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Did anyone see the Today show this morning with Dr. Oz? He was talking about how people are using his name to sell these weight loss drugs and are making lots of money. And he isn’t endorsing any of them. One of the first people he named were “convicted sex offenders” and “Securities Frauds”. Where does he get his information…and why do sex offenders always get blamed? I think he needs to think about what he says before he opens his mouth. Where is his proof?

Anytime they want to get people’s attention on a news story they say something about sex offenders…something like “is a sex offender living next door – stay tuned to channel 6 and we will tell you”!

Well, I am sure that Dr. OZ did the same thing…just wants to get attention.

Anytime anyone wants to say anything for attention mention sex offenders. People would rather have a terrorist live next door then a sex offender!

Yes…the MAJORITY of the people really ARE that STUPID!

Let us ask Dr. Oz what his reason is for using our group as a convenient target:

http://www.doctoroz.com/contact

Here is a link to the video. Apparently RSO’s are part of a big “Well Oiled Machine” that is responsible for the misuse of his name. http://www.today.com/video/today/51786548#51786548 It is easy for anyone to drop a bombshell like this. First Do No Harm – I guess that is a thing of the past. What the heck does a person’s status have anything to do with these businesses. So if there is someone committing a crime against him, why doesn’t he take action? I have never respected him for his apparent need to always have his hands on his female guests. Maybe… Read more »

Thanks for the link!
Let’s just enjoy the fact that the disturbed doctor is paranoid of sex offenders. Boo! Gotcha! ha ha
I’ve never seen his show but seeing as how he’s mentioning his sex offender hating buddy “Oprah” with similar problems, it seems to come together.

As on overwieght RSO, I am upset you guys had the hook up for some discount SENSA and didn’t help a brotha out? Come on guys, kick down a little..

On a serious note, the only reason he is attacking them is that these products didn’t line up and pay (purchase ads) to be on his show. He may not endorse products, but he certainly gets paid by the manufacturers (just not these ones). Just as Oprah seemed to have a financial connection the books selected by her book club…

Hey man, don’t be hatin’ on Dr. Oz who came in at #16 on Reader’s Digest list of The 100 Most Trusted People in America. If he said it’s RSOs that are rippin’ people off, it must be true! All kidding aside, this list serves to bring crystal clarity to just how totally f’d up, nay, D O O M E D our society is. The top four most trusted people in America are ACTORS famous only for reciting words that other people have written for them! #4 – Meryl Streep #3 – Denzel Washington #2 – Sandra Bullock #1… Read more »

Was wondering if anyone knows which cities in north Orange County “allow” registrants to live? I’ve been doing my due diligence but thought if I went to the folks on this site I might get to my answer a bit faster! Any info on Buena Park, Anaheim, La Palma, Los Alamitos (?) …. Or anywhere thereabouts?? Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks!

There is a very comprehensive list regarding residency ordinances for California Municipalities on this site under Legal > Ordinances. By City and County.

Shoot! You are right! I remember seeing it a while ago when the residency ordinance may not apply to us. Will go find … Thank you Joe!

I’m putting up this link from another thread that is relevant to our effort:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/01/living/juvenile-sex-offenders-rights/index.html

Does anyone know how to file a writ to appeal the 2000 foot rule in Sacramento? residence is just under 2000 feet.

This is a petition for writ of habeas corpus regarding residency restrictions for prisoners and parolees seeking relief. It has a lot of good information and a pre-filled out form that you only need to fill in the blanks. I hope it will help and good luck!

http://www.prisonlaw.com/pdfs/ModelHabeasFull,Dec10.pdf

What @mike said. There is also more information on this site, under Legal/Residency.

This article made me think (yes it hurt a little), if a judge (in some states) can exclude requirement to register, for a registerable offence, how can the registry then be held out as civil or not punishment? The judge was able to alter the sentencing (punishment) in a way that impacted registration…how then is registration not an act of punishment? Also, think of this in conjuction with Doe v. Harris (I know different states, but all the same).

thats enought for now, all of this logic is giving me a headache.

http://www.trentonian.com/article/20130508/OPINION/130509663/dfm-editorial-close-loopholes-in-sex-offender-registration

Extreme legislation has compromised the role of judges. They are there to make decisions pertinent to what is in the best interest of all parties in a criminal or civil matter based on the merits of an individual case. Statutes cannot foresee all circumstances or always be sensitive to humanistic issues – considering the overreaching authority of the law – as a judge who is presiding over the case can. Judges are what bring humanity and compassion into the equation and we should be very cautious of these laws and the anger that is factored into them. Checks and balances… Read more »

Well, too bad California judges see no need to check of balance the state’s SOR laws, not show any humanity. In fact, in reference to fish in a net’s post, the California courts say a judge has no power to set aside the registration requirement under any circumstance for any particular defendant.

@ fish….I wonder if the person in that article was male or female. I didn’t notice a gender and the name suggests could be either. If female, that explains the lenient sentence; if male, he must have had a fabulous lawyer!

In Need of Guidance Please
I am a student and am studying Engineering. I am not sure what I really can do as a professional. Are there any 290’s that are professionals out there? I would like to attend Veterinary school, but cannot obtain a license while being a 290 registrant… From my understanding, I can sit for the state bar exam. What are you guys doing for a living? Am I going to have to be educated here in the U.S. then be forced to go to another country to practice? Help!

marantikos, The phrase, “Where there’s a will there’s a way” comes to mind, but the way might be rough. It really comes down to how much you are willing to fight for your desired outcome. As you are an aspiring engineer, I certainly don’t need to comment on cause and effect, logic or rational evaluation and probable outcome, but instead encourage you to put all your effort into doing the best in your chosen profession after you convince yourself that the added effort you may have to expend to overcome the hurdles of your 290 is worth it. You could… Read more »

Marantikos, Did you see 60 Minutes last night? There was a segment on Bill Gates who’s modest goals are to completely stamp out polio, malaria, small pox and other diseases that kill millions of kids every year. All of these diseases are curable. The only issue is: “Is there a desire to devote the resources necessary to reach a big goal?” In the mind of Bill Gates, who has the resources, the passion is there. No one doubts that he will achieve his big goal and put an end to diseases that kill so many. I was inspired. Do you… Read more »

I hate to be a dream squasher, but dreaming is not going to get things done. What does get things done is a strong fearless leader with a ton of support of all kinds. Organizational, financial, vocal.

This organization has such a leader and a voice. Loud and clear. But in this world it does take resources to accomplish stuff. Maybe not $75 billion, but some money. If 100,000 people and their families cannot fund this effort to the fullest extent, I am at a loss for words…

marantikos, a little more directly to respond to your query, first, you do not need a license to get a job as an engineer. A Professional Engineer license is another matter. But you can work as an engineer without a license. As for a veterinarian, yes, you need a license. Second, you also can get a license for most fields — but you would have to be able to show rehabilitation, to the satisfaction of the licensing board. That could be via a Certificate of Rehabilitation, but you don’t need to have that. You can also present sufficient evidence of… Read more »

marantikos…I have a MA, was an environmental scientist for 14 years and since my “downfall” and registration, I’ve been a self-employed handyman. I was fortunate enough to get some really part-time work with a consulting firm, was also referred to a movie producer to build a movie set but the bread and butter of my existence has been basic labor; at 62 yrs old, I don’t think I can do it for too many more years. My encouragement to you is get your education, plan your future wisely and work at anything that brings in the money. Become a civil… Read more »

AB 1334 (URGENT! OPPOSE THIS BILL!) Ok, so after scanning over this bill, it appears that it is designed to give power to parole officers arbitrarily, in that they can bust you for any reason, or no reason at all. This bill has got to go. It failed passage at the Public Safety hearing on April 30th but was granted reconsideration. I will try and find out when and if it will be heard again. I’m going to draft a petition as soon as possible and I’d like everyone to sign it. Try to get everyone you know to sign… Read more »

I tried reading through this bill and really couldn’t grasp the concept of what they’re trying to accomplish. I need a summarized version as it jumps around and touches on changes between parole and probation. It sounds like they will be allowing probation departments in each jurisdiction or county to create their own set of restrictions on parolees which can lead to a lot of inconsistency’s. The change that stood out to me regarding my personal situation was the length of parole or probation on p4 line 31 – p5 line 5.: ” 31(j) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), any of the following… Read more »

The whole bill is unclear to me, Mike. One thing is clear – it’s just an excuse for throwing RSO’s back into jail and subsequently, prison, under the pretense that it is “protecting the public.” You can get a clearer understanding of the bill’s intent and the ridiculous premise for it by checking out the following link: http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/AD26/?p=article&sid=212&id=254538 The worst part about it is that the incident for which Conway cites as the reason for the urgency of such a bill originated with the state’s early release program. Additionally, the man who committed the crime was not busted for a… Read more »

AB 1334(Conway)Parole 04/09/13 Summary Existing law requires that all persons released from prison on and after October 1, 2011, after serving a prison term for a felony be subject to postrelease community supervision provided by a county agency for a period of 3 years immediately following release, except for persons released after serving a term for a serious felony, a violent felony, an offense for which the person was sentenced pursuant to the 3 strikes law, a crime where the person is classified as a high risk sex offender, or a crime where the person is required to undergo treatment… Read more »

Yeah, it’s sure not going to make things better. When it comes to probable cause, I think this bill is merely making it easier for the agents to arrest without reason or warning, ensure that everyone ends up with a GPS unit, and otherwise lock them up for good. The retroactive aspect bothers me too. I’m sick and tired of people having to pay more than once for the same mistake. The US Constitution plainly prohibits states power to enact such laws in Section 10. It never ceases to amaze me how our civilization continues to relapse back into the… Read more »

m h, I haven’t gone to read the full bill, but you lines 7-14 — it has been my understanding that that has always been the case when someone is on probation or parole. Are you sure that is a change in the law? Also, that is not “arbitrary.” That must come to the standard of “probable cause,” which requires realistic, justifiable information or evidence or reason for suspicion.

It has always been my understanding that when you are on probation or parole, they do not need a warrant to search or stop you.

A new registry….

http://www.king5.com/news/local/New-Washington-law-creates-firearm-offender-registry-206748531.html

So a Sex Offender (Romeo & Juliet and the like) get life on a public registry, but a Firearms Offender (DEADLY weapon) only gets 4 years on a non public reqistry.

Gotta love our society, “shoot me fine, but just don’t make me have to think of sex any way”.

May this be the start of a new fad that numbs the public to registries (creating, deleting, modifying, etc.) and gives smart lawyers ammunition to attack the courts with.

It is frightening that ignorant people can speak of mythological untruths and then say they have a “cause”.

Whats the info, if any for when California be placing “Sex Offender” on the driver licenses? I remember a few years back there was a big push on it but I can’t find anything current on this subject…

The day that happens is the day I turn in my drivers license. I don’t have a car anyway so really.
I can always use my Passport to id.

Check out this brief article: http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/biz2/0705/gallery.contrarians.biz2/10.html

Maybe there is hope out there.

Well, if more people would apply common sense and the rule “let he is without sin cast the first stone” then this world would be a much better place.

Glad to see someone is using some of that common sense that is actually very uncommon!

..time to go buy a new wardrobe..
Anybody know a reputable clothing store?

I was convicted 25 years ago (after turning myself in) of inappropriate sexual contact with a family member. Guilty. I did it. However…. it is wrong that California continually changes the laws regarding my former crime. I did my time. I did my probation. I have never failed to register. But it is never enough. So I left California. It is no cake walk, but things are better. I have learned that sex offenders are the most hated of people (maybe rightly) but once they have been identified, they have the lowest recidivism of all criminals. Most sex offenders are… Read more »

Our founders may have come over on the Mayflower or slave ships or immigrant ships, but one thing for sure; we’re all in the same boat now! That’s the common thread that binds us all together: registration, inequitable sentences, civil rights violations and some hero’s for the “cause”. Thanks to all who post, who fight and who set the standard for us to keep on fighting each day. CA RSOL is truly a Godsend.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/22/opinion/sex-offender-village.html?hp&_r=0

Article and video on “Sex Offender Village” in Florida. Isn’t this wonderful? They have a ghetto for sex offenders because they are unable to find housing elsewhere. These 107 men have a choice of living in this ghetto or being homeless. This was the kind of progress that Jews found in Germany in the 1930s.

Positive story from Texas: They will remove employer information from web for registrants:

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/05/21/sex-offender-list-closer-to-pulling-job-details/

Crazy story about overreach of prosecutors in Florida and 18 yo and 15 yo girlfriends:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/florida-student-18-criminally-charged-lesbian-relationship-article-1.1348422

Not crazy at all – just prosecutors applying the law. Maybe that is what is crazy? “An offender 18 years of age or older who commits lewd or lascivious molestation against a victim 12 years of age or older but less than 16 years of age commits a felony of the second degree….” http://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2012/800.04 How “seriuos” this particular “crime” is is illustrated by this ordinance, just passed yesterday: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-sex-offender-ordinance-20130520,0,2922717.story The only reason that this story made it into the (international) press is that this was a same-sex couple (okay, two females, the alleged perpetrator being cute, blond and popular) and… Read more »

This really has nothing to do with being a registrant. But, I am of the belief (at least I try to be) that things can be worse …. We at least have made it this far. Maybe you’ve heard of him … Zach Sobiech, he passed away on Monday … And what a beautiful song he left behind ….

http://youtu.be/7zxXAtmmLLc

So now they are trying to take away Food Stamps from SO’s. Please please please, let’s do all we can to make sure that this doesnt go through. I cannot believe it, now they are trying to starve SO’s. This is NOT right.http://sexoffenderresearch.blogspot.com/2013/05/action-alert-senate-farm-bill-s-954.html

Well… lost my job… only had it for a month during the “probationary period”, reasoning “It just wouldn’t work out, we want it to work out, but because of your past, many clients might not want to associate with a company who has an individual like yourself on staff”.. back to unemployment yet again… it was good while it lasted, wish it lasted for 3 months, was actually feeling good not living on a raman noodles….

what is the irony is I told the truth and my background check showed it true.. and there was no problem.. job didn’t get me anywhere near questionable places.. went around and hauled junk and scrap from construction sites to a recycling place… no one talks to you.. you just have the guy sign off on the paperwork showing you came by and picked up the dumpster… and thats it…

Sorry to read of your hardships staying employed.
I have never been in your position so I can’t offer you any first hand advise but I have known or heard of ex felons and illegals getting jobs in Denny’s restaurants as dishwashers who move up to cooks.
I hope things work out for you.

Wow… something just happened.. it was like an astronomical event where the stars perfectly lined up in a figurative sense.. So a police officer knocked on my door to do a residence check on me, and the whole courtyard of the apartment was swarming with all my neighbors (apparently there was a BBQ going on, and I wasn’t interested in joining). The officer was very discrete, He asked me if I was who I was and said yes.. and He glanced at the people in the courtyard and softly asked if he can come in and I said yes.. He… Read more »

Really it doesn’t bother anyone that foodstamps may be taken away from so’s

It bothers me…see my post on that string.

Sorry td I didn’t. It seems like we all may be living on a diet of ramen soon ):

Found a very lucid article on how to clear your criminal record from attorney in Ventura County:

http://www.vcba.org/2012/12/clearing-convictions-from-a-clients-criminal-record-by-ronald-spencer-esq/

I received a 1203.4 in March of this year. Although it provides a little bit of relief as far as legally being able to say on a job application that I have no conviction, it does not relieve one of the obligation to continue registering under PC 290. This isn’t right and I really hope that this can become one angle of attack, that we have people such as myself being forced to continue registering for a conviction that has been dismissed by a judge. I have a fabulous attorney in San Jose who does 1203.4 record clearances for a… Read more »

Yeah, that’s just the first stage. I’m going to do that as soon as I can. But I’m planning to get a COR in the end. Sure, love to have the name of the SJ attorney. We need good 290-aware lawyers here!

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