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MI: Eliminating statute of limitations on child molestation could be unconstitutional

LANSING — A panel of Michigan lawmakers questioned the constitutionality of a bill to allow criminal cases against people accused of molesting children decades ago, despite emotional testimony from alleged victims of a Norton Shores man.

House Bill 4231 would retroactively remove all statute of limitations on first-degree criminal sexual conduct of a minor. In 2001, the Michigan Legislature eliminated the statute of limitations on first-degree criminal sexual conduct, which prior to that was six years. Full Article

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  1. Jo

    “Our children are first and foremost in this state and county … but we do have some violations on constitutionality,” he said.

    There it is, the old “Let’s forfeit the constitution because its for the children”

    • Q

      “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.” Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

      It’s these kind of people that lead this nation into the depths of oppression and chaos not seen since Hitler ruled in Europe.

      • Eric Knight

        I am a stickler for accurate information, and in this case there is a fundamental inaccuracy. The quote you cite is actually extracted from an essay, written in the form of a FICTIONAL letter by a then-deceased Adolf Hitler to a German war criminal during the Nuremburg trials in the mid to late ’40’s. This essay was written by Rabbi Daniel Lapin in 1999 for the American Enterprise Magazine.

        Source of the letter:

        http://www.aapsonline.org/brochures/lapin.htm

        Here is the pertinent exerpt from the source, with all grammatical marks left intact, although I have bolded the target:

        Finally, dear Julius, you will remember what I frequently said and wrote in Mein Kampf: “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people.” I explained that as long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation. It is truly heartwarming to see how well this lesson has been learned by the American government. In the name of children, incursions into the private lives of American citizens have been made that we Nazis would have gazed at with open-mouthed admiration. Does it matter that our bodies failed as long as our spirit still triumphs?

        Note that Lapin, writing in the first person as Adolf Hitler, puportedly quoted Hitler’s phrase from Mein Kampf. In fact, there was no direct quote from Mein Kampf that stated the quotation given. The nearest quote that was written was as follows:

        From Mein Kampf, p. 608 (Internet edition, https://archive.org/stream/meinkampf035176mbp/meinkampf035176mbp_djvu.txt)

        “It has to put the race into the center of life in general. It has to care for its preservation in purity. It has to make the child the most
        precious possession of a people.

        The context in which Hitler wrote was in the promotion of the German white race with his thousand year vision. It had nothing to do with associating the pain that parents would endure to protect their children.

        The rest of the quote by Lapin, as follows:

        “As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”

        This was part of Lapin’s essay in which he was imagining himself as Hitler.

        PLEASE UNDERSTAND: I am not belittling Hitler, nor denigrating his quotes. I am fully aware that Hitler used sex offender registration as the genesis of establishing his Nazi regime by creating scapegoats, a necessary step in conditioning people to hate, which then escalated with Jewish individuals. And yes, I have even stated that if there was a Janice Bellucci-equivalent advocate in the early thirties who may have sounded the alarm, world history may have been completely different (though I admit such an advocate would more than likely executed before he/she could make any case with the people, but I digress).

        But in our case, we must remain accurate, as accurate as the Constitution we cite.

  2. Hank NewMexRSOL

    Even after the Stogner decision didn’t Senator Alquist TRY AGAIN in Calif 2009 session with SB-46 ? And didn’t it get shot down in Public Safety who said the bill would appear to “aggravate the prison overcrowding crisis”? Not sure I remember it right, but I wuz California dreamin …..

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