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MA: SJC sex offender ruling another affront against Massachusetts residents (Op-Ed)

The state’s highest judicial entity; the Supreme Judicial Court reached another stunning milestone in delivering an affront to the sensibilities and protections of law-abiding citizens on July 11th. In a 6 to 1 decision the justices ruled that life-time parole for sex-offenders is unconstitutional. Full Opinion Piece 

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  1. j

    And this author’s wording is an affront to the constitution.

  2. td777

    The author of this article is the very kind of person I sometimes find myself hoping will someday somehow find himself having to register. His opinions are disgusting and show he has no respect for the constitution when it is in contradiction with his closed minded opinions.

    The ruling itself is pretty awesome! Considering registration is a form of lifetime parole without using the term “parole,” this could potentially go a long way in getting rid of lifetime registration nation wide!

  3. Q

    I am so happy to see this. And I’m sorry the author seems so
    scared. All I can say about that is ignorance breeds fear; knowledge
    and understanding dispels this fear. Perhaps the author should
    educate his self a little better before he tries to instill a sense
    of fear in the general population founded on myth.

    I must assume the “judicial branch” realized the error in the
    decision to “delegate” any kind of sentencing power to the parole
    board; the fact this ever happened in the first place is disturbingly
    laughable. I’m in total agreement; lifetime parole is indeed
    unconstitutional and the very kind of misuse of power our founding
    fathers fled from.

    The vision embodied in the constitution and the bill of rights
    guarantees American citizens freedom from these very sort of ill
    conceived laws. I applaud the Supreme Judicial Courts ruling. I
    believe the states that have lifetime registration for these people
    will soon be doing away with too (and rightly so), because that is another clear
    violation of the laws of the land.

    I believe more people; such as the author of this op-ed, should
    educate themselves on the subject they are planning to write about.
    Every time I read something written from the standpoint of this
    author I know without a doubt I am reading the writings of someone
    that is unaware of the empirical and statistical facts regarding sex
    offenders and the laws enacted to govern them; many of them
    unconstitutional and illegal.

    To answer Mr D’Amore’s question “how
    will the judicial branch supervise sex offenders in this state?
    “ It looks like there will be no supervision for these people once
    they have served their sentence and satisfied all of their
    commitments. This is good and right. I believe; no, wait, I know Mr
    D’Amore would find his concerns unfounded and if he ever takes the
    time to learn a little bit about the real threats around him; and
    I’ll say this, it’s not from people on any registry. And that’s a
    proven fact.

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