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IL: Appellate court reverses sex offender registration conviction

An Illinois appeals court reversed a man’s conviction after he was accused of failing to register as a sex offender.

The Fifth District Appellate Court, in reversing former judge John Baricevic, found the state did not provide enough evidence that ____ had to continually register as a sexual offender on the date of his offense. Prosecutors conceded there was no indication if Kitterman’s imprisonment or subsequent conviction changed the required registration date.

The three-judge panel ruled ____, who represented himself, proved the the Sexual Offender Registration Act (SORA) requires the offender to meet the registration responsibilities on the date of the incident. Full Article

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  1. mike r

    Imagine that, another pro se……

  2. mike r

    I love this, a perfect example of the power of the Pro Se litigant who is not afraid to take it upon themselves to fight their own battle. This should be inspirational for all and strengthens my argument that we as individual citizens have to, and are required to as Americans, to take back “OUR” courts………….

    • Chris F

      Exactly Mike R.

      I have employed myself, and heard numerous stories about, lawyers representing sex offenders that provided very poor representation that probably should have been criminal itself.

      Lawyers are like everyone else. They are driven by money and their reputation with friends, family, and work colleagues. When they take on a sex offender case, many often talk a good talk at first and make lots of false promises and try to appear to be your best friend. When it comes down to the final hour, they don’t lose any sleep over letting a sex offender get sent away. Most brag about it.

      There are a few exceptions like Janice and a few others we’ve heard about on here. Those are the exceptions to the norm.

      Nobody is going to do the amount of research and fighting needed to win your argument than you yourself. Sure, there are some bad Pro-Se cases out there and they can hurt it for the rest of us. Those didn’t do their research and maybe weren’t even capable of it and probably should have taken chances with a lawyer. However, those out there with the stamina and intelligence to research and understand need to do so. I’ve read way too many bad outcomes of cases argued by experienced lawyers where they argued the wrong part of the Constitution or failed to bring up the arguments that have made a difference in similar cases. Even good lawyers don’t have enough hours to research what need to be researched to win a case. Unless you are Bill Cosby, the lawyer probably has other cases to work too.

      It just doesn’t make any sense for an individual to not take some control of their own destiny and instead blindly trust someone that is taking money from them. They say fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Well, it took me being fooled 3 or 4 times before I realized nobody can look out for you like you.

      • mike r

        Two or three times, ouch. I would say LOL but that crap aint even funny. I’ve been screwed twice, once way back when I got a dui in about 1994 and then in my case. The fact that the court intimidated me into not representing myself in my original case still kills me today but live and learn. I just cannot see how anyone with even a hint of intelligence would not put in the effort to rectify their own situations. Shi*(&^* I think this is more important than a job even almost and most definitely more important than just about anything else in life to get off the registry but yet no one wants to put in the time to fight for their liberties. I think Pro Se is very powerful for a multitude of reasons including what you stated about having a stake in the game but also that you have leniency in the court and can throw the opposition off kilter to where they are scratching their heads trying to figure out how to argue against someone that is unorthodox-ed and think outside the box instead of just what was taught in law school. Lawyers stick to the precedents and are afraid to take chances or argue real issues just because there is precedents against it. There are lots of other reasons as well. My court appearances so far have been an extremely positive experience and when the first thing out of the judges mouth is how much respect they have for what you are doing and how much courage it takes to step into a court environment and challenge Goliath was really cool. Then to have the judge ream on the AG like she did in both hearings so far was really satisfying to see the shoe kind of on the other foot. I know I just want justice out of this but to watch a state AG squirm is pretty rewarding. LOL…I can just imagine how that feels for the Pro Se in the case here that won like that. It must of been really satisfying for the dude to fight and win his own battle. Anyways, I hope people start feeling they can win and that individuals like that and myself are working to take back OUR courts, I cannot stress that OUR enough. They are OUR courts and these people are OUR servants not the other way around. The Gov is supposed to be created for us and not for itself and people have to stand up for their rights or they do not even really deserve them. That is our contribution to our country man, screw taxes, elections, contributions thru work or whatever, the most important contribution that an American can give to their country is to fight and preserve our constitutional foundations. That is my opinion and you know what they say. Everyone has one so take it for what it’s worth. Just like the quotes on my site state.
        “The duty of a true patriot is to protect his country from the government.” Thomas Paine.
        “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill.
        “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” – John Green.
        And one of my favorites.
        Benjamin Franklin once said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
        I think there should be a statement:
        “Those who are mentally competent and capable whom refuse to fight to the death for their Freedom and Liberty deserve neither.” Michael Richardson.

        • E

          You’re an inspiration, Mike. Thanks for your leadership on this. I, for one, am watching you closely and rooting for you like crazy.

  3. mike r

    Thanks E, I appreciate your support….We should be having a decision on the AGs partial motion to dismiss any day now. Like I stated I am thinking about filing a motion for summary judgement in state court as well. I still believe it is a slam dunk in CA with the Taylor decision setting the bar for rational basis review….

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