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Chelsea’s Law is working as hoped (Editorial)

Six years ago, an awful event — the rape and murder of Poway High School senior Chelsea King by John Gardner, a convicted sex offender who was free despite repeated parole violations, and who had previously raped and killed Escondido teen Amber Dubois — spurred lawmakers to action. The California Legislature unanimously passed Chelsea’s Law, introduced by then-Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego. Full Editorial

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  1. Harry

    Another worthless editorial. No facts, just hype.

    • Q

      Harry; I agree. All this law did was give the state more excuses to persecute people.

  2. sadandmad

    ONE guy goes and does something like this, now there’s a law named after a girl for harsher punishments, yet people get killed by drunk drivers all the time, and theres no law punishing alcoholic drivers

    • Q

      sadandmad, this sort of things happens because these people are hypocrites. They claim to care about the well being of women and children, and the well being of everyone in general, yet the only time you hear from them is when they are getting allot of media exposure because they are going after “perverts” because someone committed a crime that is by and large a one off. They do this to improve their image and ratings. As you pointed out they never pursue new laws to curb drunk drivers, who cause allot of harm, or gang members, who do allot of harm too, as well as corrupt our youth. I can give examples in triplicate all day long on this. Just remember, they are hypocrites, lesser men and women, parasites on the back of society. It’s a strange sort of symbotic relationship these parasites have with society.


      1. used of organisms (especially of different species) living together but not necessarily in a relation beneficial to each;

      And the people that push these laws are a different species.

  3. Timmr

    332 people were charged in 2015. Duh-uh! Chelsea’s law was supposed to put people in prison for longer terms. As for making society better and reducing violence — well where are your statistics for that?

  4. Timmr

    By the way, has anyone been able to comment on this article? The news site doesn’t seem to have a way to leave comments.

  5. Steve

    A vague and generalized claim about the positive effects of the law from Nathan Fletcher, who authored the law. The suspects were charged with felonies that were on the books long before Chelsea’s law. Exactly what provisions of Chelsea’s law were used and how were they effective? This is only one side of the story. Have there been any negative effects from the law? The people here know that some provisions of sex offender statutes are ineffective and counter productive. I volunteer to to work with RSOL and lead a study to see how the law is actually working.

  6. Margaret Moon

    No one mentioned that Nathan Fletcher is on the payroll at Qualcomm, who makes the insides of the GPS devices that registrants must wear. And we all know how effective they are. (sarcasm intended) Consider the two men who committed murder in Orange County a while back while wearing the bracelet/anklets. Everyone has stories about how they malfunction.

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