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IL: Judge Throws Book At Serial Offender After 2 Investigators Report

A stunning about face: A Cook County judge on Thursday who had found a defendant not guilty of a sex crime has now ordered him to register as a sex offender as part of a stiff, 30-year sentence. …

“Though insufficient to establish guilt,” Judge Hill said, “the evidence is sufficient to meet the lower threshold of proof for purposes of the Sex Offender Registration Act.” Full Article

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  1. Chris F

    Perhaps he deserves it, but I’m not sure the judge is right that he can increase the sentence by adding sex offender registration.

    The judge says:

    “Though insufficient to establish guilt,” Judge Hill said, “the evidence is sufficient to meet the lower threshold of proof for purposes of the Sex Offender Registration Act.”

    While case law appears to say he can’t, unless something has replaced this:

    Beginning in Apprendi,
    60 the Supreme Court held that, under the Sixth Amendment,
    “[o]ther than the fact of a prior conviction, any fact that increases the penalty for a crime beyond
    the prescribed statutory maximum must be submitted to a jury, and proved beyond a reasonable
    doubt.”61 In Blakely v. Washington,
    62 the Supreme Court applied Apprendi to a state sentencing
    procedure that, like the federal sentencing guidelines, called for judges to find certain facts and,
    based on those judge-found facts, to impose a sentence within a prescribed mandatory range.
    As the Court explained, “the ‘statutory maximum’ for Apprendi purposes is the maximum
    sentence a judge may impose solely on the basis of the facts reflected in the jury verdict or
    admitted by the defendant. In other words, the relevant ‘statutory maximum’ is not the
    maximum sentence a judge may impose after finding additional facts, but the maximum he may
    impose without any additional findings.”64 The Court held that the state sentencing procedure
    violated the Sixth Amendment because it required the sentencing court to impose a sentence that
    it could not have imposed based on the jury’s findings alone.65

    • TS

      I did not think the Judge could either @Chris F and have to believe this will be appealed since he’s basing sentencing on something he was acquitted of to make a point. But, it is IL and they don’t exactly have a stellar track record with these things….

      • kind of living

        I don’t care if he was arrested 1000 times , that has nothing to do with sticking him on the registry if there was no finding of guilt of a sex offence . if being an dumb ass can put you on the registry , I can easily point out some Gov’t official’s that fit that bill of goods , not to mention the horrific crimes that Judges as well as Prosecutors get away with for their entire career’s with little to no PUNISHMENT , I love how they point out that this is a “Presents” like this is the coolest thing since the constitution its self , a giant feat for man kind , lol , fact of the matter is ,that it shows how judges make up law as they go , it makes really hard for me to feel sorry for the victim , Sweet Polly purebred , I wonder if she even has an idea the filth she was rubbing elbows with saying they really care about her . I hope she never runs into the wrong LEO and dose some screwed up crap to her , only to find out the same judge /prosecutor will just sweep her complaints off , which happens more and more each year , no presents in that

  2. Nicholas Maietta

    So the bar for proof is lower to force someone to register, than the proof that is needed to find a person guilty? DId I understand that right?

    We already live in country that a simple accusation of a sex crime causes a person to completely lose the ability to foster a child forever. What’s next?

    • Timothy Moore

      Yeah, it is looking like the novel 1984 and the Anti Sex League. It is very interesting that Orwell recognized sixty years ago what a powerful tool sex can be in controlling the population. I wonder if he knew about the California SO registry in effect just before his book was published?

    • AJ

      “What’s next?” Good question. Man’s inhumanity to man seems to know no limit.

      “More inhumanity has been done by man himself than any other of nature’s causes.” –Samuel von Pufendorf (gotta love the quote, just for the guy’s last name!)

  3. DavidH

    Needless to say there is nothing pretty about what the guy did! That said–I just dont understand where these incredibly long prison sentences come from!! I saw nothing anyone couldn’t get over.I’m not trying to minimize his disgusting behavior, but honestly 30 years???

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