TN: The plea deal _____ didn’t take in Vanderbilt rape case, and why

Prosecutors offered ____ a 10-year prison sentence if he pleaded guilty and avoided a fourth trial in the rape of an unconscious Vanderbilt University student four years ago, ____’ lawyer said Saturday. ____ didn’t take it.

Going to trial was worth the risk of a longer prison term, defense lawyer Mark Scruggs said, because ____ hoped to avoid a lifetime position on the state’s sex offender registry. And on that part of the deal, the state wouldn’t budge. Full Article

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So the defendant rolls the dice on getting 5 more years, purely in the hope of completely avoiding becoming a Price Club member. And the one thing the State won’t relent on is the membership. If he’s such a risk, wouldn’t they want him in prison longer? But no, the most important thing to the State is not rehabilitation or restitution (read: prison), it was retribution. They are willing to come down on punishment, but not on regulation? Boy, if that doesn’t show what the Price Club is really all about, I don’t know what does.

A teen in IL kills himself over the prospect of the Price Club. A young man now takes 5 more years in jail as a consequence of trying to avoid the Price Club. Please, please, please, SCOTUS, set this ship right! You sent it listing, you can right it.

–AJ

When a judge states, as part of the court record, that registration is “a life sentence”, that constitutes prima facie evidence that proves the punitive aspect of the registry, and should be used by other legal entities in ANY registration case from now on forward.