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MO: Sex offender laws in effect for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and parents may be wondering what laws are in effect in order to keep your kids safe when it comes to sex offenders. Full Article

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  1. AlexO

    I find it hilarious that something that is supposed to very much protect children only applies to people under certain conditions that has nothing to do with the underlying crime, ie when they were convicted.

    Being convicted a day after a certain law takes effect doesn’t make the person any more or less dangerous. This is legaleze BS at its finest.

    • AJ

      Gee, if it’s regulatory, and not punitive, what prohibits them from making it apply across the board? Maybe because it *is* punitive? Good thing they have this nonsensical, waste of a law on the books. Oh well, at least some LEOs are lining their pockets with overtime money for absolutely no reason.

      • AlexO

        Right? They seem to be treating it partly as punitive when they can only apply certain portions of it based on conviction date, while at the same time not dismantling the whole thing for those post supervision because they technically don’t have to as it’s “regulatory”. If Janice or anyone on her team could somewhat explain the semantics of this, I’d love to hear it and understand it. This almost seems worse than simply making it all a blanket for everyone.

  2. Tired of this

    There has not been a single instance of a registrant ever having molested a trick-or-treater. Not one I’ve ever heard of, anyway. Yet, literally every year, kids out on Halloween night are injured or killed by drunk drivers. But that’s not as scary and newsworthy as having boogeymen to fear, is it?

    • AlexO

      “Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true!” –Homer Simpson

  3. TS

    Um, if the exterior light is off, how are you going to read a sign posted on the door that says no candy here? A flashlight, lighter or glow stick maybe? Normally you don’t go to doors with no light on.

    Just asking for the dimwitted politician who thought his/her lightbulb idea worked, but forget it was not on in the first place.

    • TS

      Also, requiring a sign on their front door can be considered “forced speech” and a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Right to Freedom of Speech…credit to David for this from the other posting here on Halloween fears

      Forcing an illegal sign by law to be posted with no light on to be read seems like a politicians grand scheme and a liability for the renter/home owner.

    • AJ

      Were I required to post a sign, I would read the law to see what the criteria are. If it doesn’t say a certain font size, then make it small text. If it doesn’t say a certain font type, then make it one that’s tough to read. If it doesn’t say anything about contrast or brightness, make it low contrast and a light coloration. Of note, courts have long ruled that if a law includes some criteria but not others, that shows will intent by the legislature not to regulate the omitted items. In this case, were the law to mandate the size of the sign and nothing else, a court may well say the legislature didn’t care about anything but dimension, so the rest is up to the sign creator.

      • TS

        Well said AJ, what does the law actually say and what is the spirit (no pun intended) or intent of it can be fulfilled many ways.

      • lovewillprevail

        And if the law does not say what language the sign should be in, then make it in some foreign language. You are still in compliance…

        • AJ

          I never considered the language aspect. Very nice! I’m guessing there’s not a Halloween ordinance in the country that addresses what language.

  4. G4Change

    This is what happens when you don’t have Janice, Chance, or ACSOL in a state. The same crap that’s overturned and thrown out in other states still applies in this SH**HOLE state because there is NOBODY doing F***ALL about anything in Missouri!!!!!
    For everyone in CA, you need to thank your lucky stars you have ACSOL.

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