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MI: Lawmakers ordered to revise the Sex Offender Registry Act

A U.S. district court judge is giving Michigan lawmakers 90 days to change the state’s sex offender registry law, almost three years after it was first ruled unconstitutional by federal appeals court.

U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland issued an order that the law must be changed on Thursday.

The ruling stems from an August 2016 decision by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati which found that Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry Act was unconstitutional. Full Article

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  1. Don’t tread on me

    6 days until the deadline. The legislature isn’t back in session until the 20th. This might get interesting
    http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2019-2020/sessionschedule/House/pdf/2019-hss-1.pdf

    • Ann

      Yeah, they’re only in session for three days. They are barely working all month. But according to the ACLU, they’re making A LOT of progress. Looks to me like someone is lying to us. How can you make progress when they aren’t even at work most days? I hope the judge has this same calendar in front of him, and asks the same freaking question. Sometimes I feel like the ACLU has their own agenda, and it’s not necessarily what’s best for all of us. The longer they drag this out, the more fees they can rack up at the state’s expense. They aren’t doing this for free folks. So there is no incentive for them to do anything BUT ask the judge for an extension. And when that extension runs out, they’ll ask for another one. And where does that really help any of us?

      • Josh

        1.2 million as of the conference call a month ago from the state of Michigan in legal fees to the Aclu….money talks

        • Joe

          @Ann,Josh, The ACLU still has to pay their attorneys, and the 1.2 million they got awarded from the state might not cover it all. Ann, if you listen to the conference call on July 8th you will get a good understanding of what the ACLU is doing and how it works, I don’t believe the delays are a money grab or profit scheme for the ACLU or anyone else. Shelly does a great job of explaining what’s going on. I’ve listened to the conference call four times and will probably listen to it a couple more. I’m looking forward to more updates that will be out this week.

      • A

        Comments like this are not ok. It is alright to feel frustrated and express that about the slowness with which our judicial and legislative processes flow, but the ACLU has put in enormous effort to help, they should be thanked and praised.

      • @Ann

        Hi Ann. Michigan ACLU is really fighting incredible battles all the time against a out of control government that doesn’t seem to care much about hurting people.

        Almost the same group of lawyers have been fighting to literally try to save lives.

        Here is a really incredibly sad story of a recent battle they are engaged in.

        https://www.newsweek.com/jimmy-aldaoud-dies-after-deported-iraq-detroit-1453236

        I have spoken to many of the ACLU lawyers often in Michigan and the registry would be gone today if it was up to them. They don’t like the registry.

        They get a lot of press in Michigan and recently also are battling Michigan prison abuse, mass incarceration, poor prison diet and health care.

        Both parties in Michigan don’t mind hurting families with useless registry requirements that behind the scenes agree the registry is ineffective and destroys families.

        It’s very easy to get discouraged with the registry because it wears you down over decades.

        Miriam Aukerman Is a main lawyer here in Michigan fighting for us and she graduated from Yale. The ACLU is a non profit so they can only get court costs and lawyer fees. They can’t sue for huge damages. She is one of Michigan’s top lawyers in the state and if she went into the private sector she would be a multi millionaire very quickly. She fights because she believes it’s the right thing to do. All the people fighting for us are fighting because it’s the right thing to do. I wish our politicians could be more courageous.

        They do read this board. The Oliver law group is a private law firm also fighting. So is the U of M law clinic. Lots of people have gone to war for us. On our behalf. It doesn’t make life any easier fighting for us. They don’t get more popular or wealthy.

        Thank you for those that fight on my behalf and my families behalf. Thank you for fighting for others. The government is trying to wear them down.

        • E

          Hear hear! Well said. Michigan seems to have tremendous resources aligned (compared to most states), and is seeing some incremental changes. With Janice and Chance, so is California. With Gail C’s team (FAC), so is FL. Seems the lesson here is to find/empower/pray for such leaders in every state.

        • Hopeful in Michigan

          Thank you to the ACLU, the U of M Law Clinic, the Oliver Law group and anyone else out there for giving us ALL hope.

  2. Wendell Smith

    I am confused by all of this. I was, by the judge in Wisconsin, specifically told that I would NOT be on the SOR, that, “the community does NOT need to be protected from you.” Yet, due to an “administrative rule”, when they transferred my probation to Michigan, I was told AFTER THE FACT that moving to MI to complete probation places me automatically on the SOR. Then, when I wanted to return to WI to be closer to my kids and grandkids, I was told that I would have to be a lifetime registrant in Wisconsin because I was on the SOR in Michigan. I don’t know what to do at this point. I’m NOT assigned to it in Wisconsin, but will be on it if I return. I’m on it in Michigan because of this “administrative rule”. How does any of this affect me?

    Any information would be appreciated.

  3. Wendell Smith

    I need ONE SOURCE for updates. What is that source as we go forward?

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