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CA: Old age not reason enough to release sex offender, state court rules

[sfchronicle.com – 3/16/21]

Earl _____ has had multiple convictions for child molesting, the last one in 1988. After being held for 20 years in a state mental hospital awaiting a verdict on whether he should be confined as a “sexually violent predator,” _____  argued that, at age 74, and with no record of violence for many decades, he is too old to be dangerous.

A state appeals court was unpersuaded.

“While a person may ‘slow down’ with age, it does not necessarily follow that interest in sexual deviancy slows down. … ‘Old age,’ standing alone, does not relieve a person from SVP commitment,” the Second District Court of Appeal in Ventura said Tuesday in upholding a trial judge’s decision to keep Hoffman in the hospital.

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Ventura’s a pretty republican county isn’t it? We’ll see what the Supreme Court has to say about this one.

The Second District located is in Los Angeles but it hears cases from Ventura County.

Republican or Democrat has almost nothing to do with it. Both parties have made it abundantly clear they’ll use the registry and those on it for political gain. We’re in one of the most liberal states in the nation and have some of the harshest laws. We should NEVER expect Democrats to be more supportive of our rights, they’re simply not.

Is it just me or there’s been a lot more sympathetic press towards the issue lately?

I can’t remember mainstream news outlets sounding this even handed.

So basically they’re treating this guy like Charles Manson and they’re low-key admitting in the affirmative that punishment is the intent. Okay then..

The phrase ‘not necessarily’ stands out to me.
So they assume a multiple murder won’t kill again if paroled, but a 74 yr old ‘might’ act out again, and isn’t to be trusted, assuming the cause of his actions are still present. So what if that mass murderer still has others on his list. Every person on this planet ‘might or might not ‘ do something. A completely arbitrary argument.

Justice reform is happening in LA with George Gascon. Next year, a new DA will be elected in OC. Peter Hardin will be running and like Gascon, he looks to change the way things are done in OC.

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