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MA: Sex offenders have access to kids on Halloween

[bostonherald.com – 10/7/18]

Sex offenders are forbidden under state law from driving an ice cream truck, but they can hand out all the candy they want on Halloween in what one child advocate is calling a risky oversight.

“Halloween is like Christmas for sex offenders,” said attorney Wendy Murphy.

“They know they’ll have lots of access to kids and that they can’t get in trouble even though they’re required to stay away from children.”

Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas all have “no candy” laws that ban sex offenders from handing out treats on Halloween.

In Florida, sex offenders out on parole cannot hand out candy or wear costumes on Halloween night.

Both California and New York have similar laws that allow police to perform unannounced visits to sex offenders’ homes on Halloween night, Oct. 31.

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Related links:

MA: Fearmongering Article Falsely Claims ‘Halloween Is Christmas for Sex Offenders’ [reason.com – 10/9/18]

 

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Um…do murderers have access to kids on Halloween? Can murderers drive ice cream trucks, go to the park, library, or their child school? So if I understand correctly, murderers are ok, sex offenders are the worst of the worst. What about an adult who killed a child out of hate? Can they give out candy, go to schools, etc.?

The real “monsters” are the lawmakers. THEY are the ones that manufacture outrage and fabricate unwarranted fear. Too bad they don’t have “access” to common sense.

I’m going to try to get in touch with the moron who wrote the article and the idiot attorney attorney Wendy Murphy.

From his contact page: If you have a news tip, or a comment, send an email to joed@bostonherald.com or call 617-619-6493.

From her contact page: To learn more or to have Wendy present a lecture, please email her at wmurphy@nesl.edu or call 617-422-7410.

This is what I wrote to them, I’ll be emailing Wendy as well: Re: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2018/10/sex_offenders_have_access_to_kids_on_halloween CC: Massachusetts Senator Bruce Tarr Attorney Janice Bellucci Boston Herald Newspaper ACSOL (Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws) NARSOL (National Association of Rational Sex Offense Laws) FAC (Florida Action Committee) WAR (Women Against Registry) Good Day Joe, I understand that you are one of the editors at Boston Herald, which is the go-to newspaper that informs Boston’s nearly 700,000 citizens. Your article was brought to my attention by a non-profit group which helps families reestablish their lives after being harmed by unconstitutional laws. I had… Read more »

@Joe123 Bravo and a standing ovation to you!

Dang, dude. HAT OFF. will copy and paste this for reference and future use!

I forwarded the email thread to her as well, thanks for the info!

If this is true maybe the Accusers should cite some real data. This all BS used to feed the media frenzy. Really , Sex offenders are what going to lure kids in their home with Candy? If the public is so worried then chaperone your children. Gotta Love Fake News!

Because it was a little difficult to follow in the General Comments threads, I’m going to post the links relating to a possible defamation suit against Wendy Murphy and the newspaper. Note that the subtitle to the article is “No Mass. law to stop monsters with candy.” Defamation of Groups or Individual Members Can I defame a group or class of people? https://www.minclaw.com/legal-resource-center/what-is-defamation/defamation-groups-members/ Publishing Information that Harms Another’s Reputation http://www.dmlp.org/legal-guide/publishing-information-harms-anothers-reputation Can i get in trouble for posting sex offenders addresses on public forum https://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/can-i-get-in-trouble-for-posting-sex-offenders-add-1938220.html Answer: “If you are re-posting this information from the government’s sex offender web site, you will… Read more »

“like Christmas for sex offenders?” You’ve got to be kidding me! Wendy Murphy is obviously campaigning for more clients or to become the DA or something along those lines, and Joe Dwinell must be her campaign manager. What a bunch of garbage! And shame on you Boston Herald for publishing this!

Wendy Murphy is an insignificant anti-SO Nazi who had a little bit of spotlight when the Duke Lacrosse team was falsely accused of sexual assault. She sided with the accuser and repeatedly claims there is no such thing as a false accusation. You’ll have better luck convincing her she’s a 9-legged, cross-bred alien hippo than you will that her opinions regarding sex offenses and registrants are misguided.

Pretty sure nearly anyone with a little knowledge would shred her in an honest debate. Equally sure she would never agree to participate in such a debate.

Wendy Murphy???? Give me a break. I cant believe they are talking to that irrelevent, no talent hack. She needs to go crawl back unde her rock and spare us her ignorrance.

I added some comments at the source article. Please do the same.

What would that article look like if there were 100 comments following it that condemned it?

How about 500? 1,000? There are easily enough of us. Easily. It should be an avalanche.

Just wondering, how many thousands of children have been sexually assaulted on Halloween by a Registered Person?

Or hundreds?

Or dozens?

Or count with fingers on one hand?

Someone must have this extremely significant figure to justify this article. Right?

I will be emailing a long, brass, letter to the editor, the Boston Herald, and all of the groups such as NARSOL, A4CSOL, WAR, FAC and possibly a MA state senator. Everyone will be CCed. I’m not going to let this Bullshit slide. I’m getting really fed up with the endless harassment of people and their families. These bastards propogating the myths and scare mongering need to face jail time.

As far as I know, and this was backed up by an attorney I know, there has never been a child sexually assaulted by a person on the registry giving out candy on Halloween. Definitely not ever in California. So Wendy Murphy like all the fear and hate mongers is a little of with her demagoguery stats.

And while Ms. Murphy is out there crusading against this imagined threat, I see news stories year after year of numerous kids getting hurt and killed while out trick-or-treating by drunk drivers and other motorists who didn’t see them. For someone supposedly championing the cause of child safety, she’s awfully silent on these real, actual, well-documented dangers to kids out on Halloween.

I’m guessing she has political aspirations.

In TN not only is it CANDY that the authorities think will lure kids to the home of registrants, they also have a
ban on outside and inside Fall Decorations!
Has any kid ever been so taken with a decorative fall wreath and mums on the porch that they just couldn’t resist?
These laws keep getting squirrelier and squirrelier! When will it end?????????

“Squirrelier” is too nice of a word, LOL. Better words are: idiotic, illegal, immoral, anti-American.

I added some comments at the source article. Please do the same.

What would that article look like if there were 100 comments following it that condemned it?

How about 500? 1,000? There are easily enough of us. Easily. It should be an avalanche.

The problem is that 5 times more people read the headline than read the body of the article. So what do most people see in big bold type? Sex offenders have access to kids on Halloween No Mass. law to stop monsters with candy And that is all they will see and remember. If anyone actually reads the body all the way through (and most will not) they likely do not read the comments. Even if they read the comments, they likely don’t read all of them. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been commenting where I thought it counted for… Read more »

WRONG
Both California and New York have similar laws that allow police to perform unannounced visits to sex offenders’ homes on Halloween night, Oct. 31.

NEW YORK HAS THIS FOR PAROLEES AND CERTAIN PROBATIONERS ONLY

Interesting. But why do they even need a law? I expect that probably in any state that LE can make unannounced visits any time that they like. And I know they do all over the place. That is precisely why every Registered Person should have their homes inaccessible to LE always. Don’t allow them to get close to you. Anywhere.

@nylevel1: @Will Allen is exactly right. Neither NY nor CA, nor any other State, needs a law “allowing” it. See KY v. King (https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/563/452/): ***** When law enforcement officers who are not armed with a warrant knock on a door, they do no more than any private citizen might do. And whether the person who knocks on the door and requests the opportunity to speak is a police officer or a private citizen, the occupant has no obligation to open the door or to speak. [] When the police knock on a door but the occupants choose not to respond… Read more »

@AJ

I have wondered recently about the knock and talk you describe here in relation to using a locked screendoor vs an apartment frontdoor where no screendoor is possible. Using a locked screendoor should allow one to talk but does maintain the inability for LE to enter.

However, what about the other with no screendoor?

TS (October 12, 2018): You can open your door to talk to LE and that does not mean at all that you are giving them permission to enter your home. However, if they see, smell, hear, or whatever, anything that is illegal or a problem, they can bust in. And they might just say they smelled or saw something, just to bust in. Best to avoid the possibility completely. The worse case is that a person has a front door that cannot be blocked for whatever reason. For those people, I think they should simply tell LE that they won’t… Read more »

@Will Allen

Thank you. Talking to them through a chained door then is ok (which is not technically open and must be busted open to further any LE advance into the house) when a screen door is not possible.

@TS: Once again, @Will Allen is spot on and I wholly agree. Aside from their seeing/smelling/hearing something that creates an exigent circumstance (whether or not something was truly seen/smelled/heard being debatable and suspect), they’re like vampires: they can’t enter (i.e. break the plane of the threshold) in any way unless invited (further comparison to being life- and blood-sucking inhumans is left for others). Personally, I would not given them any opportunity to let them see into my residence. You could perhaps speak to them through a slightly open window, but that then allows them to look through the window into… Read more »

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