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Judge Asked to Halt Sex Offenders’ Passport Marks

OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) – An attorney asked a federal judge on Wednesday to halt the implementation of the International Megan’s Law bill, which requires sex offenders to be identified as such on their passports. Full Article

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When can we expect a ruling on this. I would like to know when my life will be officially over.

An final decision will likely take years, as this could wind up in the Supreme Court.

Don’t wait! live your life the fullest as you can…

I am no longer required to registerer under California law but none the less still have a conviction. How does this apply to me? Where is the line drawn? And what does this mean for international travel to countries in Europe where we have not had difficulties in the past? As we live in a global economy how is it justified that our government would limit or effectively halt our ability to make a living years and decades after we have served our time? Like the registry itself, this is punitive. How it ‘protects’ anyone is beyond me. People who are determined to break the law will find a way to break it and those of us who wish to simply live our lives will be punished.

The Judge seems unsympathetic to the argument from the Plaintiffs. It’s a slippery slope we go down when the governments sole rationale for allowing such a mark is that “nobody has to publicly display their passport.” As if the reason for the objection to the proposed law is to save embarrassment!

The real reason for opposition to this law is because it eliminates the possibility that anyone with this mark (and let’s be clear, the same people are already enjoined from travel simply because of the existing policy of INS to alert receiving countries of sex-offender travel plans) will ever be able to travel outside the United States again in their lifetimes.

With this law in effect, the term “registered citizen” ceases to be accurate…instead we might as well label it “registered second class person.”

In what world does the US Gov’t Atty think a passport does not need to be shown? A passport can be a primary form of identification you just have to apply for in person if you have no other form of photo identification! It is a US Gov’t issued form of photograph ID usable anywhere an ID is required. You don’t have to have an ID issued by a US state or territory. Because the passport can be a primary form of ID it then therefore falls into a category of needing to be shown when a primary ID needs to be shown! That means any definitive outstanding marking could be seen by someone who does not have the need to see it leading to……who knows!

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