New Zealand considers striking down civil commitment: Human rights test case for post-sentence detention and restrictions

[stuff.co.nz – 2/2/21] A public safety law potentially amounting to a life sentence, was double-punishment for past crimes, the Court of Appeal has been told. A rare “full bench” of five judges was hearing a test case on Tuesday about the rights of mostly sex offenders who had finished their sentences but were still subject to restrictions, including three detained on prison grounds indefinitely under public protection orders. But the case was also about the hundreds of people under extended supervision orders after their sentences because they were believed to…

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IA: Arizona man who threatened Iowa lawmakers sentenced

[ap.org – 2/1/21] DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Arizona man who threatened to shoot Iowa lawmakers over his frustration with a failed attempt to change Iowa’s sex offender registry law has been sentenced to five years in prison. ____, also identified as ____ in court records, was sentenced Friday in Des Moines’ federal court, the Des Moines Register reported. ____was arrested in December 2019 and convicted by a jury in September of interstate communication of a threat. ____sent emails to state Sen. Herman Quirmbach saying he was “angry enough…

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