RC who has had their case dismissed? They're basically at the same level as a Muslim. So why are RC's whose cases are dismissed forced to register? I can 100% say I was never convicted, but I'm still on the registry. Do you follow that logic or ill logic?
  • New Person October 20, 2017 at 2:43 pm on General Comments July 2017Curious here... In the Smith v Doe 2003 decision, Roberts specifically denoted that only those with convictions be on the registry. Conviction = registry No Conviction = No registry... because you have no information needing to be disseminated b/c it's no longer public information. Is it possible for all RC's who have had their cases dismissed challenge still being forced to register as well as continue to be penalized?
  • AJ October 20, 2017 at 2:38 pm on General Comments July 2017@mike r: One difference is that, as a private company, the cruise lines can bar you from certain parts of their property (teen areas, etc) for any reason they wish (as long as it's not based on a protected class item). That they even know about us is the issue, I agree.
  • AJ October 20, 2017 at 2:33 pm on General Comments July 2017@ABC: What were your cruise itineraries? Did you do excursions to places that would be barred had you flown there instead (Mexico, for example)?
  • BigMeat October 20, 2017 at 2:31 pm on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween OrdinanceMikeR, your comments are truly immature. Who don't we celebrate and demonstrate the fact that we are grateful for this win and appreciate the hard work and dedication!
  • AJ October 20, 2017 at 2:23 pm on Survey – International Travel after IML@Lee: Traveling to PR, or any of the US territories or possessions, is just like traveling to another State. There is no customs or immigration, as it's considered domestic travel. You shouldn't have to show anything more than a RealID-compliant Driver's License, but a passport works everywhere, all the time. There's not 21-day requirement, as IML does not apply. You shouldn't run into any CBP because anyone transiting from another country (BVI, DR, etc) would have already cleared customs in the US by entering PR/USVI.
  • AJ October 20, 2017 at 2:18 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling@HOOKSCAR: That's something I've been speculating as well. Since it's deemed punishment, SORNA-PA cannot be applied to anyone who was convicted outside PA, regardless of date of conviction. Were it to be applied, it would be a Double Jeopardy and/or Due Process violation. That's the beauty of this ruling for those from outside PA who move there. As for your needing to register at all, it would depend on the crime and date on conviction. You'd need to consult PA's RC laws to be sure.
  • AJ October 20, 2017 at 2:10 pm on CA: Sex Offender Law Repealed In Simi Valley@MichaelRS: How dare you put the burden of raising and protecting one's children on the parents. For shame! Don't you know it's all supposed to be handed to us and solved for us by Big Daddy Government?
  • AJ October 20, 2017 at 2:02 pm on FL: Month After Irma, Sex Offenders Haven’t LeftMy empathy and sympathy remains 100% with the RCs, and 0% with the business owners who don't bend their legislators' ears over what Mr. Book's wonderful vendetta has caused. I kind of hope Book does act on his threat, as it will then make a banishment suit all the riper. I gotta think the laws in Miami/FL resemble--if not exceed--MI's enough to toss a Snyder-based suit on their sorry @sses.
  • AJ October 20, 2017 at 1:57 pm on Why some travelers will need a passport card for 2018Actually, State Dept. has already published that they will not be issuing passport cards to RCs, as there is no way or place for them to put the Scarlet Letter (ok, I called it that, not them). Of note is the the reason a number of the States dragged their feet was out of fear of it being or becoming a national ID card. But instead of correcting the fear mongering out of DC, the States all put their heads in the sand and hoped it would go away. Side note: minors are not required to have or show ID to fly domestically, and technically, none of us is required to have ID (https://www.tsa.gov/blog/2013/04/09/tsa-travel-tips-tuesday-can-you-fly-without-id). But you may want to leave a lot earlier to get through security. The big question is, what does knowing who I am at the gate have to do with anything? My bags are screened and x-rayed, and I am screened and scanned. I guess no bad guys ever have access to really good fake IDs and passports, because those sharp TSA peeps will spot it a mile away. Likewise, I guess there are never juveniles who are unhinged or radicalized or some other imbalance. I can be 17y364d old and I'm trusted like no tomorrow; but come tomorrow, I get the stink-eye as a possible terrorist. And let's remember, it wasn't lack of showing ID or having fake IDs that got the 9/11 dudes through, it was the horsesh!t security....which still exists today with the Feds running it (in most places). 2015, TSA fails 95% of the time at dozens of airports: http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/01/politics/tsa-failed-undercover-airport-screening-tests/index.html 2017, TSA at MSP fails 95% of the time: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jul/6/tsa-failed-detect-95-percent-prohibited-items-minn/ I'll give TSA one thing: they're consistent. Repeatedly hitting a 95% failure rate is tough to do!
  • NPS October 20, 2017 at 1:53 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetSteve, I appreciate the support. USA makes lots of negative assumptions about other people's cases, and yet he criticizes others for what he perceives to be negative attitudes. Projecting much? As per my now expunged offense, again, the details are none of his business but I will say this...first and only arrest. And the offense doesn't require registration. I was ordered to register under 290.006 even though the judge didn't state his reason on record.
  • AJ October 20, 2017 at 1:27 pm on MO: Sex offender laws in effect for HalloweenGee, if it's regulatory, and not punitive, what prohibits them from making it apply across the board? Maybe because it *is* punitive? Good thing they have this nonsensical, waste of a law on the books. Oh well, at least some LEOs are lining their pockets with overtime money for absolutely no reason.
  • Tired of this October 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm on MO: Sex offender laws in effect for HalloweenThere has not been a single instance of a registrant ever having molested a trick-or-treater. Not one I've ever heard of, anyway. Yet, literally every year, kids out on Halloween night are injured or killed by drunk drivers. But that's not as scary and newsworthy as having boogeymen to fear, is it?
  • Eric Knight October 20, 2017 at 1:02 pm on Why some travelers will need a passport card for 2018It is relevant because of the encroachment of liberties in the United States, with a potential push to restrict domestic interstate travel. As registrants are the canary in the mine when it comes to how much liberty is being suppressed, when used in conjunction with IML, this will expose a registrant status on virtually every aspect of travel, and potentially make it easier for the government to identify registrants who may be traveling "without permission." Of course, the end game is to throw all registrants in jail for the rest of their lives, and this is just one part of it.
  • Tim L October 20, 2017 at 12:58 pm on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween OrdinanceBurying the lead! Isn' t the real story here that this ordinance is illegal and unconstitutional! That they were enacted anyway implicates ignorance of basic constitutional premises by the elected. It is also incongruent with oaths of office! It spells doom for a constitutional republic!
  • AlexO October 20, 2017 at 12:24 pm on Why some travelers will need a passport card for 2018Because International Megan's Law requires some sort of identifying mark on your passport. So now RC's may possibly receive different treatment when even traveling domestically.
  • mike r October 20, 2017 at 12:16 pm on General Comments July 2017What someone stated recently that " I received a call two weeks before departure and was notified that I was cleared to go with the same warnings. “Stay away from the teen areas, etc… ” is a major factor. Supervision, permission. Exactly what the justices in smith were saying didn't exist in that case. There are several issues that smith stated that they relied upon to make their decision that are now indisputably present in this current era of super registration schemes. It is very encouraging that appeal case was for the ninth. I just reread the opinion and it is completely in my favor. It barely passed muster in that case with basically a split decision and two of the justices concurring only with the judgment, not the reasoning behind their conclusions.
  • American Detained in America October 20, 2017 at 12:01 pm on Why some travelers will need a passport card for 2018Who's with me in expecting that the "passport card" will feature the same identifier that a regular passport will, making the IML even more punitive for us by hindering interstate travel even further than it already is.
  • HotCock October 20, 2017 at 11:23 am on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetCorrect! They typically would consider younger adults who committed an offense against a stranger who was another male more dangerous then someone they know! (That means they where essentially searching/predator) Those who are in relationships etc are less likely to re offend etc. Its common sense! Ie: younger No relationship Stranger Male ? Ie: elderly Married Non stranger Female? You seem to be generalizing and clearly downplaying the seriousness of this?
  • KM October 20, 2017 at 11:21 am on Why some travelers will need a passport card for 2018This is relevant because...
  • Tired Of Hiding October 20, 2017 at 11:17 am on Survey – International Travel after IMLIt's just like going to Kansas or any other state. Totally domestic - You do not need a passport. You do not go through customs. You will not be stopped when returning to the mainland. Too bad you did not go prior to the hurricane. It's going to be a decade to replace that growth. Even the national rain forest there was decimated. I loved going there...so sad.
  • AlexO October 20, 2017 at 10:31 am on MO: Sex offender laws in effect for HalloweenI find it hilarious that something that is supposed to very much protect children only applies to people under certain conditions that has nothing to do with the underlying crime, ie when they were convicted. Being convicted a day after a certain law takes effect doesn't make the person any more or less dangerous. This is legaleze BS at its finest.
  • C October 20, 2017 at 10:16 am on The only thing we have to fear on Halloween is fear itselfGreat article, thanks for sharing. I plan to post to the comments section of that Patch article regarding their annual posting of RC maps. A side note, and at the risk of seeming like an over-protective dad, I do still inspect my kid's candy, but it's a rouse to confiscate the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Peanut M & Ms for myself. (Hey, my son is allergic, so I help him avoid a poke with the Epi-pen by selflessly absorbing those candies myself.)
  • AlexO October 20, 2017 at 10:14 am on CA: California law will bar cities and counties from providing information for a ‘Muslim registry’@ Tim and New Person, Again, I'm not saying SO registry is in any way good or fair. But it's still very different than what a Muslim registry would be. We all have a direct correlation between crimes we committed and why we, due to our own direct actions, are on the registry. A Muslim registry has zero bases behind it other than racism. It would be equivalent if every single man in America had to register because majority of sex offenders are men, regardless if the person actually did anything.
  • AlexO October 20, 2017 at 10:02 am on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetYou should take an actual look at Static-99. It doesn't sound like you have based on your comments. You in no way need to have an extensive history to be rated high. An 18-34 year old person can easily score high without having so much as a traffic ticket before all this. +1 for being younger than 35, +1 for NOT having been in a romantic live-in relationship for 2+ years, +1 for the victim not being related to you, +1 for the victim being a stranger, +1 if the victim was male, +1 if you did NOT touch the victim. There you go. There's 6 points right there, placing you automatically into tier 3. Age is by far the largest factor as the older you get, that first score can actually go negative. A 65+ year old person actually starts off at a -3. So a grandfather who rapped his granddaughter for 10 years could actually score a negative score as his risk factor. He starts off at -3. Then he scores zero on everything else I outlined above.
  • ABC October 20, 2017 at 9:47 am on General Comments July 2017@BAM A little too late for the reply but I wanted to provide an update. I have cruised with RCI and Celebrity several times in the past few years. I recently did another cruise with RCI, I have to admit I was nervous due to IML been in effect. However to my surprise, this time it was a lot easier. I have contacted the security department before, I pretty much use the same letter, i just update it with new information as needed. I also provide the 21 days notice and provide RCI the contact information on the Sheriff office. In my case this year I didn't have to submit a letter. I received a call two weeks before departure and was notified that I was cleared to go with the same warnings. "Stay away from the teen areas, etc... " In addition I was able to leave port several times AND no secondary inspection when I came back to port! I almost fainted from the excitement. Almost felt normal again, so did my wife and kids! I look forward to the time we as Registered Citizens are no longer ostracized, and can freely enjoy true freedom together with those who loves us.
  • Hopeful October 20, 2017 at 9:46 am on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is Set@roger... I agree with u and like ur attitude. I have felony 311.11a (with prison) and got screwed with the new amendments. I’m not, however, going to let it keep me down like a lot of the depressing doom and gloom types here. Many people do want to whine and wallow, which is a complete waste of time. So let’s be part of the solution not part of the problem. Thanks roger
  • Harry October 20, 2017 at 6:28 am on Why kids don’t belong on sex offender registryYes David, the fastest way to "refute" this is to get the soccer moms realizing that their babies have far greater chance ending up on the registry than getting candy from a RC on Halloween night.
  • Who removes from list October 20, 2017 at 1:39 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingThey will charge you or him if you arent supposed to be on SORNA. But its up to the charged to get the good attorney, who isnt in bed with the Commonwealth. The PSP dont care who they charge. If they dont charge anyone then how do they keep game plan a secret. The PSP AND Ag are up to something. We will see it soon.
  • R.C. October 19, 2017 at 11:53 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is Set@Dan & concerned registrant - In 2015, I discharged from parole and sharper future. They began a process to split groups into "low" STATIC and "high" STATIC scorers. Those w/ high scores were forced into more treatment. What was strange is that from our group, the 2 "high" scorers were both violation free, got 3 yr parole compared to our 5, both employed, and always attended. The rest of us were low risk, but 3 in my group had at least 1 violation and not all of the low risks were as involved in group session as even the "high" riskers. What I'm trying to get at is the STATIC appeared very random, almost like a lottery. Like it didn't even make sense. What I'm also saying is that the STATIC might be all about being able to rationalize more treatment, so more cdcr contracts to private corporations like sharper future. In my last containment in 2015, about 1/2 of the parolees were "high" risk. So if 1/2 were high risk, more treatment = $$$. You do the math. To them, they could care less if the STATIC is legit.
  • Tim Moore October 19, 2017 at 10:55 pm on CA: California law will bar cities and counties from providing information for a ‘Muslim registry’True, but it is not the list itself that is at fault, it is the loss of privacy and the innuendo behind the list. This innuendo take s away a person's right to not self incriminate themselves. Of course you can make the argument that we incriminated ourselves by getting convicted of the crime. Notice I said convicted not committed the crime, because some are actually innocent. The innuendo behind the SO registry is that all are guilty, guilty in perpetuity and remain a risk. That risk is so severe that registries are not even considered for other crimes. We're especially dangerous the message is. That is an innuendo produced of government. The innuendo with Muslims is that a high percentage are terrorists. It has no relation to facts, just like the SO registry has no truth in "frightening and high". Although one is orange and one is green, they both leave the same rotten taste like false fruits off the same tree of ignorance. They both only serve to nourish fear and suspicion, hate and revenge.
  • David Kennerly, the Very Model of "Containment" October 19, 2017 at 9:33 pm on Why kids don’t belong on sex offender registryWe have finally entered into a phase in which there is real push-back against sex offender hysteria. We will hear all of their tired and spurious arguments repeated again-and-again in a desperate attempt to maintain their stranglehold on the minds of America. The mythological conflation of the Registry with law enforcement's capacity to fight crime will become increasingly more shrill and repetitive. Nevertheless, given that most people are emotionally predisposed for hysteria in matters of sex offenders, we're going to have to refute these illogical appeals with everything we have in order to destroy them.
  • New Person October 19, 2017 at 9:31 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetAnonymous Nobody, Thanks for the 1203.4 history. With the Colorado case ruling of retributive intent, the fact that 1203.4 used to give a person relief from registration is important b/c you also denoted that the registry was deemed punitive by the legislation. Note, even though there are tiers, everyone is subjected to lifetime term of in-person visits with compliance checks. There is no difference with a registrant whose case is dismissed with someone who hasn't had their case dismissed. The same penalties and disabilities (which have been proven to be unconstitutional with presence and residency restrictions... but also reporting when you want to travel out of state, disclosing whenever you get a job in-person, limited to jobs, limited to housing, limited to housing help with respect to HUD) still apply to those registrants with dismissed cases. Again, the Ca. Const. Art. 1, Sec 1 states that California citizens have an inalienable right to pursue and obtain privacy. The 1203.4 is supposed to restore you to what you were before you were convicted, which includes not registering. So the State has taken that immunity away as stated within 1203.4, which is unconstitutional to a California Citizen on two fronts - 1. the state is denying the ability to pursue and obtain privacy and 2. the state violated equal immunity as stated in the Ca Const Art. 1. Sec 7b. This is what I mean about using our own State Constitution. That's how all of the other states are defeating parts of the registry... using their State Constitution. One of these days if I ever am able to acquire a job, then I'd like to do what Mike R did and challenge the CA registry, piecemeal via those who have been earned 1203.4. Recall, Smith v Doe 2003 stated specifically that only "convictions" are to be on the registry. So if the State of California cites Smith v Doe, then they cannot avoid the fact Chief Justice Roberts stated only "convictions" are to be on the registry. 1203.4 grants relief from all penalties and disabilities (does not state punitive nor civil, thus implies all) stemming from the conviction. The state cannot remove any part of this immunity from registrants as it violates Ca. Const. Art. 1, Sec 7b, equal immunity protections!
  • Paul 2 October 19, 2017 at 9:31 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingI said they would use ML 2 that had no one but SVPs on the internet so how could you logically think I was saying they would keep things the same?
  • Paul 2 October 19, 2017 at 9:28 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingWhat part don't you understand they are charging him with F1 from the SORNA laws that does not apply to him The length of time is moot The law they are charging him was put on him retroactive SORNA was ruled to not apply So they can't charge him with not comlying with SORNA.
  • David Kennerly, the Very Model of "Containment" October 19, 2017 at 9:14 pm on General Comments October 2017Operation "Cross Country" "These are children. They are hardened children but they are still children." - F.B.I. Special Agent Bernie Riedel. So, we have another nationwide multi-agency crackdown on "child prostitution" which, invariably, means that they have "rescued" a handful of adult-looking seventeen-year-olds and even older young adults who they attempt to portray as "children." It's debatable if any of these "children" actually wanted to be "saved." http://abc7.com/fbi-sex-trafficking-crackdown-nets-120-arrests;-84-underage-victims-rescued/2552074/
  • Sexercise October 19, 2017 at 8:24 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetI think the Static 99 test is both accurate and very fair! No test will accurately determine anyone's risk level, yet some form of evaluation must be done! You gave one example ie: Gardner, but that's only one person. If you rate high, you must have an extensive history?
  • Matt October 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm on CA: Governor Brown Signs Equality California-Sponsored Bill to Reform California’s Sex Offender RegistryBeing patient, and complacent, is what got us into this mess. Sheep are always shocked during the last ten seconds they spend in the slaughterhouse.
  • Lee October 19, 2017 at 7:49 pm on Survey – International Travel after IML@Star51, when you exit PR, did you have to go through custom that they ask questions like secondary inspection that typically when return from international flights? I heard U.S virgin islands have that, and therefore I want to know if PR does as well. Is PR the same as traveling to Hawaii experience? Also, is 21 days notice required or that's only for International countries?
  • kind of living October 19, 2017 at 7:41 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is Set@ Harry ,,, ,, ,, why because you say ? , its funny that all we heard here in CA "the reason we cant fight the federal part of the registry was because CA had one since the 40's " CA registry was and is just as unconstitutional as the Feds ml and all the other happy horse crap that has came along , at the very least one of the things that should be addressed in CA is the fact that many of us took pleas well before the new laws came into effect under the old law , and if the that deal is not up held by the state and protected , the state should have to pay those that did time in prison and good time , since we did our time and it counts for nothing , people that just got paper were able to register so it counts , how dose this help people that are lvl3 that have been trapped in this system for life on what ever law floats by , so what wrong with looking at what was ? these were the laws I took a plea with , so some of us have a right to point out that info to cops only was better , and the court should back that . no body walks forward all the time , some times its better to turn around and go the other way , walking forward into the tier system was like seeing a cliff and not turning long before we got to it , and then just shot right by the whole matters part of the fight too getting a few off because they are low risk ? I just don't get it ,low risk ? really ? and our prison time don't count , clean time prison time ,plea deal , we more than paid for the crime , we are still paying , us so called lifers and our family's should have the same rights as everyone one else ,not just on this registry but all people , please know what I am trying to say in the best way I know how , Janice is great and I fully respect what she is doing , but what the H is the ACLU really doing , this is their job as well , all the are doing is rubbing elbows with LE that claims this registry is a tool , lol , so was prison for punishment , and that's what all registry's are tools to punish , prole for life , don't seem to help anyone , really the only ones it seems is the people that want to kill us , or screw ours cars up , or scare our familys , we are always waiting for the next shoe to drop ,and sometimes that's the worst punishment of all
  • robin shrawder October 19, 2017 at 7:22 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingOnce again , what was his requirerments under the meagns law pre-sorna ( 10 yrs. or lifetime ) ? If it was 10 yrs. of registery , he would still be required to complete his 10 yrs.. If convicted in 2009 then he must register till 2019 .... if lifetime then he still would be lifetime ... We must understand its the UPGRADES ( retroactive aspect application ) that are the issue here ... Sorna isnot going away ,, just the way it will be applied ,, RETROACTIVE application is unconstitutional both state and federal once classified punishment ...
  • concerned registrant October 19, 2017 at 7:19 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetThe Static-99R is not infallible. The Static-99 gave John Gardner a "2" score, which is "low" risk, after his first offense: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-panel-grilled-on-form-used-for-gardner-2010apr01-story.html Even with the Static-99R -- which is the so called "revised" version -- Gardner STILL would have been scored a '2' based on his first offense. All the 'revised' version did is adjust score for a person's age at release; but the 'revised' version does not correct for CURRENT age. So the Static-99R is not a dynamic test. What's interesting about the article that I post above is that Scott Kernan, when he was a lower-level government administrator, even many years back, advocated very hard for these "risk" based tools like the Static-99R. Now that Scott Kernan is the CDCR Director, it would look very badly on him if he were to be proven wrong with regard to the Static-99 tests' credibility. The same can be said as to the CASOMB and mysterious SARATSO members. Members in CASOMB and the SARATSO committee have placed their credibility behind their Static-99/Static-99R/SARATSO tool for so long that their only choice is to double-down for fear that they are proven wrong. What is important to CASOMB and SARATSO is that there is an illusion to an infallible "risk assessment tool," even if the 'tool' is a quasi-scam. IMO, most of them (at least secretly or behind the scenes) know that there is no way 10 questions can definitively predict "risk," based on a sample that lumps all types of offenses and offenders together. There might be some accuracy for mild prediction within a five year window of release from incarceration. But I definitely agree with you: To use this Static-99R junk science to determine lifetime, Tier 3, 'risk' is totally uncalled for.
  • Star51 October 19, 2017 at 6:55 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLJust went to Puerto Rico, it was beautiful. No issues, it is a domestic flight. Was there in August before the hurricane.
  • Paul October 19, 2017 at 6:55 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLPuerto Rico is a territory of the United States. You arrive, and depart, as a domestic passenger, with no passport required. They do have registration requirements: http://www.niccsa.org/uploads/file/252901977c004de0b2fb9723e27fc1ad/SEXOFFENDERREGISTRATIONREQUIREMENTSPUERTORICO.pdf
  • Who removes from list October 19, 2017 at 6:16 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling@Paul2, that sounds good but ML 2 or ML 3 didnt mandate internet identifiers, I would make the bet, but if you were, are, and soon to be arrest under SORNA crime codes, there is no way they can make ML2 or ML3 with the same crime code as SORNA, because the crime code of SORNA is what was deemed punishment, that thinking of your is not a logical thought. You can have ML 2 or ML3 match SORNA crime code because that would be SORNA again. You understand yet, like @AJ and I have been telling you about the research my husband does and speaking to his attorney on a regular. My husband has had 7 contiuences for his failure to register. He knows whats going on. You need to file a writ to mandamus or he or you will not be off the SORNA for a long time!
  • mike r October 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween OrdinanceWho's telling you you can't do Halloween? Are you on probation, parole?
  • Harry October 19, 2017 at 5:54 pm on How Sex Offender Registries Impact Youth'How Sex Offender Registries Impact Youth' They are impacted as adults just like all adult RCs.
  • TXSO4life October 19, 2017 at 5:03 pm on General Comments October 2017Why you might need a passport card to travel domestically in 2018... https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/might-need-passport-card-travel-domestically-2018-141115032.html I wondered how would this play into SO ability to travel interstates in the future.
  • mike r October 19, 2017 at 4:50 pm on Why kids don’t belong on sex offender registrylink the video, I would love to read it...
  • kind of living October 19, 2017 at 4:39 pm on CA: Sex Offender Law Repealed In Simi Valley+1
  • Daniel October 19, 2017 at 4:35 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetHere are my two biggest complaints with regard to the Static 99R: 1) Why is it only the Static 99R score at time of release that is controlling to whether someone be placed in Tier III? At least with the previous versions of the tiered bill, the wording was concerned with “current” Static score, which at least permitted for some possible adjustment. To fix a ridgid “static” score at time of release, and rely on it for more than a year or two, is outlandishly ridiculous given the power of the Static 99R to raise people from Tier I [or II] to III. 2) Another good point is IF the Static 99R was really infalluable as it’s being claimed, why are people who score negative and low figures even required to register in the first place?? It all doesn’t add up. Something tells me that the Static 99R is really junk. At least from the reading I’ve done, it sure seems like the state, casomb, and saratso are grossly misusing the Static 99R.
  • Lee October 19, 2017 at 4:26 pm on Survey – International Travel after IMLHi can someone tell me if I can go to Puerto Rico? When it recovers? What’s the registration requirement there? Do I arrive and depart as domestic flight?
  • kind of living October 19, 2017 at 4:09 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is Set@ Lake County ,,, ,, well we know now for a fact that the registry is screwed up , it places you at lev 3 , have a happy birthday , just so you know I have never supported the tier registry or any other registry at all , most likely because I did hard time 30 years ago , and so I must be scum , and I am a crybaby because Roger says anyone that that's not overwhelmed with the happiness about the way thing are going and having a different view point your just being a crybaby , just as you do , so you guys should be best buds , on the other hand what about many others that us that may have a different POINT ? people seem to be real Hard Core with their little internet hammer , we will see how that comes out disrespecting those of us and our family's and our money go's away , just because some peoples thinking differ , doomsayers ? crybabies ? I differ ! many of us took pleas over 30 years ago , so how do all these new laws apply to us , and why , or am I even aloud to ask that? and why dose the time we did in prison not count ? or our county time for that matter , you know when the courts agreed to the plea that said nothing about the registry as it is now , 9 year prison team and prole , said nothing about if they want to create tier system on down the road , and why is it that the years in prison don't count for anything ? I guess we are suppose to just look at the pie in in the sky , for fear that we will be further labeled as crybabies or what ever one can dream up , how come the constitution stands on this site for people that talk crap about those are not cheerleaders ?, and the constitution is no where to be seen when one of us take offence to what and how the cheerleaders talk about us and how many of us feel , and many never even say , I wonder why that is ? It cant be because we have to be too careful how we say it right? heck no , Right !
  • HOOKSCAR October 19, 2017 at 3:14 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingSo if me and my fiancé move to Pennsylvania I would not be subjected to registration as my conviction date is 1998? I’m in California.
  • BigRig October 19, 2017 at 2:43 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetAnonymous, you're in another world! That world doesn't exist. For now on, remain anonymous. Your comments are poorly thought out!
  • New Person October 19, 2017 at 2:42 pm on CA: California law will bar cities and counties from providing information for a ‘Muslim registry’Hold up. Do people forget what happened in San Bernardino, Ca? Shouldn't that be the mantra as well?
  • New Person October 19, 2017 at 2:39 pm on CA: California law will bar cities and counties from providing information for a ‘Muslim registry’=============== A Muslim registry would literally be what Nazis did with Jews, gays, and others: 100% innocent people blackballed because of BS reasons and beliefs. =============== Ummm... if my case was dismissed, then am I back to becoming an innocent person? If so, then I am an innocent person being blackballed because of BS reasons and beliefs.
  • UnitedStatesofOppression October 19, 2017 at 2:16 pm on CO: County Sex-Offender Registry Pulled Down Because of Lawsuit FearsOh I am sure the numbers will be "frightening and high". I am hoping all of this has a domino effect towards other jurisdictions across the country.
  • kind of living October 19, 2017 at 1:54 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is Setthis sucks ole Roger con come on here slinging names around , and you cant counter him and be posted , nope I have to post like I am at church , I was doing hard time 30+ years ago , we are not being crybabies just because we have a point of view that may not be the same , call me a crybaby to my face
  • AJ October 19, 2017 at 1:48 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingIt'll be interesting to see what happens with the ID case now that SCOTUS has allowed Snyder to stand. It sounds as though ID not only mimics MI's laws, but goes one onerous step further by having avoiding even trying to tier people. I forget the reference, but the KY SC (yes, KY!) mentioned that sort of thing as pointing towards punitive. I see it as a win for us either way: agree, and join the 6th in the truth, or deny and created a circuit split that may draw SCOTUS into the fray. (The AL case in the 11th will only help, regardless the outcome.)
  • Paul 2 October 19, 2017 at 1:46 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingI can tell you this PSP is going to hold out until they reenact ML 2 for pre SORNA people And if anyone that has a life reg under ML 2 other than two 10yr offense that were combined to make life (struck down A.S.) They will be on reg for life and any failure to comply will be charged under ML 2 Bet
  • Paul 2 October 19, 2017 at 1:41 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingI'm Thinking the same thing they do not care about anything other than looking tough on SOs to the brainwashed hysterical public They will blow tax payer dollars with out a thought and make us spend our money to get whats right. tThen change it up again.
  • AJ October 19, 2017 at 1:37 pm on CA: California law will bar cities and counties from providing information for a ‘Muslim registry’AlexO: Not just civil wars, but race wars and genocide (Rwanda anyone?) as well.
  • AJ October 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm on Why kids don’t belong on sex offender registryThe claim that the registry speeds solving crimes makes no sense. It implies that if a sex crime happens, they go to the registry first or only. BS. They run a global (database-wise, not geographical) search on fingerprint and DNA matches and go from there. The registry serves no purpose, and speeds no process, once they have our fingerprints and DNA.
  • AJ October 19, 2017 at 1:32 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling@Paul 2: "Do you think this stay will allow PSP to keep people on even if a court says to take someone off?" ----- I would bet PSP is operating under advice from the PA AG's office, and short of a court order will follow that advice. But given a court order, I am confident PSP will comply. It's one thing to defy the AG and perhaps get reprimanded or something administrative, it's quite another to flout a court order and be found in contempt...and perhaps fined and jailed. Bureaucrats act when they must; the AG has (probably) said don't move, so they don't. When a court says move, they will.
  • AJ October 19, 2017 at 1:29 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling@Paul 2: It doesn't matter what the Justices thought or what Freed thinks. The Opinion issued says it's punishment, regardless of how the PA and US Constitutions compare. Case closed...literally!
  • MichaelRS October 19, 2017 at 1:24 pm on CA: Sex Offender Law Repealed In Simi ValleyI did not go through all the comments so I'm sure somebody said this before, but just to get it off my chest I'm going to STATE THE OBVIOUS here. Parents, if you are sooo concerned that your child might go trick-or-treating at a registered sex offenders house, (1) sit your ass down at the computer, (2) go to the Megan's Law web page, (3) note where the RSOs live in the area where your child will be going and (4) do not let them go to that house. There. PROBLEM SOLVED. Why would such a law even be needed? PS: (5) Do not let them go trick or treating with Uncle Bob or their church group because a relative or youth group leader, that they know and trust. is <90% more likely to molest them than some stranger whoes house they are spending one minute at trick-or-treating.
  • AJ October 19, 2017 at 12:45 pm on General Comments October 2017It's starting to seem like Gorsuch is a bit of a d!ck, or at least incredibly smug and self-assured. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/10/why_rumors_of_a_gorsuch_kagan_supreme_court_clash_are_such_a_bombshell.html. His first few writings in SCOTUS cases have been less than impressive.
  • AJ October 19, 2017 at 12:43 pm on General Comments October 2017@TS: The problem isn't so much needing the record corrected, as it is the decisions SCOTUS is making based on the false information. We're all living proof of that problem, to say the least. Yes, an independent method for SCOTUS to get and check information would be best. Amici are nice, but they're also incredibly biased. That's rather ironic, given "amicus curiae" means "friend of the court." Hardly friendly, if full of lies!
  • AJ October 19, 2017 at 12:28 pm on The only thing we have to fear on Halloween is fear itselfThis sentence from the piece says it all: "Your kids are more likely to end up *on* the registry than to be molested *by* someone on it."
  • AJ October 19, 2017 at 12:20 pm on How Sex Offender Registries Impact YouthGood thing the authorities caught this horrible menace to society early, or else she may have grown up to be a productive adult.
  • AlexO October 19, 2017 at 11:51 am on CA: California law will bar cities and counties from providing information for a ‘Muslim registry’That is certainly a confusing thing. How at this stage we could even remotely consider such a registry against 100% innocent people is mind boggling. It's literally Nazi Germany. And I mean literally in the literal meaning of the word. It's frightening to say the least. Its this kind of BS that civil wars are made of.
  • AlexO October 19, 2017 at 11:49 am on CA: California law will bar cities and counties from providing information for a ‘Muslim registry’I highly doubt it. The Muslim Registry targets people of a specific demographic where no crime was actually committed by the individual. The SO registry targets people who had committed specific crimes. People comparing the two are comparing apples to oranges. I'm not saying SO registry is in no way a good thing, but its far different than what a Muslim registry would be. A Muslim registry would basically be no different than a registry for anyone that bought a Raiders jersey with reasoning being that some Raider fans cause trouble. A Muslim registry would literally be what Nazis did with Jews, gays, and others: 100% innocent people blackballed because of BS reasons and beliefs.
  • who removes from list October 19, 2017 at 10:24 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingMy husband wanted me to help all of you to understand what the MUNIZ DECISION means and who is to get the relief, whether its today or after SCOTUS denies or grants, or agrees after the appeal is granted. Time line of Events: MUNIZ DECISION - July 19 2017. Please read summary of case and who it gives release too. This means anyone whether you were not required to register pre sorna, 10 year pre sorna (Megans 1, 2 , or 3), life time pre sorna (Megans 2 or 3), and anyone deemed SVP pre Sorna. This is a retroactive decision, of both ex post facto, state and federal two part ruling, separate rulings for each state and federal constitution. By Attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini, SORNA/Megan's Law Attorney, Harrisburg, PA In Commonwealth v. Muniz, ___ Pa. ____, ____ A.3d ___ (July 19, 2017), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently determined in a majority decision that the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act ("SORNA") or "Megan's Law IV" registration requirements are "punishment." Therefore, the registration provisions violate the ex post facto ("after the fact") clauses of both the State and Federal Constitutions. It cannot be applied retroactively. Any sentence or registration period that constitutes punishment, as the Court determined, cannot be applied to someone after they are already sentenced. So, if you were sentenced prior to December 20, 2012 OR the alleged offense occurred prior to December 20, 2012 this decision applies to you. This decision does not invalidate the current registration regime under SORNA for those convicted after December 20, 2012. **Then many case received relief with entire Muniz Decision both federal and state ruling of the Muniz Decision. ** UNTIL A STAY OF REMAND - PA Supreme Court Sept 5 2017 and as we all know that the stay of remand was only good for the federal ruling, ex post facto constitutional ruling. Many case were granted relief before the stay of remand using both rulings, however the state constitutional ruling was used to grant relief after this. ** THEN ON OCTOBER 4 2017, a huge decision came through after the STAY OF REMAND of Sept 5 2017 and before the Commonwealth filed its writ of cert to SCOTUS. Read the case, the state constitutional ruling is law and it explains why MUNIZ IS STILL LAW. http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Superior/out/25035971.pdf#search=%22sorna Muniz 2017%22 **EVERYONE NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND AND STOP WORRYING, THE STATE RULING IS LAW and yes all of RC's due relief will need to file a writ of mandamus to the lower courts, on the conviction that placed you on PRE SORNA or what the PSP used to force you on SORNA. **DA Freed and the Commonwealth can't place PRE SORNA's on any registry they are trying to make up quick, that has anything other than, registering your vehicle, home, school, job. They cant make you register an internet identifier because NO PRE SORNA requirements ever sentenced you to this. **If the Commonwealth designs a NEW LAW to replace the SORNA requirements that Pre Sorna RC's were forced to do, THE NEW CRIME CODE is different from the SORNA crime code, and all FAILURE TO REGISTERS WILL NEED TO BE overturned, dismissed, etc. **The guy from the recent Bradford PA failure to register, needs to get a good attorney. He is due relief from SORNA. Hope this helps!
  • mjk October 19, 2017 at 7:57 am on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween Ordinancehttp://all4consolaws.org/2015/01/san-bernardino-county-to-pare-down-sex-offender-ordinance/ I believe this still applies in SB county. I believe they only enforce it on those with victims who were a minor, wether on probation or not. While on probation, there is also a curfew and nothing Halloween themed allowed inside your home either. Might only be enforced in unincorporated areas, but it’s seems unclear. Might want to double check to see if this is on the books in your city, and whether it’s being enforced or not. Perhaps Janice can help us to understand the current status of this in SB county’s Halloween ordinance.
  • Son of Liberty Child of Freedom October 19, 2017 at 7:29 am on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetEsteemed Lake County It would be a great opportunity for you to NetWork with your fellow Registered Citizens during your Forced & Coerced Labor for the Wicked Servants. I know of several Slaves to the Federal & State governments who personally print materials with NARSOL & ACSOL information among other Org's publications to handout or simply leave about in the waiting area for fellow Slaves to come upon at a later time. In addition placement in any near by coffee shops can be effective or Posting on Power Poles, Light Post, will be seen by fellow Slaves as they meander about before they receive their Annual, Quarterly, or Monthly Punishment, InTerrogation¹, & Catholic (from Ancient Greek: καθολικός katholikos "universal")² Inquisition by Gestapo Agents & SS Officers of our Common Era³. May The Most High Creator & Possessor of Heaven & Earth who alone formed the Light & created the Darkness give you courage to serve True Justice. I speak a True song As Yehovah Lives, so should we ¹ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interrogation: - - Interrogation (also called questioning) is interviewing as commonly employed by law enforcement officers, military personnel, and intelligence agencies with the goal of eliciting useful information. Interrogation may involve a diverse array of techniques, ranging from developing a rapport with the subject to outright torture. ² https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_(term): - - The Inquisition was a group of institutions within the government system of the Catholic Church whose aim was to combat heresy. It started in 12th-century France to combat religious sectarianism, in particular the Cathars and the Waldensians. Other groups investigated later included the Spiritual Franciscans, the Hussites (followers of Jan Hus) and Beguines. Beginning in the 1250s, inquisitors were generally chosen from members of the Dominican Order, replacing the earlier practice of using local clergy as judges.[1] The term Medieval Inquisition covers these courts up to mid-15th century. ³ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Era: - - Common Era or Current Era (CE)[1] is a year-numbering system (calendar era) for the Julian and Gregorian calendars that refers to the years since the start of the present era, that is, the years beginning with AD 1.
  • Harry October 19, 2017 at 7:29 am on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetYou are partly correct, there was a way out off the registry, after 10 years as this was stated in my probation papers and it could of been around the early 90's when all RC's became lifetime registrants. However, we are all NOW lifetime registrants, in CA and Janice and her team ARE pushing against that on YOURs and the rest of us behalf. Today is the day we can have a effect, yesterday is gone and we can not drive by looking in the rear view mirror. As Janice said, "there cracks in the dam".
  • Mike S October 19, 2017 at 7:23 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingAlso, what is more interesting is that Mr. Raines is an SVP and is not in jail? A Tier 3 SVP arrested for failing to register (F2) and no mid-five or six figure bail?? Before July 19th of this year, this RC would have had his liberty taken away and be looking at a kangaroo court process and a minimum of 3 years State time. I truly believe that PA is going to continue to arrest Rc's and then backlog them until Muniz is decided or the Commonwealth comes up with some other sub for AWA. Lets say that PA has a backlog of 100 Failure to registers when the dust settles. Since the DA's of PA are basically going to form the law, and they have very little (if any) idea of civil law, they will form the new law to encapsulate the 100 in backlog/limbo as violating the new law. And this whole process will start all over again! I fear that even if this blows up in PA's face in the next 2 months before they get their new scheme in place, they will still prosecute and people will still go to prison based on weak representation.
  • Mike S October 19, 2017 at 7:01 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingI wish I lived close to Aliquippa, PA but I am outside of Philadelphia. If anyone is free next week and lives close, I would love to hear what happens, if it happens, at this prelim. Preliminary Hearing 10/23/2017 9:00 am
  • SBC October 19, 2017 at 6:36 am on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetAmazing all bickering and competing as to who's charge is worst than others. I don't believe where all innocent. Does any one think any differently? At current I am today's tier 3. My case was a 288(a), probation and probation handled the reduction and expunging automatically back in 1994. Back in 2006 I went to the PD's office and used their Paralegal to have what had already taken place in1994. I didn't even know all that was done but was good as many misleading entries needed to be corrected in the record. Instead of quoting the PC looking for legal advice to find your way out. Use the PD's paralegal staff to do the paperwork for you to see what you can get if you can't afford a lawyer. At current the stage is set for me to be removed in 3 years, at current. I feel that I will not have any problems with my petition but will deal with it then. I can see light at the end of the tunnel which is getting brighter each day. I know it's a disappointment for the current non disclosed people. I was non disclosed at one time but that was taken away and it freaked out.
  • HH October 19, 2017 at 6:02 am on CA: California law will bar cities and counties from providing information for a ‘Muslim registry’But......"if it keeps just one family (child) safe".....
  • Lake County October 19, 2017 at 5:27 am on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetWell said Roger. I think this version of the tiered registry sucks too as it places me on tier III. However it's a start. None of us supported this last minute version, but we have a few years to advocate for some changes. This is my birthday week, so off to renew my registration I go.
  • The Good Wife October 19, 2017 at 12:18 am on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetHopefully most of everyone have already realized by now that the Static-99R (aka "SARATSO tool") is one of those 'bad amendments' that either needs to be removed completely -- or significant adjustments are made so as the so-called tool takes a person's **current risk** into account. As the bill is written now, the Static locks a person's so-called "risk" level at the time of his release, even if the Static score is over five years old. The Static-99R does not look at current risk -- which is so blatantly wrong that it is almost comical had so many not been jeopardized by this Static-99R scam of science.
  • Roger October 18, 2017 at 11:48 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetAnonymous Nobody, your desire to go back to the good old days before 1981 is absurd. Pining for long ago is a waste of time. Deal with reality and stop whining. Do you really believe your absurd statements “we at least should have demanded” and “It is that cheerleading and failure to assert anything else as an option that left us with this horrible tier bill”? They make me shake my head in pity at your fantasy world beliefs. You seem to actually believe ACSOL used its secret powers to push the bill through committees, then forced Gov. Brown into pressuring legislators into resurrecting the dead bill and pushing it through and adding a pile of bad amendments. WAKE UP TO THE REALITY OF HOW REAL LAWS ARE PASSED: ACSOL DIDN’T WRITE, PASS, OR SUPPORT THE BAD AMENDMENTS, except in your warped view of reality! Once the cops and DA’s grabbed the tiered registry and ran with it, IT BECAME A POWER GAME AMONG THE BIGGEST LEGISLATIVE POWERS AND KEY SPECIAL INTEREST POWERS. Nothing any of us could do would change the outcome. ACSOL has worked for years to start and continue the dialog with legislators about how unfair the registry was and how a tiered registry would be more just and fair than the lifetime registry, but ACSOL DID NOT CONTROL THE LEGISLATURE AND FORCE THIS BAD VERSION TO BE PASSED! The tiered registry bill was a vast improvement until legislators piled on the bad amendments. Why did they pass them? TO COVER THEIR POLITICAL BUTTS, of course! They had to tell their constituents they were making a 180 degree turn and supporting the registry to FREE SEX OFFENDERS (scary!). The amendments allowed them to vote for the tiered registry. NOTHING ELSE COULD HAVE STOPPED THE MOMENTUM OF 70 YEARS! YES, THE AMENDMENTS SUCK! They are unfair and hurt people. BUT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE CARDS THAT WERE DEALT. Without ACSOL, we would be a fragmented, chaotic movement. MY NOTE TO THE REST OF YOU: do you want to listen to doomsayers and crybabies like Anonymous Nobody and be filled with despair? Or do you want to ignore idiots like him and take part in what ACSOL will be working hard on during the next 3 years? Janice stated some of her strategy. It fills me with hope, even as a level 3. I hope you want to feel hope too. Join us to work to tear down the bad amendments, challenge the registry itself, and continue to squash residency and presence restrictions. Together we can do the impossible!
  • Agamemnon October 18, 2017 at 11:42 pm on CA: California law will bar cities and counties from providing information for a ‘Muslim registry’I don't understand how CA would pass a bill to protect a demographic from being placed on a public list, since the USSC ruled that such public listings are "administrative" and not punishment. ..unless it IS punishment? (And even if the "administrative" label can't be overturned and the SO list stays, how can the laws passed that target people on those lists - especially after sentences have been served - be legal?)
  • New Person October 18, 2017 at 11:42 pm on Why kids don’t belong on sex offender registry1. The registry does not solve crimes. 2. The recent and most proper categorically correct recidivism rates for registrants are under 1%. 3. Presence and residency restrictions have been deemed unconstitutional. 4. Halloween restrictions were debunked due to no crimes have been related to registrants, which corresponds to point 1. 5. Punishment for the civil scheme is ... FELONY. Is it just me or do these facts indicate that the registry is retributive to its purpose of public safety? Isn't this what other states have similarly contested? With facts on registrant side, calling registrants "predators" is libel because in Ca, over 99% do not re-offend. Predators are always on the hunt. That would imply they would re-offend. Yet the statistics do not reflect that at all. BTW, with presence and residential restrictions having been deemed unconstitutional, then that would already implore that registry has already gone beyond punitive measures to where parts of it have been deemed unconstitutional. PA deemed the registry does restrict travel. (There's a video of the court hearing that was hilarious seeing the state lawyer getting hosed down by the judges about how travel isn't restricted.) Michigan (Snyder) denoted it's unconstitutional to have programs resembling probation. Registrants have to do in-person registration as well as be subject to compliance checks. Those traits are probation/parole like. What is the difference between a registrant and a registrant with a dismissed case pertaining to the registry? Not much. There are some registrants who are not subject to ML before receiving 1203.4. All this points that the registration scheme is retributive. Recent developments have some lawmakers wanting to ban registrants from schools. Lawmakers from CA will bar cities and counties from providing information for a "Muslim registry". I wonder how those statistics are similar to registrants?
  • Agamemnon October 18, 2017 at 11:30 pm on CO: County Sex-Offender Registry Pulled Down Because of Lawsuit FearsCan someone keep track of all the sex crimes that are bound to happen in this county now that all the "predators" have been set free?
  • Illinois Contact October 18, 2017 at 10:40 pm on General Comments October 2017Great story in ProPublica "It’s a Fact: Supreme Court Errors Aren’t Hard to Find" citing the many factual errors made by the Supreme Court, including the one that has devastated all our lives: "In a 2002 opinion, Kennedy wrote that untreated sex offenders commit new sex crimes at a startling rate, 'estimated to be as high as 80 percent.' The statistic came from a magazine article, which did not provide a source. The article’s author has admitted to legal scholars the number was a guess. Studies of sex offenders indicate the true rate is a small fraction of the one Kennedy used." We know this, of course, but it continues to help the cause to have it cited in mainstream press. Here's the link to this story https://www.propublica.org/article/supreme-court-errors-are-not-hard-to-find The ProPublica story was also featured in The New York Times giving further currency to our cause: "The Supreme Court Justices Need Fact-Checkers" at this link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/18/opinion/supreme-court-justices-factcheckers.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region
  • Tim Moore October 18, 2017 at 10:35 pm on Registered Sex Offender Barred from Child’s Campus Sues School DistrictThere are also serious consequences for bad policies based on vindictiveness, ignorance and fear mongering. California found that out with its Jessica's Law. Residency restrictions expanded the registrant homeless population which caused increased risk for everyone. Registrants could not find jobs or safe places to live. It was harder for police to monitor parolees living somewhere under an overpass or behind a grocery store in the few places that where not near the "child safety zones"; registrants where far from services and support of friends and family members that could help them prevent re-offending. Those who take pleasure in the extra judicial punishment of former offenders, their spouses and kids, punishment for its own sake without caring about truth or how their attitudes affect the general welfare of the population, are being as irresponsible as offenders who chose not to change their behaviors.
  • David Kennerly, the Very Model of "Containment" October 18, 2017 at 10:22 pm on Why kids don’t belong on sex offender registryIt's in the interest of the pro-Registry people to claim that the Registry aids in solving crimes. Given that information on the Registry is already available to law enforcement without the Registry, this is clearly without merit as are any arguments that it somehow speeds-up the investigative process. Nevertheless, it is touted as a criminal investigative tool and most people will believe it to be so without ever thinking it through.
  • Tim Moore October 18, 2017 at 10:04 pm on Why kids don’t belong on sex offender registryAccording to the CASOMB literature, the registry does not solve crimes that would have not been solved without it. They do mention the registry may increase the speed of cases being solved, in some limited cases. I would be suspicious of that, because prosecutors would tend to be biased towards registrants, and registrants would be easier to prosecute.
  • Tim Moore October 18, 2017 at 9:50 pm on Why kids don’t belong on sex offender registryCrime has gone down over the years. There is not a big political return on improving investigation techniques. To show they are doing something to justify continued funding, they create lists and check them, one, two, three times a year, seeing who's naughty or nice and publicizing their sweeps of paper violators to entertain and treat the masses. They can create a web site and claim how diligently they are monitoring dangerous sex offenders, you know, the ones that after 17 years have the same risk of offending as the general population. Yeah, they would probably like to grow enough to monitor every citizen, cancers are like that, not knowing when to stop growing, but they can't yet sell such an openly police-ee state without hard resistance. They got to keep the sham limited to registrants for now.
  • Illinois Contact October 18, 2017 at 9:42 pm on General Comments October 2017Can you use 1203.4 if your conviction and probation were in another state (felony CP possession, no misdemeanor in that state) and then you move to CA and register there?
  • Friendly Advice October 18, 2017 at 9:02 pm on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween Ordinance@mjk - there is no ordinance in all of San Bernardino County that prohibits RSO’s not on parole or probation from participating in Halloween. I’ve lived in Rancho Cucamonga and Ontario for 10 years and have never had any such restriction.
  • Sunny October 18, 2017 at 8:57 pm on CA: California law will bar cities and counties from providing information for a ‘Muslim registry’The bill text can be read here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB31 It forbids state law enforcement from participating in any scheme, particularly federal laws, that would create a registry on the basis of "religious belief, practice, or affiliation, national origin, or ethnicity." One could argue that the principles behind SB 31 could apply to registrants and I believe it's worth making that point in the right setting, such as litigation against current registration schemes. That said, there may be a practical way to directly translate it to the current registry on the basis of ethnicity. It is no secret that every registrant's public profile includes a description of their ethnicity and other personal identifying information like hair and eye color. It is extremely easy to compile data from the Megan's Law website that would provide you with demographic distributions based on ethnicity. For example, you could use Megan's Law data to determine how many latino sex offenders live within 2 miles of San Francisco, or what is the most common type of sex offense among black men. It is in fact a database filled with ethnic information and one could make inferences based on statistical ethnic information. Last year a study* found that "the sex offender registration rate for blacks is twice that of whites." Previous court precedent has found that discrimination can be proven even if it is not knowing or intentional discrimination, if the result is disproportionate based on protected class status. This is especially true in the area of criminal law. Using the Megan's Law website, one could make inferences about the dangerousness of specific ethnicities and conclude that certain ethnicities pose a greater risk of offending than others. We all know what a slippery slope this is, particularly with "risk assessment tools" like the Static-99. We know sex offender laws disproportionately impact racial and sexual minorities. Due to the confusion regarding the laws in other nations, I suspect immigrants are also disproportionately affected, and so registration has a different impact based on national origin. Furthermore, statistical associations between some racial minorities and the Catholic religion would likely show a disproportionate impact against Catholics. I believe the argument could go one step further because the registry also includes information that could be used to identify a person's religious affiliation or practice and their national origin. In theory, listings on the Megan's Law website should be representative of the overall demographic in that region of the state. It would therefore be quite easy to determine what parts of the state have larger Asian populations, for example, or areas with people who have blonde hair and blue eyes. Using the photographs and other personal identifying information, I don't think it would be difficult to use the Megan's Law website to determine where most Muslims are located in the state. And from there you already have, in effect, a Muslim registry. Try it yourself. Choose a name that is common in a specific ethnic background and then map it. Search for every registrant named Mohamed, for example, or Jamal. In these examples the pins are concentrated around Los Angeles and even provided the immigration status of at least one offender listed as "deported." Yet if you search for registrants named Matthew, the highest concentrations are in Long Beach, San Jose, and Sacramento. Of the thousands of registrants named John, I couldn't find any deportations, yet for the list of registrants named Juan, there were 8 deportations in the first results. Finally, the Megan's Law website includes scar/mark/tattoo information in the database. One registrant's profiles specifically lists that he has a cross tattoo on his right hand, likely indicating a Christian denomination. From the text of the new bill: "Notwithstanding any other law, a state or local agency or public employee acting under color of law shall not:...(3) Make personal information from agency databases available, including any databases maintained by private vendors contracting with the agency, to anyone or any entity for the purpose of investigation or enforcement under any government program compiling a list, registry, or database of individuals based on religious belief, practice, or affiliation, or national origin or ethnicity for law enforcement or immigration purposes." "Notwithstanding any other law, state and local law enforcement agencies and their employees shall not: (1) Collect information on the religious belief, practice, or affiliation of any individual..." The sex offender registry is a de facto religious registry, ethnic registry, and national origin registry, particularly when one considers how specific subsets of these protected classifications are disproportionately prosecuted for sex offenses. *http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/lsi.12189/abstract
  • Paul 2 October 18, 2017 at 8:52 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingRaines is charged by Aliquippa police with a felony charge of failure to comply with registration of sexual offender requirements. http://www.timesonline.com/6854b57e-9efa-11e7-a0fe-eba7944f2ef3.html Docket sheet Keeps getting continued No arrest on sheet https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets/MDJReport.ashx?docketNumber=MJ-36304-CR-0000335-2017
  • Matt October 18, 2017 at 8:48 pm on CA: Governor Brown Signs Equality California-Sponsored Bill to Reform California’s Sex Offender RegistryWe don't need to check anything they say. They lie 100% of the time. No exceptions. They just proved it with that bait and switch they performed on PC 290.
  • Paul 2 October 18, 2017 at 8:15 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingAJ I was thinking, there were two justices, out of the 6-1, Muniz decision, that said they don't think the PA constitution caries more protection, so their decisions said SORNA only violated ex post Federally not PA. So thats 2+ the one decent = 3 against 3 on the PA constitutionality. For federal its 6-1 Is this maybe PSP and Freeds thinking on this?
  • Paul 2 October 18, 2017 at 8:06 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingMICHAEL DOUGLAS MCCUNE Why was this guy charged and found guilty, non jury, on SORNA failed to comply, Wouldn't the laws in place pre SORNA for non compliance have to be applied to him? I see his start date is 2009 for some reason. I understand he is life for rape but his convictions are aggravated to F1s due to SORNA and second offense.
  • Paul 2 October 18, 2017 at 7:47 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingAJ brother I see a line hear between ML registration and DAs prosecuting people for failure to comply while this so called stay in place. PSP is saying they are not removing anyone with because of the new stay. DAs Northampton county for example have dropped non compliance cases for people due relief. My main question is why has no one found any info on new writs to get off registration, is it because they think the stay will keep any writ from going thru? I spoke with Sam Stretton Reeds lawyer I told him my info and he said a writ of mandamus was what he recommends and to set up an appointment next week. I called and left message haven't heard back from him yet I'm ready to move forward. Do you think this stay will allow PSP to keep people on even if a court says to take someone off? I haven't seen any case yet filed after stay. I rely think there is some inside info and even the lawyers are in on it, including the moderators on some of these forums.
  • Who removes from list October 18, 2017 at 7:29 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingIts not justified, he should not be under SORNA per Muniz. Its an illegal conviction for this guy and he needs to find an attorney thats not in bed with the DA.
  • Big Rig October 18, 2017 at 7:25 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetWow! Talk about being self absorbed! Anonymous, your self righteous. You don't speak for me or us! Your obviously a repeat offender. Your a very disturbing person. Why don't you go to law school, start a non profit, work for peanuts and help those who don't appreciate you! OMG Get out of here!
  • Ron October 18, 2017 at 6:45 pm on CA: California law will bar cities and counties from providing information for a ‘Muslim registry’I wonder if this means Muslims can sue, based on this law, to stay off the sex offender registry.
  • TS October 18, 2017 at 6:10 pm on General Comments October 2017@AJ I saw that ProPublica article over at NARSOL and read it with interest. Here is something similar to what I posted on this website a while back on this topic and will do so again for people's interest and reading leisure: There is a method to get the correct info to SCOTUS, but it does take time, a lot of time, for corrections to be entered, which they enter into the record. See this article: NYT, 5/25/14, SCOTUS keeps editing (https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/25/us/final-word-on-us-law-isnt-supreme-court-keeps-editing.html) If Congress really wanted to, they would fund the SCOTUS Research Dept that is needed to ensure correctness is abound.
  • Who removes from list October 18, 2017 at 5:52 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingEnhancement!
  • robin shrawder October 18, 2017 at 5:50 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingOk , yes ,, thats what i thought ,,, so being jailed would be justified ,, his bail seems rather steep
  • Who removes from list October 18, 2017 at 5:50 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingEven the requirements upgrade of sorna applied to pre sorna life times are affected too!!! Example one time year pre sorna. To 4 times a year after Sorna applied to them!!! Anyone convicted of sex crime prior to dec 20 2012 is affected!
  • robin shrawder October 18, 2017 at 4:56 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingUmm , maybe a dumb question but ,, if you were lifetime before sorna ,, wouldnt you still be lifetime after sorna ??? Isnt the retroactive UPGRADES that are the issues here ???
  • Michael October 18, 2017 at 4:36 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingThey denied cert to Michigan, can't see why they wouldn't deny here also. ....
  • Michael October 18, 2017 at 4:34 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingAnyone convicted of a crime requiring registration before the effective date of the statute would be entitled to relief. Question is, would his October 21, 1995 conviction for rape and indecent assault require lifetime registration, or did he receive the enhancement when SORNA went into effect? ....
  • I don’t have a lot of sympathy for you as a policy maker October 18, 2017 at 4:34 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling@Mike, a great article on the idaho registration challenge... http://reason.com/blog/2016/09/28/sex-offenders-argue-that-idahos-retroact#comment
  • Trying to Understand October 18, 2017 at 4:34 pm on CO: County Sex-Offender Registry Pulled Down Because of Lawsuit FearsI live in the LA area... We so need this.
  • AlexO October 18, 2017 at 4:25 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetGot to your local court house clerk and ask for the expungement form or 1203.4. Then simply fill out the form and schedule a court date with the clerk. Any additional information or paperwork the form requires can also be obtained from the same clerk. After that it's mostly a formality of showing up and having it happen. As long as you successfully completed your probation (you must have been granted probation and not sent to prison) without violations, it's just about a given to be reduced. People who were sent to prison are the ones who really get screwed, even if the underlying charge is exactly the same as someone who was granted probation (as often is the case with CP possession).
  • AlexO October 18, 2017 at 4:21 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetA reduction makes your conviction a misdemeanor for all purposes. So when anyone looks at your record for whatever purpose, they'll see it as such, including when looking at what you were convicted of. The new tier system works both directly and implied. What I mean is that every single code starts of as tier 1. Then, everything is tier 1 unless elsewhere it's stated otherwise such looking at tier 2 and tier 3 sections. So for codes that specifically state "felony", misdemeanors remain tier 1 by omission.
  • AJ October 18, 2017 at 3:36 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingI am quite sure PA will play games with the SCOTUS calendar to delay things as long as they can. That said, absent SCOTUS wanting to overturn longstanding procedure and precedent, the petition will be denied. As we all know, Muniz is a two-pronged suit, involving violation of the PA and US constitutions. Calder v. Bull settles the first one, preventing SCOTUS from having jurisdiction. But what about the US constitutional issue? Here too, SCOTUS has established a system, and it doesn't bode well for PA. I've mentioned it before, and had to dig around to find it again, but I refer you to the Last Resort Rule (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_resort_rule). Of specific interest in regards to Muniz are Brandeis' Second Application of the Last Resort Rule (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_resort_rule#Brandeis.27_Second_Application_of_the_.22Last_Resort_Rule.22) and the Adequate and Independent State Ground Doctrine (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_resort_rule#The_Adequate_and_Independent_State_Ground_Doctrine). It's a bit much to go into here, but essentially these two items result in SCOTUS denying a case that will only yield "advisory opinions and unnecessary constitutional rulings," and which doesn't, "accord[] sufficient respect to the authority of state courts." Or, as said in Ashwander v TN: "Appeals from the highest court of a state challenging its decision of a question under the Federal Constitution are frequently dismissed because the judgment can be sustained on an independent state ground. Berea College v. Kentucky, 211 U. S. 45, 211 U. S. 53." (https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/297/288/case.html) ===== IMO, PA is either woefully uneducated on SCOTUS precedent and procedure, or is using the SCOTUS calendar as a delay tactic....or both. Or put simply, they are ignorant, malicious, or both. Hopefully SCOTUS's clerks see the absolute futility of the petition and give it an early thumbs-down.
  • AJ October 18, 2017 at 2:35 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling@miker: I would be hesitant to use cases involving juveniles, as they are held to a different legal standard than adults. So unless there's a helpful fundamental argument in a decision that is independent of one being a juvenile (i.e. can be applied equally to an adult), it may well fall flat.
  • AJ October 18, 2017 at 2:31 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling@miker: Point of order: Muniz is in PA, which is in the 3rd (not 6th). But again, it's in PA, not in the Federal Courts at all. Even so, it's not damning that it's not in the 9th, as other courts, both State Supreme Courts and other Circuits, as considered persuasive. As you will often see in Opinions and briefs, cases from all over the country are used all over the country. IOW, Muniz being outside the 9th just means it carries no binding decision--but it's still a decision meriting consideration. Ditto Millard, Snyder, etc. As for the link, he mistakenly ran words together. This is the proper link: https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2007/apr/15/two-registered-sex-offenders-murdered-in-maine/ (The "You" on the end messed things up.)
  • AJ October 18, 2017 at 2:23 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling@TXSO4life: This case was decided in October 2016, well before SCOTUS made the Packingham parenthetical and denying cert on Snyder. It does appear to be a weak case, easily shot down by Smith, but if one were to dig deeper into AZ's RC laws, perhaps they meet the Snyder threshold. Whether it's the no-brainer @steve says depends greatly on those laws, as the topography as certainly shifted a great deal in the last year (let's not forget Millard and Muniz, either!).
  • AJ October 18, 2017 at 2:14 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling@Not Really: Touché. @mike r: No, they will appeal to the 9th, and then you or they will appeal to SCOTUS (because as I've said before, none of these cases will ever stop until the court of last resort).
  • AJ October 18, 2017 at 2:02 pm on General Comments October 2017Here's an interesting tidbit about the fallibility of SCOTUS when it comes to statistics and expertise. "Frightening and high" is mentioned, but is not the thrust of the article. It does highlight how SCOTUS is making course-altering decisions without correct or complete knowledge. https://www.propublica.org/article/supreme-court-errors-are-not-hard-to-find
  • AJ October 18, 2017 at 1:56 pm on CO: County Sex-Offender Registry Pulled Down Because of Lawsuit Fears"Without having enough information to go forward, we made the decision to pull the registry off the sheriff's office website." ----- Yeah, it's good to see the other side starting to fret about these laws. Obviously this county's sheriff sees something wrong with the system, or else he'd stating categorically how it's enhancing safety, blah, blah, blah. When governmental agencies start preemptively acting to avoid a court challenge...we're in good shape. They've gone from absolutely certain they're right, to "without enough information...." Umm, what information did you suddenly lose, because all the info you had before was rock solid, or so you claimed and acted.
  • AJ October 18, 2017 at 1:37 pm on IN: Sex offender class for prisoners violates Constitution, judge rulesI hate to break it to them but, barring a life sentence, at some point convicted sex offenders WILL be back on the street, regardless any hoops the State tries to impose while incarcerated. It's called completion of a sentence (i.e. one's debt to society). I really like that the judge said the State was overstepping its penalizing authority by...whoops...singling out sex offenders over "any other convicted prisoner." Sorry, Indiana, but the sex offense convicts have equal rights to others--until they are released from prison, and have to bend under the onus of the myriad "regulations" that carry felony penalties.
  • Stay outraged October 18, 2017 at 12:58 pm on CA: California law will bar cities and counties from providing information for a ‘Muslim registry’Of course the vast majority of sex offenses are committed by Christians. Aren't Christians supposed to be a protected class? Where's OUR immunization and exemption from subjugation and oppression? Why were OUR pre-existing civil protections, freedoms and liberties circumvented in the name of "public safety?" So never let anyone tell you that a parent's "rights" trumps ours. Especially anyone wearing a badge. They will say and do anything to protect their cushy "sex offender task force" jobs. I suppose our privacy, safety and security (along with our families) doesn't matter because we're deemed expendable undesirables in the eyes of the public. More importantly, why are we reverse engineered to be an imminent and ongoing public safety liability? Wait! Don't answer.. because we all know the truth! It's about protecting security theater jobs and not children.
  • michael October 18, 2017 at 12:53 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is Setcan i ask what steps you took to get it reduced? i accepted a plea in April of 2011 when i was 22 years old for posession of CP
  • JJ October 18, 2017 at 12:07 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingMike, I greatly appreciate you taking time to respond. As always, it seems like with every step forward we get another step.... Back? Sideways? I don't even know at this point. I too would not be surprised if PA drags this on as long as they can. It's an unfortunate thing that it seems for most of us to get the relief we have been granted, we still need to pony up the funds to hire a lawyer and file the writ. Rather unfair that we've seen people be successful going that route, proving that it is what should happen, and yet they refuse to do it themselves. I keep telling myself that up until that Muniz case I had no clue that this was even a possibility, so waiting a bit more shouldn't be an issue. It's just that now that I know it "could" be, I wish it *would* be.
  • steve October 18, 2017 at 12:05 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetUSA says::'Wow, please change your attitude NPS! It wasn’t OC’s fault you where arrested? People typically don’t get arrested for the 1st crime they committed/including myself. Bad attitude." How do you possibly know everyone's circumstance and how/why they were arrested. You don't know JACK. I was arrested for first crime/offense. Sounds like you committed many crimes before and were never caught as you state.
  • Ron October 18, 2017 at 11:52 am on CA: California law will bar cities and counties from providing information for a ‘Muslim registry’There you go, proof that California has no interest in defending rso.
  • I don’t have a lot of sympathy for you as a policy maker October 18, 2017 at 11:21 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingHe remains lodged in the Venango County Jail on $100,000.00 monetary bail <<< a 100,000.00 bond for a failure to register??? Damn, a technical violation sure carry hefty bail. More like a capital offense. http://explorevenango.com/emlenton-man-to-be-sentenced-for-failure-to-comply-with-megans-law-registration-requirements/
  • Who removes from list October 18, 2017 at 10:36 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingAny one convicted of a sex crime prior to Dec 20 2017 is due relief from Muniz. The guy should not be required to register under SORNA. Dumb attorney or dumb guy!
  • Aero1 October 18, 2017 at 10:27 am on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetToo funny
  • steve (To: Bobby Re:WAR lawsuit) October 18, 2017 at 10:19 am on Taping began today! A Women Against Registry and Metamora Films ProjectAny new news on this???
  • mike r October 18, 2017 at 10:02 am on CA: Sex Offender Law Repealed In Simi ValleyYou are a good warrior and patriot Janice, and I really hope you take a look at bringing a full on battle against the entire scheme in light of all the recent rulings. I guess you might want to wait untill we see what happens with my case, but maybe not. I think it is safe to say, we appreciate your hard work and we enjoy the fruits of that labor everyday. Whatever happens, thank you and your team for everything you have done!!!!
  • Son of Liberty Child of Freedom October 18, 2017 at 9:59 am on CA: Sex Offender Law Repealed In Simi ValleyA True light of Justice emanates upon the path you tread on. May that Truth you illuminate give great courage to those innocent family members who suffer and are tread upon UnJustly. I speak a True song As Yehovah Lives, so should we
  • mike r October 18, 2017 at 9:55 am on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween OrdinanceYep, chicken little and the big bad wolf all in one. I didn't even know they still had ordinances like this on the books. I wonder, does Sacramento have any of these or other ordinances that I should know about? More fodder....
  • Son of Liberty Child of Freedom October 18, 2017 at 9:47 am on IN: Sex offender class for prisoners violates Constitution, judge rules"the consequence of which greatly outweighs the harm to the limited persons affected by the Judgment," wrote Jonathan P. Nagy, deputy attorney general. "If the Court’s Judgment is not stayed pending appeal, various convicted sex offenders, including three of the class representatives, are eligible for immediate release." The case is expected to be appealed to the 7th District Court of Appeals in Chicago. Let Heaven & Earth bear witness to the Evil (Want) that the Wicked Servant Attorney General Curtis Hill of Indiana (e.g. the Land of Indians) runs to commit against The Right & Titles of The Citizens of the U.S.A. I speak a True Song As Yehovah Lives, so should we
  • Stay outraged October 18, 2017 at 9:40 am on CA: California law will bar cities and counties from providing information for a ‘Muslim registry’Yet they continue to circle the wagon around Megan's law claiming that "it's needed" for public safety and constitutionally sound. Disgusting!
  • Anonymous Nobody October 18, 2017 at 9:32 am on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetIn sorry, Janice, but you clearly have failed to listen. And it is very scary that you still do not understand. You are very wrong that there has been a LIFETIME registry with no way out for 70 years. That is completely false. Actually, that has only been the case since the mid-1990s, when the previous ways out were eliminated by the Legislature. Until 1981 for felons, and the earlier side of the 1990s for misdemeanants, anyone who got their record expunged via 1203.4 could stop registering immediately, no notice to the stare needed, no application, you have 1203.4, you no longer were subject to the registration law — the state already knew that. Also, for those not eligible for 1203.4, most of them could stop registering by getting a COR, and they could get that in a much fewer number of years than it is not available. And it was not so impossible to get as it snow. That COR standard has now been raised to getting the pardon — anyone who was relieved by getting the COR also had to resume registration when the last was changed and made retroactive. Lifetime registry with no way out only started in the mid 1990s when California eliminated those ways out. And with those changes in the law, and later it being made clear they were retroactive, all those people who had earned relief and were relieved of registration were required to start registering again — but how were they to know? I expect many of them are the more than 16,000 the state says are failing to register, they don’t even realize they lost their relief! They will find out the hard way. We have done nothing to restore that relief, we at least should have demanded that any relief previously earned would be retroactively restored with no further action needed! Even under this tier bill, those people could be forced to start registering again, and for potentially nine or more years (if they got, say, one year of probation) before they can even ask politely to be relieved, but maybe find they get rejected for that relief. Their failure to register would prevent them from getting any relief offered to those whose offenses that are more than 30 years old — and any number of other people with offenses that old might get rejected because of a second offense, maybe a year or two after their first, event that second one was maybe 50 years ago — that is what this bill’s language says, no matter what someone misrepresented it as saying. This bill says one offense, no repeat, it doesn’t matter if the repeat was 50 years ago, and even expunged. This bill does not say the last offense. It also says they have to be currently registering, and in California, or that clause does not apply. That 1203.4 relief and COR relief for more serious offenses was the previous way — and much better way than this tier garbage — to stop registering. It was exponentially better than these fake tiers — just a COR pretending to be a tier — we have, that you still cheerlead wrongly. It is that cheerleading and failure to assert anything else as an option that left us with this horrible tier bill that will only serve to build a powerful enemy — the state sex offender board that will now have huge hiring for this bill — that will prevent us from ever stopping this abomination of registration. Gee, thanks a lot. If I wanted to block ever ending or all but eliminating this registration horror, I could not have done better than this bill. Even the old system was unacceptable, it was fought vehemently for decades, event the state Supreme Court said it amounted to cruel and unusual punishment for at least some of the lesser offenses (the more recent right wing court overturned that decision). But this group did not even mention the possibly of reverting to that, a tried an true system that the legislature’s and prosecutors knew would work for their purposes, tested for decades. Few, if any, of the legislators in office now have the slightest idea of the old system, have no idea of options other than the garbage that was presented to them. Our advocacy — I should say cheerleading — got us nothing, we were not even respected enough to be included an any discussions! The ACLU, which has abandoned us for decades, was in them, and did what they routinely do nowadays, make a compromise that is garbage, and refuse to fight further, refuse to actually lead. Being spellbound by an ACLU reputation of old that is no longer applicable is not leadership. How the hell did the ACLU get status to represent us after doing nothing for us for decades?! Gee, I had been personally told by the ACLU that they have no interest in this issue — they had no problem with registration, they think it is fine. And what they advocated here shows that.
  • Mike s October 18, 2017 at 9:22 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingJJ, all of your questions are very good ones and here is what I understand to be the case. The Stay - I was pretty sure that PA had to petition SCOTUS to continue the Stay, federal, just like in Snyder? Since the PA Supreme Court no longer has jurisdiction of the case? I am keeping an eye on the PASC docket to see if they issue something in the next couple of days. Here is a decent link to the SCOTUS process. http://www.uscourts.gov/about-federal-courts/educational-resources/about-educational-outreach/activity-resources/supreme-1 As it stands now, I believe that Muniz is on the clock to do one of two things. 1- He can file a response to PA's cert petition countering whatever Freed is stating to be the errors of PASC. As well as bring up new issues. If Muniz brings up new issues this will extend the time as it gives Freed and PA time to repond. 2- Muniz can withdraw their right to respond and let the case go directly to the justices who can judge the entire case based on merit, Law, and jurisdiction. After November 16th the case goes to the SCOTUS Judges (law clerks) and the decision to take up the case is now in their hands. There is no time limit on how long they have to make a decision but it sounds like 6 weeks is around the time that it takes. Keep in mind that this can go longer if new rulings or new issues are brought up. Our best outcome, for PA (sorry everyone else), is if Muniz and Marcus file a simple response to Freeds cert that answers their assertions and stays in the lanes of their argument and the briefs and lower court records go straight to the SCOTUS Jurists for committee and they deny quickly. Since Snyder is fresh and too of mind for the Court, I have to guess that they will make quick work of this case and grant the RCs of PA a Merry Christmas. If I were reading tea leaves with the 11+ years living this nightmare in PA, I'm guessing that PA will stretch this thing out with petition after petition and extention request after extension request until the legislature comes up with their newest plot to "save the children".
  • Mike s October 18, 2017 at 8:54 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingHis offense was Rape which was a lifetime registration offense since Megan's Law 1. He does not have a vehicle for relief under Muniz.
  • JJ October 18, 2017 at 8:28 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingSo now that it looks like the petition for an appeal to SCOTUS has been submitted, I saw a date showing I think November 16th, 2017 to respond? What is the timeline like now? Does that mean that SCOTUS has until November 16th to decide if they will hear the case? If they don't, the stay is lifted? If they do, it stays in effect until they make a ruling on it which is likely to be sometime in 2018? Lots of questions there, I'm sorry. I'm just trying to get an idea of what exactly we're looking at now.
  • Paul 2 October 18, 2017 at 6:46 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingExplain this then guy just found guilty of non compliance pre SORNA http://explorevenango.com/emlenton-man-to-be-sentenced-for-failure-to-comply-with-megans-law-registration-requirements/
  • Jim October 18, 2017 at 6:19 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingYes. AJ pointed Calder v Bull out a couple months ago. It is the reason for all of the Superior and Pa. Supreme Court cases recently that have gained relief from Muniz. The psp and powers that be are taking us for stupid chumps. I've sent it to my attorney For use in a writ,
  • Janice Bellucci October 18, 2017 at 5:43 am on CA: Sex Offender Law Repealed In Simi ValleyIt is a truly an honor to have the opportunity to protect registrants and their families in Simi Valley on Halloween and beyond. This case started with a phone call from one registrant in that town. Every registrant and family member are the eyes and ears we need to report injustice. Please call us when you are being harmed and we will do our best to stop it.
  • Allie October 18, 2017 at 5:07 am on Taping began today! A Women Against Registry and Metamora Films ProjectAmen. I sure hope WAR can help these people that are being treated like dogs. Actually dogs get treated better.
  • Who removes from list October 18, 2017 at 2:12 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingMy husband located this to confirm @aj. The reason why he believes the State Constitution Violation Ruling of Muniz his being used for relief is this. In Calder v Bull, it says this, "Second, the Supreme Court said it had no authority to decide if an act of a state legislature violated that state's constitution. The Supreme Court decision says, "this court has no jurisdiction to determine that any law of any state Legislature, contrary to the Constitution of such state is void." This is a huge case and he believes is the reason why SCOTUS, cant rule on the State Constitution Violation of Muniz. He believes that the STAY OF REMAND, has been only good for the Federal because all levels of the court system know this has been said by SCOTUS in this case and any case to follow all these years later using this. It has been decided that SORNA is a ex post facto violation, on both federal and state levels. Pa Supreme Court made sure that Muniz Decision will be law and binding on the state ruling. And they made sure they protected their decision from being overturned by SCOTUS. This is why Commonwealth V Williams, Oct 4 2017, decided to overturn his failure to registet under SORNA convictions
  • ReadyToFight October 17, 2017 at 11:48 pm on IN: Sex offender class for prisoners violates Constitution, judge rulesBecause "SEX" is in the title bestowed upon us. All rational thinking goes out the window with such a terrifying word. Don't be surprised when RSO's are chasing crowds of people at Knott's instead of axe murderers this time of year....
  • michael October 17, 2017 at 11:09 pm on Extended SentenceYea, I OWE the rip off state (CA) aka FTB over 12k in restitution (it was 4k but 3 violations later...) and its 12k, im not on PAROLE, and they are NOT going to collect a SINGLE RED CENT PERIOD From me. I get SSI, so that is untouchable.... Piss on you SD Judge lol..
  • mike r October 17, 2017 at 10:59 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingThanks TX, that Henry case appears to be a state appeals court decision and not a federal case coming out of the 9th circuit. If there was no federal case then the district court has an incredibly weak argument relying on a state of appeals ruling. It is completely weak anyways, all these cases are, including that Idaho and Nevada cases. Their all weak and ineffective, the bare minimum was done just to keep the lawyers from being disbarred for incompetence. They are all weak....To many plaintiffs, and argued terrifically, with very little evidence and rely almost completely on suppositions....
  • Chris F (@Mike R) October 17, 2017 at 9:42 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingYep! I think we've got this figured out pretty well for just being regular people. I am in Texas. It would be difficult to get to California, but keep me posted and if by some miracle I can come up with the cash and excuse to leave my wife by herself with our kids I would LOVE to see that hearing!
  • Chris F October 17, 2017 at 9:39 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingIn that Calder V Bull you mentioned I see a good quote from a justice that shows Sex Offender laws are Bills of Attainder and should be void: "The ground for the exercise of such legislative power was this, that the safety of the kingdom depended on the death, or other punishment, of the offender: as if traitors, when discovered, could be so formidable, or the government so insecure! With very few exceptions, the advocates of such laws were stimulated by ambition, or personal resentment, and vindictive malice. To prevent such, and similar, acts of violence and injustice, I believe, the Federal and State Legislatures, were prohibited from passing any bill of attainder; or any ex post facto law"
  • Covfefe October 17, 2017 at 8:19 pm on CA: California law will bar cities and counties from providing information for a ‘Muslim registry’A Muslim registry? Will Muslim registrants have to turn off their porch lights for Ramadan? Maybe a tier based system based on how Muslim you really are? Maybe after no suicide bombings for 20 years you can petition to get off? At least they can live by schools and parks and take part in their children’s education. 🖕🏼 Trump
  • Harry October 17, 2017 at 6:58 pm on CA: Sex Offender Law Repealed In Simi ValleyP.S. On November 1, I wonder how many children was harm by RCs? cBS-LA needs to be pressured for a follow-up story.
  • C October 17, 2017 at 6:26 pm on CA: Sex Offender Law Repealed In Simi Valley+1!
  • LS October 17, 2017 at 6:20 pm on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween OrdinanceWow, the press sure is having a heyday with this one. Radio, TV, print. The latest is that all the RSO's will now be running around rampant in Simi Valley on Halloween. Advising everyone to make sure and check Megans Law Web site, so you can make sure and avoid the "unmarked houses". One TV reporter did mention (at the very end) of the report "according to records, no one has ever been arrested or charged on Halloween, for assault or any other related crime".
  • 9 October 17, 2017 at 5:37 pm on CO: County Sex-Offender Registry Pulled Down Because of Lawsuit FearsI wish PSP were as scared of law suits They are not removing anyone.
  • Who removes from list October 17, 2017 at 5:21 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingBe Patient! Its not like we have tbe rest of our lives to fight it. Thank Muniz for fighting for us! SCOTUS WILL DENY IT! GOT TO HAVE A LITTLE FAITH @9!
  • Aero1 October 17, 2017 at 5:01 pm on CA: Sex Offender Law Repealed In Simi ValleyThanks Janice and ACSOL. damn you guys are the real deal 😁
  • Eric October 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm on CO: County Sex-Offender Registry Pulled Down Because of Lawsuit FearsIt's happening. This is the way of the future, but keep the pressure up, speak out, write, support, When it is repealed think of the celebration!!!
  • 9 October 17, 2017 at 4:59 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingTell that to the PSP I agree they can use it as President until it is overruled or denied. How does that help people on the reg now? Should everyone have to pay 5k to get off the reg?
  • Eric Knight October 17, 2017 at 4:49 pm on CA: California law will bar cities and counties from providing information for a ‘Muslim registry’Hmmmm....I wonder if this bill can easily be appropriated, as religion alone cannot be used upon its own merits for instituting such a registry. In short, it's either allow all registries, or no registries. Smith v. Doe itself appears to be in violation of the new California law based upon those tenets.
  • Jim October 17, 2017 at 4:47 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulinghttps://www.supremecourt.gov/Search.aspx?FileName=/docket/docketfiles/html/public\17-575.html So to everyone's mind, the only way to expedite relief is either a writ of mandamus to the Pa. Commonwealth court or A petition to the trial court - using Muniz and those that have gained relief so far and the fact that the Pa. Supreme Court has the ultimate say over the violation of the Pa. state constitution (Calder v Bull)? If a person attempts through the trial court, isn't there a good chance the trial court will just punt it and make the petitioner appeal to Commonwealth court? (Extra expense)...
  • TXSO4life October 17, 2017 at 4:43 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling@mike, here's the link to the henry case http://caselaw.findlaw.com/az-court-of-appeals/1508832.html
  • TXSO4life October 17, 2017 at 4:36 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling@Mike, there is good chance that your case might get consolidate with the idaho case once it reaches the appeal level (http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/state/idaho/article103701212.html) and another amended petition in the 9th pertaining to neveda sorna (https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/sex-crimes/amended-lawsuit-challenges-nevada-law-governing-registration-of-sex-offenders/) and then another pending case in Tennessee (4th circuit?)....so many cases all at one.
  • TXSO4life October 17, 2017 at 4:10 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling@mike, here's the link to the henry case http://caselaw.findlaw.com/az-court-of-appeals/1508832.html
  • 9 October 17, 2017 at 3:43 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingMuniz case in the docket now SCOTUS https://www.supremecourt.gov/Search.aspx?FileName=/docket/docketfiles/html/public\17-575.html
  • 9 October 17, 2017 at 3:41 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingHe can't ask to be put back on ML 3 it was ruled unconstitutional because of the single subject rule. He would have to go on ML 2 with is what Freed and the House judiciary are working on doing reverting everyone pre SORNA back to ML 2 Remember the public hearing they just had and talked about it they said some people would have to come of the reg because their 10yrs will be up
  • 9 October 17, 2017 at 3:37 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingYep I said there are a lot of cases getting relief based on Muniz and I said the federal ruling is the only issue with the stay. I asked are you sure and she said yes they are not removing anyone because of the new stay that was just issued.
  • Missy October 17, 2017 at 3:31 pm on CA: Sex Offender Law Repealed In Simi ValleyI would like to know how each Council member, by name, voted on the sex offender law...
  • who removes from list October 17, 2017 at 3:30 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingIf the Stay for Muniz is in effect, it is obviously only in effect for the Federal. All these cases have came out after the STAT OF SEPT 5 2017. SOME POWER HOUSE CASES TOO! We will see next week how many more cases come through decided using Muniz, during this stay. http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Superior/out/25181722.pdf#search=%22sorna Muniz 2017%22 http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Superior/out/j-a21023-17m.pdf#search=%22sorna Muniz 2017%22 http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Superior/out/judgment%20order%20-%20vacated-remanded%20-%2010322271522995966.pdf#search=%22sorna Muniz 2017%22 http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Superior/out/25037847.pdf#search=%22sorna Muniz 2017%22 http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Superior/out/24192333.pdf#search=%22sorna Muniz 2017%22
  • who removes from list October 17, 2017 at 3:23 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingNo. 17-575 Title: Pennsylvania, Petitioner v. Jose M. Muniz Docketed: October 17, 2017 Lower Ct: Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Middle District Case Numbers: (a7 MAP 2016) Decision Date: July 19, 2017 DATE PROCEEDINGS AND ORDERS Oct 13 2017 Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due November 16, 2017)
  • 9 October 17, 2017 at 2:17 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingHere it is Docket for 17-575 Title:Pennsylvania, Petitioner v. Jose M. Muniz Jose M. Muniz Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Middle District Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due November 16, 2017)
  • Who removes from list October 17, 2017 at 2:13 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingMy husbands attorney will be filing his writ of mandamus on the PA state constutional ruling to his lower court. He will be requesting court to place him back on Megans Law 3 which was his active registration requirement at time of sentence. He will be using the Commonwealth v Muniz and Commonwealth v Williams as case law to show the court how the recent case decisions are using the state ruling to decide. Since the federal ruling is stayed, the state ruling is still binding authority.
  • TS October 17, 2017 at 1:46 pm on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween Ordinance@Josh James See Vicki at WAR (Women Against Registry) to see where MO folks can go and what to do to fight this using what CA has used as a foundation.
  • G4Change October 17, 2017 at 1:29 pm on CA: Sex Offender Law Repealed In Simi ValleyCrappy, tabloid reporting! No opinion from "the other side". Just a few helicopter moms and a Simi Valley official.
  • Harry October 17, 2017 at 1:27 pm on CA: Sex Offender Law Repealed In Simi Valley"Nothing to stop" OH! Good Grief! CBS-LA is full of BS.
  • Gralphr October 17, 2017 at 1:10 pm on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween OrdinanceI lived in Moreno Valley and was never told not to do anything on Halloween. (granted Im not on probation or parole). I took my children trick or treating every year without a problem.
  • Gralphr October 17, 2017 at 1:07 pm on IN: Sex offender class for prisoners violates Constitution, judge rules"The Indiana attorney general’s office has filed an emergency request to temporarily halt the case pending an appeal, saying the decision could put the public at risk by putting convicted sex offenders back on the streets." How is letting them out of prison somehow more dangerous than letting other people out who had a victim? After all, when its not a problem to let a guy out who bashed someone over the head to take their money (possibly killing them) then why should the prosecutor complain because of a sex offense?
  • mike r October 17, 2017 at 1:06 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingI still cannot find the original case, or briefs in the cited Henry case. Any help would be great because I would really like to read them...
  • FrankGP October 17, 2017 at 12:57 pm on Notice of Appeal Filed in IML CaseAny updates on this fight against the IML? I would love for someone to get a restraining order against the IML / Angel Watch, and they are just slandering people when they send out those notices. No due process, and no proof that anyone is doing anything they claim, or even a danger to anyone. Plus... it is racist in that the AWA says you can't sponsor a foreign national, or marry one, but any american citizen is fine. With or without children. So basically AWA is only protecting non Americans... Of course, none of it makes any sense.
  • mike r October 17, 2017 at 12:55 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingCheck your email David...
  • Friendly Advice October 17, 2017 at 12:33 pm on CA: Sex Offender Law Repealed In Simi Valley“Don’t take candy from strangers. But what about sexual offenders?“ And what about bank robbers, burglars, murderers, and drug dealers? As a parent I’d feel much safer trick-or-treating from a drug dealer or murderer’s house - yeah, right. I just love the spin they put on these articles. On a positive note there is quite a ripple affect, albeit slow, in current news about these ordinances crumbling. Thank you Janice for the constant push back - you are clearly a force to be reckoned with and momentum is gaining. A lot has happened in recent months locally and nationwide. Let’s keep it going!
  • Cool Ca RC October 17, 2017 at 12:27 pm on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween OrdinanceTulare Country as well.
  • Mike October 17, 2017 at 12:22 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingI highly doubt that a new stay has been issued and that it is not on any docket? Once the case moves to SCOTUS, it is up to them on issuing a new stay and that stay can only pertain to the Federal part of the ruling.
  • Who removes from list October 17, 2017 at 12:18 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling@9 Did you tell them that the State Ruling is still law!
  • 9 October 17, 2017 at 12:08 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingI hope we can see proof this so called writ from PA to US for review has a time and date stamp on it because the law is clear has to be 90days no longer also if they filed it on fri don't see them getting an extension because thats not much time to ask for it
  • Tired of this October 17, 2017 at 12:04 pm on CO: County Sex-Offender Registry Pulled Down Because of Lawsuit FearsIt's starting, guys. This may be only a small step affecting a relatively small number of RCs, but it is yet another chink in the armor of the registry as a whole. This has been a good year, overall, for us. I'm not normally the very optimistic sort, but I do believe this is more evidence that the tide is turning, in the grand scheme of things. Let us become further emboldened to continue the long fight.
  • 9 October 17, 2017 at 12:03 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingOnly? Thats why everyone is on here to get info on getting off reg so the stay is a stay if PSP is using it for an excuse to keep us on it right? Also instead of them doing whats right now everyone will have to cough up 5k for an attorney The PSP person just said because of the new stay we rant taking anyone off the reg now. So not sure what you mean? It's good people are not getting convicted right now but that docent mean they won't try and pull some crap while this stay is in effect you heard what freed and the pa hose were planing in a public meeting not good.
  • 9 October 17, 2017 at 11:56 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingI say we see if any off these non compliance cases get put threw some Ive seen keep getting continued if we see a trend of the das not pursuing these cases we could inform PSP we will not comply
  • 9 October 17, 2017 at 11:53 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingNo idea the lady just said they got a call from someone asking them to hold off on the remand because they filed on Fri. I have a call into an attorney that handled Reeds case when he calls back I will see what he recommends I believe we will have grounds for a civil action because these cases that were in the court before the stay have got relief and PSP has still left some on the web site the only one I see they took down is the ex Bethlehem cop they took his down the same day today
  • mjk October 17, 2017 at 11:38 am on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween OrdinanceSame goes for all of San Bernardino County. No outside decoration, no lights, no handing out candy even after probation.
  • Who removes from list October 17, 2017 at 11:29 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingThey cant stay tbe State Constitutional Ruling, my husbands attorney for a failure under Sorna told him they will have to dismiss the charges for his failure. His hearing is next month. With that said, the stay is only good to keep people on the registry while the commonwealth appeals. They cant proceed with any trials for failure to register under Sorna if you were convicted prior to Sorna because you arent supposed to be under Sorna. But they wont remove him from registry until appeals are over. They are only going to dismiss his charges.
  • Who removes from list October 17, 2017 at 11:24 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulinghttps://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets/Appellate.aspx Nothing under 47 Map 2016 Muniz Paperwork dated back in Oct 6 2017. Nothing new added to the docket.
  • 9 October 17, 2017 at 11:14 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingI spoke with PSP ML section I asked if there is any new news with the Muniz decision She said because there is a new stay issued they are not removing anyone right now and you will have to get an attorney.
  • Josh james October 17, 2017 at 11:09 am on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween OrdinanceWe have nearly the same laws in Missouri. This is state law. How do we go about challenging it? On what grounds was the lawsuit filed and can this be replicated if it's state law and not a local ordinance? Law is outlined below: n 2010, Missouri lawmakers passed a new piece of legislation aimed at protecting trick-or-treaters from convicted sex offenders on Halloween night. The law requires registered sex offenders to stay inside their homes between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 10:30 pm. with all exterior lighting turned off. They must also post signs on their door stating that no candy will be available to trick-or-treaters at their home.
  • Mike October 17, 2017 at 11:08 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingHere is another PA case that is interesting and relies on Muniz successfully. http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Superior/out/25037847.pdf#search=%22sorna %27Superior%2bCourt%27%22
  • 9 October 17, 2017 at 10:53 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingWe will see if people have to pay for a lawyer to get off the reg or not thats the main thing now. Some people are saying it could be until next year when SCOTUS de tides if they are going to hear the case or not. Until then the record will be stayed and I don't expect PSP to do us any favors they will use it as an excuse. Also will give the PA house to draft their new laws to try and circumvent things. I will be calling PSP to see what they are now saying. I would like to see a case where a person just filed a writ to seek relief and got it Anyone see a recent writ of mandamus filed sighting Muniz to get off reg? Something filed in since aug 2017. That will prove that we don't have to wait and maybe someone can help with a generic petition everyone can use. All the case I have seen so far were filed before the stay was enacted.
  • Mike October 17, 2017 at 10:27 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling9, Any idea if they filed the cert or asked for an extension? It would not surprise me if they requested an extension, which is almost always granted to the State, and another to follow. That pushes them out to january 2018 where they can finally file the cert while waiting for PA to play some game with the laws. I'm seeing a 6-10 month little game that PA is going to play.
  • Eric October 17, 2017 at 10:20 am on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween OrdinanceCheers Janice, and thanks to the courageous registrant that stood up to fight.
  • USA October 17, 2017 at 10:13 am on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween OrdinanceWell, it's amazing how things can look so differently now! A few years back, we where banned from parks and beaches! We even had one man lose his job because of this! Now, we have passed a new law bridging a way out! Stay positive. One battle at a time!
  • Who removes from list October 17, 2017 at 9:21 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingProof pa state constitutional ruling stands! OCT 4 2017. http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Superior/out/25035971.pdf
  • JM of Wi. October 17, 2017 at 9:18 am on Survey – International Travel after IMLJustified panic. Into Amsterdam- smooth, flew out of France (Nice) smooth. JFK was way crowded. Almost an hour and a half to do primary- put into X line which seemed to be Middle eastern / brown skin citizens . I was one of the only ones to be taken into secondary. secondary took only 10 minutes. So customs approx, 1 hour and thirty five min +/- . If my flight wouldn't have been over twenty minutes early I would have missed my connection. Certainly I will not travel with only 1 hour and 29 minutes for a connection with a customs stop. Having my 21 day notice available for secondary helped dramatically. From now on I will carry an xtra copy for them to keep- it may possibly eliminate secondary, since that was all they did in secondary (take a copy).
  • Who removes from list October 17, 2017 at 9:16 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingIf he filed, thank God for letting us know @9. Because the PA Supreme Court dont care The Pa state ruling of Muniz is still LAW. http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Supreme/out/25202817.pdf THIS CASE WAS DECIDED OCT 16 2017.
  • Allie October 17, 2017 at 9:13 am on OK: Legislation that updates, streamlines sex offender registration signed into lawIt ruins people's lives. Not only the person that got arrested but the families also. Get rid of the registry or do away with background checks. Let these people try to start over. Every body makes mistakes. They serve their time don't make them keep reliving it for years and years to come. Something should be done to stop this law or include all felons not just one class of people. Half the country wouldn't have jobs.
  • TS October 17, 2017 at 9:05 am on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween Ordinance@Time to fight Discuss with Janice the situation and the other registered citizens who may have been impacted by this to see what can be done and to file a letter with the city council which might be the start of getting it repealed.
  • SBC (VPSVS) October 17, 2017 at 8:58 am on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween OrdinanceGreat news! The hurt they inflicted will still go unpunished. Maybe not I'm sure their misguided selfish pride must be hurt. I will do as I have allows done throughout my life. Turn off the light as I never celebrated Halloween as a child. Would like to see the council take on a challenge. "BAN HALLOWEEN IN THE CITY OF SIMI VALLEY"
  • Allie October 17, 2017 at 8:51 am on OK: Legislation that updates, streamlines sex offender registration signed into lawYou're absolutely right. They can't move on with their lives. My nephew had one picture on his phone that landed him in jail and now he has to wear an ankle monitor that they expect him to pay for every month and he can't even find a job because of the registry. It would have been better if he got busted for dealing drugs. They ruin lives as much if not more than sex offenders.
  • 9 October 17, 2017 at 8:46 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingLooks like Freed waited for the last min to file with SCOTUS He filed on Friday and the PA Supreme Court Prothonotary said they received a call to ask that they wait to hear from SCOTUS Now PSP will drag their feet longer and we will have to sue
  • 9 October 17, 2017 at 8:29 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingI just spoke with the PA Supreme Court Prothonotary and she said that They filed on Fri and they are holding the record until they get conformation from the SCOTUS Looks like dick head Freed waited for the min to file
  • Time to fight October 17, 2017 at 7:30 am on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween OrdinanceDoes this mean all other cities will fall in line with this ruling? I live in La Verne and they have a similar ordinance, where SO's cant have lights on or decorations. We cant hand out candy either.
  • David Kennerly, the Very Model of "Containment" October 17, 2017 at 6:55 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingI'd like to read it. Do you have a download link? Thanks! Or email to davidkennerly@gmail.com
  • David October 17, 2017 at 6:16 am on OK: Legislation that updates, streamlines sex offender registration signed into lawThank goodness this law will protect the children and all citizens from: ❎ Sexual assault from relatives and known individuals, ❎ Drunk Drivers, ❎ Industrial toxic waste dumping, ❎ Rabies ❎ Food poisoning, and ❎ Mosquito-borne diseases!! Oh wait, it doesn't do any of that?? So what does it actually do??
  • lovewillprevail October 17, 2017 at 4:48 am on MI: Supreme Court Hearing Sex Offender Registry CaseChris F, I agree with you that these other arguements that you mentioned could be used as I believe there were not listed in the 5th Lewisville opinion, if I remember correctly. It just sucks and blows my mind that the state courts say it is ok to pass expo-facto sex offender laws when the state constitution clearly states the opposite. But, there is nothing one can do concerning that issue and that makes sense why attorneys will not fight that battle in Texas. As you state, you just have to find other arguements not yet ruled against by the courts. Though I guess one could file complaints with the state bar against the judges who made that decision for them not complying with the state constitution. Maybe at least they could get a reprimand, but that still does not change the precedent. But be prepared to be a sex offender all over the news for taking that action...
  • Robert R. October 17, 2017 at 4:17 am on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween OrdinanceThese sort of ordinances sound good to the public. If you asked any city council member to cite a case of sexual abuse stemming from someone passing out candy, you would get a blank stare. Sexual abuse is typically perpetrated by someone very familiar to the victim. This is what the statistics show. We need a honest conversation about this topic instead of chasing the boogeyman. Darkness to Light d2l.org is an organization that has a real solution. And treatment for the abuser is the other approach. The humiliating signs, the faces on the websites, the presence restrictions is the WRONG approach. These methods cause MORE harm!! The sensation wins elections,brings forth dumb ordinances and sounds good to the uneducated, but does nothing to solve the problem. It happened to me and my daughter. I want real solutions. Thank you Janice for beating back this sort of useless and harmful ordinance. It is NOT the solution.
  • mike r October 17, 2017 at 2:35 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingYeah, feel real good after reading those cases more thoroughly....I hit every nail on the head, and hit everyone that could possibly be relevant, totally debunking and/or addressing every issue they brought up, rendering their decisions moot and inapplicable in my case........
  • David Kennerly, the Very Model of "Containment" October 17, 2017 at 2:24 am on Why kids don’t belong on sex offender registryThe thing is, the "Registry," itself is not needed to solve a crime. There are always going to be arrest and conviction records available nationwide to law enforcement, such as the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) that was created by J. Edgar Hoover back in 1967, which allows investigators to search for individuals with any kind of offense, including sex offenses. Abolishing the Registry would do nothing to diminish that investigative capability. That's something we need to keep in mind when we're arguing with pro-Registry people. We need to call them out on what is a totally specious argument. The Registry has nothing to do with providing information to law enforcement; they already have all the information they need without the Registry.
  • mike r October 17, 2017 at 2:19 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingThat arbitrary def. is exact. And the following is pretty much precedence, and in the 9th even... "In one case the Ninth Circuit ruled that the Transportation Department acted arbitrarily under NEPA, when it failed to prepare an environmental impact statement, failed to consider whether its regulations would have violated air quality limits, and failed to perform localized analyses for areas most likely to be affected by increased truck traffic. Public Citizen v. Department of Transportation, 316 F. 3d 1002 (9th Cir. 2003)." It would be hard to see how it gets any better then that... This is a relativity high standard of review for that reasonably low impact issue. Registration has to be held to a standard as high, or higher then what was stated there, especially when it's a law directly affecting over a million people (registration), .....Arbitrary is a major issue and I knew for some reason when the CA supreme court stated it in that residency case that it was significant and applicable in countless different ways, such as this....This may end up being my strongest argument....I have four months to prepare, so keep it coming......Chris, where are you at, in Texas right? I wonder how much it would cost to fly you up here for this hearing. You and AJ, as well as many others, have been such an integral part of the creation of this motion, I would love to see all of us observing this..Maybe I can have my sister video record it on a phone or something, and I can post it....
  • former Sharper Future guinea pig October 17, 2017 at 2:09 am on CA: Simi Valley City Council may repeal Halloween sex offender ordinanceFrom my past experience (I have long finished Sharper Future [without any violation]), I can say that most of the competent/skilled therapists leave -- while the incompetent/unskilled/abusive "therapists" stay and rise the Sharper Future ranks. In fact, most of the "by the book" Sharper Future 'therapists' tend to only be so if it involves easily reporting a violation to a P.O. or overseeing one of their pseudo polygraph sessions. However, when it comes to Sharper Future's use of unlicensed "clinicians," or compliance (or lack thereof) with the HIPAA Act, they dubiously operate in a gray area -- or some might even argue outside -- of the law. Forget all the other junk sciences (Static-99R, polygraph, ABEL) that they use. Even disregard the fact Sharper Future CEO Tom Tobin is in conflict-of-interest when he is also CASOMB's co-chair. Or the fact that nothing you say to a Sharper Future 'therapist' is covered under client-therapist privilege/confidentiality. The use of unlicensed clinicians alone should be enough to at least change Sharper Future's ways so that they only use licensed clinicians. But yet they keep chugging along, seemingly immune from the very same laws that they claim to uphold. By the way, it probably helped that you are a female offender. From what I saw, men were "treated" like sh**. Appointments weren't kept, "clients" were forced to commute up to five hours each way [ten hours total via-bus], and sometimes "classes" were cancelled without even notifying the 'clients.' Not to mention, 'classes' often consisted of simply watching movies. It was a big joke. And they don't even give any type of completion certificate at the end. So when the tiered registry is enacted, how are we supposed to prove "successful completion" of a CASOMB approved program when we want to petition off?
  • mike r October 17, 2017 at 1:46 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingI know one thing for sure, "WE" have created the best motion ever created against the registry so far, and that will probably ever be created.....
  • mike r October 17, 2017 at 1:40 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingThat's funny Chris. I wrote above before I read your post, and guess what, we both came to the exact same conclusions..Very promising indeed...Hell if we came to those same conclusions like that, maybe the court isn't even going to be close to the fence, let alone on it.....
  • mike r October 17, 2017 at 1:22 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingThis is definitely a very good read. this is one of the best cases I have read and gives me a lot of insight on how the 9th is reasoning. https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca9/07-30290/07-30290-2011-02-25.html I believe that the 9th circuit will agree with my arguments in light of how they described their reasoning in this case. Although they gave extremely great weight to the fact that juvenile records are not public record, neither are our personal present addresses or pictures or vehicles or schools attending or etc, the court laid out extensive disabilities and recognized the severity of the affirmative disabilities that registration imposes. They also showed great weight and concern over the apparent retributive intent of the legislature because of their language, which I included a lot of quotes that resembled exactly what they were stating and now I have their own words to reaffirm the legislative intent, although applying to juveniles it is still apparent for adults that no longer pose a credible, cognizable threat. I also have demonstrated that the legislature has actually seen and know the real recidivism rates which only bolsters my argument. They also emphasized the weight that they gave on the recidivism rates, and actually quoted erroneous "extremely high rates for adults", which i have thoroughly debunked in my motion with gov. studies and reports, and are demonstrably lower then the juvenile rates referred to and stated in that case. A matter of fact, I can demonstrate that juveniles are actually more likely to re-offend then first time offender adults. Overall kind of disturbing in one hand but just as promising on the other...This decision just shows how on the fence they are on these issues. i still feel confident after reading this decision.
  • New Person October 16, 2017 at 11:45 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetI don't comprehend the dissatisfaction to Mike R and NPS. Mike filed his cased. He's waiting. The Peckingham case was due to one person and the SCOTUS decided for registrants. So Mike is trying something. NPS has successfully earned a 1203.4 and 17b reduction. She did it herself. Context is she moved to a more lenient county during her probation and that made a world of difference to do pro per. In my own 1203.4 earning, I did not have the lenient county DA, but did learn that you can do pro per for 1203.4 because it's essentially a check-list. If you do all, then you're awarded 1203.4 without rebuttal. The judge and DA did not like that outcome, but the judge was forced to award me 1203.4 because it's entitled by law. As for 17b, that's a different matter with too many interpretations with the same conclusion - 17b isn't automatic like 1203.4. I've been told this by a SO lawyer and an appellate lawyer. Nowhere online does it designate it as automatic... no law cases... zilch. So you might want to know how your DA is in your county and the outcomes of 17bs. That should determine if you need a lawyer or not for 17b. I don't understand why the animosity towards some people trying to empower others that have done things on their own. NPS succeeded. I hope Mike succeeds because that's great for all of us in California.
  • mike r October 16, 2017 at 11:44 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingMuniz isn't in the 9th, it's in the 6th... I appreciate anything anyone offers, and I'll take all comments into account. Nothing is to small or meaningless, and even if we are mistaking, whatever you contribute may very well be a key factor in helping me win this. Excellent TX, anything that can give me an edge, whether it's straight up lies that I know I can get away with, or just bolstering and exaggerating incidents or stats like they do. This link doesn't work... https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2007/apr/15/two-registered-sex-offenders-murdered-in-maine/You need all the help you can get in your petition, even if you have to exaggerate a bit. Because the Government will exaggerate and lie (recidivism) through their teeth to shut you down.
  • New Person October 16, 2017 at 11:34 pm on Why kids don’t belong on sex offender registryDoes CASOMB keep track of when the register was used to solve a crime and how often? Just curious.
  • G4Change October 16, 2017 at 11:27 pm on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween OrdinanceCongratulations Janice and all! The cowards in Simi Valley couldn't honor an agreement, so now they lost the ENTIRE ordinance. Good riddance!
  • Stay outraged October 16, 2017 at 11:20 pm on OK: Legislation that updates, streamlines sex offender registration signed into lawYou're exactly right about the level/tier nonsense. It's all based on "scary" pseudo science. At the end of the day, community notification doesn't prevent, thwart or curtail anything. It doesn't hold the people made to register responsible or accountable - it only succeeds in pissing them off by keeping them from moving on in life.
  • NPS October 16, 2017 at 10:23 pm on CA: Simi Valley City Council may repeal Halloween sex offender ordinanceNot with LEs but with Sharper Future and their "therapists". About 5 years ago when I had one of my therapy sessions, she emphatically stated that I was to stay home on Halloween because that's what the laws are in Santa Clara county. I only stated, "well it's a good thing I live in San Francisco county because there is no such ordinance there." Then she stated she just needed to warn me (and her other clients) that Santa Clara county does enforce its ordinances. She was very by the book and the type of person who would report anything to probation. I ended up getting a new therapist who was actually very good and she was helpful in terminating my probation early. She ended up leaving Sharper Future (long after I terminated probation) and is now doing her own private practice. I also recall other RCs on this site posting about how tough Santa Clara county is. I've actually never experienced any problems with LEs, but this may be due to the fact that I have an expunged case, I'm very low risk, I'm not on the website, and I'm a woman.
  • Chris F (@lovewillprevail) October 16, 2017 at 10:17 pm on MI: Supreme Court Hearing Sex Offender Registry CaseI believe that even though it was dismissed with prejudice, another person can still try the same Constitutional challenges, just not that person they ruled on. Even if not, they still have much better violations to challenge, such as Substantive Due Process and Bill of Attainder as well as challenging how the law is arbitrary government action because it goes against all government recommendations and studies. The restrictions are nothing more than a way for nearby cities to keep escalating their laws to push offenders to other cities until those cities laws raise the bar higher again and end up banishing the offenders.
  • Chris F (@Mike R) October 16, 2017 at 10:10 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling@Mike R In your motion, I think you address the Ex Post Facto issues better than the cases mentioned above. You list out the things in Smith that were ignored in Clark V Ryan case about how Alaska didn't have in person reporting or affect jobs or housing. You also debunk the recidivism in another section of your motion that should play toward minimizing the state's regulatory purpose that they make sound so clear and noble in Arizona. In regards to your comment above about the definition "arbitrary", that is exactly why I used that statement frequently in my suggestions and thankfully you included that wording in your motion in multiple spots. The hostile quotes of legislators that disregard the constitution that you included, and the lack of any empirical evidence of recidivism to affect the durations (lifetime in your state and case) as well as the plethora of laws enacted against registrants that goes against government studies and recommendations points toward the exact definition of "arbitrary". The state would need to demonstrate the need for the laws, the effectiveness of the laws after enactment, and the empirical evidence used to determine the laws and durations in order to show it wasn't arbitrary. They can't do any of that...not even one of them.
  • Marty October 16, 2017 at 9:37 pm on Simi Valley Repeals Halloween OrdinanceCongratulations to Janice and all registrants in Simi Valley (especially the plaintiff here)! It's the victories like these that will hopefully pave the way for greater battles in the future. To the registrants of Simi Valley, may I be the first to wish you a very Happy Halloween!🎃
  • Bay Area RSO October 16, 2017 at 9:35 pm on CA: Simi Valley City Council may repeal Halloween sex offender ordinanceNPS, can you elaborate on this "They’re practically the OC of the Bay Area"? Have you had your share of bad experience with LEs in Sta Clara Co?
  • Tim Moore October 16, 2017 at 8:51 pm on Sex Offender Advocates Object To Local Mapping Of Registered Sex Criminals (Updated)I believe you are right. People feel they can say anything about any group when they know their words go unchallenged. We must also try to invade the echo chambers of social media. That is where the ignorant go to legitimize their own voice by endless repetition.
  • Popeye October 16, 2017 at 8:33 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetA big "ALSO" If a STATIC 99R can not be used with non production CP offenses how do such offenders get scored? Tier three and not able to be risk scored? From the link text: Static-99R cannot be used with offenders only charged or convicted of possession or distribution of child pornography, unless their behaviour involved the creation of child pornography with a real identifiable child. Note that the creation of child pornography requires a real identifiable child. For example, an offender who takes pictures of neighbourhood children but morphs the images of neighbour children’s heads onto the images of child pornography, could not be scored on Static-99R.
  • Tim Moore October 16, 2017 at 8:31 pm on Why kids don’t belong on sex offender registryThe registry does not work. If only we could all stick to that simple truth.
  • Gralphr October 16, 2017 at 8:30 pm on OK: Legislation that updates, streamlines sex offender registration signed into lawI'm still trying to figure out how they think they're protecting the children and citizens if they only concentrate on one type of criminal? If the registry is as effective as they claim, why isn't there a "felons" registry for all to see?
  • It doesn’t work October 16, 2017 at 8:27 pm on American Samoa: Amends Act governing sex offender registrationThey are not doing this to save children or reduce the number of sex crimes. It’s counterproductive And They Know it!!! Follow the money. . .
  • NPS October 16, 2017 at 8:03 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is Set:::eyeroll::: pot meet kettle.
  • Michael October 16, 2017 at 6:55 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingOnly Muniz I see is for the Ninth Circuit. ....
  • Who removes from list October 16, 2017 at 6:34 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingAt 930pm, No writ of cert is showing for Muniz on Scotus. What did you see TXSO4Life?
  • TXSO4Life October 16, 2017 at 6:14 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling@Mike, on a side note, several years (2006) before the Clark case, a different 9th circuit panel, the judges (presiding judge Stephen Reinhardt) ruled retroactively applying sorna to Juve violated expos facto clause. There were complications to that case, I will save my words and included the link here for you to read. https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/09-940.ZPC.html. So in essence let's hope that your petition will land in the "right" panel of judges in the 9th. Because that I think will also make a different in your case. But make no mistake, the state and even the district court judge will cite the clark case (and doe vs smith) to dismiss your claim. As I have included for you an articles in my September post about the many murders and assaults that resulted from people on the registry for you to include in your petition. https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2007/apr/15/two-registered-sex-offenders-murdered-in-maine/You need all the help you can get in your petition, even if you have to exaggerate a bit. Because the Government will exaggerate and lie (recidivism) through their teeth to shut you down.
  • Fed up October 16, 2017 at 6:09 pm on OK: Legislation that updates, streamlines sex offender registration signed into lawWhat I really don't understand is why tiers are based on conviction. Just to say those convictions in tier 3 will reoffend over the other tiers makes no sense. Just to save the state money to do risk assessment on each individual would be my best guess.
  • Mike s October 16, 2017 at 5:48 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingThere was nothing on the SCOTUS docket and, as it says in the order, nothing was posted on the Muniz PASC Docket. The prothonotary is very good about posting submitted orders or submissions to the PA Docket. I'm optimistic that Muniz is remanded but will not crack any champagne corks until is see a posting on the docket ending this case and the games that PA is playing with people's lives.
  • mike r October 16, 2017 at 5:44 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling"Taking into account the Arizona statute’s registration and notification exceptions, which depend on the offender’s level of risk or age, the state court’s conclusion was not unreasonable" "We turn next to an overall consideration of Henry in light of Smith. Considering all the relevant factors, taken together, the Arizona Court of Appeals was not unreasonable in holding that the statute’s punitive effects fail to outweigh its regulatory purposes. The state court’s decision in the present case is neither contrary to, nor does it unreasonably apply, the relevant Supreme Court precedent, Smith." These two quotes are very important I think..I am reading that the court is leaving open other decisions on other cases, notice they specifically state that "in the present case" which implies that they are leaving open challenges in different circumstances and are not totally binding the court. The fact that they are relying so much on risk assessments and exception considerations and are not considering "all" the other factors involved in my case, where I demonstrably prove exist, makes me believe that they might decide completely differently.
  • USA October 16, 2017 at 5:42 pm on Janice’s Journal: The Stage is SetNPS/MikeR, do everyone a favor and buzz off! I keep reading, I I I I? You must hold yourself in high self esteem! We don't want you to represent us and your clearly not qualified to represent anyone or give legal advice. If anything you stated was valid, every attorney in Ca would have done it! Good luck and move on! Remember, your too busy 😈
  • mike r October 16, 2017 at 5:31 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingThey are strictly relying on the fact that the laws are narrowly tailored, and there are exception for different level of offenders...Man I can't find this Henry case that they are relying on so much..Any help or link to it would be great...........Still reading, but so far I can refute every argument that they are making in this decision.... Henry, 228 P.3d at 907 (noting that the registration and notification exceptions that apply depending on the offender’s level of risk or age allow “the statutes to serve more precisely their nonpunitive ends”). Therefore, as it did in Smith, this factor weighs heavily in favor of a determination that the registration scheme’s punitive effects do not outweigh its regulatory purposes.
  • mike r October 16, 2017 at 5:24 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingYou guys see this? This is exactly what I am talking about with this BS new bill. Now the court can conclude that there is some kind of determination before applying registration.... The Supreme Court in Smith downplayed the importance of this factor: “To hold that the mere presence of a deterrent purpose renders . . . sanctions criminal would severely undermine the Government’s ability to engage in effective regulation.” 538 U.S. at 102 (internal quotation marks and ellipsis omitted). The Court also noted that, because the length of reporting requirements under the Alaska law were “reasonably related to the danger of recidivism, . . . [the law] is consistent with the regulatory objective.” Id. Moreover, although Henry does not expressly discuss this factor, it does list various exceptions to the notification and registration requirements depending on the offender’s level of risk or age. 228 P.3d at 907. Those exceptions undermine Petitioner’s claim that the statute applies to all offenders indiscriminately. Similarly, the exceptions support a conclusion that, much like the Alaska law in Smith, Arizona’s reporting requirements are reasonably related to the danger of recidivism. So far I am seeing many, many holes in their opinion that I will have to address in order for them to rethink or overturn this decision....Dammmmmmit. It is going to be tough going considering this decision..........
  • Ann Sawyer October 16, 2017 at 4:36 pm on MN: Even Sex Offenders Have Constitutional RightsWhen a person is legally removed from a sex offender registry, there is no obligation for other sites using this information to keep it current. In other words, the person may still be listed as a sex offender on sites evaluating neighborhoods, etc. Is there a way to find out the businesses/companies that are using this "public information" knowledge and request they remove a specific name? Or would there be possibility of legislation that would require updates say, every quarter? The individual is no longer a registered SO, and in my opinion, should not be labeled as such on sites that are not required to keep their information current..
  • TXSO4Life October 16, 2017 at 4:26 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingAs of 6:30 pm central time, on 10/16/2017, a search on SCOTUS docket pertaining to Muniz reveals the following cert petition...https://www.supremecourt.gov/docket/docket.aspx
  • 9 October 16, 2017 at 3:52 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingI think it may take a day or so for them to update the web site if he did file.
  • Agamemnon October 16, 2017 at 3:47 pm on OK: Legislation that updates, streamlines sex offender registration signed into law“At the end of the day the goal is to protect Oklahoma children and all law-abiding citizens." So can someone explain to me how this new law will protect children from being attacked by someone NOT on the registry? (You know, like how nearly all sex crimes are committed)
  • Who removes from list October 16, 2017 at 3:36 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingThey had till today to file Jim!!!
  • 9 October 16, 2017 at 3:36 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingYou wrote Dec 20th 2017 Thats why I asked you
  • 9 October 16, 2017 at 3:18 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingMaybe AJ knows how to look it up I can't find anything. Didn't you mention people were saying he already filed?
  • G4Change October 16, 2017 at 3:18 pm on CA: Simi Valley City Council may repeal Halloween sex offender ordinance"When you are a Registered Citizen and you receive a notice from the Police Department, that is certainly an implied threat of arrest! It’s not a greeting card from Hallmark!" Best laugh I've had all month!!!! Thank you, David. In my humble opinion, no more of this "we promise not to enforce" crap! Repeal or we'll see you in court is the only solution.
  • who removes from list October 16, 2017 at 3:15 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingHere is the Order of Court for the Stay that was granted, AND NOW, this 5th day of September, 2017, upon review of the Commonwealth’s Application for Stay of Remand of Record Pending United States Supreme Court Review Pursuant to Pa.R.A.P. 2572(c)” and Appellant’s Answer thereto, remand of the record in this case is hereby STAYED. The record shall be remanded on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 unless the Prothonotary receives notice prior to that date that the Commonwealth has filed a jurisdictional statement or petition for writ of certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States. See Pa.R.A.P. 2572(c). This reads, THE RECORD SHALL BE REMANDED ON TUESDAY OCT 17 2017, UNLESS THE PROTHONOTARY RECEIVES NOTICE PRIOR THE "DATE" AND THE DATE IS OCTOBER 17 2017. Which means that they have until October 16 2017, today is October 16 2017. Did the Commonwealth of PA Appeal the Muniz Decision today?
  • Jim October 16, 2017 at 3:14 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingYes- thanks. That is how I understood it to be... I was reading one of the above posts that mentioned the opposite- (that the offense had to be BEFORE the enactment of Sorna in Pa. which would have been 12/20/2011. On another note, I've been checking the SCOTUS site- nothing on Muniz!
  • Gralphr October 16, 2017 at 3:14 pm on OK: Legislation that updates, streamlines sex offender registration signed into lawOr the murderer, or just about anything thats a crime of violence that doesnt deal with sex. After all, sex is way worse than murder..........
  • Stay outraged October 16, 2017 at 2:56 pm on OK: Legislation that updates, streamlines sex offender registration signed into law"At the end of the day the goal is to protect Oklahoma children and all law-abiding citizens,” said Osburn, R-Edmond." WELL... you will never realize that goal with Megan's law. Ever. But do continue to polish the brass on the Titanic!
  • Who removes from list October 16, 2017 at 2:40 pm on PA: Megan’s Law list might get smallerDid the Commonwealth of Pa file the writ to cert to the US Supreme Court today? As it looks to my husband, they didnt and the Sept 5 2017 order states the Commonwealth has to file and have a date stamp PRIOR TO OCT 17 2017 or the stay is lifted on OCT 17 2017. Is this really over today!!!!!!
  • mike r October 16, 2017 at 2:30 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingman, that case is extremely troubling, if you have links to any other relevant case out of the 9th I would like to read them. I haven't read that case yet, but from what I did read it sounds like our punishment issues are pretty much moot in lower courts unless I can convince them that my circumstances are different then those in that case. Very troubling....
  • Who removes from list October 16, 2017 at 1:59 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingDid the Commonwealth of Pa file the writ to cert to the US Supreme Court today? As it looks to my husband, they didnt and the Sept 5 2017 order states the Commonwealth has to file and have a date stamp PRIOR TO OCT 17 2017 or the stay is lifted on OCT 17 2017. Is this really over today!!!!
  • Harry October 16, 2017 at 1:29 pm on OK: Legislation that updates, streamlines sex offender registration signed into lawAnother do nothing oh hum law. I suppose that the child beater do not have the same alerts?
  • mike r October 16, 2017 at 12:56 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingyes, that case is extremely troubling.....I need to read the actual case.
  • mike r October 16, 2017 at 12:50 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingAgreed TX. All great suggestions, any input like that is great..
  • Jack October 16, 2017 at 12:36 pm on MA: Questions raised over statutory rape provision in senate criminal justice billThank god almighty for democrats brave enough to say a little of the truth.
  • New Person October 16, 2017 at 12:35 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingFrom that linked article: ================= The Ninth Circuit further found that the law's punitive effects did not outweigh its regulatory purpose because the public shaming and attendant humiliation of sex offender registration are "but a collateral consequence of a valid regulation." ================= The problem here is that 2003 Smith decision was predicated upon a "conviction" being disseminated. What if there is no conviction? No conviction means no collateral consequences. In CA, the 1203.4 dismissal program actually states a person will be removed from all penalties and disabilities (civil or punitive.. hence "all") stemming from the conviction. So the regulation shouldn't be valid for anyone who had their case dismissed b/c they are still receiving collateral damages without a conviction. Bobby posted a link to the Tellmoski video court hearing and that idea of a non-conviction is still creating collateral damages like it was a conviction stood out to the Michigan judge. Straight common sense was asked by the judge, but the People's lawyer just bogged down the answer - side stepping that it still is a collateral damage existing from a conviction. There is no difference between a lvl 1 registrant with a 1203.4 and a lvl 1 registrant without one or a lvl 3 registrant in California. This actually proves a retributive aspect as the risk levels do not matter as the consequences are the same.
  • mike r October 16, 2017 at 12:26 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingCheck out the def for arbitrary...Kind of nails it...Notice especially that last paragraph...The entire registry is arbitrary by the legal definition of the word.. arbitrary Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia. Related to arbitrary: arbitrarily, Arbitrary constant Arbitrary Irrational; capricious. The term arbitrary describes a course of action or a decision that is not based on reason or judgment but on personal will or discretion without regard to rules or standards. An arbitrary decision is one made without regard for the facts and circumstances presented, and it connotes a disregard of the evidence. In many instances, the term implies an element of bad faith, and it may be used synonymously with tyrannical or despotic. The term arbitrary refers to the standard of review used by courts when reviewing a variety of decisions on appeal. For example, the arbitrary and capricious standard of review is the principle standard of review used by judicial courts hearing appeals that challenge decisions issued by administrative bodies. At the federal level and in most states, administrative law is a body of law made by Executive Branch agencies that have been delegated power to promulgate rules, regulations, and orders, render decisions, and otherwise decide miscellaneous disputes. Non-elected officials in administrative agencies are delegated this authority in order to streamline the often lengthy and more deliberative process of legislative lawmaking that frequently grinds to a halt amid partisan gridlock. Although administrative agencies are generally designed to make lawmaking and regulation simpler, more direct, and less formal, they still must provide due process to affected parties. They must also comply with administrative procedures created by popularly elected state and federal legislatures. One important right recognized in most administrative proceedings is the right of Judicial Review. Citizens aggrieved by the actions of an administrative body may typically ask a judicial court to review those actions for error. In establishing the standard by which judicial courts will review the actions of an administrative body, state and federal legislatures seek to provide agencies with enough freedom to do their work effectively and efficiently, while ensuring that individual rights are protected. Congress tried to maintain this delicate balance in the administrative procedure act (APA). The APA limits the scope of a reviewing court's authority to determining whether the agency acted arbitrarily and capriciously in exercising its discretion. 5 USCA § 701. In making this determination, the reviewing court will not find that the administrative body acted arbitrarily unless the agency failed to follow proper procedures or rendered a decision that is so clearly erroneous that it must be set aside to avoid doing an injustice to the parties. Specifically, a reviewing court must determine whether the agency articulated a rational connection between the factual findings it made and the decision it rendered. The reviewing court must also examine the record to ensure that the agency decision was founded on a reasoned evaluation of the relevant factors. Although agencies are given wide latitude, reviewing courts must be careful not to rubber-stamp administrative decisions that they deem inconsistent with a statutory mandate or that frustrate the congressional policy underlying a statute. Typically, reviewing courts look at the whole record in making this determination, take into account the agency's expertise on any particular matters, and accept any factual findings made by the agency. However, the reviewing court is free to determine how the law should apply to those facts. If the reviewing court concludes that the agency's actions were so arbitrary as to be out-side any reasonable interpretation of the law, the court may overturn the agency's decision or remand the case back to the agency for further proceedings in accordance with the court's decision. A reviewing court's determination that an agency acted in an arbitrary manner will often depend on the technical requirements of the governing law. For example, courts are often asked to determine whether a federal agency has acted arbitrarily under the national environ-mental policy act (NEPA). Pub. L. 91-190, § 2, Jan. 1, 1970, 83 Stat. 852, as amended, 42U.S.C.A. §§ 4321 et seq. In one case the Ninth Circuit ruled that the Transportation Department acted arbitrarily under NEPA, when it failed to prepare an environmental impact statement, failed to consider whether its regulations would have violated air quality limits, and failed to perform localized analyses for areas most likely to be affected by increased truck traffic. Public Citizen v. Department of Transportation, 316 F. 3d 1002 (9th Cir. 2003).
  • Not Really October 16, 2017 at 12:09 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingI'm not sure how to phrase this because I don't mean to sabotage a noble effort, so I'll just be blunt. If you don't know the answer to your question already you are in way over your head.
  • Not Really October 16, 2017 at 12:06 pm on CA: Simi Valley City Council may repeal Halloween sex offender ordinanceAmazing how they can camouflage their lies.
  • steve October 16, 2017 at 10:56 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingThis case never had a chance. Ex post facto was decided in Smith vs Doe. This seemed like a no brainer for Arizona.
  • USA October 16, 2017 at 10:39 am on CA: Simi Valley City Council may repeal Halloween sex offender ordinanceOh wow. Surreal. This is about the most retarded law I've ever heard of!
  • TXSO4Life October 16, 2017 at 10:03 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state ruling@at Mike, if I were you, I would highly suggest for you to read this recent ruling coming out of the federal 9th circuit court (https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2016/oct/31/ninth-circuit-finds-arizonas-sex-offender-registration-law-not-ex-post-facto-violation/) regarding AZ SO registration regime. You can bet that the district court judge (9th circuit judges panel) as well as California state DA is going to cite this case to shut down your petition. Even if your case involve many area of laws that is not included in AZ case, I think it's wise to read and analyze how the judges and DA think. As to your point that you think the judge will allow you more times to argue your case than allowed per case criteria because you file pro se, I think it's just wishful thinking. In as much as I like to joint your confident thinking, I think it's wise to read and digest "ALL" the cases that came out of the 9th circuit regarding SO registration. I dont know much. I am just trying to offer opinion to you because the out comes of your case will also affect us here in the 5th circuit area. Best wish to you.
  • Who removes from list October 16, 2017 at 9:40 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingAnother case granted relief by Muniz, today on Oct 16 2017. http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Supreme/out/25202817.pdf
  • Cool Ca RC October 16, 2017 at 8:36 am on American Samoa: Amends Act governing sex offender registrationHow much money will this cost them?
  • Yeah right October 16, 2017 at 3:50 am on MI: Young Man Arrested for Underage Sex Was Re-Arrested for Sharing a Pizza with a 17-Year-OldI would think the charges will be reduced or dropped. The Judges here in NY at least know that these probation “violations” are unsustainable. Maybe they’ll make an example out of him to send a message to the rest of us, who knows Probation to the rescue!!
  • Who removes from list October 16, 2017 at 3:26 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingIt doesnt matter if DA FREED OR THE COMMONWEALTH OF PA file their writ for cert because the stay of remand dated Sept 5 2017 is only good for the federal ruling is what we all assume. @aj and @wrfl This case proves the PA CONSTITUTIONAL RULING IS LAW IN PA UNDER MUNIZ. Shawn Christopher Williams, convictions for failure to register under SORNA were overturned on OCT 4 2017. One month after the stay of remand. COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA : IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF : PENNSYLVANIA
  • Who removes from list October 16, 2017 at 3:20 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingTo 9, 9 October 15, 2017 What is the Dec 20th date Not sure why failure to comply would have to be before that date if SORNA doesn’t apply. Read please. THE SEX CRIME NEEDED TO BE BEFORE THE day SORNA began DEC 20 2012 DATE that put you on SORNA. If you convicted before SORNA with a sex crime you are not supposed to registering under SORNA. Get it yet, @JIM. It is simple to underdstand. Keep reading this and other posts. And you will soon understand. The failure to register under SORNA needed to be after the SORNA because if you got a failure to register under SORNA and you were not supposed to be on SORNA then by law of Muniz is needs to be dismissed or overturned.
  • Who removes from list October 16, 2017 at 3:17 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingTHE SEX CRIME NEEDED TO BE BEFORE THE day SORNA began DEC 20 2012 DATE that put you on SORNA. If you convicted before SORNA with a sex crime you are not supposed to registering under SORNA. Get it yet, @JIM. It is simple to underdstand. Keep reading this and other posts. And you will soon understand. The failure to register under SORNA needed to be after the SORNA because if you got a failure to register under SORNA and you were not supposed to be on SORNA then by law of Muniz is needs to be dismissed or overturned.
  • David October 16, 2017 at 3:17 am on CA: Simi Valley City Council may repeal Halloween sex offender ordinance"Simi Valley Police Chief Dave Livingstone says the city has never enforced the 2012 ordinance." Therefore, the ordinance remains on the books merely for selective enforcement and persecution?? Livingstone further states that they sent out notification of the ordinance to all registrants but "no threat of arrest was ever given." Seriously??!! When you are a Registered Citizen and you receive a notice from the Police Department, that is certainly an implied threat of arrest! It's not a greeting card from Hallmark!
  • David October 16, 2017 at 2:56 am on MI: Young Man Arrested for Underage Sex Was Re-Arrested for Sharing a Pizza with a 17-Year-OldThe crazy probation rules are starting to sound like the "small print" in pharmaceutical commercials: "Please do not use Pro-bation where children are present, reside currently, or may reside at some time in the future. Do not use this Pro-bation if you currently have children or were ever once a child yourself. Consult with your defense attorney before using Pro-bation as serious - even life-threatening - side effects may occur." That poor kid. 😔
  • mike r October 16, 2017 at 1:30 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingHey AJ, do you think it's possible that CA will ignore a federal district judge if he decides in my favor? I don't think they can get away with that if it is decided unconstitutional under the US constitution.....?
  • Joe123 October 16, 2017 at 1:11 am on MI: Young Man Arrested for Underage Sex Was Re-Arrested for Sharing a Pizza with a 17-Year-OldCan you believe we live in a country like this? Absolutely disgusting that any thinking-human-being would give this kid so many problems. Unfortunately, he was given a polygraph, otherwise this kid should have never told this Nazi regime about anything that may have violated his probation. People are supposed to be honest?? Honesty will land you in jail, remember that. This system doesn't work on honesty or 'doing good'. To hell with the people that support this system and work for it. If they don't have enough brains to use their own discretion and not report someone who's not acting in a dangerous way, then they don't deserve any honesty. I love how these 'govnt workers' think they're doing God's work and being one of the 'good guys'. What a joke. They are the equivalent of Hitler's soldiers. This kid is doing everything right, and these low-life Snitches are destroying his life because they aren't capable of using their own damn brains to comprehend the fact that reporting him will cause more damage than any 'good'. Idiots. Idiots everywhere.
  • Sheri October 16, 2017 at 1:03 am on Living with 290: BannedKelly, My husband has been off of the registry for several years now. Recently (August 2017) we booked an RC Caribbean cruise. We have travelled throughout Mexico and Central America extensively and I thought that he would enjoy a cruise. About ten days before our departure, RC e-mailed us to inform us that our reservations had been cancelled even though he is no longer on the registry. He is, of course, free to submit himself to this humiliation again in a year if he so desires. Somehow, I think not
  • Edie October 15, 2017 at 9:51 pm on CA: Simi Valley City Council may repeal Halloween sex offender ordinanceSan Mateo County. Parole.
  • Tired Of Hiding October 15, 2017 at 9:47 pm on CA: Simi Valley City Council may repeal Halloween sex offender ordinanceThis is so clearly balant punishment in the form of public shaming that I am amazed in a free society which the USofA professes to be that this sort of stupidity and abuse of power is allowed! Fight about transgender bathrooms and the kneeling during the sacred Star Spangled Banner...what year is this? When did the constitution become a forgotten old relic? I THOUGHT it was still the law of the land...
  • Not Really October 15, 2017 at 9:46 pm on The DOJ Has Nearly Doubled Its Prosecutions For Child Sex Crimes Photo of Anders Hagstrom Anders HagstromI was looking for that stat too. Maybe it is in the sources.
  • Tired Of Hiding October 15, 2017 at 9:34 pm on Why kids don’t belong on sex offender registryNo one belongs on a registry. The registry does not work. This has been proven. It is a FACT No need...Period Let's hope the rest of the world finally accepts that FACT in 2018!
  • Tired Of Hiding October 15, 2017 at 9:27 pm on MI: Young Man Arrested for Underage Sex Was Re-Arrested for Sharing a Pizza with a 17-Year-OldThis and countless other cases just like it PROVE that there is extra motivation to see a RSO fail as a continued punishment. Clearly the more regulations the more difficult it is to exist. You have to have a job to pay for housing. The housing often can not be located where there are actual jobs...we are setup to FAIL from the start! Child safety is NOT the goal. The boogeyman effect is what LE and gov want. Every time they violate a sex offender on probation they "prove" just how sex offenders can't stay out of trouble. This helps keep the fear factor up since they put that in BIG HEADLINE but they don't mention the 99% who are trying to peacefully exist and just get by. Sensationalize much...
  • Tired of this October 15, 2017 at 9:12 pm on Registered Sex Offender Barred from Child’s Campus Sues School DistrictI stand corrected, but having said that, I think my point still stands, that such occurrences are exceedingly rare and not worth drumming up fear over. Her kids are an order of magnitude more likely to be harmed by drunk drivers, hair-trigger gangbangers with rap sheets longer than their tattooed arms, or a dirty uncle or a music teacher with certain proclivities who's never been caught. In a free society, we must live with a certain amount of risk. Some risks aren't worth losing sleep over. There's always a risk of being struck by lightning or a meteorite, but I still go about my day.
  • 9 October 15, 2017 at 8:30 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingWhat is the Dec 20th date Not sure why failure to comply would have to be before that date if SORNA doesn't apply.
  • rod October 15, 2017 at 8:17 pm on Living with 290: If I had been straightBoy are you right!
  • New Person October 15, 2017 at 8:11 pm on Registered Sex Offender Barred from Child’s Campus Sues School DistrictOnce a person has paid their due to society, then they are rights are restored like a free citizen. What others want is even more punishment that creates a sub-level class of citizens that do not receive the benefits of being a citizen. Based upon what? A false fact and fear mongering. The Constitution was supposed to protect all, especially the weak. The registration is a form of tyranny that does not treat those forced to register like people. Hello Salem Witch trials!
  • Who removes from list October 15, 2017 at 7:01 pm on PA: Cumberland County DA Freed to request U.S. Supreme Court review of sex offender decisionYour crime had to be committed whether it was the act of the crime or conviction to the crime prior to Dec 20 2012. If you were convicted in 2011, and were forced to be on SORNA, whether you were on old megans law, not on megans law, never had to register before or had requirements added after Dec 20 2012, you are due relief. @Jim you are do relief because you never had to register pre sorna but were forced under SORNA. Call an attorney!
  • G4Change October 15, 2017 at 6:47 pm on CA: Simi Valley City Council may repeal Halloween sex offender ordinance@Edie: Is your son on probation or parole? If not, then I would think that these restrictions are unconstitutional and should be fought in court.
  • robin shrawder October 15, 2017 at 6:46 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingAfter reading the news reports it states keller was convicted of aggravated sexual assault on a 11yr. old ,, keller was 17 at the time ,, this occured in Illinois in 1992 ... Assuming he got lifetime registration ,, pre-sorna ,, still can argue that lifetime registry for juvenilles also has been struck down ... i still think he has a case and should seek a attorney familiar with the most recent cases with Sorna...
  • TS October 15, 2017 at 6:22 pm on The DOJ Has Nearly Doubled Its Prosecutions For Child Sex Crimes Photo of Anders Hagstrom Anders Hagstrom@I can't wait to die - Nope, does not help because it does not classify the 21% remaining as SO recidivists but merely as felonious recidivists (which is a wide open array of possible convictions as illustrated in the report with examples). See my comment above. Given the topic at hand, it is specifically looking at CP prosecutions over a period where the statistics deal with that topic and the breakdown in various subcategories. Having to call out this specifically in my comment isn't required. It would still be helpful for the DOJ to annotate the SO recidivists in their report and whether they are registered currently to see how the stack up against those who are first timers and not registered. They either did not study that data set or it is a data set they don't want known because it would prove the uselessness of the registry.
  • Jim October 15, 2017 at 6:18 pm on PA: Cumberland County DA Freed to request U.S. Supreme Court review of sex offender decisionSo- is it anyone who was convicted prior to December, 2012 that are due relief via Muniz - or is it those that were convicted prior to December, 2011 (when the law was enacted?) What if a person pled guilty to a non Sorna offense in May, 2011 - did not have to register at that time - then was blindsided by Sorna in December 2012 while on probation for what Sorna now deems a "violent sexual offense"? I was under the impression that anyone who either had to register in December, 2012 (when they previously did not have to) or who had their 10 year registrations increased by Sorna 12/20/2012 were due relief from Muniz??
  • NPS October 15, 2017 at 6:16 pm on CA: Simi Valley City Council may repeal Halloween sex offender ordinanceLet me guess; he's in Santa Clara county. They're practically the OC of the Bay Area. No restrictions in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda or Contra Costa Counties.
  • NPS October 15, 2017 at 6:13 pm on Registered Sex Offender Barred from Child’s Campus Sues School District"the problem in this country is we think its ok to do what we want, when we want, regardless of who we hurt and then we expect all rights should be afforded to us." Not just afforded to us. Those are rights that we are entitled to per the U.S. Constitution. And yes, even those who have committed crimes and especially those who have already met all terms of probation/parole and are now free citizens. The real problem in this country is people like you who think that once any person commits a crime that person should no longer be afforded any rights. It's THAT mentality that needs to stop.
  • NPS October 15, 2017 at 6:01 pm on Registered Sex Offender Barred from Child’s Campus Sues School DistrictUnfortunately, I can name two. One case was merely two weeks ago. I wonder, though, how much of this is just way overblown because in the latest instance, I can't see how a sex crime was even committed. Occurred at a Santa Rosa middle school: http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/bathroom-sex-offender-school-hiding-Santa-Rosa-12238524.php Occurred at DeAnza College. http://www.ktvu.com/news/ktvu-local-news/ex-sunnyvale-tennis-coach-accused-of-molesting-2-underage-sisters
  • i can't wait to die October 15, 2017 at 5:23 pm on The DOJ Has Nearly Doubled Its Prosecutions For Child Sex Crimes Photo of Anders Hagstrom Anders HagstromTS, this will provide a little help "79 percent had no prior felony convictions"
  • TS October 15, 2017 at 5:06 pm on The DOJ Has Nearly Doubled Its Prosecutions For Child Sex Crimes Photo of Anders Hagstrom Anders HagstromThanks for the report @Not Really. Unfortunately, the report does not break down those who are recidivists with a prior SO conviction, regardless if felony or misdemeanor. It just says felony convictions of undetermined type. Too bad because it could help the registry uselessness argument, but why put that out there for it to be used against them? Without that data, this report merely reports they are prosecuting more people after doing more detective work. Money justification in the end.
  • Edie October 15, 2017 at 3:41 pm on CA: Simi Valley City Council may repeal Halloween sex offender ordinanceMy son has these restrictions in No.Cal, and while it isn't worth arguing for one night of the year, we're told this is a DOJ rule, not a city or county rule. What are others being told???
  • Tired of this October 15, 2017 at 3:08 pm on Registered Sex Offender Barred from Child’s Campus Sues School DistrictFirst of all, registrants are actually statistically unlikely to commit another sex offense, especially not on a campus attending his kid's PTA meeting. Can you name a single instance of a registrant committing an offense on a school campus? Your kids are far more likely to be molested by someone they know or known to your family. About 90% of contact offenses aren't committed by registrants, and this is a known verifiable fact. Second, you said all crimes have consequences. Registrants have already paid for their transgressions. They have paid their debts to society, in many cases many years ago. What more do you want of us? Most of us aren't in any way dangerous and are just trying to live our lives in peace just like you.
  • Who removes from list October 15, 2017 at 2:31 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingYes, Commonwealth v Williams in a very important ruling! He was arrested for failure to register. He was sentenced under PRE SORNA at time of sex crime. He was forced to comply with SORNA. His convictions for failure were before MUNIZ DECISION, JULY 19 2017. Williams case was overturned and can be used to dismiss a failure to register case only if your sex crime that put you on the registry was prior to MUNIZ DECISION JULY 19 2017. Only registriants before Dec 20 2012, convictions, sentences, or the act itself was prior to Dec 20 2017 are the only ones due relief from MUNIZ DECISION JULY 19 2017. My husband has a dismissal hearing very soon for a failure. His motion to dismiss is using Muniz, both federal and state ruling, but will only be requesting the court to use the state ruling for relief. But if the Commonwealth doesnt appeal in the next two days. He wont have to argue anything!!!
  • Gralphr October 15, 2017 at 2:25 pm on Why kids don’t belong on sex offender registryKids? NO ONE deserves to be on the registry, especially if they're a first time offender. Its beyond me how people can find it cruel and unusual for a child, but perfectly fine for an adult when WE have to find jobs and put roofs over our children's heads! I've been told by apartments in Georgia and North Carolina that no decent apartment in the state will lease to someone on the registry. I even had apartments tell me they would overlook my conviction since its almost 20 years old, but once I bring up registration they immediately tell me they will have to decline me since I'm on the registry. How can one even justify this treatment being ok for an adult? The government and many citizens seem to think We don't have families as well!!!!!!
  • robin shrawder October 15, 2017 at 1:50 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingThis guy who got arrested for not registering ,, crime was before sorna ,, he needs to get an attorney and review the commonwealth vs. williams case .... a good case for mallicious prosecution... may be able to sue for punitive damages on the premise of right of reputation pa. state consitution....
  • AlexO October 15, 2017 at 1:44 pm on Registered Sex Offender Barred from Child’s Campus Sues School DistrictIn California, it doesn't matter what your crime was. If you have to register you can't be on campus if a school at any point, for any reason, unless you have direct approval. Btw, your children have a 10+ higher chance of being involved in a DUI than hurt by one of the offenders you mentioned.
  • NPS October 15, 2017 at 1:35 pm on General Comments October 2017Those aren't California penal codes and not included in the SB384. However, since all CPs in California are felonies (effective Jan 1, 2014), they will be subject to Tier 3 registration. Not sure how your codes will translate to a California PC, though. I'm not a lawyer. I only know how to read and understand government bills.
  • NPS October 15, 2017 at 1:32 pm on General Comments October 2017Tier 3
  • Not Really October 15, 2017 at 1:16 pm on CA: Simi Valley City Council may repeal Halloween sex offender ordinanceProbably, but even if we were lawyers it is doubtful we would know all the laws in all the counties and cities. If you aren't told you have restrictions I would assume you do not, but check you local papers and see if they say there are restrictions.
  • Not Really October 15, 2017 at 1:09 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingHere is another. CONCURRING STATEMENT Although I dissented in the controlling case, Commonwealth v. Muniz, ___ Pa. ___, ___, ____ A.3d ___, ___, 2017 WL 3173066 (July 19, 2017) (Opinion Announcing the Judgment of the Court), I recognize that there was a majority consensus in that decision to the effect that SORNA exacts punishment and retroactive application of the enactment violates constitutional norms. Accordingly, while I have expressed my disagreement with these propositions, see id. at ___, ___ A.3d at ___, 2017 WL 3173066, at *34-39 (Saylor, C.J., dissenting), I join the present per curiam order based on the prevailing precedent. CHIEF JUSTICE SAYLOR
  • Not Really October 15, 2017 at 1:02 pm on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingThat is a concurring opinion that says, "All right, I have to go along with it, but I still don't like it." It doesn't make any difference at this point if that judge likes it or not. http://caselaw.findlaw.com/pa-supreme-court/1870976.html
  • Not Really October 15, 2017 at 12:37 pm on The DOJ Has Nearly Doubled Its Prosecutions For Child Sex Crimes Photo of Anders Hagstrom Anders HagstromHere is the original report. https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fpcsecc0413.pdf
  • Eric Knight October 15, 2017 at 12:24 pm on MI: Young Man Arrested for Underage Sex Was Re-Arrested for Sharing a Pizza with a 17-Year-OldLink not working. Here it is: http://reason.com/blog/2017/10/15/young-man-arrested-for-underage-sex-was The author is Lenore Skenazy, our "Free Range Kids" heroine.
  • Not Really October 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm on Registered Sex Offender Barred from Child’s Campus Sues School DistrictDonate. http://all4consolaws.org/get-involved/
  • Political Prisoner October 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm on General Comments October 2017Good luck finding out, I have a 288.4(b) no prior, no contact, no victim and no one seems to care to answer my question.
  • Not Really October 15, 2017 at 12:14 pm on The DOJ Has Nearly Doubled Its Prosecutions For Child Sex Crimes Photo of Anders Hagstrom Anders HagstromIt is also important to note that the feds very rarely lose at trial.
  • Political Prisoner October 15, 2017 at 12:03 pm on CA: Simi Valley City Council may repeal Halloween sex offender ordinanceSo does that mean that if you are in the rest of the state and not on probation or parole you can participate in Halloween at your home?
  • Who removes from list October 15, 2017 at 11:54 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingLink please??
  • Hopeful October 15, 2017 at 11:53 am on Registered Sex Offender Barred from Child’s Campus Sues School DistrictUr Right Jennifer there are definitely people on the list that I would not want around my children. Those people make up the minority of rc’s however. I personally am actually on the list for the egregious dastardly crime of buying a storage unit from my housekeeper. The unit contained some old computer gear that turned out to be stolen and 1 contained some pictures of underage females in sexual situations. I understand that makes me a violent sexual predator to closed minded and stupid such as urself, so it’s ok if we can’t hang out. Judgemental bitch!
  • Who removes from list October 15, 2017 at 11:37 am on PA: Megan’s Law list might get smallerHas anyone heard or know if PA Appealed to Scotus? And do they have only to the end of the day tomorrow Oct 16 or end if day Oct 17 2017?
  • Leroy Spann October 15, 2017 at 11:25 am on PA: Clarity on sex offenders: U.S. Supreme Court appeal needed for state rulingwhat you can do  go to the last order that the supreme court made about the stay with State Police. Its in the record.
  • TS October 15, 2017 at 10:26 am on General Comments October 2017@Counting the days, et al Next time, audio record it on your phone w/o their knowing so you have it on record (if acceptable by your state law of one person or two person recording consent), but also to show you asked for a written record of the session. Your PO may be pissed and say it violated some rule somewhere, but you could submit it to your atty to ask the judge for the written record and interpretation. It is YOUR record, not theirs.
  • TS, ready to crunch numbers October 15, 2017 at 10:14 am on The DOJ Has Nearly Doubled Its Prosecutions For Child Sex Crimes Photo of Anders Hagstrom Anders HagstromConveniently missing is the one stat everyone wants to know: How many were recidivists for a percentage calculation? How many of the recidivists were of which kind, e.g felony and/or misdemeanors? Is it 21% because 79% did not have felony convictions previously? What about misdemeanors? How many had those? How do you want to split this pumpkin pie (seasonally speaking)? This is an incomplete data set published. You cannot show a recidivism rate without knowing the recidivists obviously and being registered somewhere. By not giving this very important set of facts, the DOJ is going to continue to perpetuate inflated numbers that were miscalculated to begin with or not even calculated when it comes to registry usefulness, etc as we have discussed here repeatedly. How bloody convenient! Where is an actuary student when you need one to do the number crunching or an inside source with the entire data set for crunching afterward by an interested party?