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MI: Michigan Supreme Court takes sex offender list case

The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to look at the case of a man who’s on the sex offender list for life, although his conviction was erased nearly 20 years ago. Full Article

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  1. David

    I’m glad that a State’s highest court is addressing the question, “Is the Registry punishment?” However, I have little faith in their agreeing that it is. I hope they surprise me with an intelligent, fair and just ruling.

    • Q

      I think it highly unlikely much good, if any, will come of this. The majority of these men & women that sit on these courts may look and act regal and noble, but it’s as though they have been stung by a scorpion; their guts are mush and their spine has ceased to function. Most of them are more concerned with career preservation and advancement and are more than willing to brush aside truth and honesty to avoid going against the rotten grain.

      I have hope. I always have hope. But I’m not going to delude myself into thinking these men and women will somehow be struck honest. Or that the main stream media is going to all of a sudden stop lying by distortion and omission to the public and start printing and broadcasting the truth about the manufactured scourge called the sex offender. This may happen some day, but the way most people resist the obvious truth makes me think it won’t be anytime soon.

    • Bobby

      Hey Dave, i’m from Michigan,and i’m not going to say it looks promising,but the argument that Ms Aukerman made sounded pretty good to me,and it sounded as if the Justices were almost agreeing with her without actually saying it. here is the link to the oral argument if your interested.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaW7R3ZdrvI&t=1549s

  2. Anonymous Nobody

    In California, the state high court has ruled that the state’s registration law applies to people not convicted as well as to people who are convicted. This was done in one of the cases challenging registration as punishment. The court determined that an MDSO found not guilty by reason of insanity still must register, so the registration law “clearly” was not intended as punishment for a crime because people who are not convicted can also be subject to registration.

    • mch

      Short of dying or a pardon in California, there is really no way to get off the registry. A record clearance (1203.4) does nothing really, it is not reflected on the DOJ website or “the registry”. Gov Brown has given out 511 pardons, and not one to any registered citizen, after all, it’s really just a membership, much like joining the Price Club. Don’t expect any changes in California.

  3. Alex

    This case is reminiscent of that Ohio case earlier this year around Spring 2015 that seemed prominently in favor of the defendant from how that judges were giving their opinion favoring the defendant, but in the end it just fell flat against him. The dissenting judges always give the correct opinion and they ” get it ” and see what all of this does to us. Unfortunately, they are in the minority.

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