NY: Unhoused NY sex offenders can’t be convicted for having no address

Source: courthousenews.com 2/3/23 MANHATTAN — A New York appeals court overturned an unhoused man’s conviction for failing to verify his address every 90 days as requested by the state’s Sex Offender Registration Act. The law is unconstitutional when applied to homeless defendants who lack an address, as it deprives them of due process. Read the full article and the text of the ruling  

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SC: Inmate killed at Richland jail by other inmates, sheriff says many cells don’t lock

Source: msn.com 2/3/23 Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says five inmates are responsible for attacking and killing another inmate inside the county jail last week. Lott held a news conference Friday where he gave new details in the death of 29-year-old Antonious Randolph. Randolph was found unresponsive inside a cell at the jail on January  27, six days after his arrested on sexual assault and kidnapping charges.  Lott said five inmates–including two who were there on charges of murder–schemed and plotted an attack on Randolph with the intent to kill…

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ACSOL Board Member Publishes Updated Version of Important Book

ACSOL board member Alex Landon, who has been a criminal defense attorney for more than 40 years and is also a part-time law professor, has just published an updated version of an important book, “A Parallel Universe.”  The updated version of the book includes six new chapters including a robust discussion of the Tiered Registry Law. “Once again, Alex Landon and his co-author Elaine Halleck have captured a vivid picture of how and why registries came about as well as how registries continue to punish both registrants and their families,”…

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CA: Armie Hammer breaks silence on sexual abuse allegations: ‘I used people’

Source: theguardian.com 2/4/23  Armie Hammer gave his first interview since the beginning of 2021, when multiple sexual misconduct and abuse allegations were made against the actor, saying all the encounters involved were consensual while acknowledging he was emotionally abusive in his relationships. “I had a very intense and extreme lifestyle,” Hammer told Air Mail, a digital newsletter. “I would scoop up these women, bring them into it – into this whirlwind of travel and sex and drugs and big emotions flying around – and then as soon as I was…

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VT: At what point redemption?

Source: manchesterjournal.com 2/3/23 BENNINGTON — There’s a case making its way through the halls of the Bennington Superior Courthouse that touches on all the things that our criminal justice system is designed to accomplish. The case hinges on what happens to people convicted of crimes who serve their time and stay out of trouble. It begs certain questions: When has someone paid enough for a crime committed long ago? What if years pass and that 17-year-old kid becomes a husband and father of young children, a productive member of society,…

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MN: Court ruling could speed up release process for state’s sex offender program

Source: cbsnews.com 2/1/23 MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that civilly committed people must be transferred to a community program within a reasonable amount of time after the request is made. According to court documents, the Minnesota Commitment Appeals Panel ordered two patients in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) to be transferred to Community Preparation Services (CPS). The two patients in the case claim the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services and the Executive Director of the MSOP violated their due process rights by delaying transfer…

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Janice’s Journal: Judge Rejects DA’s “Because We Can” Argument

Just a few months ago, I wrote a column about a deputy District Attorney (DA) who stated that he was objecting to a registrant’s petition “because we can.”  At the time of writing that column, I stated that I was shaken to my core due to this flippant response which was not based in law, but instead was based in hubris.  Today that deputy DA and hopefully his boss learned an important lesson.  That is, DA’s who object to a petition “because they can” will lose in court.  The hearing…

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ACSOL Survey: Was your California Governor’s pardon application or tiered registry petition denied after you paid an attorney to file it?

ASCOL wants to hear from registrants in California who have paid or considered paying attorneys for: Application for a gubernatorial (Governor’s) pardon; Petition for termination from the sex offender registry when you are assigned to Tier 3 or otherwise ineligible for removal; or Evaluating your eligibility for a pardon application or tiered registry petition when you are assigned to Tier 3 or otherwise ineligible for removal.  It appears that California attorneys sometimes advertise and/or charge large amounts for these services when there is little or no chance for success.  ACSOL…

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ACSOL Action Alert: Comment online TODAY (Jan 31) to oppose Iowa bill HF77, which forces registrants who have completed their registration requirements to renew their registration requirements

All registrants nationwide, and especially Iowa registrants and supporters, please act today to oppose Iowa bill HF77. We must do this TODAY, before its hearing TOMORROW, February 1! As you can see by this link, it says, “requiring sex offenders whose registration requirements have expired to reregister, and making penalties applicable”. This would make lifetime registration for all registrants! Please be a warrior for justice to help our fellow Iowa registrants! It’s easy. Click here to make a quick comment today to oppose this cruel, vindictive bill. Some points you…

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CT: Police pressure parents to look at registry for abducting registrants before kids walk to donut shop

Source: reason.com 1/30/23 “I have never felt threatened by a single person in this town until meeting those officers and the social worker.” It was Super Bowl Sunday in February 2019. Cynthia Rivers and her husband decided that their kids, ages seven and nine, deserved a long-promised treat for cleaning their rooms: the right to walk to Dunkin’ Donuts by themselves. … A few minutes later, the River parents heard a knock at the door. It was the police. The first cop to show up “said he didn’t think it…

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NV: Private investigator says tracking Reno mayor with GPS unit was ‘nothing personal’

Source: thisisreno.com 1/29/23 A private investigator who put a GPS tracking unit on Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve’s car last year said he was hired as part of a political campaign and it’s “nothing personal” toward the mayor. It’s also not illegal. The GPS unit’s sim card linked the private investigator to the tracking device after it was discovered on Schieve’s car by a mechanic. The investigator, David McNeely, was interviewed in November by Sparks police. A copy of the interview was obtained by This Is Reno as a public records…

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WA: Officials back out of Tenino town hall on sex offender housing after threats

Source: amp.theolympian.com 1/29/23 State officials backed out of a Tenino town hall about a planned sex offender housing facility due to safety concerns. The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office organized the town hall last week in response to public uproar over the planned facility at 2813 140th Ave. Southwest. Sheriff Derek Sanders notified the public of the state officials’ decision on Saturday. “To say I’m infuriated and embarrassed is an understatement,” Sanders said in a Facebook post. “The public deserves to hear answers directly, and in a meaningful, engaging way, from…

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NY: New York forces gay man to register as sex offender

Source: darik.news 1/26/23 A gay man with HIV is appealing a court decision requiring him to register as a “sex offender” in order to prosecute under a 1987 Louisiana law that effectively criminalizes anyone with HIV One who has sex. In 2009, Robert Suttle, a gay black man who was working as an assistant court clerk, was accused by a former lover of not disclosing his HIV status before consensual sex. As a result, Suttle found himself charged under Louisiana’s “intentional exposure to the AIDS virus” law—adopted at the height…

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AZ: Proposal to increase felony charges for sex offenders could criminalize teen relationships

Source: azmirror.com 1/27/23 A proposal to increase the punishments for sexual offenders could put teenagers in prison.  State law punishes sexual conduct with a minor who is at least 15 with a class 6 felony — the least serious felony type, which can potentially be moved down to a misdemeanor. House Bill 2169 seeks to rectify that by changing the classification to a class 4 felony, for which the standard penalty is 2.5 years in prison, and mandating one year of jail time if the offender was placed on probation. …

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FL: DeSantis proposes death penalty for certain sex crimes, increased punishment for fentanyl

Source: tampabay.com 1/26/23 Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled a tough-on-crime agenda ahead of the upcoming legislative session, including proposals to expand the death penalty to certain types of sex crimes and mandating life sentences for people convicted of selling fentanyl that looks like candy to children. “We want to make sure that we cement our reputation as being a law-and-order state and take actions as necessary to help further protect the people of the state of Florida,” he said during a news conference Thursday at the Miami Police Benevolent Association hall.…

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ACSOL to Conduct In-Person Meeting on March 11, 2023 in Pasadena, CA

ACSOL will conduct its first in person meeting in more than two years on Saturday, March 11, 2023.  The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. and take place at the Flintridge Retreat Center, 236 West Mountain Street, Suite 117, Pasadena.   There is no cost to attend the meeting which will include discussions of interest to registrants and their families including the Tiered Registry Law and the SORNA regulations.  Refreshments will be served and it is not necessary to sign up in advance. “ACSOL looks forward to hosting its first in…

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NY: New US rape lawsuit filed against boxer Mike Tyson

Source: news.yahoo.com 1/24/23 A woman in New York state has filed a civil suit against Mike Tyson, accusing the former boxing champion of raping her in a limousine in the early 1990s, according to court filings. The woman, who asked the court to remain anonymous, filed her complaint in early January under a temporary New York state law allowing victims of sexual assault to seek civil damages regardless of the statute of limitations. Tyson spent three years in jail beginning in 1992 after being found guilty of raping model Desiree…

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