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General Comments July 2017

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  1. AJ (to mike r & Chris F mostly)

    Here’s a Stanford Law Review article about Bills of Attainder. It has some dry spots, but also has some good rationale and citations (case law, Federalist Papers, etc).

    The Stanford author also makes reference to some work by a gentlemman named Akhil Reed Amar. Here’s that link (I have yet to read this paper):

    • Jtc

      Good info RJ…good olace also to post info to help others that maybe new too.

  2. 647.6 on Web or not?

    Can anyone comment on whether a misdemeanor 647.6 would be listed on the web with the tiered bill? I’ve read it multiple times and can’t figure it out. A single misdemeanor of 647.6 is listed as a tier one offense. However, under the tier two Internet listing, it mentions 647.6. It reads as though it’s all 647.6 convictions. The only thing I’m not certain of is because it reads as though it could be interpreted as though you must be a tier two and have a 647.6 conviction to be listed. Has anyone got confirmation on this or more clear on it than I am? Thanks.

  3. Anonymous Nobody

    There is an article in today’s Los Angeles Times about federal law on housing discrimination, and while they were not talking specifically about registrants, it certainly appears that as federal law and regulations for all intents and purposes bar housing discrimination against all people with a criminal record, that would apply to sex offenders. While the article was talking about policies or actions by condo home owners associations for renting or selling, as well as other landlords, as it explained the law, it would seem it would reach to any state or local laws that limit where registrants can live.

    Why in all these years that we have been complaining about this housing discrimination against registrants have I never heard of this argument?! HUD has established a three-prong test that virtually no housing provider can meet in order to justify the discrimination. Why have these residency restrictions not been challenged on the basis of failing to meet that three-prong test? I note, the story even specifically states that you can not justify them on the basis of stereotypes — and I need not explain that word any further here, we all know we suffer that.

    This is another reason why even the new name of this group, and any such focus, is greatly misguided, as the Constitution is not the only thing that matters. And this federal law and regulation is an example of other things we can use (as well as just plain common decency, regardless of law!) Laws against us are NOT OK simply because they might meet Constitutional muster.

    • New Person

      Call me a cynic, but I’m sure that afterwards, they’ll change something to the effect that it will still exclude registrants just like when the sheriffs decided that every jailed person gets an early out except registrant – although, the law never made such an exclusion.

      A registrant cannot get HUD assistance. See, we’re already discriminated by HUD.

    • kind of living

      @Anoymous Nobody ,,, you right , my family and my self ran into this some year ago with HUD , what drag that was , because we are still running in to the same problem with all housing , its all bad here and where I live we have a lot of trouble being able to save money to be able to move on , but where ? this sucks we want out of town where we belong , but even out in the cut we cant find one that will let us in

  4. BAM

    As i stated previously. I would come back and give you guys an update of me being able to Cruise with Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. They accepted me to go finally. If any one who is going to cruise, I believe that you can cruise anywhere but Mexico and Canada. Its the recieving port that will turn you away instead of the Cruise lines if it doesnt allow registrants. It appears that the Cruise lines are turning us down, however, If the port doesnt allow registrants, the cruise line will refuse you as well. I got in contact with the cruise lines before I was ready to book my cruise. The security department explained to me what i had to do if I wanted to cruise being a registrant. You have to let the sheriff department know that you are going and give them a 21 day notice of where you are cruising to and provide proof of it to the security department. You also have to give a brief statement inregards to your case ( what did you get in trouble for) pc codes , what have you done to rehabilitate yourself, have you had any counseling etc. Most of us registrants have had some counseling at some point. This is some positive feed back. A step in the right direction.

    • AJ

      Thanks for the update on your trip, and congrats on a successful trip! From your posting, it sounds as thought 1) the cruise line is individually assessing RCs–something it would sure be nice for the govt. to do, and 2) they don’t want any problems dealing with countries where RCs are unwelcome. One cannot blame them for wanting to keep things running smoothly with the countries, nor can one blame them for wanting to avoid any possible media fallout if there’s a “dust up” at a port of call.

      Heartening news.

      • E

        I appreciate this thought but it would be horrifying if airlines started doing the same thing (avoiding flying passengers who might have an issue with entry at the receiving country).

      • Joe

        @AJ – “the cruise line is individually assessing RCs” and “Heartening news.”

        No, no no. NO! It is NOT up to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, or any other business, to assess a, any, paying customer. Keeping in mind they would not feel compelled to do so for the child killer. No no, NO.

        @BAM – I have been on one cruise. Was invited. Do not think I will go again, even if invited. Certainly will NEVER go again if having to pay. ABSOLUTELY would not go if I had to relive my past and throw myself on their (whose, exactly?) mercy for being able to spend my hard-earned money like any citizen, any criminal, would. There is simply nothing more off-putting than that.

        I have been on countless foreign vacations on my own. Had a blast on most. Why anyone would go on a cruise when they could spend twice the time, have twice the fun, at half the cost, is beyond me – even without these obscene hoops to jump through. For anyone to do so when they have to explain, dare I say grovel, about their past – for which they have “paid their debt to society” – I will never understand.

        My 2 cents. Enjoy your vacation….

        • AJ

          The heartening news has nothing to do with comparing to another ex-offender or anything else. It’s heartening that there’s not a blanket dismissal of people *based on a risk assessment.* Sorry, I won’t change my thought or opinion: ANY improvement in how a RC is received by the public, the government or a business is indeed heartening news to me. Anyone waiting for an “all or none” outcome may be disappointed.

          “It is NOT up to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, or any other business, to assess a, any, paying customer.”
          Agreed. But that they are doing so instead of just saying “no” is an improvement….heartening. It means they are starting to see the scheme is unreliable. And it means every time they have a RC aboard and “nothing happens,” it strengthens things for us. Royal Caribbean, just like any business (FB, etc.), has every legal right to refuse service to a RC, or a child killer, or anyone they *perceive* to be contrary to their business success and plan, as long as it’s not done based on protected status.

          “Keep[] in mind they would not feel compelled to do so for the child killer.”
          Is this conjecture, or do you have supporting information for this? I suspect that if Royal Caribbean was aware of a child killer trying to book a cruise, they may well deny him or her for the same bad PR reasons. But, as is probably the case with you, I have no proof either way. How many domestic violence perpetrators have they denied? How many animal abusers have they denied? How many repeat DUI offenders have they denied? I don’t know the answer to any of these questions, and I suspect neither do you. The answer is somewhere between “zero” and “all,” is the only fact I can espouse.

          Mind you, I am not defending the scrutiny a RC receives; I’m simply glad that (some) trust and acceptance are even occurring. Or would you prefer complete ostracizing over partial?

        • Timmr

          Most of the sexual assaults, as recognized by the cruise industry itself, are perpetrated by staff and are often not prosecuted for reasons related to jurisdiction at sea.
          It is good they actually screen now instead of outright ban, but it is only to make passengers feel safe, when the real danger is ignored. That is a type of fraud, and government has a interest in regulating the industry against it.
          If they spent as much time watching their own employees then safety would be enhanced.

        • Follow the $$$

          It actually is there right to refuse service to anyone except those in a constitutionally protected class like race gender sexual orientation religion etc. As a private corporation, they have every right to turn away paying customers especially those in a disfavored class. I would be that if there were registries for other violent crimes or crimes involving theft or harassment they would deny service to them as well. The SOR just does their work for them by identifying us. It sucks but no law compels them to provide service even to paying customers. If they denied you at cruise time you might be able to recover money in a civil suit though. This is why registries violate equal protection. One class of criminals is clearly treated to a different set of rules and punishment than another.

        • kind of living

          @ Joe ,,, that is how I feel about it , sure its cool for that its not blanket and all that , but to me I would rather not be beat over the head with my past by just willingly give any dang info , its is not only over intrusive , but something that’s already hard enough to leave behind , last thing I would want to do is pay to only drag my past with me, but that’s just me , when I go to relax that is what I am going to do , if I am not bothering anyone then no one needs to know anything , money is really hard for us to come by , but most of the things me and my family enjoy the most are things that put us out where we would want to live , out in the country , but I am glad that some are cool with doing what ever it is they have to , to travel , I don’t know all the different ones they have turned away , only thing I know for a fact its not going to be me and mine ,

    • Beenagreatdad

      I don’t get this I travel to Mexico on a regular basis. How do they know you are a registrant?

      • James

        Dear Beenagreatdad:

        How are you crossing into Mexico? By car? At the San Ysidro walk across border they are scanning Passports…and people have been turned away.

        Maybe you’ve been lucky…

        Or you have a trick….;>}}}

        Best Wishes, James

        • Beenagreatdad

          James, I usually go through the Otay POE and they have never asked me about registry. I guess I have been lucky. Now I’ll be nervous going across. 🙁

    • ABC

      @BAM A little too late for the reply but I wanted to provide an update. I have cruised with RCI and Celebrity several times in the past few years. I recently did another cruise with RCI, I have to admit I was nervous due to IML been in effect. However to my surprise, this time it was a lot easier. I have contacted the security department before, I pretty much use the same letter, i just update it with new information as needed. I also provide the 21 days notice and provide RCI the contact information on the Sheriff office. In my case this year I didn’t have to submit a letter. I received a call two weeks before departure and was notified that I was cleared to go with the same warnings. “Stay away from the teen areas, etc… ” In addition I was able to leave port several times AND no secondary inspection when I came back to port! I almost fainted from the excitement. Almost felt normal again, so did my wife and kids! I look forward to the time we as Registered Citizens are no longer ostracized, and can freely enjoy true freedom together with those who loves us.

      • AJ

        What were your cruise itineraries? Did you do excursions to places that would be barred had you flown there instead (Mexico, for example)?

      • Juanita Wood

        Hello by any chance you have the contact number for the security department for Royal Caribbean?

  5. mike r

    so in other words we pretty much have to re-litigate our cases and hope they let us cruise..whatever…AJ ..I’ll check all that out tomorrow I’m still working on revising my draft and I feel really good about how it’s going …

  6. E

    Has anyone heard anything about new passports (timeline, what are the markers), or even received one?

    • David

      Is there anyone left staffing the State Department?

      • AJ

        LOL, nice. And I think if things keep going the way they are, State may be needing a new Secretary. The Eagle Scout is not happy being undermined by the son-in-law. I think we all know son-in-law will always win versus anyone (other than the daughter whose own father lusts).

  7. AJ

    Looks like we really have to hope Snyder is accepted and decided convincingly in our favor during the October 2017 SCOTUS term. (

    • 1

      Broken link…what was the article stating?

      • AJ

        Oops, I had an extraneous 0 on the end. Try this:

        In a nutshell, Kennedy is indicating next term may well be his last.

        • Who is starting the betting pool on SCOTUS Justice replacement?

          Let the speculation begin on who will be the next nominated Justice!! Crazy I say…..

        • Follow the $$$

          People like to claim the right leaning justices will offer no hope but I don’t see the picture as that bleak. Remember the liberal justices and politicians have offered no support or indication that they see the registry laws as anything but constitutional. Conservative justices, while typically la and order rubber stamps, also tend to take constitutional violations of rights seriously. If we can get a case to the SC which challenges the laws and offers extensive evidence of the punitive nature of the laws (of which there is a plethora), there is good chance to think they will reverse course. We don’t need all 4 (or 5) just one or two. I think the best thing now is all the publicity and fact checking of the bad information that keeps getting repeated regarding recidivism.

    • Bobby


      What do you mean AJ ?, Link was broken, I live in Michigan and I have not heard anything regarding Snyder as of yet. Do you have new info you can share with us. Thank you

      • AJ

        @Bobby, and anyone wondering about any progress on Snyder.

        There will be no SCOTUS movement on Snyder, as the 2016-17 term ended in June, and, by statute, the new term won’t start until October 2, 2017 ( The only possible–probable, actually–progress on it will be the USSG submitting its views in reply to the CVSG.

        To put people a little at ease as to whether SCOTUS will accept Snyder, know that it takes only four (4) Justices–not a majority–to have a case accepted. I would say we’re in good shape there, as I foresee some group of four out of the five-person group of Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor voting for accepting. Given Ginsburg and Breyer dissented on Smith–and fully joined Kennedy in the Packingham opinion–we really only need one more, if you count Kennedy as a yes. Kagan and Sotomayor also fully joined Kennedy in his strongly-worded Packingham opinion. As to the others in Packingham, three (Roberts, Alito, Thomas) filed their own, concurring opinion, and Gorsuch was merely a spectator, having not taken part in oral argument.

        So, let’s do the math: Ginsburg, Breyer, Kennedy, Kagan, and Sotomayor (that’s one more than needed!) will quite likely vote to accept the case. I’ll be stunned if Snyder is not accepted, no matter what the USSG says in its CVSG reply. In fact, I think the USSG needs to be very careful in its reply to avoid ticking off SCOTUS with deception and misdirection–again. I think Kennedy is champing at the bit to fix his oft-repeated, and patently false, quote from Smith.

        I will go out on a limb and say Snyder is decided in our favor 5-4 (Alito, Roberts, Thomas, Gorsuch) or possibly even 6-3 (Gorsuch). Here is how I get to that vote: 1. Kennedy has “seen the light” of not only the false data presented in Smith, but also the unbridled monster the scheme has become. I think he wishes to correct his legacy before stepping down. 2 & 3. Ginsburg and Breyer dissented on Smith. 4 & 5. Kagan and Sotomayor vote quite alike with a liberal bent ( Possibly 6. Gorsuch, depending on if his libertarian, Government-suspicious persona comes out.
        I would even consider putting Thomas out there as a far-outside vote 7, given his comments lately about asset forfeiture (read: executive overreach) and his joining in the gerrymandering decision (read: legislative overreach) (

        I think Roberts, who argued Smith for the Government, and Alito, an arch-conservative, are beyond reach.

        That’s the $0.02 opinion from this arm-chair constitutional “scholar.”

  8. Bill Arthur

    Anyone have recent experience with Princess Cruises? My wife and I are booked on a Panama Canal itinerary next January, Ft. Lauderdale to LA with multiple Caribbean stops. I recall someone said that Princess had told him that they had no problem with RCs, but that was a while ago. I’m reluctant to call their security to ask since I don’t want to inadvertently alert them to a problem that doesn’t now exist. I too have liked independent travel, but at age 75, it’s not an option. As to one-day shore excursions, from my reading of the travel blogs and according to the Princess agent I booked with, you get on and off the ship using your cruise ID card, there is no customs check at each stop, and most people leave their passports in their cabin safe so they don’t lose them on the beach. I suggested to Paul Rigney that he add cruise ships to the Travel Matrix, but haven’t seen that happen.

    • Warren

      My wife and I recently took a cruise with Princess Cruises. The last one was March of this year on a 10 day Caribbean cruise out of Fort Lauderdale. No problem with RC’s at this time. There is no customs check at any port we visited on the Caribbean. Just need your cruise ID card to get back on board. We did the Panama Canal trip two years ago (with Princess) and loved that trip and again, had no problems. Go enjoy yourself!

    • Lake County, CA

      Here’s an old (March, 2016) discussion we had about cruse ships:

  9. WaPo SCOTUS Justice Kennedy story today

    Analysis | Republicans just quietly got some very good Supreme Court news

  10. NPR Justice Gorsuch story

    Justice Neil Gorsuch Votes 100 Percent Of The Time With Most Conservative Colleague

  11. Follow the $$$

    Wtf…just learned if I visit Florida for more than 5 days I have to register there. Not only will my info be then posted on their public site but it will be there forever as they don’t remove info even if you are just visiting. Was taking my family to DW but now not sure. Anyone have any relevant stories or advice from their experience? How can they register me for life in FL if I am only visiting temporarily?

    • Check on the D World visit too

      You may want to double check the DW visit too because, as I have learned recently, if they search on your name, provided you give them your name (a multi-day pass I read where names are submitted), you may be blocked at the entrance, pass revoked (not sure on $$ refund) and denied entry due to your status. Might be a touch embarrassing. Recently learned Six Flags is similar. Not sure how but this is what I have learned from others traveling there as RCs as I have not traveled there. I read that over on the NARSOL website, but others here may be able to help to you save some embarrassment.

      • Follow the $$$

        Thanks for the tip. I did some research and it doesn’t look like there is a blanket ban. Also read that they do not conduct background checks for DL or DW (unverified). Only their cruises. BUT… I wouldn’t be surprised if they tip off local LE about my stay. Since CA has no conspicuous identifier on our licenses they would only be able to tell via name search. Got my 17(b) and 1203.4 so I should be off public shame site (hiring attorney to write letter to DOJ) as only felony conviction should be published. If that’s the case then they would have to do a paid background check.

        Might decide to limit stay to less than 5 days so I am not in violation of FL law.

        However, I will call Disney and play devil’s advocate and pretend I am a concerned citizen trying to protect my innocent kids from “evil SO’s” and see if they give up any info.

        Please note that I am being sarcastic about statement above so don’t jump all over me.

        • Warren

          Went to Disney World in March on a 4-day multi-pass with family and had no problems. Bought the tickets through Disney website in my name about 3 months in advance of my trip. You can always buy entrance tickets at the gate with cash if you’re really worried about being blocked.

        • Follow the $$$

          Stay at a DW resort or off property? And was the 4 days to make sure you didn’t hit the aggregate 5 day rule?

    • AJ

      @Follow the $$$
      “How can they register me for life in FL if I am only visiting temporarily?”
      Because it’s just regulatory and merely publishing publicly available information, said SCOTUS in Smith. There are other states which do likewise.

      • New Person

        And what of dismissed cases? Those are no longer public… yet you’re still on the registry.

        • AJ

          @New Person
          It depends on how FL wrote its laws. Without looking–or caring, as I will not visit that swamp–I suspect the law says something to the effect of if charged, or arrested or similar. In other words, they probably based their registry on accusation, outcome. This highlights how harmful it is for things to be classified as “regulatory”: the State can pretty much make any rule in any manner they wish. Just like civil asset forfeiture, if something is deemed civil regulation, our courts have for some reason decided constitutional protections don’t apply.

        • Follow the $$$

          Florida is as draconian as California just with more vindictive intent. They clearly do not want RC’s to come ever to their state and do what they can to make sure those already there leave. All their recent laws making it stricter are justified by saying they are becoming compliant with Fed law and AWA.

        • John4

          New person…… regarding dismissed cases via 17b, 1203.4 , internet exclusion that of a 243.4. If SB 421 does pass would u happen to know what tier that would be placed in. I appreciate any and all input.

    • MyLifeRuined

      Mississippi keeps people on the registry after they’re deceased. The page still appears with DECEASED on it.

      So much for the argument, “But it’s for our children!” A dead guy can’t molest anyone. This proves the intent is merely to shame a person, even after dying.

      • AJ

        That’s for those who believe in ghosts.

      • Beenagreatdad

        Wow that is ridiculous.

      • Follow the $$$

        So does FL for 1 year after death certificate is issued. They say it is so they can notify all parties (victims too) of the death so no one complains that they were taken off the site improperly. Strange.

        • Stephen

          Think that is bad? Earlier this year Alabama had a bill put forth to be made into law for SO’s they would have to keep daily logs of their travels and if they spent 4-5 hours in any certain place (park bench) in a certain period they would have to include it on their registration of places they frequent!!!
          I had to do this in FL when first accepting probation. Keep a log as I drove around for work. It was ridiculous…….

    • i can't wait to die

      Follow the $$$

      read comments in this thread:

      now, if you go to the park and just buy a regular ticket and don’t get a hotel room at the park you should be fine. most people that get banned from the big rat’s property are residents getting a resident discount ticket thus they must show id or are staying on property at hotel or campground and must show id.

      • C

        We visit Walley World at least once a year and never have a problem. I’ve heard only the annual pass requires an ID for them to cross reference with the Price Club database which can cause issues. But, man, at $1000 bucks a pop, you gotta really love standing in long lines to drop that much cash.
        We bought season passes to Universal Studios and have not had an issue. They take our picture at the gate to verify user identity.
        Bought annual passes for Sea World. No problems there, either (knock on wood).
        I also have access to many other things here I won’t mention for fear of ruining it somehow.
        Maybe some of you do, as well. My fear is some Gladys Kravitz do-gooder will read that my family and I frequent certain venues and ruin it for the rest of us by causing a fuss.
        Well, kept on truckin’, people. I hope you all had a great 4th, as we did, and a wonderful summer.

    • Bam Ward

      They will keep you on there sight forever if you register with them. Make your stay limited to four days so that you don’t have to contact them at all. I have seen Doctors who come from a place where they are exempt from Megan’s law to Florida where no one is exempt end up staying here more than 5 days and contact the law trying to do the right thing to end up on the Megan’s law website for life in Florida with no exceptions, trust me, When I moved from California to Florida at which I was exempt from Megan’s law exposure. Florida doesn’t exempt anyone. It has been a disaster.

    • Lake County, CA

      First you couldn’t pay me to visit Floridah. It’s just too risky for us. As far as going to any Disney Parks, I would never take the chance of being refused entry and forever banned unless you went with someone else that used their ID for hotel reservations or advance tickets. You can also buy tickets for the park off of eBay.

      This is a must read for anyone planing on going to Disney properties.

      • kind of living

        @Lake County ,,, thanks for posting , its sad how it has become , but to hell with Disney anyway , I know that they had many problems in the past of there own maybe they should make the park Register as a place to not take ones kids to, because of things that happened that Non RC’s were not responsible for , all these people talking about feeling safe and all , we as RC’s know that feeling safe in our life don’t mean we are safe , the sky is falling , or is that smoke over by my house , or why is this fool standing at the door with a hammer , but to really think anyone is 100% safe in public is absurd , fact is bad people are always out there , who is to say that the people that run the park are safe for our kids to be around ? lol maybe we can get tickets to the pumpkin farm lol

        • New Person

          Isn’t banishment punishment?

        • Mot

          My son and his family just moved to FL and my wife and I are planning to visit them in August or Nov and I need to find out how long we can stay in FL without having to register. Since we will be at a private / family residence does that come into play. NO intention to go to the MOUSE HOUSE. Also, if I do have to register does it void my registration in CALIF?

        • Tread carefully in FLA @ Mot

          @ Mot

          Their house will matter if you intend to register there because it will put a big dot on their place and all sorts of possible ramifications to follow for you, them and everyone. Others here are more familiar with FLA laws, but tread carefully.

        • Tired Of Hiding

          I agree on this. Florida is simply NOT a safe place to go PERIOD!

          The mentality of law enforcement there is pathetic. They really should do psychological screening as it seems that the vast majority of those in LE there are sociopaths and many sadistic sociopaths IMHO.

          You might be stopped for a simple traffic violation driving a rental car and if they run everyone’s licenses (which is the real reason that most traffic stops are made) they will give you endless grief!

          They might go as far as to investigate how long you have been staying at the home or hotel you tell them (and just try to refuse to give them that information) and could result in an arrest and being placed forever on the Florida Sex Offender registry.

          Is it really worth it to risk all that for a visit to god’s waiting room? I think NOT!


        • Follow the $$$

          If you plan on staying a total 5 days or more aggregate each calendar year, you are considered a temporary resident and you are required by FL law to register at the sheriff department local to your temporary residence (family house) within 48 hours of arrival. You must also notify them 48 hours before departure. You will be posted on the public site for life even when you leave as Florida has very few exceptions to the ML site. It will not affect your CA registration.

        • Mr. D

          Mot – I believe it’s any stay after four days but I would doublecheck that . From what I understand also once you registered for your visit in Florida they do not take you off the registry when you depart. I was there last year for six days on vacation and did not register. Went about my business and make sure I’d behaved appropriately (i.e. No drinking and driving). Enjoyed my time and flew home. It certainly your choice but if you are staying at a private residence and not renting a car no one will ever be the wiser that you were ever there. Enjoy your trip!

        • Paul

          DO NOT GO!

          In November 2008 (almost 9 years ago), I spent a week there and, as such, registered accordingly. Mind you, my offense was not one that required inclusion on CA’s Megan’s Law website. Also, I was fairly new to the registry and completely unaware of Florida’s scheme.

          To this day, I am still posted on Florida’s website. 9 years later, only spent one week in Florida, and I’m STILL paying that price.

          DO NOT GO!

        • Timmr

          That means you will still be affected by International Megan’s Law and require to post a 21 day advance notice of travel, even if you get off the registry in your home state? The registry is like the chicken pox. You never totally get rid of the virus.

        • Timmr

          I don’t care to pay all that money to go to Disneyland just for entertainment. If I am going into debt, I would much rather take a trip to the State capitol to protest these laws. It is a better return on investment.
          I get more entertainment value out of any farm, or getting front seat before the vast universe on a dark night far from town.

  12. i can't wait to die

    HIPPA, ADA and Today’s Sex Offender

    I have a question for the knowledgeable people

    The gov., etc.. say sex offenders have a mental disorder this would be especially true in states where they have civil commitment than how is it the government can release a person information? How is it a person housing is limited sometimes in woods/fields cause the gov. says a sex offender can’t live here or there.

  13. mike r

    looks like 48 hours in nevada…I was planning on going to Vegas for a few days but not sure if I even want to now…I wonder what happens if you stay 47 hours leave Nevada for an hour and come back how that would work…I am so fed up with this bs…

    • kind of living

      Nevada , I feel you , maybe try staying CA side and trip over the line as you need , like Tahoe ,

  14. kind of living

    mike r ,,, Tahoe may not be anything like vegas its just an idea , wish I could help , Nevada is kind of a hard ass state , the best way to do Nevada is by RV many places offer free parking of RV’s and or did last time I was there , good luck on your trip

  15. 'Little guys' win big at Supreme Court

    ‘Little guys’ win big at Supreme Court

    Good article….nice insight….Packingham is mentioned, but overall, interesting to see this

  16. Beenagreatdad

    I just want to throw this out there. I was completely unaware of this and I asked for a Restraining Order against my wife and custody of my kids. Well that went wrong. If you have children, or even live with children in the same home be careful. As soon as I filed for custody I got slapped with this. My children were removed from the home and placed in a Domestic Violence Shelter with their mom despite the fact that I requested a restraining order to prevent her from physically and emotionally abusing the kids. The Judge said I only wanted custody so that I can have “full access to the boys” wow. This is so unreal.

    Family Code 3030.
    (a) (1) No person shall be granted physical or legal custody of, or unsupervised visitation with, a child if the person is required to be registered as a sex offender under Section 290 of the Penal Code where the victim was a minor, or if the person has been convicted under Section 273a, 273d, or 647.6 of the Penal Code, unless the court finds that there is no significant risk to the child and states its reasons in writing or on the record. The child may not be placed in a home in which that person resides, nor permitted to have unsupervised visitation with that person, unless the court states the reasons for its findings in writing or on the record.
    (2) No person shall be granted physical or legal custody of, or unsupervised visitation with, a child if anyone residing in the person’s household is required, as a result of a felony conviction in which the victim was a minor, to register as a sex offender under Section 290 of the Penal Code, unless the court finds there is no significant risk to the child and states its reasons in writing or on the record. The child may not be placed in a home in which that person resides, nor permitted to have unsupervised visitation with that person, unless the court states the reasons for its findings in writing or on the record.
    (3) The fact that a child is permitted unsupervised contact with a person who is required, as a result of a felony conviction in which the victim was a minor, to be registered as a sex offender under Section 290 of the Penal Code, shall be prima facie evidence that the child is at significant risk. When making a determination regarding significant risk to the child, the prima facie evidence shall constitute a presumption affecting the burden of producing evidence. However, this presumption shall not apply if there are factors mitigating against its application, including whether the party seeking custody or visitation is also required, as the result of a felony conviction in which the victim was a minor, to register as a sex offender under Section 290 of the Penal Code.
    (b) No person shall be granted custody of, or visitation with, a child if the person has been convicted under Section 261 of the Penal Code and the child was conceived as a result of that violation.
    (c) No person shall be granted custody of, or unsupervised visitation with, a child if the person has been convicted of murder in the first degree, as defined in Section 189 of the Penal Code, and the victim of the murder was the other parent of the child who is the subject of the order, unless the court finds that there is no risk to the child’s health, safety, and welfare, and states the reasons for its finding in writing or on the record. In making its finding, the court may consider, among other things, the following:
    (1) The wishes of the child, if the child is of sufficient age and capacity to reason so as to form an intelligent preference.
    (2) Credible evidence that the convicted parent was a victim of abuse, as defined in Section 6203, committed by the deceased parent. That evidence may include, but is not limited to, written reports by law enforcement agencies, child protective services or other social welfare agencies, courts, medical facilities, or other public agencies or private nonprofit organizations providing services to victims of domestic abuse.
    (3) Testimony of an expert witness, qualified under Section 1107 of the Evidence Code, that the convicted parent experiences intimate partner battering.
    Unless and until a custody or visitation order is issued pursuant to this subdivision, no person shall permit or cause the child to visit or remain in the custody of the convicted parent without the consent of the child’s custodian or legal guardian.
    (d) The court may order child support that is to be paid by a person subject to subdivision (a), (b), or (c) to be paid through the local child support agency, as authorized by Section 4573 of the Family Code and Division 17 (commencing with Section 17000) of this code.
    (e) The court shall not disclose, or cause to be disclosed, the custodial parent’s place of residence, place of employment, or the child’s school, unless the court finds that the disclosure would be in the best interest of the child.
    (Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 207, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2007.)

    • C

      My God, what a nightmare. My kids are young and we try to shield them from this BS as much as possible. Like many married couples with children, we stay together only for their sake, because we know that two loving parents at home is better than splitting their time between two households. My wife and I do not fight and live together as friendly room mates We’re very dedicated to our kids. Raising them well and getting them into the best universities is priority #1. Mayne at thay point we’ll go our seperate ways.
      I pray it stays this stable for us and hope things turn out well for you and your family.

      • Beenagreatdad

        Even though I was doing the right thing by seeking separation, I sure regret it now. I had no idea that pitfall was there and now my kids are with the person I was trying to protect them from. wow so much for justice.

        • kind of living

          Beenagreatdad ,, it makes me sad to here your story , and I truly hope for better days on down the road for you and yours , being the way things are all one can do is to keep being the good dad you are , and your kids will always have you to look up to , good luck

        • Steve

          When I was going thru my criminal court process I was also going to children’s court or family court. I had an entirely separate lawyer for that. It was a process and believe me their intention is to not reunite families. I had a good lawyer and got my visitation and eventually my full parental rights back. Consult a lawyer specializing in family law. It’s a process and expensive. One thing I had going for me is my wife wanted the family back together but they still made it very hard.

    • David Kennerly, The Possessed Dispossessed

      This is shocking! I had no idea. Thank you.

    • New Person

      Wait… so you can’t babysit your own kids or your nieces and nephews on your own (non-profit b/c you know, it’s family)?

      once a monster, always a monster.

  17. Bobby

    Hi Guys and Gals,

    Well this has nothing do with the registry , and I would like to say sorry to everyone having issue’s with the police ,because of being on the stupid registry, anyway I would like to give props to my small town police department for being so polite , patent and understanding to my Niece the other night.

    See the other night my sister was being a real drunken idiot, and my my Niece has had a real rough life with a drunk for a mother, and a father who is in a nursing home now becaue of strokes do drugs and beer.

    Well we get a call from my sister who lives 2 doors down from us at 3am drunk off her ass, saying her car and car keys were missing and my Niece was gone, she is 16 but only has her permit right now, she took her moms car and drove 45 minutes to a friends house, and ny idiot of a sister called the cops on her and obviously my Niece was afraid to come home, the cops asked my mom who lives with me because she is 69,anyway I tell the cop wh have a different last name then my Niece, so how does telling you who we are prove we are all related, the one cop is like relax Bobby it’s nothing to get upset over, obviously they no me for an obvious reason, so they say have we gave you any trouble in the last 20 something years you’ve been out I said NO and they were like and since all this stuff is now in the Michigan Supreme Court and SCOTUS we can’t mess with you even if we wanted to, we are here for your Niece not you so relax.

    Well she finally pulls up at about 4-430am and instead of the 2 officers being dicks to her and taking her to juvie, and taking her permit from her to where she would not get her license until she turned 20, they just spoke to her told her that she could of gotten hurt or worse because it was the 4th of July with a lot of drunks on the road, they understood why she took the car, because of my sister being a drunk and yelling all the time, they made sure she was alright,and made her mom go back in to her apartment and my Niece stayed with us that night so again unlike a bunch of cops out here I really have to say thank you to our police ,and actually they have never gave me any problems at all and I have been out since 1994. They actually stop just to say hi and ask me how everything is going. It might be because I live in a small town and I have lived here my entire life, but I have to admit they are pretty cool and understanding. Just had to let people know they are not all pricks. at least not here anyway. Thanks for letting me say my peace.

  18. Doug

    Thank you, Frank Linsey
    Front page in the Tribune , San Luis Obispo !
    Thanks for having the Balls to put your self out there. .. you made front page For us today

  19. mike r

    provide the link I didn’t see anything about Lindsey

  20. ML

    Is there anyone here that is from OR and might be able to give me some info about that state?

  21. AJ

    Nothing like some DHS mission creep:

    This country is a disgusting shadow of its former self. Anyone who thinks Al Qaeda didn’t “win” on 9/11 hasn’t paid attention. They turned us into a paranoid, bogeyman-everywhere society.

    • Lake County, CA

      Facial recognition data is a major income source for Facebook and Google. The technology has been perfected and works pretty good (but not 100%). I just watched a movie today called “The Circle” (2017 Tom Hanks). It was very good and is basically about a company like Facebook on steroids. This movie can be found online for free if you know how to search for it. This technology is definitely going to be invasive to everyone’s life.

      • AJ

        I don’t care the success rate of facial recognition, because 1) if I’m in the group that falses, I’m going to have to somehow prove my “innocence” or whatever it is they’re scanning for, or 2) it’s 100% accurate and they know exactly who and where I am (i.e. total Big Brother). Either way, it’s bad. Convenience and security/privacy are opposing forces–almost mutually exclusive, but not quite. Personally, I’ll take privacy.

        @David Kennerly
        Yeah, I recall the same shock at seeing the CBP boys stationed in the jetway in 2003 on a trip to Belize. Same questions about $$$. And it’s not just $10,000 in cash. It’s in convertible assets. Some gold mixed in with some money? Better not exceed the cap without declaration. It’s the first and only time I have had to go through any manner of emigration in the country. On a similar note, it ground my gears that I had to show a passport when I was leaving the USVI for the mainland back in 1995. A passport? For “domestic overseas” travel? Of course, things have only gotten worse. Now they don’t need to bother to ask about money. Thanks to the bank law changes due to 9/11 the fears it caused, and the Patriot Act (horrible legislation), you’re being spied upon with every transaction.

        • Timmr, not an expert

          All this because of a miniscule chance of Americans being killed in a terror attack. You have ten times the likelihood of being killed on a bicycle, which is still pretty small.
          I am of the mind that really providing a safe environment can in certain cases, enhance freedom, imagine how free the Syrians would feel now if they didn’t have to always avoid being blown up every day. But, safety should be achieved using empirical evidence not emotion. In fact you have more than 5 times the chance of dying from the police as from a terrorist.

        • Jim S

          When I was flying out of Newark a couple months ago, there was CBP checking passports at the gate. I had mine checked and went through. Once everyone boarded, my name was called to come to front of plane. I went and was greeted by CBP who then went back with me to get all carry-ons and exit the plane. They asked how much cash I had on me, then had me sign a doc that said i was aware I could enter or leave US with more than $10k without declaring. They then proceeded to search through my phone and pics on my phone. They also did a quick look through my carry-ons. They did let me re-board and get on my way. Pretty embarrassing though as everyone saw me getting escorted off plane by CBP and then come back on. So they are doing some searching on outbound flights.

        • Destintation?

          @Jim S

          Where was your destination? If you don’t mind sharing of course….wondering if that made a difference in you being called out (for lack of better term)

        • Jim S


        • AJ

          “They then proceeded to search through my phone and pics on my phone.”
          This sounds like a warrantless search (read: 4th Amendment violation). They can do what they did when you are ENTERING the country, but not when you are already IN the country (which is also why you can remain silent and decline to answer questions from the DHS goons on I-5, I-35, and wherever else they have to interstate diverted to a stop). What was their reasonable suspicion? What kind of money and convertible assests did they expect to find on your phone and in your pictures? I smell a rat!

        • Jim S

          I couldn’t miss the flight so I cooperated. What’s interesting is that they never held my phone, but asked me to scroll through the pictures. So this was not about money, it was about trying to find something based on my 2010 conviction. But they DO have the right to do this as I found out from a couple lawyers, just like they have the right to do it when you enter the country – which typically happens to me, though not every time (though I do go through secondary screening every time).

          Only mentioned this because others were commenting on the pre-flight screening using the $ issue as the cover. So be prepared, don’t stress if this happens. This is part of the larger fight.

        • AJ

          I did a little digging, and found the basis for what the lawyers told you (I should have done so initially…shame on me). There’s something severely wrong with CBP having such broad authority. I hope there’s case law that weakens what the CFR says, or else they can stop anybody, at anytime, anywhere, for any or no reason whatsoever. (, para a)

    • David Kennerly, Anti-Social Network Administrator

      Yes, the borders (which includes international airports) are the PINCHPOINTS through which government will sneakily enter in order to erect a wall-to-wall, turnkey surveillance and police state that will soon cover everyone’s trip down to the corner bodega and back.

      You know, the F.B.I. can put in an ongoing request to CBP to search and copy the contents of a traveler’s electronics e.g. cell phone, tablet or computer if they should ever go through Customs. They do this because they don’t have the necessary probable cause for a search warrant for their own investigation or general nosiness so, this way, and because DHS/CBP/ICE all CAN look at a traveler’s data – and copy every bit of it – in the course of just letting them back in the country. No problem, no probable nothing required.

      I’ll tell you, I got really scared the first time I saw uniformed CBP hiding just inside the JETWAYS to interrogate (and scare the hell out of) those who thought they were simply boarding a plane to wherever (I forget where I was going. Probably Amsterdam). This was maybe 2010 or so.

      And what were these uniformed Customs agents (who I had never seen on this side of the airport before, only at Arrivals/Immigration) looking to find out from passengers?

      “How much money are you travelling with today?”

      Better not be more than $10K or you’re going to lose all of it. You do know about that, right? They can seize your money if it’s more than $10K. It is now considered that you must be up to no good when traveling with such a large amount (but is it, really?).

      I’ve traveled with that amount, plenty but apparently there is no legitimate reason for me to do so and so I forfeit my ownership of that money if I’m caught at a gate jetway trying to board a plane with it among my possessions.

      Yes, none of this should put anyone at ease. It is all terribly ominous and menacing and I fear for where it may end.

  22. anonymous in lala land

    Just as a warning to anyone with a Facebook account: A couple of days ago, someone friend requested me on Facebook. The person was female and had no photos or ANY personal information on their page. This person has 11 friends. I don’t accept friend requests from anyone I don’t know and the lack of info on the page made me suspicious. So I searched out 2 of the real looking names on their friend’s list and verified from their pictures that they were registered citizens. I believe that all 11 friends were registered citizens but I didn’t want to spend the effort to find out for sure. So basically someone is friend requesting registered citizens for some reason. What concerns me most is that I don’t use my real name on Facebook, so why were they friend requesting me? The whole thing is very shady so I’m just posting this so anyone with a Facebook page to be careful of any friend requests from anyone they do not know. If you receive such a request, I recommend that you block them like I did.

    • C

      That is really weird. Adjust your FB privacy settings as tight as possible so that only friends of friends can send requests.

      (I know this is petty and unrelated but I love it when people who treated me like sh1t in high school send me friend requests and I get to ignore them. Sweet revenge!)

  23. AJ

    Another example of our police-state in action. I’m sure somehow, it was for the kid(s).

  24. Bobby

    I was not sure if this was the proper section for this or if it should be posted under the Michigan section, there is a case in the Michigan Supreme Court The State of Michigan v Boban Temelkoski, and accoeding to Ms Aukerman it is/was suppose to e decided by the end of July.

    I would like to know if some one would please dumb this down for me and tell me if I am understanding this correctly, that they have granted both parties, a chance to reargue the case in the up coming term of October, and the court is waiting to see what happens with the Snyder case. Iam really hoping I am reading this wrong and that there will be a decision by the end of the month.

    I would really appreciate it if some one could and would explain this order to me in layman’s terms Thank you here it is:

    Thank you again.

    • AJ

      Yes, the Court is asking if the Parties think it wise to wait for the outcome of Snyder with SCOTUS. It sounds as though the Court foresees Snyder having some sort of impact on this case, good or bad. If SCOTUS refuses Snyder (doubtful, I say), this case can pick up and proceed. If Snyder is decided by SCOTUS, it will have some effect on what the State can do (good or bad) and will then quite probably cause this case to need to be re-heard. The chances of there being a decision on this by the end of July are remote, especially since the Parties have until August 4 just to respond to the Court! If the Parties decide to go ahead, they would then have to schedule the case for sometime later. I don’t know MI courts at all, but I would expect any trial would be a few weeks later. In other words, if they decide to proceed despite Snyder, I think even late August would be extremely optimistic for a decision. If SCOTUS takes Snyder, it may be this time in 2018 before it’s decided, meaning this decision could be over a year away.

      The other two items appear to be the Court asking whether a “bait and switch” of a plea agreement applies here (Santobello v NY), and whether this Court even has jurisdiction to decide the case. I’m guessing this last item probably has to do with where the offense was committed, versus where the defendant now resides. These are beyond what you asked, so I haven’t bothered digging into them. 🙂

    • New Person


      It looks as though you’ve read it correctly. The case is pushed back to the 2017 October session for re-argument and re-submission. Yet all of the extra briefs to the case need to be turned in with 56 days of June 9, 2017.

      I dunno when or if the Snyder case will be seen this year. But that’s one of the three items that will be discussed.

      So no decision will be made until the October session.

  25. Bobby

    @AJ and New Person,

    Thank you both for responding, and dumbing it down for me, and explaining it further for me, I was hoping for a decision on this particular case in Michigan, by the end of this month, because of Snyder I guess we sit and wait, or at least wait and see what the two parties decide to do regarding the 56 days to respond
    Thank you again to the both you

  26. DavidH

    I’m considering taking some classes at the Cal State University system. I’m uncertain and afraid of what to expect. Does anyone have any experience(s) in attending a school?

    Is the whole classroom placed on notice or something so humiliating as that would be

    • Stanley K.

      I don’t want to scare you but you will be under a certain level of scrutiny.

      I graduated from a CSU in May 2016 and experienced mild humiliation due to my registrant status.

      For one, you have to register with campus police. In my personal experience, they asked what classes I was attending, and was given a lengthy lecture about my focus being on school and not “harassing” anyone. Seriously.

      I indirectly refused to give them my class schedule; they notified my professors anyhow, or, they notified the department head who in turn notified my professors. I know this because I once had an issue regarding a grade with a professor and spoke with the department head, as is the procedure. He started the conversation by saying, “Oh, haven’t we met before?” When I asserted that we have never met before, he chuckled to himself and said, “Maybe I saw your face on a piece of paper somewhere,” and immediately changed the subject. I took this to mean campus police shopped my status around campus.

      In another situation, I once had a documentary professor look me square in the eye and call me Roman Polanski during a lecture.

      So, yeah, there will be moments of being uncomfortable. People are people, teachers/professors are not exempt and may not be as objective and/or utilize their critical thinking skills as much as they say or think they do.

      I will say, though, the best thing you can do for yourself is get an education. To hell with what anyone at the university thinks or feels about your situation. Put your head down, or keep it up, and focus on your work and graduate.

      In the end, there were comments that were obviously directed at myself and my situation. I swallowed it for the most part and focused on getting the hell out of there. I was only interested in the degree.

      Good luck.

    • NoFear


      I have been taking classes for the past six years while working fulltime and have never once had an problem with either the campus police or the police of that jurisdiction. I have taken classes in Alameda, El Dorado, Nevada, and Sacramento counties. I have been to a total of eight junior college campuses never had a single issue. My crime was a misdemeanor PC 311 for four picture files of a sixteen year old. With be transferring to Chico in two years.

      As Stanley K. wrote just go for it, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

      Chin up! you can do it

  27. Lora

    Does the 20 years on this new tiered bill start from release from jail or end of probation?

    • Lake County, CA

      Without looking it up, I think the clock starts upon release from custody.

      • Timmr

        What’s custody? Some view it to mean the same thing as supervision. I feel I am still under supervision when the compliance crew comes around, and like I am in custody when I can’t go where I want to go without notifying the police. They should be more specific in the bill.

        • steve

          I have posted this a million times…have someone look at your megan’s law website IT SAYS YOUR RELEASE DATE ON THERE. It’s from custody.

        • New Person


          Timmr meant that in an analogous way. He means we’re still under custody despite the official notice that we’re not longer under state supervision. This is akin to Justice Kennedy’s inferred “troubling” remark about people being on supervision after they’ve completed their term.

          You are still serving the state if you’re subject to their supervision – something that no other free person is subject to. You can be penalized for not living where you told the state you should be living. No other free persons can be penalized for not telling the police or state where they live. They’re free to come and go as they please.

          You can’t quit the registry. You can’t even retire from the registry alive. Remember, it’s a service to be a part of the registry as ML states “it’s your duty to register”.

          I hope that clarifies what Timmr was implying.

        • Timmr

          What happens if you don’t have a Megan’s Law profile? And I do remember a disagreement between lawyers on this very point, when they discussed the bill at the conference.
          Not all of us are legal scholars. From this layman’s point of view, words like custody are confusing, just like what is punishment and what is regulation, they have been muddled. It could make a big difference, some probations are ten years.

        • AJ

          Is it any wonder you/we feel as you/we do?

          Custody: The care, possession, and control of a thing or person. The retention, inspection, guarding, maintenance, or security of a thing within the immediate care and control of the person to whom it is committed. The detention of a person by lawful authority or process. (

          Detention: The act of keeping back, restraining, or withholding, either accidentally or by design, a person or thing. (

          Restraint: Confinement, abridgment, or limitation. Prohibition of action; holding or pressing back from action. Hindrance, confinement, or restriction of liberty. (

        • Timmr

          I envy you guys who can interpret the fine points of legal diction that sticks in my mental craw. Me, I feel like the peasant dragged before the King’s court. All the fine babble and glowing robes (Armani suits), they must be very wise, I hope their wispering behind hands means I can be released to the pub and wash it all down with a pint.

        • AJ

          Having spent 25+ years in an occupation that required reading, parsing, and applying documents written by attorneys, I’ve acquired a certain amount of understanding. I’m by no means an expert, and law, though based on words in black-and-white, is a very fuzzy world of gray. That’s somewhat intentional, as wiggle room allows for broader application, not to mention more time in court for attorneys (read: money!).

        • Chris F (@AJ)


          Well, that explains why you’re so good at finding and interpreting relevant cases and legal papers! I didn’t know.

          This quote immediately pops into my head:

          “If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career.”

        • AJ

          @Chris F
          Thanks for the kudos. As to the quote, it still boggles my mind that the same guy who was Darkman became a bad@ss revenge-filled dude. Go figure, but good flick, too.

  28. Registry Rage

    I’m getting ready to put a huge 4×6′ sign in my front yard that reads either:

    “NOT THE REAL DEAL.” or “Guess what? Your kids will die anyway.” or “Phantom threat.”

    • Lake County, CA

      Make sure you sit by your sign so you can easily pick up all the rotted food and eggs thrown towards it.

      • Registry Rage

        …and I’ll be ready with my paint ball gun.

        More ideas:

        “Your sheriff is lying to you.”

        “Congratulations. You fell for it!”

        “Trump is the real threat to your children’s future”

        “I don’t want your fat, ugly children.”

        “Knowing where I live will not protect your kids from an active shooter at their school.”

  29. David

    7/11/2017 10:00 a.m. U have been watching a livestream video of the CA Assembly Public Health Committee Hearing. They are still listening to public support comments for a Bail Reform Bill. My God, the endless support of this Bill (SB-10) is so heartening that I can’t help but daydream seeing that kind of overwhelming support for our favored bills. One can dream, right?

  30. David

    SB-421….What was the committee vote??? Did the pass it forward to Appropriations Committee??
    (I couldn’t hear it on my livestream!!)

  31. David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy

    Interpol enthusiastically crows about its technical capabilities to identify you through its extensive databases and emerging technologies at Interpol World Cybersecurity Conference in Singapore. This is technology that is coming to ports of entry worldwide.

    Remember, each country has the sole authority to determine what data is provided through Interpol about their own citizens.

    “Interpol’s global criminal database and my face”

    • AJ

      @David Kennerly
      Thanks for that link. It was an enlightening (and humorous) article. No surprise such surveillance was put on proud display in Singapore, of all places. That country is seriously into surveillance, as some friends who lived there for a number of years related to me many times.

      I find it odd that Interpol has only 165,000 sets of fingerprints. Sounds like the U.S. isn’t sharing as broadly as I would expect. I figured Five Eyes would be stuffing Interpol full of all sorts of “safe” criminal data.

      • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy

        Yes, Singapore is probably the ultimate nanny state but they have been so smooth and so sophisticated in their approach that it holds broad appeal worldwide. They have many fans in the States. And, in some ways, S’pore is a pretty livable place. It’s clean, everything seems to work well and is on-time and, of course, crime is extremely low. I have a friend who lives there part-time and who has become a huge fan of the Singapore Method and Lee Quan Yew. To me, it is a very boring place, after an enjoyable two days of shopping and touring, and I could never forget that one only gets to do what the government explicitly allows. And they hang an unknown number of people at Changi prison, just outside of Changi Airport, on Fridays at Dawn.

        Commercial vehicles actually have a rotating red light on top of them that illuminates and spins when they exceed the speed limit (no Fifth Amendment there). And, every vehicle has a transponder system that communicates its location to the police.

        It’s a kind of Disneyland for fascism.

        • Timmr

          Here we have Next Door. You don’t even know who is spying on you and what their agenda is. Capitaliste fasciste.

        • What?

          NextDoor is spying on me?

        • Yes, NextDoor is

          Yes, NextDoor is spying on you. See a previous entry by David Kennerly about his attempt to register for it recently. Wouldn’t let him. NextDoor is a new neighborhood watch thing online.

          David would be best to share his experience.

        • Timmr

          NextDoors’s new challenge is to appear the Nanny Big Business and eliminate racism in its neighborly conversations. They are engineering the platform to make profiling your neighbor in the crime section more difficult. Good luck on that. To do that they monitor all the comments people post.

        • kind of living

          better know it ! and its getting worse the more our country sells fear and hate as a way for the people to stay “safe”

        • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy

          Although, come to think of it, Disneyland itself is a kind of Disneyland for fascism.

        • Timmr

          That’s what I was thinking. Wasn’t the old man partial to the Reich?

        • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy

          He may have been, like so many people in his generation, antisemitic but the Family Guy aspersions of him are, apparently, completely unfounded. For one thing, he made a number of anti-Nazi propaganda films during WWII. He did cooperate with the HUAC inquiries into suspected Hollywood communists, but that hardly makes him a Nazi.

          He would likely have come under suspicion today, were he still alive, as a suspected “pervert.”

          Today’s hysteria started long after Walt died in, what, 1965?

        • AJ

          An interesting addendum to the prior discussion regarding CBP and phones at the border:
          CBP gives a bit of a slippery answer, but thankfully Sen. Wyden (D-OR) isn’t letting it sit there. He’s asking for further clarification.

        • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy

          We should keep in mind that, in 2014, SCOTUS let stand a ruling that exempted sex offenders from rulings against “deep” searches of their hardware that they present with at borders.

          In other words, SOs could be “deep searched” (which includes forensic-level analysis to retrieve erased files) while others could not.

          That is a separate issue from searching through the cloud but it tells us where we stand. Could it be that CBP could search through OUR clouds while at the border whereas others are safe?

        • Feel safe now, not

          Thanks David, now I feel really safe going across a border with electronic devices even after doing a cleanse of files no longer needed etc. Get a CBP agent on a bad day and who knows what they feel could be justified. SO much for those narcos and money launderers going across the borders with deeply cleansed files.

        • AJ

          Two words: Burner phone. Use it only outside the U.S., and destroy it prior to reentry. You could also discreetly carry your memory and SIM cards, but if they get found by CBP, they’re probably going to “get medieval on your a$$.” ( Easier would be to transfer the memory data, leave the card at home, then pull the data once overseas.

          Three words: Air Gapped Laptop. Only have one if absolutely necessary, and keep everything on it benign and blase. Bringing along a spare, cloned drive with little on it, swapping them out, and destroying the old one prior to reentry would help, too. Using a SSD with garbage collection and TRIM turned on, then scrubbing with a deep cleaner designed for SSDs will do wonders (though I suspect DHS has managed to crack the proprietary algos the SSD makers use).

        • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy

          What I started doing, after some really terrible and arduous inspections at Customs, was simply mailing all my electronics, laptop, phone, cameras and SD cards, back to myself. There was, of course, nothing to worry about on those devices but the trauma of going through endless searches convinced me that I never wanted to go through another one.

          It was expensive and a hassle to get to a post office or a FedEx the day before my flight but it was worth it.

          If they wanted to search the shipment when it arrived in the U.S., at least I wouldn’t have to have been standing there while they scrutinized it. But they didn’t and they usually don’t.

        • AJ

          @David Kennerly
          Yes, shipping is always a good method. Like you say, it cuts out that extra hassle and delay at arrival. It also takes away the traveler profiling that we all know happens (CBP will always claim you looked nervous, or not nervous enough, or whatever cockamamie excuse). I also suspect a routine shipment of electronics via FedEx of post maybe gets x-rayed for explosives and drugs, and that’s about it. Also, I’m guessing Postal Inspectors and Customs Agents at Ports of Entry lack the computer screen full of your life details, as is present at an airport immigration checkpoint.

        • AJ

          Though this case involved a SO, to say it carved out a specific SO-only is an overstatement.

          Reading from the Summary provided by court staff which precedes the opinion: “The en banc court held that the border agents had reasonable suspicion to conduct an initial search at the border (which turned up no incriminating material) and the forensic examination. The en banc court wrote that the defendant’s Treasury Enforcement Communication System alert, prior child-related conviction, frequent travels, crossing from a country known for sex tourism, and collection of electronic equipment, plus the parameters of the Operation Angel Watch program aimed at combating child sex tourism, taken collectively, gave rise to reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.”
          It was the totality of a number of data points that yielded the reasonable suspicion, his offender status being one of those. It’s no different than an officer stopping me if I’m weaving within the lane, after bar-closing time, and I have a previous DUI from having reasonable suspicion. Any one of those items may not rise to reasonable suspicion, but the totality does.

          From what the Court decided, the following could apply to anybody, SO or not: “the defendant’s Treasury Enforcement Communication System alert, prior embezzlement (or tax fraud) conviction, frequent travels, crossing from a country known for off-shore banking, and collection of electronic equipment, plus the parameters of the various operations and systems aimed at combating money laundering (ex.: US Money Laundering Threat Assessment), taken collectively, gave rise to reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.” Similar situations could arise for someone on a watch list, previously convicted of a drug offense, traveling frequently, crossing from a country known for drug production/smuggling, a collection of curios and figurines, plus the parameters of whatever Government program is aimed at combating drug trafficking.

          If fewer of those data points intersect (infrequent travel, travel to-from countries with little or no infamy for sex tourism, fewer pieces of electronic equipment), even a SO may not be subject to forensic investigation.

        • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy

          You would only need one data point to have them do a deep inspection of your gear: being a registered sex offender.

          I guarantee it.

          If they were to convict an SO who had presented at a border with just that one salient point, there wouldn’t be a court in the land that would call it an illegal search and overturn it.

          CBP goes way outside of permissible searches and harassment routinely. They are a cowboy agency. The court rulings won’t stop them from conducting such a search and only the court’s willingness to throw out a conviction would provide relief and the courts won’t do it.

        • AJ

          @David Kennerly
          Your reply fails to address your original claim. You initially stated, “SCOTUS let stand a ruling that exempted sex offenders from rulings against ‘deep’ searches of their hardware that they present with at borders.” Please cite the case that carved out an exemption specific to SOs, as this one is not it. This case was not about the person being a SO, whether CBP had reasonable suspicion.
          SCOTUS long ago allowed a 4th Amendment exception* for CBP ( Were it not that way, CBP would be unable to accomplish its mission. (Similarly, Postal Inspectors are allowed to open mail from abroad without a search warrant.) Perhaps you would prefer that CBP be required to get a warrant for each and every search of every single entrant and his/her possessions. Also, that CBP and LEAs may be abusing the exception is an entirely different argument. (I wholly agree they abuse it as a 4th-Amendment-end-around.)
          Based on the facts enumerated in this case, CBP had reasonable suspicion the entrant, a convicted criminal, may be in possession of contraband associated with his criminal conviction (i.e. CP). That gave them the legal right to thoroughly (forensically) search through the traveler’s possessions prior to allowing said possessions into the country. This is no different than CBP, upon reasonable suspicion, tearing a vehicle apart (i.e., forensically search it) looking for drugs (read: contraband), or their holding–and even x-raying–suspected drug mules, sometimes long enough for the evidence to work its way out and drop into the “Drug Loo.” ( & (It sure beats the “good old days” when they would seal the person’s pants legs with tape and wait until they had soiled themselves!) To paraphrase, “[y]ou would only need one data point to have them do a deep inspection of your gear (luggage, vehicle, alimentary canal): being a convicted drug trafficker. I guarantee it.”

          *A right is rarely absolute, but rather gets weighed against competing rights, roles, and interests.

  32. Mot

    With the newest policy at Mouseland where you now will have your pictures taken upon entry will it allow them to run facial recognition and then approach and eject a RSO?

  33. mike r

    Love the in Custody issue and definition..(In my motion now) As well as the family code barring access to our own children,(in my motion now) and the following that I’ve added…Plus much more I will unveil later..

    135. I’m not sure how it doesn’t “shock the conscience” that every one of our 19,354 cities are allowed to make laws against anyone, (especially retroactively applied laws), based on a past convicting or by them simply pleading no contest or guilty to any crime long ago; even many having convictions set aside or deferred and not actually being convicted. By that logic in effect, that means anyone that was ever charged, convicted or pled to a DUI charge could have a plethora of retroactively applied laws applied to them and they would have to research every city they drive through to determine if they are violating some city ordinance or state law by doing so. After all, driving is a privilege and isn’t even a protected liberty interest. There would be a much more rational basis to retroactively restrict DUI drivers from being near liquor stores or bars; from having children in their cars or driving where children gather; to have lifetime ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles; or to be simply banned from ever driving a vehicle unsupervised again since statistically they are much more likely to repeat their offenses and to cause more harm to a child then ex-sex-offenders are. See, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA), US Department of Transportation, “Traffic Safety Facts”, In Category 1 (arrests), DWI recidivism ranged from 11 to 41%, the median was 25% and the weighted mean was 25%. Minnesota had the highest percentage of repeat DWI offenders with 41%, and Mississippi had the lowest percentage of repeat DWI offenders with 11%. The number of drivers arrested for DWI in each State varied significantly, but there was no relationship between the number of drivers arrested and the percentage of repeat offenders. For instance, Minnesota had 166,962 DWI arrests with 41% recidivism; Dakota had 18,485 DWI arrests with 29% recidivism; Missouri had 185,273 DWI arrests with 13% recidivism; and West Virginia had 46,454 DWI arrests with 20% recidivism. The figures are detailed in Table 1. . See also, (NHTSA). In 2014, a total of 1,070 children 14 and younger were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of these 1,070 fatalities, 209 children (19%) died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes,(pg.2). . There is actually empirical evidence suggesting that regulations such as the ignition interlock systems are effective, see, Alcohol Research Current Reviews, “ While on the vehicle, interlocks have been shown to reduce recidivism by two-thirds”, . Surely my other regulation suggestions would undoubtedly decrease the real and proven “Frightening and High Recidivism Rates” of drunk drivers; without the “sex offender” label such a public outcry would ensue that the public at large would never let such laws stand therefore lawmakers will not even suggest such ridiculous regulations be enacted. I imagine the courts may also have a completely different opinion and approach then they have for the “sex offender” laws.

    Man this new and improved motion is really coming together now that I am putting your and my personal touches in it and not just relying on a lot of cut and paste pieces. It’s going to take me a while but I will post it as soon as I am done on my page and let you guys know…

    You know I applaud Janice and team and any others that fight for our rights but I find it really disturbing that none of these civil rights activist have stepped up to the plate and used some of the lowest risk offenders such as Frank and even myself to challenge the ex post facto issue and let level three offenders bring the argument which can surely impede and complicate our cause even more then what it already is. I am really concerned and will be surprised if they don’t deny Snyder based solely on the higher risk of recidivism of level three offenders such as all those involved in that case….It will not necessarily bar lower level offenders from bringing such an argument but it sure wont make it any easier…

    • Chris F (@Mike R)

      @Mike R

      For number 135 above, I have some suggestions. These suggestions are without understanding where 135 fits in your motion and therefore my opinion may be incorrect.

      First, you may want to reduce the amount of statistics for DUI problems to just a couple main examples. The judge will see too much emphasis on that as you asking for the judges to legislate from the bench and you’ll lose the impact. As long as you put the idea in the judges head that making this OK to do against any crime with a sexual component is allowed, then it has to be allowed for all crimes (like the DUI example) which would lead to an unmanageable explosion of laws that no normal individual could possibly comply with.

      Second, if not done clearly elsewhere but near 135, you may want to mention that the reason 19,354 cities should not create laws against past criminal conduct is because protecting the public from those individuals is the job of the judiciary, one time during sentencing when both sides are able to be heard, and specifically tailored to the individual and the circumstances.

      In some place (and it may already be) it should also be mentioned that these city and state laws tend to compound and escalate over time, as every jurisdiction wants to have tougher laws than their neighbor in order to keep out the “moral lepers” and not be considered a safe haven for them. Thankfully, our for-fathers anticipated this when the created the “Bill Of Attainder” clause, but it is so rarely used that judges tend to ignore it and defer to legislature to fix something legislature cannot possibly fix.

    • Right vs Privilege

      @ mike r: It was brought to my attention that DUIs are different from sex offenses because driving is a privilege, not a right. If the government wanted to implement retroactive laws against DUI drivers, it would have more leeway to do so b/c driving is a privilege. The S.O. restrictions (punishments) they keep adding affect our basic Constitutional rights. Therefore, at least in theory, the government should be more restrained in creating those S.O. restrictions/regulations.

      • Chris F

        I believe that is exactly the approach Mike R is taking.

        He states “After all, driving is a privilege and isn’t even a protected liberty interest” and after that makes the same argument you do. That’s why it works as a great analogy, because sex offenders should have a greater interest in having liberty protected, yet, most won’t be shocked by SO regulations but would be if DUI was treated in a similar fashion.

        • Right vs Privilege

          Thanks for clarifying. That’s a strong and valid argument (IMHO). 👍

        • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy

          I’m not sure about the commonly stated phrase “driving is a privilege, not a right.”

          For one thing, the Constitution and Bill of Rights uses the term “privilege” as if it were a right, in which case, it is a right since the limits of government authority and rights of the people are derived from it.

          I know that states may make this argument (“driving is a privilege, not a right.”) as it is in their interest to do so, but I’m not at all sure that “privileges” as understood here can be found within a constitutional legal framework as anything other than a right. Outside of the Constitution, and in my brief examinations for the term “privilege” within law, they invariably mean things which are much different from authority to drive and include such things as Executive Privilege (which would be an authority, not a right), attorney/client privilege (which is a right), the right to remain silent is a right or immunity in connection with legal proceedings conferred upon a person by virtue of his position.

          One person says this: “The phrase “Driving is a privilege and not a right” works as a slogan, but it’s not the law, and it’s not entirely meaningful or even true.

          It works as a slogan because it implies that there’s no guarantee that you can drive. The state can take away your ability to drive if it chooses to do so.

          But in law, lawyers do not argue about privileges versus rights. A lawyer might argue about whether a person has a right or whether the government is unfairly denying a right, but cases do not turn on the difference between right and privilege.”

          That articulates my considerably vaguer response to the phrase “driving is a privilege, not a right” which has always struck me as trite and dumbed-down authoritarian folklore of the type that patriotic 5th grade teachers liked to reiterate. In this case, “rights” versus “privileges” would be a false distinction.

          I would say, from my limited understanding, that freedom to travel is a right but that it is a contingent right, the exercise of which can be regulated by the state.

          To call something a “privilege” suggests that it is an authority that can be conferred upon one by the state for reasons not intrinsic to the possession of rights and that can be capriciously rewarded or withheld. A kind of “favor,” if you will, unconnected to a fundamental right of freedom of movement.

          Again, states (in the larger sense of government, in general) will make arguments asserting this notion of “privileges” but it is a kind of condescending notion of authority that they like to propagate and which, unfortunately, gets disseminated by an obliging citizenry as fact.

        • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy

          Instead of “I would say, from my limited understanding, that freedom to travel is a right but that it is a contingent right, the exercise of which can be regulated by the state,” I should have made clear that I was speaking only of the right to DRIVE and not travel, in general.

          It should read: “I would say now, from my limited understanding, that the right to drive, as an exercise of the freedom to travel, is a right but that it is a contingent right, the exercise of which can be regulated by the state.”

          And remember always that people have rights, governments don’t. Governments have authority, provisionally held and subject to revocation by the people.

        • kind of living

          Drivers Licensing VS Right to travel ,, google , it was good reading really ,

        • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy

          I had spent considerable time googling just that. Is there a specific link?

        • AJ

          It seems to be a rather dubious argument. I’m thinking a court would say licensing is a form of regulation in the interest of public safety (sound familiar?), and would shoot down the arguments made.

        • New Person


        • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy

          What’s a dubious argument? I did say that driving can be regulated by the state. Rights can be regulated. That doesn’t mean that they’re not rights.

        • AJ

          @David Kennerly
          The “dubious argument” was referring to the URL I posted, not to anything you said. Sorry for the ambiguity.

        • kind of living

          @ David Kennerly ,,, if you still want to look at one of thing I was reading here it is , go to the reading room pick right to travel , and you will see Drivers Licensing VS Right to travel ,, lol , I am just saying that much of the wording of the law left me with why are made to Reg but any way it was an interesting read lol

        • Timmr

          That’s a good way of putting it, he who like me is not JWG. The government (well actually the people authorizing the government to manage the roads) provides the roads. Generally they do support the freedom to travel and have even enhanced our natural abilities to do that by providing freeways. But there has to be some rules or travel on the road will indeed be hampered by chaos and threatened by poor drivers. I was glad my mother, bless her soul, caught driving 10 MPH on the freeway, had her license taken away. It probably saved her life. What more freedom can one want than driving along route 66 or I 80 and never paying a toll or having to ask permission from anyone. If SO registration facilitated such feeling of empowerment, I would be saying yes this is regulation not punishment. It is 180 degrees from that.

        • AJ

          I think I saw a movie a few years back that maybe had your mom in it! 🙂 (

        • Timmr

          Hilarious! Thank you, yes, that is her.
          You don’t mess with momma.

        • kind of living

          David ,,, sorry I just taped it in and it came up at the very top , the reason I said something was that I looked it up before because I watched a youtube vid onetime about this old guy that was fighting the court because he said he had a right to drive and travel as well as move his things , well it went bad for him , I felt after reading up on it that again the court was in the wrong , but also felt that they do the same thing to RC.s , over look what ever they want to , make it up as they go along , lol but maybe that just how I see it , that don’t mean I have it right

        • Lake County

          A friend of mine had been driving around for many years now without a CDL. He took the advise that is posted on many non-attorney web sites that the right to travel gave him the right to drive a vehicle without a license. After being caught twice now without a license, he has spent a fortune for his defense. He kept changing attorneys since they wont even try and use the right to travel defense. He now (after 2+ years of hearings, motions and delays) is representing himself and is facing a harsh sentence since the DA and Judge appear to want to make an example of him for wasting so much of the courts time on a defense that never works.

          If we all have the right to travel without a license, that would mean that we all should be allowed to drive a train or a airplane too without obtaining a license.

        • AJ

          @Lake County
          Maybe he should see if IL is still selling them illegally. (

        • kind of living

          yeah lets not have the courts really looking at the law like they are paid , we should just take the cops word on how to view the law , or find our place and not fight what a court says , when you can clearly see the court is wrong in the true law of the land , maybe we should just get on with calling them what they are” Master ” rather than wasting masters time , and it clearly said if you drive some big stuff like trains transport trucks you would need a license , we should stand behind people that do as the Man you was talking about , or get on with how thing have become and we just get the fact that you just don’t mess with Master court , master Cop , Master Banker , yes sir we don’t need no money sir , we don’t need no rights Master

        • Lake County

          I wish I had an AZ license, it’s good for many years. As a former CA part time bartender, I was shocked when someone showed me their AZ DL that was good for almost 40 years. I thought it was fake, but I checked and found it was very real. “Arizona has an extended driving license which is issued only to those who are eligible and qualify for an extended driver license, which is valid until age 65.”

          “kind of living” – non attorney web sites say you don’t need a drivers license and they quote legal statements that do not apply to the real issue, all the attorney web sites say you do need a drivers license and also explain why the non DL advocates are 100% wrong. Go ahead and drive without a DL, I dare you. SCOTUS has clearly stated that the states control the issuance of a DL as a public safety issue.

        • michael w

          @Lake County

          While your comment below about Az having DL’s that are good for 25 years or until age 65 is true for the most part there is an exception for anyone that must register as a SO. SO’s are required to renew their License/ID yearly, an old family friend lives in Kingman and (Az) has been putting “Sex Offender” on his License for decades.

        • AJ

          Likewise, there is no “government property.” It’s “public property.”

        • kind of living

          @Lake ,,,, I have one , but I don’t care what the courts say , it don’t make them right , why do you think we have to Register even know that the constitution clear , the courts say this is not punishment , and many other things , here we are , it is clear what the constitution says about your right to travel and just look for the $ sign and or the control , I should not even have to tell you Lake County since you live in CA that they are regulating us to death , regulating is how they get away with so much , thanks for looking lake ! I have much respect for you and yours , good luck in our fight for freedom

    • @Mike R

      @Mike R

      It may help you in your quest if you read the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals finding (Calhoun v Colorado State Atty General, No 13-1047) from March 18, 2014 where Ronald C. Calhoun, pro se, talks about registry and custody.

      Just want to help you avoid any pitfalls that may be already delineated in that doc. I have a softcopy if you or someone else cannot find it online to review.

  34. mike r

    you know what i meant..i am worried that scrotus will accept the case and rule in favor of the government simply because they are level three offenders..I know it shouldn’t matter but it doesn’t help the biases associated with the sex offender label…

    • AJ

      @mike r
      I understand your worry, and I agree it may be dicey. But I also think SCOTUS takes its job *very* seriously, understanding there’s no further petition available to a citizen. They are extremely protective of the 1st Amendment, last evidenced with Packingham, but ex post facto, I’m not so confident. I think what plays in our favor this time is the bevy of lawsuits and decisions across the country, and disputing Fed Courts. SCOTUS knows it will have to step in at some point. Any rational application of the Mendoza-Martinez Factors will show, even under the most liberal analysis, that things have gone haywire since Smith. SCOTUS is not big on reversing itself, but it does happen now and again (see Plessy v Ferguson and Brown v Board of Education).

      • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy

        Bowers v. Hardwick and Lawrence v. Texas. That’s probably the most relevant instance, for us, of SCOTUS overturning itself.


        • AJ

          I wasn’t going for relevance, just an example. Both what I cited and what you cited fit. Of note, in my eyes, is that it was good old Anthony Kennedy who delivered the (6-3) opinion in Lawrence v Texas.

  35. Chris F

    I see where Texas has HB2575 getting closer to becoming law that could go in effect Sept 1st 2017.

    It makes it a crime for any registrant to go to their own kids school if they do not stop first at the schools admin office and declare their registration status every time. This bill is retroactive, and applies to anyone registered no matter when the original crime occurred.

    I’ve looked on Texasvoices web site and don’t see anything about it.

    This will greatly impact my participation in my kid’s education. Does anyone know if there is an organized challenge to this bill in Texas and if any lawsuit is prepared to be filed if it passes?

    Has there been success anywhere else in stopping this sort of thing?

    • lovewillprevail

      Chris F, I would go to Texas Voices and contact them about this issue. They can help clarify. Without re-reading the law, if I remember correctly, the law allows one to get permission from the school so that you don’t have to check in every single time.

  36. mike r

    thanks for the effort but calhoun has zero relevance in my motion since the case you cited is only concerning habeas corpus issue…calhoun should of used a different approach because habeas corpus is only for those in custody…

  37. mike r

    well stated david….great observation…I will correct that…

  38. Neil B Fisher

    I want to make a very important general comment .
    I think it would help a great deal if we get the true and correct meanings and facts to the general public . Just for a couple of examples : the word molestation only means to vex and or to bother it does not mean to to have sexually attacked or raped someone .
    To be seen taking a pee in the bushes by some child who reports this could be taken as a child molestation etc. The 288. (a) conviction in itself with no other statues really only mean a wrongfully committed touching or fondelling with a sexual intent and without the use of force , fear, VIOLENCE , injury or threats .Wrong and bad yes ! but it is not a 288.(b) or a 288A or a 288.5 or a 261 etc.
    The 288.(a) and the 288A should not be so close as to confuse persons .

    Also the statue of 288.(a) says it in black and white it’s written law Without the use of Violence so how can it be made to be a violent law ?serious yes Violent no the written statue say it’s not. The 288.(a) only with no other statues should be made a wobbler think about it no force no fear no injury no threats no intercourse no use of a forigen object (like a finger) no sodomy it is a lighter sexual touching or slang copping a feel again bad yes wrong yes serious yes but not a lifetime registration nor is it a violent felony .
    I am thinking with my head not my heart with it’s emotions.
    And this along with all the true facts without all the misunderstandings or false facts and propaganda . The Courts and the lawyers know the difference but most of the general public don’t. It would be a great help if we had someone like MOSES like the NRS had to say something to the general public when a severe sexual act occures to keep the hate and rage down to a minimum.

    • 3Neil B Fisher

      Again what can be done to help thoes with a failure to register on time violation IS it (with regards to SB 421) as to add 1 year to the amount of time to be allowed to be removed from the list for each misdemeanor violation and to add 3 years to the time to be allowed to be removed from to be removed from the list for each violation and can an individual get the violations set aside as per PC 1203.4 and if so would that prevent the added time being placed upon the individual.

    • Timmr

      Lewd means crude and offensive in a sexual way. Lascivious means inclined to lustfulness.
      From the description in CA penal code 288 (a) a lewd act can be touching someone’s hair or stroking someone’s arm as long as that someone getting stroked is under 14 and it can be shown the adult was trying to arouse himself or herself or the minor or, as it is awkwardly put in the code, “lewdly commits a lewd and lascivious act” (I wonder how someone cannot lewdly commit a lewd act, but apparently noone has taken the trouble to make the wording less silly). No wonder it is the crime that puts most people on the registry. You’re right Niel, molestation has taken on a lot more disgust value in recent years, and molester, rapist, pedophile, predator are all used interchangebly. It only creates confusion, because noone really knows what they are talking about when it comes to sex.

      • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy

        Yes, everyone assumes that they know what is meant by “molest”, “rape”, etc. but the meaning of those terms, and others, have radically changed during the past thirty-to-forty years.

        There is no value attached to providing a clear understanding of the actions which bring “offenders” to the criminal justice system since everyone has a mental image of what those acts must have consisted of. We know what those images are. They are, invariably, violent, forceful and penetrative acts which are conjured in the popular imagination. Curiosity which might accommodate a reasonable doubt is now regarded with contempt and suspicion. Doubt is no longer an acceptable position, only blind certainty and furious revenge.

        The ever-more-elaborate and complex skein of laws which have come to regulate personal behavior take subjective interpretations, in which the motivations and the thoughts running through the accused’s mind, are said to be knowable. It has created different classes of people to whom we can confidently assign either mal-intent or benign and the words of a single accuser, alone, are sufficient to condemn. It is the victory of the authoritarian in appeasing the incurious and the credulous.

    • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy

      You’re right. The public needs to be confronted with the true meaning of the words that are used in law and in the media to condemn the accused. The public has no idea what it has signed on to. Not that they would all object, were they to know, but it would peel off a significant number of rational people from the unanimous hordes.

  39. 3Neil B Fisher

    This is to everyone and anyone .
    America is a very sex anixity country heck we could not even have a married couple in the same bed until the 1970s (the Brady bunch) and this is only one of a very few sites where the true and real facts can be discussed without people getting hot under the collar I think that giving a little donation sure could not hurt it’s true purpose. I at last have gotten both my Social Security along with my SSI and can donate a bit each month now. I would very much like to hear that qaity

  40. pgm111

    I have a question for the group and I am respectfully requesting your answers and opinions.

    I am an RSO with a friend in Morocco. I would like that friend to come to the U.S. for a 4 – 6 week visit via a U.S. tourist visa. Is it lawful or possible for me to sponsor her with Form I-134 Affidavit of Support or a letter of invitation? The Form I-134 requires full disclosure of my name, residence, SSN, etc. If I submit this form will my friend’s visa application be denied?

    In your opinion, what is the best way to help a friend attain a U.S. tourist visa?

    I appreciate your feedback and response to my inquiry.

    • Lake County

      I wouldn’t take the risk of sponsoring anyone for anything. If they deny the person a visa because of your status, then that will stay in their file and they will likely never be allowed in. It’s not worth the risk of having your friend flagged by customs. Remember we are not allowed to sponsor anyone we are wanting to marry or have married so I would imagine sponsoring anyone would be a no go. Have your friend apply on their own or get a close friend of yours to sponsor them if needed.

    • Notgivingup

      She will be denied so do not even think about it. They will not let a SO sponsor anyone. These are facts as it is now.

    • @pgm111 - immigration atty is best bet


      Talk with an immigration atty if you can. If someone has violated the Adam Walsh Act (AWA), where you can find the details about not being able to sponsor someone, they won’t be able to sponsor someone or even be seriously considered a waiver to sponsor, which is tried many times it appears. If it is something else, the immigration atty would be a good source to consult and get some guidance in addition to some deep internet research.

      I was only able to find the AWA data on SO and sponsoring someone.

      • pgm111

        I believe the AWA provision denying an RSO the ability to sponsor a foreign national is unconstitutional and I would like to sue the federal government. Any ideas on the best approach? I am willing to be the plaintiff in this case.

        • Lack of visa sponsorship on what grounds?


          Talk with an immigration atty to gather their perspective first then find a civil rights atty (possibly) to do the work and gather more info if they believe you have a case. Would be interesting to hear on what grounds you believe it is unconstitutional in these heightened security times.

        • AJ

          Yeah, fighting an immigration issue is tough, as the courts give the legislative and (particularly) executive branches broad authority. You’d need to show that there is no immigration issue, rather a sponsor (read: you) issue. You’ll most likely face the same “frightening and high” argument in any suit you bring. If you can attack the AWA provision as a Substantive Due Process (they’re not individually assessing your being a worthwhile sponsor) and Equal Protection (ditto, especially compared to other citizens) issue, you might have some leverage. If you can make it a SDP issue, the Government would have to show a compelling interest as to why the AWA provision is necessary. Sadly, they may concede it isn’t, then “magically” turn down your sponsorship during “routine review.” A very tough case to take up.

  41. AJ

    Oops, another upstanding thin-blue-liner caught: (Warning: NSFW language)

    Any wonder cops don’t like cameras on them? Any wonder the public trust of LEOs is sinking? Next stop, anomie ( (Anomie is one of two things I can recall learning in Sociology in college!)

    • kind of living

      @AJ ,,, thanks for posting , I love seeing stuff like this pop up on this site from time to time , a good reminder to some that a good many of the people we are trained to trust so much are really dirt bags , the very system that keeps us suppressed are dirty all the way to the top ,

  42. AJ

    This afternoon while waiting for the local news to start, I caught the last couple minutes of Dr. Phil. The show was about a woman who has a young daughter and is dating a RC. I didn’t care too much about that, but at the very end of the show, Dr. Phil said something about the RC re-offense rate being much lower than you’d think. The show was Season 15, Episode 79, and is re-airing on OWN (Oprah’s channel) on July 19th. I may have to watch it just to see what Dr. Phil has to say about us.

    It’s good to see Dr. Phil getting the truth out for us, too. Maybe some of those bonbon-eating soccer moms will to get it.

    • Lake County

      I had watched that episode of Dr. Phil. It was actually not a good episode for us. He definitely was supporting the idea that dating a sex offender was bad judgement and he was quoting statistical myths. The one good comment he made about the reoffense rate being lower than you think was literally the last statement he made as he was saying goodby to his quests and leaving. That last statement was easily missed since the show was basically over at that point. Dr. Phil has never been someone that uses evidence based statistics when discussing issues about sex crimes. The real facts about sex crimes are not something his audience would have much interest in. Emotionally charged subjects is what sells TV shows.

      • AJ

        @Lake County (are you in FL or CA? 🙂 )
        Thanks. I was hoping someone had perhaps seen it. I guess I caught the only bright spot of the episode. It’s a shame Dr. Phil *knows* the truth, but won’t espouse it…not surprising though, for the reasons you state.

  43. Paul


    10 years, 3 months, and 8 days later, I am officially off the registry as of this morning! I really can’t describe how this feels to know that I’m done. All I do know is that it’s over.


    • ma.concerned.citizen

      Wow Paul, that’s amazing!!! Congratulations!

      Hopefully we’ll all eventually be able to experience that great feeling of relief you’re feeling now!

    • AJ

      Congratulations! I’m sure it’s a wonderful feeling to be considered “normal” again. Be sure to keep multiple copies of whatever documentation. Scan one and save it in the cloud, print one and leave it in a safe or safe-deposit box, etc. Treat it like you would your Will.

      God Bless, brother.

    • pgm111


    • Tired of this

      What state, if you don’t mind me asking?

    • New Person


      Congrats! What state did you get relief from?

      Also, remember, some states don’t care if you’re off the registry like Illinois. They still have presence restrictions that is a felony charge, iirc.

    • Chris F (@Paul)

      That’s great Paul!

      What state?

      Just so you know, if your time on the registry was less than the time another state requires, then you may have to register in that new state if you stay there more than a few days. Most states don’t care if you got off, and have their laws stating that if you plead guilty or no contest regardless of any type of deferred or set aside adjudication, you must register for X number of years or life.

      I get off in a year in Texas, but if I go to a state like Louisiana for more than a few days I’ll have to be on their registry for another 10 years still. If I go to Florida, I will be on there registry for life even if I leave the state, and therefore it would feed the national list and disqualify me for federal housing as well as put me on the IML restrictions of a marked passport.

      • New Person

        Isn’t this absurd? You still are seen as a sex offender after you are no longer required to register (and presumed you have your conviction set aside).

        I’m curious if someone could bring this up at a federal level b/c this is completely extra punishment without judgement. Also, if you are still on the IML listing.

        Also, why is Illinois putting a felony penalty on someone who no longer has to register due to presence restrictions? That is where this whole “regulatory scheme” has truly no form of review.

        Why isn’t there a review? B/c it’s not punishment. So who can do a review on regulatory things?

        Answer: There shouldn’t be any regulatory things, or rather compelled service.

        Why: 13th Amendment – Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

        • AJ

          @New Person
          “Also, why is Illinois putting a felony penalty on someone who no longer has to register due to presence restrictions?”

          This is pending before the IL SC, People v. Pepitpone ( The Appellate level overturned the County court and ruled for Pepitone. The State is appealing because dontcha know RCs can never be “cured”?

      • AJ

        As the others have pointed out, celebrate, but remain cautious with interstate travel.

        There’s something wrong when, even when “off the registry,” you’re not free of being placed on a registry. That actually brings me to something that has occurred to me recently. How is it that a State can make me a resident for regulatory purposes, but exempt me from all other benefits of residency? I suppose they could just replace the wording and achieve the same result. How many States make RCs residents? I have no idea if it’s universal, but if it is, there must be some legal reasoning behind it. Perhaps they cannot regulate a non-resident? (Doubtful, as they do it with fishing and hunting licenses.) I’m looking for a legal hook that “residency” may provide me that the States may not like. There may be none. Thoughts?

    • kind of living

      @Paul ,,,, good going , and thank you for shining a good light on us in the time you have been an RC , good luck , don’t for get us

  44. AJ

    Gee, nothing like protecting your own and having a double-standard:
    If it’s true, that the cop, “also asked a female student to perform a sex act,” that would be solicitation of a minor….yet nothing happens? FL, I think you’re watching the wrong people!
    Maybe LEAs should be paying a little closer attention to their own, especially School Resource Officers.

    • kind of living

      @AJ ,,, good job man , its easy to see that there are 2 sets of rules and laws when it comes to the powers that be covering there own A$$’s as they ride with the flow of this bull crap if it just saves one

  45. Tired Of Hiding

    Just a heads up.

    I just received a voicemail from a detective at the sheriff’s station where I register. He informed me that “the state has a new form you are required to fill out. It will take about 5 minutes of your time. Please call me to set up an appointment.”

    So WTF is this?

    I called back to inquire and setup the appointment but naturally got his voicemail.

    I will post what this is about once he either returns my call or I actually go in to fill out this “new form”!

    Getting sick of this as my annual is next month so I really do not see what can’t wait 2 weeks for me to sign when I have to go in and do my other state required paperwork!! 🙁

    • David

      I wonder what’s to stop these ass-hats from creating a new form every few weeks that “you have to come in and fill out”? There’s one 290. Period. If they wish to amend that form, then let them go through all the required hoops and get it completed at each person’s annual. No new forms just because Joe Ass-Hat thinks it would be nifty!

      • Timmr

        I always ask them at my annual where the list we initial of what reads like probation conditions comes from. Does that list comes from 290 or the AG or where? They never know. They just say it comes from the state. And then they ask if you understand all those conditions, and if you don’t they will explain them to you They can’t even cite the authority behind the list. I don’t trust their forms or procedures. It’s bizarre.

    • David Kennerly, Thank you for not confusing me with John Wayne Gacy

      What state are you in?

    • James

      Geeze, what is my duty here?

      All of our dealings with the police are fraught with worry…and I don’t want to increase you anxiety…also, what state are you in? If CA, there should be nothing new…if in a different state this could be legitimate…

      Okay, I will take the leap to actual advice…whenever you go in, have a friend or a relative go with you or be on standby.

      I am sorry to have to say this…but my duty is to try to give helpful advice.

      Good luck and let us know what this is all about.

      I am seriously sorry to have to post this.

      Best Wishes, James

    • TG

      I got the same call, about a week after I went in for my annual registration.

      She explained that the California DOJ requires local agencies to inform us of our duty to register every 10 years. It was basically the same form to sign, and I didn’t have to talk to a detective. Very easy.

      maybe you can ask them if you can wait for your annual update?

      • Tired Of Hiding

        Ok, I did call back and got ahold of the detective. I did point out that my annual was in 2 weeks and I asked what the form was. He told me just what you were told. A form that they have us fill out every 10 years so HOPEFULLY this will be the LAST TIME I fill out that particular form!

        At any rate, when I pointed out that my annual was in 2 weeks he told me no problem to put it off and do it at that time.

        For those who asked this is in California West Hollywood specifically.

        • Timmr

          Did they cite a law or policy that authorized this form?

    • cool RC

      it could be a scam ASK for ID

    • Someone who cares

      Tired – probably another way to see if you provided the right phone number and get people in trouble (or at least try) since this is more BS. We were actually told about this so-called new form at our annual a couple of month ago. It is just 1 page and they said to just fill it out to the best of your knowledge. Still it could have waited until you have to go in anyways. And of course you would want to take care of it now because you just never know what bs they will come up with if you wait. But remember, it is NOT punishment.

    • Lake County

      If in CA, you’ve completed your annual requirement to register. If they forgot something, too bad on them. Tell them you’ll do it through the mail. If you’re on probation/parole, then you’ll need to just cooperate. If not, what charges could they place you with as long as you have your proof of registration. The only thing I know that’s new in CA is that they are being asked by CA DOJ to provide the missing information needed to update ML that they are required to post (conviction date and tier level). When they asked me about the new data they had to provide Sacramento, I just played dumb and let the officer figure it out for himself. If they don’t have the data, how can they expect me to remember the info after almost 20 years? Bunch of idiots.

      • Nondescript

        How can they just call you up and demand that you go down to the police station on their whim to help them out so they don`t get reprimanded by the DOJ?
        And why isn`t this form sent by certified mail?

        PC 290 does not require a registrant to have any further contact with law enforcement beyond the yearly in person re-registration ( with a few exceptions) Ridiculous.

      • David

        This might be the same form I was asked to complete a couple years ago. I was told it was because the State’s Registry was being audited, so they wanted to update any missing info. Ridiculous B.S.!

        • Timmr

          Update any missing info? What do I go down to the station for every year if not to do that. Sure looks like the clerk is checking the data on the computer. I can’t see the screen, maybe she was chatting on facebook the whole time.

  46. Chris F

    Regarding the issues mentioned on the government putting the SEX OFFENDER label on driver’s licenses, on passports, and making sex offenders announce their registration to enter a school…

    How is this not all challenged as Compelled Speech and the government having to meet Strict Scrutiny?

    Look at this:
    West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette32×
    32. 319 U.S. 624 (1943) (striking down a regulation requiring flag salutes by schoolchildren).
    and Wooley v. Maynard33×
    33. 430 U.S. 705 (1977) (striking down a requirement to display a state motto on license plates).

    “at the least . . . the State may compel speech only if necessary to prevent a grave and imminent danger.”

    When you add in the facts that we are a politically powerless class called out by name, invasion of privacy, right to raise children, Bill of Attainder, Substantive Due Process…etc…I don’t see how it survives a hearing.

    • AJ

      @Chris F
      Nice find, and you beat me to the punch! I’ve had “compelled speech” case law searches on my to-do list the last day or so, but lawn care took precedence. I’m going to have to read up on these, especially the license plate one.

    • AJ

      @Chris F
      How could you overlook the one in your own backyard? ( The vanity license plate SCOTUS decision would seem to align nicely with special driver’s license markings. This case also reference the Wooley v Maynard case.

      I’m still reading it, and already see that I’m going to have to bone up on “forum analysis” (i.e. what constitutes a public, limited public, or private forum). It does seem to point towards limits on government speech in such instances.

      • Chris F (@AJ)


        Nice find, I can’t believe I didn’t know about this in my own state!

        When I first read it, I agreed with the majority. After reading the dissenting opinion again, I am shocked that I’ve switch to agreeing with Alito, Roberts, Kennedy, and Scalia. I think that Texas plates stopped being government messages as soon as we went from a dozen or so obvious state messages, to over 350 messages that includes all types of organizations and their messages. At the point we are at now, the government is in the dangerous position of obviously pushing some groups opinions to all while not allowing some that it doesn’t agree with.

        The real solution, is to ditch the revenue generating specialty plates created by organizations, and limit them to just state slogans, state sports teams, and military related designs. The state has effectively created a small public highway billboard on each car, but is hand picking who may express their views. This is very bad policy and should not be what the government is in business for.

        Other than the Wooley v Maynard mention, the Texas license plate issue may not be relevant enough to us. The more relevant cases are the ones where you are forced to say a message by the government that you don’t believe in.

        I would think nothing fits that better than a mark in any form that indicates you are a “sex offender”, or telling you that you must declare to someone that you are a “sex offender”. That term is no longer just forcing you to provide true information, because the government itself (BOTH legislatures and Judges), through perpetuating false facts like “80% recidivism” and “frightening and high recidivism” makes it so those falsehoods are the definition of “Sex Offender” and that label is now completely incorrect. I refuse to tell a school administrator the false fact that I am a currently dangerous person that is highly likely to molest a child if I can lure them into being alone with me, but that is exactly what the government has turned the term “sex offender” into and is forcing us to say.

        I look forward to what else you can dig up!

        • AJ

          @Chris F
          I initially thought the TX SCV case would be helpful, but after a full reading of the opinion (haven’t done the dissent yet), it actually appears harmful. SCOTUS seems to be carving out a First Amendment exception for “government speech.” That’s a very scary, and IMHO dangerous, route to go. Justice Souter, in the 2009 Summum case, warned, “it would do well for us to go slow in setting its bounds, which will affect existing doctrine in ways not yet explored.” Indeed.

          I think what needs to be looked at is not the DL per se, but that it’s a State-issued ID. Were I able to get an ID from the State, separate from my DL, that has no marker on it, the problem would be solved. I cannot. Whether I get an ID or a DL, the State issues it with “sex offender on it.” IOW, the driving aspect is of little relevance.

          Taking that angle, the State is now mandating that I speak for them in every instance where I must positively identify myself via a State-issued picture ID (w/ or w/o driving credentials incorporated). They are effectively forcing me to publish most my ML information. However, unlike the State’s system of public notification (ML site), there is no disclaimer or warning about what’s to be inferred from the information, nor penalty for misuse of it. What specific interest does the State have in compelling this form of speech? The information is already readily available via the ML site, not to mention the various push notifications the State does to schools, online entities, etc. What public safety benefit is there when I am so identified in a one-on-one transaction? What need or value does the State maintain exists, given this information is only disseminated when I conduct business with a private or public entity? I try to be a devil’s advocate on things, but I cannot for my life find any rational State purpose or goal that isn’t already achieved elsewhere. The only explanation I can find is shaming.

          I feel as though I rambled a bit there. Apologies. Between watching the TDF and trying to read SCOTUS decisions, I’m a little off.

        • Chris F


          Don’t apologize, you weren’t rambling at all. Those are very good points.

          I think where the problem comes in, is the marker should be invalidated for numerous constitutional violations, but when they look at each one, one at a time, they can find ways to allow it. There should be a method where something gets a higher scrutiny due to the broad picture and not nibble at the problem one violation at a time.

          To an extent, it violates:

          Privacy – Obvious

          Substantive Due Process – You were never fairly judged to be a danger enough to warrant it

          Freedom of Speech – This is compelled speech to say something that you do not believe is true, that you are a “sex offender”, which the government has clearly stated is a person 80% likely to commit another sex crime and a present danger to society.

          Freedom of Association – You cannot participate in forums and clubs that ban sex offenders and check ID

          Separation of Powers – If you do need to let the public know you are a danger due to a crime, then that decision to place a restriction on you needs to come from a judge, not a legislature. It is the Judiciaries specified job to protect the public.

        • @AJ - DL stamp for more public shaming

          @AJ – three years ago, TN wanted to stamp SO on the DLs as you can read in the article below and why this particular Rep thought it was best. It really encapsulates reasoning why and from who before being rebuffed in the end.

          Tennessee Rep. Wants to Print “Sex Offender” in Red on Every Sex Offender’s Driver’s License

      • Chris F (@AJ)

        Wow….I have to include a section of this old gem from SCOTUS where “to prevent grave and immediate danger” came from:

        West Virginia State Bd. of Educ. v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)

        The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials, and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.

        Page 319 U. S. 639

        In weighing arguments of the parties, it is important to distinguish between the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment as an instrument for transmitting the principles of the First Amendment and those cases in which it is applied for its own sake. The test of legislation which collides with the Fourteenth Amendment, because it also collides with the principles of the First, is much more definite than the test when only the Fourteenth is involved. Much of the vagueness of the due process clause disappears when the specific prohibitions of the First become its standard. The right of a State to regulate, for example, a public utility may well include, so far as the due process test is concerned, power to impose all of the restrictions which a legislature may have a “rational basis” for adopting. But freedoms of speech and of press, of assembly, and of worship may not be infringed on such slender grounds. They are susceptible of restriction only to prevent grave and immediate danger to interests which the State may lawfully protect. It is important to note that, while it is the Fourteenth Amendment which bears directly upon the State, it is the more specific limiting principles of the First Amendment that finally govern this case.

  47. mike r

    Hey maybe people can email or contact the following organization in support of my request for legal assistance.
    Legal Intake Administrative Assistant
    Alliance Defending Freedom

    This is what I sent them in reply to their email stating it is out of the scope of their organization.

    You do realize that families are being separated where parents and grandparents cannot live with their children, cannot participate in the upbringing or school and extracurricular activities, including activities such as attending religous services? These people cannot attend churches or other places of worship, and are being forced to live under bridges and along railroad tracks in squalor conditions all across the country and have no way of improving their situations or getting relief for as long as they live; most of the time for relatively minor offenses. The laws are so draconian that Canada has refused to extradite a person who has been accused of sex offenses against minors because of the human rights violations that are occurring in this country. This is a freedom of religion issue as well as over a million children’s well being and religious interests issue. These laws are directly affecting marriages and families and effecting the sanctity of well over a million people in this country. Please investigate these issues before making a determination that this is not in the scope of your organization and please don’t simply disregard this as a first impression case of we will not represent sex offenders. These laws go far beyond just those criminal charged or convicted of crimes. These laws effect the lives of all the family members, especially the children’s lives as well as familial ties and religous freedoms and the sanctity of life.
    Thank you very much for your time.


    • AJ

      @mike r
      To my knowledge, the ADF pursues cases where (Christian) religious freedoms are denied or abridged (or at least perceived to be). I can see why it would be outside their scope. Likewise First Liberty out of TX.

  48. AJ

    Re: shaming on State IDs.
    I wonder what SCOTUS would say about them now? In Smith, they said, “[p]unishments such as whipping, pillory, and branding inflicted physical pain and staged a direct confrontation between the offender and the public. Even punishments that lacked the corporal component, such as public
    shaming, humiliation, and banishment, involved more than the dissemination of information. They either held the person up before his fellow citizens for face-to-face shaming or expelled him from the community. []” Hmm, face-to-face shaming…kind of like when I hand over my ID to whomever requires it. How big of a public forum must it be for it to be shaming? I would say that even though I am only “held up…before [my] fellow citizens” one at a time, it’s a chronic, unending display. Is 100 people all at once better or worse than 1 person at a time for 100 times?

    They went on to say, “[o]ur system does not treat dissemination of truthful information in furtherance of a legitimate governmental objective as punishment.” What is the legitimate governmental objective of having it on the ID?If it’s for the public safety claim, they have a problem: I have exclusive control over the “public safety information” on my ID. Only when and if I choose to display the information is the “public” given “safety information.” That would be a little late, were I a risk, and certainly flies in the face of the stated intent of letting the public safeguard themselves. Safeguarding requires advance, not instantaneous, information and knowledge.

    Later, “[o]ur criminal law tradition insists on public indictment, public trial, and public imposition of sentence.” Oh, you mean like pillories and branding, such as on an ID?

    And then, “[i]n contrast to the colonial shaming punishments, however, the State does not make the publicity and the resulting stigma an integral part of the objective of the regulatory scheme.” They do in today’s world, SCOTUS! Publicity and stigma via the stamp on my ID. Stigma via not being able to go to schools, libraries, parks, etc. Publicity and stigma via a sign posted on public property in an Arkansas town. Stigma by both ostracism and banishment. It’s ALL about publicity and stigma, SCOTUS.

  49. anonymous in lala land

    The few ruin life for the many. I just read my local newspaper and found out that a local listed sex offender was just captured after raping, kidnapping and stealing his victims car. The victim’s car was later found not too far from my house. The only reason he was caught is because his DNA was already in the 290 database and it was found on the victim. The police got the DNA results and identified him quickly. I have left out any details of this story or location so I won’t be helping get additional media attention on this crime. It’s this type of person that makes me worried that any reforms we hope to get just can’t happen as long as a few of these repeat violent offenders exist. 🙁

    • AJ

      Details aside, this case really isn’t much different than the repeat-DUI driver who continues to drive, drunk no less, despite the State “regulating” him/her by revoking the driver’s license. There is not a law in the world that can stop someone from doing an act if they don’t care what the repercussions are. That’s true of murder, DUI, sex offending, tax evasion, etc.

      It’s cases like this that reinforce the need to be brutally honest that yes, some people who have sexually offended will re-offend, and those people deserve higher scrutiny. But that doesn’t hardly justify the huge amount of “bycatch” the registry has. It’s also a good time to stress the importance of evaluation during the judicial process as a preventive measure, instead of trying to do it retroactively through “regulation.”

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