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For Registered Sex Offenders, An Uphill Civil Rights Battle

In 2010, Frank Lindsay came home after running errands and noticed his front door was wide open. When he went inside to investigate, he found a young man in his dining room with two hammers — “one in each hand,” he recalls.

“And he immediately raised the hammer in his right hand and started at me, indicating he wanted to kill me because I was a sick pervert.” The attacker had found Lindsay’s address on California’s Sex Offender Registry. Full Article

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Way to go Frank! I plan to see you in Carson on July 21!

Thank you, NPR, for broadcasting this story about our civil rights efforts. In only five minutes, NPR shared a lot of information with their vast audience. Thanks also to Jill Levenson for her many years of research which includes the finding used in the story that “The consensus of that research does not point in the direction of registries reducing sexual crimes or sexual recidivism.” We can only hope that this article will help us reach the Tipping Point, that is, the public will wake up and realize that current sex offender laws actually make the public less safe, not… Read more »

As empathetic as I am for all victims, most of the fuel for this coming from victims advocacy groups is intended to keep punishing all registrants for any registrable offense that has occurred anywhere seemingly since the beginning of time. This included presumed guilt for crimes not yet committed – anywhere. To call it crime prevention is a far stretch of the imagination and mostly progressive manifestations of ignorance, fear and hate. It is constantly repeated that these laws prevent societal reintegration as though every one of the nearly 100,000 registrants (in California) has not completed their sentences. In many… Read more »

I wonder if the public is aware that not only are their tax dollars being wasted on registries that provide a false sense of security, but having a neighbor listed on the Registry that they supported can have a very real (-12%) impact on the selling price of their home. See: http://www.slate.com/articles/business/explainer/2013/03/registered_sex_offenders_how_much_do_they_cost_their_neighbors_in_property.html
So a person’s fervent support of these registries may cost him/her tens of thousands of very real dollars.

Yes what kind of society are is the gov. Creating when a citizen can be criminally convicted of a felony offense and sent to prison for three or more years not for engaging in any criminal behavior but for simply not providing personal information to the gov. within a certain time frame? And as if that isn’t unconstitutional in and of itself the gov. then justifies this type of law that criminalize non criminal behaviour on a assumption that this certain class of individuals pose such a high risk of reoffending and that these laws will in turn increase public… Read more »

Janice is the following still good law and a viable avenue to persue. Copied from sosen website. The United States Supreme Court has previously recognized that a person’s reputation is a protected liberty interest under the federal due process clause. Wisconsin v. Constantineau, 400 U.S. 433 (1971) (hereafter “Constantineau”); Board of Regents v. Roth, 408 U.S. 564 (1972) (hereafter “Roth”). In Constantineau, the State of Wisconsin authorized the posting of a notice prohibiting the sale or gift of liquor to any person who “‘by excessive drinking’ produces described conditions or exhibits specified traits, such as exposing himself or family ‘to… Read more »

Good piece on NPR, thank you.

This motion could possibly prevail. I the plaintiff Michael Richardson do hereby bring forth this motion for Declaratory and/or Injunction relief. This motion is being brought forth as a as applied challenge to the constitutionality of the sex offender registration and notification laws or Megans law as applied to me. Introduction. I am a united states citizen who resides in Sacramento CA. I am a non-violent, non-contact first time ex-offender from a incident that occurred over a decade ago. There was never any physical contact between myself and any victim. I completed my prison sentence and parole supervision without any… Read more »

Now that’s good juice….good question too………the ending there is what took place in that oc calif court trial=’star chamber’ secret trial=judicial corruption …lawless ..abuse of power……”It is an interest in avoiding the secret machinations of a star chamber.”

I was thinking today that the registration and online posting of registrant information is similar to cyber-bullying which everyone is quick to condemn for the dangerous and horrific outcomes of such bullying. Recently cyber-bullies have been prosecuted for their actions. Shouldn’t the government be accountable to the same standards and be considered cyber-bullies when it comes to the Megan’s Law website and public shaming since it is placing registrants in danger and causing them to be humiliated publicly?

Notice how quickly all the lawmakers want to take down the Confederate Flag because it’s the “right thing to do,” yet they continue to turn a blind eye and deaf ear for those subjugated to this arrogant and selfish imposition known as Megan’s “Law.” This is one of the most glaring examples of hypocrisy I’ve ever seen thus far from society. The defenders of the Flag with their “it’s about heritage, not hate” is no different than those boneheaded, diehards touting the registry as a “valuable tool” and if it’s “save’s one life.” This is NOT false equivalence! It is… Read more »

It’s politics without pain — at least for the politicians, if not for the rest. Nothing really changes. A symbol is changed, but not the culture of hate that it represents. A class of people remain in poverty and powerless and the provisions that keep them there remain in place. It is the same with this war on sexual abuse. Put some people on a list and draw some lines around schools and the politicians and the majority feel better. A new class of people is made poor and powerless, a perfect breeding ground for new abuses, vigilantism and state… Read more »

I like that angle Frank it is absolutly true and needs to be explorered further.

Mike, I appreciate your support. The public shaming is exactly the same as cyber-bullying on a social network site. When will the public realize that most of the “keep our children safe” legislation is based on winning votes rather than exploring the real issues and coming to sensible solutions that actually benefit society? I hope that the system gets so overloaded that it cannot possibly continue due to financial stress. I was told by a CASOMB member recently that unfortunately the registration laws are based on winning votes (without any real concern for the issue) and the only way that… Read more »

Man the rules of the fed court makes it virtually impossible for a average person to bring forth a petition. It’s ridiculous.

All this just to bring an action in court. 7 21 DAY Summons issued re Complaint1 as to defendant City of Grover Beach. (esa) 6 NOTICE TO PARTIES OF COURT-DIRECTED ADR PROGRAM filed. (esa) 5 NOTICE OF ASSIGNMENT to District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez and Magistrate Judge Gail J. Standish. (esa) 4 NOTICE of Interested Parties filed by Plaintiff Frank Lindsay, identifying City of Grover Beach. (Bellucci, Janice) 3 CIVIL COVER SHEET filed by Plaintiff Frank Lindsay. (Bellucci, Janice) 2 Request for Clerk to Issue Summons on Complaint (Attorney Civil Case Opening)1 filed by Plaintiff Frank Lindsay. (Bellucci, Janice) 1… Read more »

Here’s another issue that could prevail. (2) The sex offender registration and notification regulations are discriminating irrationally among classes of ex-offenders which violates the equal protection clause of the Fifth and Fourteenth amendment of the United States Constitution.. All sex offenders fall into the classification of felons and felons are a group or classification. The question is, are sex offenders being treated the same as all other felons, do other felons have to register or have the community notified of their presence after they have completed their sentence, are they being denied state and government services, are other felons restricted… Read more »

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