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MA: Mass. Forced To Remove Names From Sex Offender Database

BOSTON (CBS) – They are the faces of predators, with lists of their charges on public view in most police stations, and anyone can use the state’s registry to search for sex offenders in their community. But many of those names are now being removed from the internet database due to a Supreme Judicial Court decision that will grant many of these offenders new hearings about their classification. Full Article

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Finally a chance for some people to get away from the public eye. Hopefully they can be relieved of their registration requirements at some point too.

I’m a level 2 offender in MA, and am now within my window to apply for reclassification. I’ve already contacted my lawyer to get me in line. I’m sure it’ll be a while before my case is heard, because of all the backlog this new ruling is creating. But, I firmly believe this will help me argue my level to a 1. I’ll keep you all informed!

Have you heard any news about your reclassification? My boyfriend has been waiting for three years and has not heard anything about his case.

This article and what Mass. high court has established gave me an “epiphany”. I’m sure Janice and Chance have thought about this, but here’s a quote from the article presented above:

The high court says it’s considering the consequences when offenders are classified and has ordered a higher standard to determine if an offender is level one, two or three. The board had a burden to prove a sex offender’s classification level by a “preponderance of the evidence.” The legal standard must now be “clear and convincing” evidence. Until the process is complete, the system is wiped of their name.

The SCOTUS did their judgment, in my opinion, they did not utilize any worthwhile of “clear and convincing” evidence to impose registration – discriminatory registration at that b/c no other class of those convicted share the same fate.

Mass high court has already done this. Except, maybe it’s possible to transpose this from tiering and onto the actual registration itself. Presence restriction are unconstitutional. Then compile that with CASOMB’s less than 1% re-offend for the same type of crime (and the High and Frightening legal paper that identifies false facts), then the registration and SCOTUS should fall apart. There’s more than ample evidence on registrants having the second lowest re-offense rate, with murder being first.

We have to make SCOTUS and the idea of Registration accountable and not settle with their “preponderance of evidence”. The passport identifiers is drawing more ire, which may create a backlash – especially with a requirement for “clear and convincing” evidence.

“They are the faces of predators”. There it is, that’s the problem. Local television news has completely abdicated their responsibilities to report objectively and with a modicum of journalistic ethics and have created a nation of hysterical idiots who have no capacity for reason or rational decision-making. Instead, the ‘action news teams’ have embraced a role of shrieking advocacy that serves only to whip the masses into a mindless frenzy. Perhaps it is time to consider re-instituting a long ago overturned requirement of all broadcasters of the public airwaves: “time to reply”.

This just a dog and pony show,,,, the real hope here is to implement further restrictions against offenders they can “prove” pose a risk. They also hope to trick level 2 offenders into fighting their classifications and thus fall under the “new rules” that allow public/internet dissemination. Old rules prohibit internet/public notice for level 2’s. Make em feel like the pendulum is swinging their way, then kick their legs out from underneath them, that’s all that’s going on here.

Do you have any proof for your allegations? I have actually talked to someone who has some access to the board, and the board themselves are in the process of completely gutting and rewriting their processes based on this change. From what I can gather it actually does sound like a change for the “better” in in process. Please cite your sources for “They also hope to trick level 2 offenders into fighting their classifications”…

I bet when they rewrite the rules they will give the state discretionary uses of so called clear and convincing evidence, that will render it literally useless. The entire process is such a waste of time and they really enjoy being able to exercise this new power. It’s criminal, nothing more. And if u think they give a damn about your life, think again.

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