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  • Notorious D.I.K. April 11, 2024 at 10:09 pm on IL: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Where Child Sex Offenders Can LiveDoc, the question isn't whether there are no successful legal challenges brought pro se but whether self-representation has a net positive outcome for legal precedence. I would say that it probably doesn't and certainly the individual cases are much less likely to be decided for the person representing himself. I think that many of the people who choose to go down this route have not exhausted or even actively sought the resources of experienced lawyers. Sometimes, they're clearly on some kind of an ego trip where they fantasize about how great they're going to be in court. Spending five years in prison, I met many people who decided to represent themselves in appeals and, with no exceptions that I can recall, none of the cases were decided in their favor. Yes, there are some jailhouse lawyers who really do know their stuff - and even more than actual lawyers - but very few know enough stuff.
  • Gordon April 11, 2024 at 9:41 pm on MA: Former Mass. city councilor accused of having explicit images of a child apparently joined Russian armyThis is a story going around in the local media. It’s so hilarious in a sad way.
  • Doc Martin April 11, 2024 at 6:37 pm on IL: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Where Child Sex Offenders Can LiveI can give a recent example of a pro se litigator who did a better job than a professional team of lawyers. And he did such a good job that the case ended with a bad law on the books. Most people on this forum are familiar with Wisconsin Lifetime GPS montoring for repeat sex crimes. And it's expanded definition includes those convicted of more than 1 count in a single court proceeding. A law firm out of Illinois originally challenged the law thru a class action suit brought by Wisconsin plaintiffs with "repeat counts" in different or same court proceedings. Long story short, the lawyers mostly based their argument around the "burden" of wearing a gps unit; they did a lousy job tying the argument to mostly pornography offenders who fall under lifetime gps because they got convicted on more than 1 count in the same case. The 7th circuit rejected the argument of the plaintiffs. Years later, an inmate at a Wisconsin correctional facility wrote up a brief specifically challenging repeat offense defined as more than 1 count in the same court proceeding. The Wisconsin Supreme Court bought it, and many statewide were freed from lifetime gps. However, the Wisconsin legislature came back and rewrote the statue so that repeat offenses tied to counts, would only apply to sex crimes. Is it a bad law? Yes, and it will likely be overturned at the federal level. But the law is mostly the fault of rogue legislatures in an election year, not the lone jailhouse litigator who did a splendid job of bringing the case forward
  • Doc Martin April 11, 2024 at 5:41 pm on IL: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Where Child Sex Offenders Can LiveI agree, TS. A lot of registrants aren't getting the legal help they need in other states, so they have to take the litigation into their own hands. These people don't have an ACSOL or an active ACLU willing to pick up these cases because "they don't impact enough people." At least that's what we're told by those organizations. That's how states like Wisconsin get away with exercising territorial jurisdiction because since it only impacts a few, prosecutors figure that defendants won't receive professional counseling swooping in from the outside. If people are so worried about pro se cases going bad for the rest of us, maybe they should get someone to advocate them.
  • Notorious D.I.K. April 11, 2024 at 5:21 pm on IL: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Where Child Sex Offenders Can LiveWell, one thing we can all probably agree upon, this guy REALLY shouldn't be representing himself in court Ted Bundy also comes to mind as a defendant who did himself no favor by representing himself.
  • Doc Martin April 11, 2024 at 5:07 pm on General Comments April 2024You can cross into the limited tourist zone, but Mexican officials still don't want registrants in their country. If you're caught and they find out your status, they'll likely deport you.
  • Notorious D.I.K. April 11, 2024 at 4:27 pm on IL: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Where Child Sex Offenders Can LiveWisconsin, I think that the state would probably say "Yes, it may be a taking but it is legitimately 'taken' because of regulations which have a rational basis for restricting or limiting the homeowner's rights. That is a consequence of this person's criminal history and the threat they pose to the community." The issue wouldn't be that the state never has a legitimate authority to take someone's property - we know that the courts have long affirmed that they DO have that power in particular circumstances - it's whether this is a legitimate, governmental interest in exercising that power in this case. For the record, I don't agree with any of their arguments, I'm just saying what they would be.
  • Way too long April 11, 2024 at 3:56 pm on General Comments April 2024This search stuff has been advertised on T.V. for yrs. This is why PFRs prefer to use a DBA or simply a fake name when setting up a public business. I use my middle name. Have never had an issue. You are now part of a segment of the population that is often ostracized and judged based on a label. Accept it. As for people refusing your services due to what they found on internet, that’s their prerogative There’s 20 billion businesses besides theirs. If you are good at your job, and I’m sure you are, then you will get other customers. There are billionaires on the registry and there are homeless drug addicts on it. Find your spot in line, my friend.
  • Mike April 11, 2024 at 3:08 pm on IL: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Where Child Sex Offenders Can LiveLiterally Nobody: Gun rights and abortion rights have no where near the pro se litigants as people on the registry. It is actually quite rare to run into pro se litigants in these causes. First, these causes have massive funding. Look at the legal funding of the NRA and Planned Parenthood both of which spend in the millions of dollars in litigation each year. People aren't lining up to donate to help "sex offenders" assert their legal rights. When ACSOL or FAC put out funding calls it takes many months just to raise $20,000. There simply is no money in "sex offender" rights. There are two primary reasons that you see so many registrants filing pro se lawsuits. Many registrants are former prisoners and they are the only class of offenders with such onerous legal duties after completion of their parole or probation sentences. Essentially, sex offender registration is a "civil" sentence after they have completed their criminal sentence. Many registrants are former prisoners. Prisoners file more than 90% of all pro se lawsuits. Prisoners with non-sex crime convictions rarely file lawsuits after release because society doesn't place the same post release conditions on them, whereas people on the registry are essentially placed on parole or probation like conditions for years or the rest of their lives. Rest assured, if there were a public murderer or robber registry you would see a lot of people with murder and robbery convictions filing pro se lawsuits after their release. These lawsuits are doing real harm to people on the registry who have never filed a pro se lawsuit. It's not a problem of an isolated bad decision. There are hundreds of these bad decisions from pro se lawsuits in the various state supreme and appeals courts and federal courts. Now when the ACLU files a lawsuit the state lists out all of these bad decisions forcing the ACLU to deal with the bad decisions before they can get to the merits of their case. Sometimes, the judge is overwhelmed by the sheer number of these decisions and chooses to go with the flow rather than issuing a ground breaking decision. Every state has these bad decisions due to pro se litigants on their books. When a pro se litigant gets a bad decision in their state's supreme or appeals courts, the lower courts are bound by these decisions which hampers attorneys from gaining relief for their clients on the registry in the trial courts. The only outlier state is Michigan and this is thanks to the Michigan ACLU. The Michigan ACLU has gotten a string of victories for people on the registry in the Michigan Supreme Court and various panels of the Michigan Court of Appeals and in federal court and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. This is why attorneys can get people on the registry in Michigan relief easier than any other state. Now with this bad decision in the Illinois Supreme Court every trial court in Illinois is bound by this decision. If an attorney were trying to get relief for his client on the registry he can't because the trial court is bound by this decision. People on the registry have nothing coming from the public or politicians. Their only real chance at meaningful relief is in the courts and now there is one more bad decision in the Illinois Supreme Court that is binding on every state court in Illinois.
  • OneDayAtATime April 11, 2024 at 12:31 pm on General Comments April 2024Just a heads up. I was wondering why my small business was suddenly falling off. I got an anonymous tip that said they had scanned my profile picture into an online tool that uses facial recognition. They said I was an SO and they don't like doing business with that sort of person (s). I was nonplussed. I am fairly tech savvy and knew that the tech existed, but not that an online tool and apparently tools like this exist for any overly inquisitive individual to access this. I did a search and sure enough, there I was, my picture from the registry looking pensively back at me. I understand the registry is only to be used to protect, but not to discriminate against me and ruin my business. My business is online, I do not come into physical contact with anybody, I don't do business with minors, I sell products that help businesses be more profitable and take advantage of tax laws. But now, they don't want to do business with me just because my mug is not where they like it. Moral of the story: Use avatars, be careful where you post your picture online.
  • Literally nobody April 11, 2024 at 12:16 pm on IL: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Where Child Sex Offenders Can LiveI find it unlikely that every other major area of legal rights—gun rights, abortion rights, other civil rights—don’t have just as many impulsive pro se litigant complaints, and they seem to have minimal impact on people’s ability to exercise these rights. We can’t control what other people do. The level of stress people here have over whether other PFRs are setting us back by committing crimes or filing possibly ill-conceived litigation is misplaced—we’re going to be treated unfairly, regardless of the actions of a small minority of us. Competent and clever legal push-back may (and has) improve our lot, but the only people setting us back are the bad actors building political and media careers off our mistreatment.
  • TS April 11, 2024 at 11:56 am on IL: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Where Child Sex Offenders Can LiveSpare me the dollar figure lesson on retaining competent legal representation and how they are able to "avoid" bad case law through bad judicial opinions which are obstacles the same. It goes both ways. If the court system hadn't become so cumbersome, then maybe more people would feel comfortable taking it on themselves instead of having to rely on an entity who is not highly thought of in the end (which is what I learned from a $$ retained legal representative).
  • Athena April 11, 2024 at 11:11 am on IL: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Where Child Sex Offenders Can LiveThank you, TS. I am disappointed and surprised that Mark and / or Adele did not take this case. This is right in their wheelhouse, and I would have thought the IL Supreme Court would have appealed to them. If they declined due to $, I wish they would have at least put out an alert or fundraising appeal. We see how much strategy Janice / ACSOL needs to put into what appears to be a simple court case, and I do believe Mark and Adele could have had a positive impact on the outcome, or at least a better shot. The other thing is it's not easy to get on the IL Supreme Court docket, so this was one heckuva opportunity, IMO.
  • Mike April 11, 2024 at 10:39 am on IL: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Where Child Sex Offenders Can LiveTS: Many of us have been in this fight for decades and have even assisted attorneys with legal research. We have seen case after case of poorly litigated pro se complainants get bad law on to the books. There is no "could" get bad law onto the books. These cases consistently get bad law onto the books creating barriers that competent attorneys have to overcome. And who pays for this bad case law? It's the people on these registries and their family members. If you are on the registry, YOU are paying for the mistakes of these pro se litigants. Attorneys aren't "fleecing" litigants. A competent attorney needs to receive a minimum of about $200 per hour for his services just to keep his office open. One of these cases can easily consume 1,000 hours of the attorneys time, that's $200,000 on just this one case alone. We have no Bill Gates or Elon Musk waiting to donate the millions of dollars needed to take on these laws in courts. It's just the opposite, "victim's rights advocates" and radical feminists have billions of dollars to get these laws on the books and the U.S. and state governments have billions more to defend them in court. Look at how long it takes registrants here just to raise $30,000 to start just one case while the government can burn through $200,000 without breaking a sweat. Currently, a large number of democrats aren't supporting Biden for reelection. Every democratic who refuses to vote in November equals one more vote for Trump. And this is what is occurring in these pro se cases. Registry supporters don't need to fight to get bad case law on the books because registrants are doing it for them. Every bad case on the books is more time for everyone to remain on the registry. People who hail these fools as heroes are just as foolish themselves. These guys are making our lives miserable and they need to knock off all of the dumb stuff.
  • Volaré April 11, 2024 at 10:18 am on International Travel 2024They’re not known for their helpfulness.. 🙃
  • TS April 11, 2024 at 9:55 am on IL: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Where Child Sex Offenders Can LiveFolks are giving this gent grief because he went pro se in his actions. Considering many attys won't attempt a case like this without 1) a lot of money to pay for it (to fleece the gent IMO) w/o giving it the due consideration it needs on the topic's constitutionality or 2) don't see the court changing their minds because of the topic and the people impacted by it regardless of how much factual data/studies is presented, he possibly believed he could get the court to consider the matter with the same leeway a currently incarcerated prisoner could who reps themself at high courts as well. I know there are others here in the forum who have gone pro se with their filings (myself included) for whatever reason(s) they felt were valid. Does this case give bad precedent for others in the same situation? It could, but at the same time, one who is represented does not guarantee they will be a winner either in this situation, as seen by many cases also where the court lost their marbles in their considerations. I applaud this gent's moxie to do it despite it maybe could have been done better, but that same could be said for a case represented by an atty. The line "past performance does not indicate future performance will be the same" stands again as the caveat needing to be heeded. Maybe next time seek the advice and assistance of a law school student looking for some money with the know-how of what to say, how to say it, and the ability to research it. If the gent is a reader of this forum, I hope they read the "takings" comment above into consideration and possible pursuit (as long as the case was not judged with prejudice to prevent future filings on it).
  • sma88 April 11, 2024 at 9:44 am on International Travel 2024Also to add to this, if anyone has any recent travel experiences, please consider filling out this survey about where you've been and how it went. It doesn't store any email addresses, but feel free to complete it from an incognito browser window for even more privacy assurance if you'd like. Most of the questions are optional, but the more info you can contribute the better!
  • sma88 April 11, 2024 at 9:42 am on International Travel 2024Hey Colton! I'm the one who recently started a discord server for this. It's small but growing. My main goal is to collect more detailed info about successes or rejections from PFRs in various places. However, it's also good just to just chat and bounce ideas around and what not. Email me at pfrswithoutborders@gmail.com and I'll get you a link to the discord server if you'd like.
  • sma88 April 11, 2024 at 9:39 am on International Travel 2024Oh yeah I'd love to learn more about these dumb notices. And I'd also be glad to send you (or anyone interested in international travel as a PFR) the link to the discord server I have for this. Just email me at pfrswithoutborders@gmail.com
  • Mike April 11, 2024 at 9:14 am on General Comments April 2024Doc Martin: You can cross into Mexico at a land crossing. You just can't fly in.
  • pnwso April 11, 2024 at 8:13 am on International Travel 2024I appreciate your opinions for sure. I just wish Angel Watch or Homeland Security or whoever would communicate better. If you email Angel Watch with any kind of question they just don't respond. I know several others who have tried with no responses at all
  • Worried in Wisconsin April 11, 2024 at 7:17 am on IL: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Where Child Sex Offenders Can LiveWhat you're describing is a 'regulatory taking' and there is case law in some states (like Wisconsin) which puts it in the same category as any other type of governmental taking. In short, a regulatory taking is when the government, through regulations/laws/etc. creates a situation where the primary intended purpose of a property is no longer available to the owner. In this case, a residence's primary purpose is to reside there. If the government passes laws/regulations which deprive a person of that use of the residence then it's a taking. Not sure that Illinois has case law or statutes which go along this line of thought, but it's worth looking into.
  • Colton April 11, 2024 at 7:14 am on International Travel 2024Howdy y’all how does one get access to the ... channel where travel issues are discussed? As a former [PFR], I have been afraid to travel internationally after being turned away on my way to South Africa, and I’d like to discuss options. thank you
  • EdC April 11, 2024 at 5:06 am on NH: Former teacher pleads guilty to sexually assaulting an adult student in 2021You are confusing the "rational basis test" (RBT) used by the courts with rational thinking or factual data. All that test requires is that there be some relationship to a legitimate public good. Public safety is a legitimate public goal. There is a relationship between highway speed limits and safety. So a state could impose a 20 mph speed limit on a highway. Speed limits have a rational and reasonable relationship to highway fatalities. So even an absurdly low limit would not be unconstitutional under this RBT. Legislatures are constitutionally allowed to make stupid and arbitrary decisions. Protecting children is a legitimate public good, so even illogical approaches can be upheld. I generally agree with what you've written, but that argument would unfortunately go nowhere in the courts.
  • Literally nobody April 11, 2024 at 4:12 am on General Comments April 2024People with DUIs can’t even get OUT of their country. They’re very strict about a lot of things, although in practice I’ve found the Canadian border guards far more polite and reasonable than the American ones—although I haven’t ventured into Canada since I’ve been on the registry.
  • Volaré April 11, 2024 at 3:05 am on International Travel 2024Yes that’d be my opinion (but I, not a lawyer). Set up residence in a state you’re not required to register and then the passport mark provision should not apply to you.. I believe Congress changed IML recently so that people living abroad would still get the mark …I think that’s what’s going on in your case. Others might know more on this.
  • Way too long April 10, 2024 at 10:22 pm on General Comments April 2024Disagree. The registry hung a label on me, but nothing external has the power to “turn” me into anything. I am the only person that can do that. Being called a sex offender is the same as being called ugly. It is all perception. If you see yourself that way, or believe what others say, then you will be that. I simply don’t see myself as anything but a person going through life. I tripped, just as everyone does. Some continue to stumble, but I got my feet back under me and now am back on my way.
  • pnwso April 10, 2024 at 8:45 pm on International Travel 2024Excuse me for being thick-headed, but just want to make sure I understand. If there is only one state that won't require me to register, then I can move there and once a resident of that state I theoretically don't qualify for the branded passport any longer? I would think that living outside of the US would also qualify, but apparently it doesn't. I and others have contacted them as a resident of another country and they no longer respond to those types of inquiries any longer
  • Notorious D.I.K. April 10, 2024 at 8:29 pm on IL: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Where Child Sex Offenders Can LiveNothing, well, property rights would remain intact. You can own it, you just can't live there.
  • Notorious D.I.K. April 10, 2024 at 8:26 pm on General Comments April 2024CBP is a nasty, disgusting agency.
  • Notorious D.I.K. April 10, 2024 at 8:22 pm on International Travel 2024MD, Yes, I would like to see that! Sma88 has put together a Discord server for travel issues where you might drop it or you can send it to me: davidkennerly@gmail.com Thanks!
  • Doc Martin April 10, 2024 at 6:46 pm on General Comments April 2024The enhanced ID may seem like a workaround for someone with a marked passport, but it defeats the purpose when most countries that accept that ID have policies that ban people on the registry... particularly Canada & Mexico. Registrants can't get into Bermuda and most Carribean nations like Jamaica, the DR, Cuba, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands....what's left after that? Aruba?
  • MD_from_CA April 10, 2024 at 6:26 pm on International Travel 2024@Notorious yes you are correct. I did some in depth research and put together a presentation about what the us government is using or at least trying to use. If you’d like to see it [let me know].
  • Doc Martin April 10, 2024 at 5:33 pm on General Comments April 2024I'm sure the Canucks kept an eye on you while you made that u-turn. If you kept going, they would've put the mounties on you. If you had told them you were headed to London, they likely would've pulled up your background thru that enhanced ID. The Canadians are very strict about the slightest offense. If a person with a DUI can't get into their country, a felony sex offense will certainly get them turned around. But I'm glad you made it home safely
  • mickeyMouse April 10, 2024 at 3:39 pm on International Travel 2024DONT DO IT. NEVER GO TO FLORIDA. EVEN when you get off California registry you’ll be stuck in Florida. This trip ain’t worth it I promise you. Dona cruise in Europe.
  • http404 April 10, 2024 at 3:13 pm on Janice’s Journal: It’s a Game of JengaIt was about 12 years ago or so, but I remember when Orange County DA Tony Raukauckas was making his rounds to pitch a park ban city by city, and folks from the legacy CA-RSOL group showed up and spoke up at city council meetings against it. Probably the most frustrating thing about that experience was listening to him flat out lie to the Councils and we couldn't confront him over his lies. Now, with this being an election year, we have a new brood of politicians stepping up to flog a familiar public enemy for the low hanging fruit poll results it yields them, with a message that "sex offenders cannot be rehabilitated," and promises of new legislation to beat more dead horses. We are fighting a war for truth and justice. There are many battles along the way. Even as we gain ground, we remain under constant attack with new threats against our individual livelihoods, freedoms, and the right to just get on with our lives.
  • Nothing-special April 10, 2024 at 2:30 pm on IL: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Where Child Sex Offenders Can LiveI'm concerned about 2 issues with this case: 1)how property rights are impacted by this ruling. Essentially, the government can kick you out of your pre-approved house because of a perceived public safety risk after you have established residence. 2)does ex post facto not apply to these sorts of regulations? He was approved to live there. Now forced to move out. The law didn't change. However, the application of it changed, as applied to him, to make something that was not punishable (ie living in his house) to punishable. That's the definition of a violation of the ex post facto clause of the constitution. Going further, the only way that law is constitutional is if the restricted places stay the same since the time of his conviction. Any daycare that opens up after he has moved in could not force him out. Unless being forced out for fear of imprisonment is not punitive. Id like to hear that argument if so. I'm not sure he made the right arguments for this case. But I understand why he moved forward. Its true that it is difficult to find a lawyer and he is in the right. He should not have been forced to move. It's a nonsensical ruling that is only acceptable due to his registration status.
  • AlsoME April 10, 2024 at 2:27 pm on IL: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Where Child Sex Offenders Can LivePerhaps, if we speculate long enough, we could come to the Rational Presumption that these Justices are a group of corrupt Demagogues that need to be removed from the bench and "sequestered" in some kind of "facility" to keep them from spreading more dangerous lies, and for no other reason. Not punishment, parish the thought, just protecting people from danger... and nothing else! If we do so... carefully.... I'm sure they would agree that our completely rational speculations should supercede any "evidence" that may exist that "suggests" we could be mistaken. After all, our sole goal is to protect society from potential harms, and certainly nothing but that. What could be more rational than that?
  • Literally nobody April 10, 2024 at 1:20 pm on General Comments April 2024Man that exit on 75 gives me anxiety everything I see it, and now it will just be worse. I wonder what it is that pops up on the screen that alerted the US border patrol officer—it’s gotta be IML, right? Anyone not under IML has no obligation to tell anyone about international travel, although obviously they can send you to secondary for any reason. But even if it’s IML, do they actually know whether you’ve let the local authorities know, or did they ask you and you answered honestly? I’d just be kind of surprised if most state authorities were sharing travel info with the Feds in a consistent and timely way, and that info was propagated to their border patrol consoles.
  • Volaré April 10, 2024 at 1:20 pm on International Travel 2024Section 8 of IML covers the “UNIQUE PASSPORT IDENTIFIERS FOR COVERED SEX OFFENDERS.” While the title suggests the identifiers apply to “covered sex offenders” as defined in the definition section of IML (and would be “offense based”), Section 8 has it’s own definition of “covered sex offender”, which is: “(1) the term `covered sex offender’ means an individual who–(A) is a sex offender, as defined in section 4(f) of the International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders; and (B) is currently required to register under the sex offender registration program of any jurisdiction;” In other words, the “branded passport” would apply to registrants currently required to register under the sex offender registration program of any jurisdiction who have a conviction against a minor. So what you do is you apply for a new passport after you’re off the registry of your state of residence. I would contact DHS/AW prior to applying for the new passport to get a reply from them that says the marker no longer applies. And then include a printed copy of the reply with your passport application.
  • Mike April 10, 2024 at 12:30 pm on General Comments April 2024DIM: That's an interesting story. Years ago the Canadians never asked for ID when you entered Canada. I haven't been to Canada in over 20 years. I was under the impression that they ID'd everyone going over the bridge or through the tunnel now. Am I wrong for thinking that?
  • pnwso April 10, 2024 at 10:57 am on International Travel 2024I have a state that I could go to in 5 years and be off the registry, but I don't know exactly what qualifies you to get the stamp removed from the passport. My conviction says register for a period of 15 years, so will they look at that or do I just have to provide evidence that I my state does not require me to register. The ultimate goal for me is to have a clean passport once again
  • California Dreamin’ April 10, 2024 at 9:41 am on General Comments April 2024I live in a state where I’ve never had to register for a Florida adult offense of lewd exhibition with a minor victim under 16 (non contact), in 1996. My understanding is that the period of registration for the equivalent offense in California is 10 years (if at all) from the date of end of probation (July, 2000). If I were relocate to California do I have to obtain special court order or written legal opinion from a lawyer, so that I won’t have to register in California, or couldn’t I just show up and live my life without any legal hassles given that the law is clear cut in my case?  And what if I just visited SD for a month? (I’m still listed on the Florida registry but with no updates in 2 decades as there’s no legal requirement for updates for nonresidents).  Thank you. 
  • TS April 10, 2024 at 9:33 am on General Comments April 2024I know, it sounds crazy. We all know a standard US ID/DL is required for flying to PR today and a Real ID is required (currently) May 7, 2025 to enter PR by AIR. However, when it was mentioned an enhanced DL from one of the states that issues them to enter PR by sea, I had to research it further to understand why it was said that way considering PR is a US Territory. With that being said, I found Cruise Planners: Passport for Puerto Rico travel regulations and policies which details the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) Compliant Documents where a US passport, passport card, enhanced DL, etc are acceptable for a seaport entry into PR (a Real ID is not). I am not saying you have to have an enhanced DL to get into PR by sea, but it is one of the acceptable methods to enter PR by SEA (emphasis mine and intentional). I think Jax describes it well to get the understanding why it works and would be needed for a seaport entry.
  • Volaré April 10, 2024 at 9:26 am on General Comments April 2024I live in a state where I’ve never had to register for my Florida adult offense of lewd exhibition with a minor victim under 16 (non contact), in 1996. My understanding is that the period of registration for the equivalent offense in California is 10 years (if at all) from the date of end of probation (July, 2000). If I were relocate to California do I have to obtain special court order or written legal opinion from a lawyer, so that I won’t have to register in California, or couldn’t I just show up and live my life without any legal hassles given that the law is clear cut in my case? (I’m still listed on the Florida registry but with no updates in 2 decades as there’s no legal requirement for updates for nonresidents). Thank you.
  • AERO1 April 10, 2024 at 9:14 am on NH: Former teacher pleads guilty to sexually assaulting an adult student in 2021Sounds like a very bad love story on Lifetime network.
  • M C April 10, 2024 at 8:48 am on General Comments April 2024@Jax, They actually aren't the same. The Enhanced ID is both Real ID compliant AND has the same scannable text on the bottom of it that you have on a passport or passport card so it is effectively operates identically to having a passport card and technically can be read by any passport reader in any country that can scan that text. The REAL ID does not have this text and is not readable in that same manner. In reality the Enhanced ID, if your state has one available is a workaround for having a passport card for those who have the marked passport and can not get a passport card because of it as I don't believe there have been the same restrictions placed on obtaining the Enhanced ID. The only downside for Enhanced ID is that it has your physical address on it vs the Passport Card which does not.
  • Volaré April 10, 2024 at 8:43 am on International Travel 2024How about flying into/setting up residence in a state where you don’t have to register? You have to see if, based on your particular offense and dates, you can find a state that won’t require you to register or where the registration period is shorter than in texas.
  • Disgusted in Michigan April 10, 2024 at 8:33 am on General Comments April 2024You can cross over the Ambassador Bridge into Canada as a PFR with no problem. It would be crossing back into the US where you'd have problems because that's where you have to show ID to Customs agents. I found this out the hard way a few years ago when I took a wrong turn off I-75 onto exit 47B. That exit takes you to the Bridge and the only way to get back into the US is to keep going into Canada and turn around. I explained to the Customs agent upon entry that I took the wrong exit. He said no problem and told me where to go to turn around. So I did but had to show my enhanced license to another agent on the way back through, and even after explaining to him what happened I was told to park my car and go inside a building. I sat there for a couple hours until an agent took me into a room and started questioning me about my prior conviction. I explained that it was an honest mistake and he said technically I left the US. He ended up calling the chief of Police where I was living at the time in Lake Orion. Luckily Chief Narsh is a decent guy and he told the agent that no charges would be filed against me for leaving the country without notifying him. I was then allowed to go back to Michigan. I called chief Narsh to thank him for backing me up and apologized as it was an honest mistake. I didn't have to show ID on my drive into Canada, just had to show it on my way out and obviously my conviction popped up on the agent's computer screen when he scanned my license. So entering isn't an issue and I suppose I could have disappeared into the country if I wanted to. Its leaving where you would run into problems.
  • Jax April 10, 2024 at 5:57 am on General Comments April 2024From what I know, the real ID & Enhanced ID are exactly the same thing, require the same documents to prove citizenship, but the enhanced ID has a chip. That prevents a foreign national traveling by sea from getting into Puerto Rico (the USA) by just flashing a Real ID to an agent without verifying the info. But with a chip, the info is already there saying that person is a legal American resident. Now you might say, an agent can just enter the number on the card to access the info. Perhaps, but border agents can get sloppy and lazy. Why take that chance when scanners can automatically pick up that information as soon you present your card to them. As far as flying back and forth from the Puerto Rico to the mainland, I tend to believe that individuals are still using driver's licenses & ids until next year's real ID deadline.
  • Jax April 10, 2024 at 4:57 am on General Comments April 2024Which makes sense, because it prevents foreign nationals from island hopping with a more easily obtainable state ID, and using Puerto Rico as a back door into mainland USA. The Dominican Republic is just across the waters from Puerto Rico. A lot of Dominicans are itching to get to New York & Boston.
  • Jax April 10, 2024 at 4:45 am on General Comments April 2024But of course you can't cross the Canadian border because you're on the registry, right?
  • AlsoME April 9, 2024 at 11:54 pm on NH: Former teacher pleads guilty to sexually assaulting an adult student in 2021LN, If there was anything legitimate about the Registry, this would end that. This woman in no way "Harmed a Child" nor did she violently attack anyone, nor did she gain consent through duress, or diminished capacity. This young adult in no way feels violated or victimized... Yet the State feels she is such a threat to society she has to be on the registry, and all that goes with that, probably for life, but even for one second is... further proof there is nothing legitimate about the Registry. No clue what the NH political scene is, but I'm wondering if she can actually challenge her requirement to register? How would she even do that? The official lies about it not being punishment, closes down an 8th argument. Due Process, seems a bit of a stretch to me, but maybe? Shouldn't Due Process require all decisions and results have a "Rational Basis"? How can the "Process" be "Due" of the results are insane? Doesn't "Due Process" mean more than just, filling the correct documents? Isn't a Rational Basis for all results "Due" to the Citizen as part of the "Process"? Does the State not owe this to it's citizens, or is it just a checklist of procedures that have to be ticked off, leading to, "whatever happens, happens. "Doesn't matter what happens, or how that decision is reached, so long as we tick every box'? Do citizens have the Right to a process that only produces Rational decisions? If she was not a teacher, it would be legal. If she were not a teacher at his school, would it still be a crime? What if he was a former student? If she was unaware he was a strident at her school? How does this technically take a fundamentally legal action, and rationally allow for the Conclusive Presumption she is a Frightening and High Risk of additional sexual assaults? This would be a prime candidate to challenge this in Federal Court under, "International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights" Article 17: "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his honour and reputation." -(I added the underline.) If they can show a Rational Basis, it stops being Arbitrary. Shouldn't the State be required to show they have a Rational Basis for everything they do, especially when it creates this kind of impact to a person's life?
  • Mike G April 9, 2024 at 11:05 pm on International Travel 2024Sorry late response 🙁, somehow I missed your post. Unfortunately, they no longer add pages - that would have been easier. I looked back through my passport. Japan used two pages because they stamped in and out, and I went in and out twice. Some countries just used any space they could find, but several used a whole page, and a couple of visas took one and a half pages. Interestingly, Israel doesn't stamp your passport, because if they did, you wouldn't be able to get into some other countries like Jordan, Kuwait, etc. Instead, they give you a stamped piece of paper that you can hide in the back of your passport, and then you have to show it when you leave. So, with only six blank pages (they are only supposed to use the ones that say visa on them), and 10 countries to visit, just seemed like too big a risk.
  • Notorious D.I.K. April 9, 2024 at 8:28 pm on LA: Proposal to make vasectomy mandatory for convicted sex offenders advances to the HousePBS' American Experience broadcast a good overview of the American eugenics movement as well as its influence upon Hitler and Nazi policies. One of the fascinating historical insights is how many different progressive era movements were connected e.g. eugenics with women's suffrage, the temperance movement, birth control and the Ku Klux Klan. You can see the whole thing on YouTube, for free: The Eugenics Crusade | Full Documentary | AMERICAN EXPERIENCE | PBS
  • Notorious D.I.K. April 9, 2024 at 8:07 pm on International Travel 2024Kevin, I've never seen a copy of either the "Angel Watch" notification or the "Green Notice" (these are two different things) posted here. However, several people have been briefly shown the AW notification by foreign immigration officials and so we have a good idea of how, at least, the first sentence or so reads. People are confused by these two instruments but what is being used the most to block people from entering a country is the notification from Angel Watch, not INTERPOL "Green Notices."
  • Notorious D.I.K. April 9, 2024 at 7:57 pm on General Comments April 2024TS, What do you mean? Puerto Rico, as you noted in your previous post, is part of the U.S. so you are not required to show either for the purpose of entering. The only reason why you would have to show any kind of i.d. would not be to enter P.R. but to board a carrier on the mainland, either a ship or a plane - but that's not to ENTER Puerto Rico. Even then, the "Real I.D." requirement is still not yet in effect (May 7, 2025).
  • Warpath April 9, 2024 at 6:50 pm on Living with 290: How to make friends and meet peopleJust an FYI…. I love to ride my Harley. However, the demographic at large that ride bikes have very little tolerance or understanding of [People Forced to Register]. Be cautious about divulging your past. I took a helluva a** beating about 8 years ago trusting two fellow riders with my CP conviction. To this day I enjoy my solitude on the bike or on my boat
  • EddieV April 9, 2024 at 6:09 pm on Living with 290: How to make friends and meet peopleIM GLAD those [People Forced to Register] have a way to get off the register. However my fight is not over I've petitioned 4 different county where I resided as Trasiant to hear my case.. none of the county's agreed to move forward in a court. But refused my access to be heard. IM FILING A 1ST AMENDMENT RIGJT TO GREAVANCE the countys under the Doubert Standard and mens rea. Also under the proff beyond reasonable doubt. IM also ready and able to go to the United states Supreme Court. Under the ripeness Cluse to examin Magens law as an Expost facto case. And lacks foundation. My fight is not over Ive spent 40 years researching cases and preparing petition for others and have a 75% sucess rate. I shall prevail. I did my time I have not commited another violent crime in 40 years.. its my turn to be removed from the register.
  • Matthew April 9, 2024 at 5:46 pm on General Comments April 2024Hey all, Just wanted to share my experience as my 17(b) was granted today. Charge: 311.11(a) in 2012. I first went applied for a 1203.4 in 2019 which was granted. 17(b) was denied due to me receiving a suspended sentence. The law changed later and the rule that suspended sentences disqualify a 17(b) automatically was lifted. I went through a public defender and had them file a 17(b) in 2023. The judge denied it due to the previous law. I emailed the public defender since I was not present and showed them the change. They refiled. The DA still opposed and I had to go back a few times providing the court with a few documents to show proof of counseling/therapy etc. Today, the judge granted the motion for a 17(b). The judge considered the following: It was a no contact offense, even though seriousthat I completed probation without incidentI went to court required therapyI went through counseling through Veteran Affairs with mental health. I had printed off my medical records and highlighted all notes by the counselor about mental improvement. Time since the conviction without incidentThe DA did not have much more to stand on after those documents. What I advise to those seeking or thinking of seeking a 17(b) if available. Print proof of completion of court ordered counseling/therapyfind out what is in your probation period. if it has been some time since you went through court order therapy, highly suggest getting some type of proof of follow-up unless there is some type of certificate that they give you previously. The court in my case and the DA was opposing mostly because they wanted proof of change. College degrees and such were not a big hit with the judge as she said that people with degrees do those type of offenses. It was more about what you learned in therapy and to prove those tools are being used today. Each judge is different. My public defender was horrible and I am not just saying that. Luckily, I focused a lot on paralegal studies and used that to my advantage about the law change, printing off documents from the initial counseling and counseling that I did in 2020. The public defender provided very little assistance or progress on the matter. I would just also advise that you get involved in the proceedings to ensure they aren't missing anything that you already know. I remained quiet until asked to speak by the judge and let her know what I knew.
  • Anonymous April 9, 2024 at 5:34 pm on Living with 290: The Polygraph is Pure Hocus PocusI find the very concept of a polygraph requirement unacceptable. There will never be a consequence severe enough that will change my mind and cause me participate in a polygraph. I would absolutely tell each and every person who supports this junk "science" exactly where they can stick their test and opinions. This applies to forced "therapy" too. I am truly sorry you are forced to endure this nonsense.
  • JasonM April 9, 2024 at 5:06 pm on General Comments April 2024Sorry for late response, my new vehicle still had temp tags when I travelled and is why I was sent into secondary search, this was Blaine, WA crossing. I did use my EDL license which has been explained in other comments. This was my first time trying it, to be honest I was little intimidated by the entire event, I wasn't exactly educated on what to say or not say because of the 1203.4, etc. I was terrified of stories of green notices, so I figured I'd ask them since they showed me my NCIC report. I just went with it. Maybe if I had fixed license plates maybe it would've been a different scenario. I brought all my court documents as a backup. That was my experience. The immigration officer did mention that I would have to go through the entire process each time I cross the border unless I go to court in Canada to ask a judge to give me an order granting me access, I can go to the Canadian embassy in LA and apply for Rehabilitation which is like $1,000.00 for the application, or if I'm denied, I can request permission from the commissioner working at the border that day for permission but its case by case. As far as Static 99, that's how Washington does is, law enforcement in my jurisdiction does the test when you initially register, I was a Tier 1.. 1203.4 has value here.
  • SB April 9, 2024 at 4:45 pm on Living with 290: The Polygraph is Pure Hocus PocusLooking back on the day of my polygraph, 3-13-2024... I do believe the polygrapher can rig the polygraph if the parolee is 1 or two points away from passing. Meaning he or she is inconclusive. I'm assuming I passed one question, but was inconclusive on the other. My questions were as follows, Since your last polygraph, have you masturbated to thoughts of children? Since your last polygraph, have you had any contact with children? One of those was inconclusive. After answering all the questions, he kept me hooked up for an additional 2 to 3 minutes of silence. He is positioned to my right where I can't see him. I'm facing a blank wall. About a minute or so, he leans over so I can see him. He said, "Just so we're on the level, CDCR will go nuts if I give them an inconclusive". Once he said that, more silence. Then I noticed a change in my body. My heart stopped beating fast. I was getting relaxed and that's when he said ok we're all done. You passed. I'm glad I passed. I can't complain. But looking back at my polygraphs and other parolees too, it makes me wonder if the polygrapher can rig it so the person fails. All questions are asked twice and mixed up. There are other truthful questions mixed in telling the truth, answering yes... Are the lights on in this room? Are you sitting down? And then theres the truthful questions you have to lie about, answering no... In your whole life, have you ever been really angry? In your whole life, have you ever lied to somebody? What is everyone's thoughts on this? Can a polygrapher pass or fail you purposely? They do call the P.O. or the treatment provider before you take the test to see what questions should be asked. Of course, the parolee isn't present when the call is made. They're taking a 15 minute break before the test.
  • MD Registrant April 9, 2024 at 3:18 pm on NH: Former teacher pleads guilty to sexually assaulting an adult student in 2021Another example of someone not on the registry committing a sex crime whether she should of been prosecuted is another issue. When will society learn that they were sold a pig in a poke in protecting children even though it has never saved one, but it has gotten plenty involved in the criminal injustice system. Congrats America for keeping children safe from the fantasies in your heads
  • MD Registrant April 9, 2024 at 3:10 pm on IL: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Where Child Sex Offenders Can LiveIf the United States legal system were fair we wouldn't have 5% of the world's population and 25% of the incarcerated. If the United States was governed by moral people we might have a better chance, however that goes out the window when lawmakers want to be the morality police. If their version of religion was in front of me I'd reject it each and every time. Good people make mistakes based on bad judgement, being naive, youthful experimentation, drug/alcohol addictions, and other circumstances that place them on the wrong path. No matter what they don't need lawmakers telling them they are a POS monster when they are not even close. Monsters are people who can't mind their own business while pointing their finger at others'mistakes.
  • MD Registrant April 9, 2024 at 3:02 pm on CO: Neighbors protest facility run by Colorado mental health agency over sex offender claimsWould people rather have other human beings unaccounted for living in the woods with nothing to lose because of an unfair society? All human beings should have shelter, food, and basic needs to sustain life regardless of their background. If you have a problem with that you should stop pointing your finger and start looking at the skeletons in your closet. If things bother Coloradans so much why not get a Rocky Mountain High!!
  • someone who cares April 9, 2024 at 2:43 pm on NH: Former teacher pleads guilty to sexually assaulting an adult student in 2021I am confused. How was she allowed to teach if she is a [Person Forced to Register]? Oh wait, I see. She was NOT on any registry, so the parents felt totally safe with their "children" in her classroom. She seemed less threatening now that she was not on any registry. Just another of thousands of examples proving that the registry actually harms more than it helps. People have a false sense of security knowing where a [PFR} lives, yet, they will never know what other "criminals" loom in their vicinity because nobody else will be publicly ousted. So, the people who have no PFR living nearby let their guard down. And that is why the registry HARMS. They put people who only worry about PFR in harm's way by letting their guard down. Brilliant Logic State Legislators!
  • TS April 9, 2024 at 12:00 pm on General Comments April 2024Actually, upon further research, an enhanced ID will get into PR by sea and the Real ID will get you in by air.
  • TS April 9, 2024 at 11:22 am on General Comments April 2024Why does anyone need an enhanced driver's license to get into Puerto Rico if it's a US territory? It only needs to be a Real ID by May 7th, 2025.
  • Finally Retired April 9, 2024 at 10:24 am on International Travel 2024Well the law itself (IML) says that the Notification and endorsement provisions apply if you’re “presently subject to the registration program” of any state or territory. in Florida, while they don’t de-list you, they also don’t require any updates once you leave the state (they want us gone but, out of spite, keep us on). logically To be “subject to the registration program” of a state (or territory) you have to be required to keep the registry registration details up to date. in my email to AW/DHS I framed my listing in Florida as a “historical record without updates in 23 years.”
  • Kevin April 9, 2024 at 10:11 am on International Travel 2024I do not have dual citizenship however I got visa(resident permit) in Germany. Is any one of you have a sample email from Interpol green notice which is sent to destination county? I appreciate if I can see what it looks like because I am a bit unrest due to this angle notice sent by US Marshalls?
  • Disgusted in Michigan April 9, 2024 at 10:06 am on General Comments April 2024He said he has an enhanced driver license, as I do as well. It takes the place of a passport and allows an American citizen to cross the borders of Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. Enhanced licenses are available to residents of Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Washington. They can be used only when travelling by land or sea, not air.
  • Kevin April 9, 2024 at 10:06 am on International Travel 2024I heard that registration clock won’t stop regardless if I am out of country or staying in US. When I called the local SO office, they mentioned the same but I am not sure how knowledgeable they are and it is hard to trust them. Can someone please confirm on thi?
  • TS April 9, 2024 at 10:04 am on International Travel 2024You do that, but if he's checked in all the way through, why would they deny him onto the plane? Flight delayed...they'll rebook as fast as they can to avoid lodging and food coupons.
  • pnwso April 9, 2024 at 9:41 am on International Travel 2024It seems like the guidelines for getting the SO endorsement removed from my passport are not clear. I am living outside of the US and am not on any state registries or the national registry, but if I return I will still be required to register. I have tried communicating with Angel Watch multiple times but they won't respond. It seems like simply living outside the US and not being registered does not allow you to get the endorsement removed as it once did. How and when can I get the stamp removed? If I return, I still have to register in my conviction state for several more years, but I can return to a different state sooner and not have to register.
  • tormail April 9, 2024 at 8:44 am on NH: Former teacher pleads guilty to sexually assaulting an adult student in 2021Two victims here, as is the case in many thousands of other similar cases. The state is the offender.
  • tormail April 9, 2024 at 8:43 am on NH: Former teacher pleads guilty to sexually assaulting an adult student in 2021Ordered to stay away from children under 18, but her "victim" was 18. Don't underestimate the level of hysteria humans are capable of. The threat to PFR and anyone accused of SEX crimes is extremely real. All logic an reasoning is effected by anything remotely sexual, based upon deeply routed puritanical and religious beliefs, and fear. Sound familiar?
  • tormail April 9, 2024 at 8:32 am on International Travel 2024What if they deny him entry on the plane? Or if the plane is delayed? Does the law require registration within 48 hours of being present regardless of whether you remain or not, do you want to find out the hard way? I will steer well away from that risk.
  • tormail April 9, 2024 at 8:27 am on LA: Proposal to make vasectomy mandatory for convicted sex offenders advances to the HouseFun fact, eugenics took place in America before being exacted by the Nazis in the 30's. Consider our past here in America, and consider what the future may bring. BUCK v. BELL, Superintendent of State Colony Epileptics and Feeble Minded. Wiki: Buck v. Bell
  • tormail April 9, 2024 at 8:07 am on CO: Neighbors protest facility run by Colorado mental health agency over sex offender claimsHere's the comments made by the woman interviewed about the possibility of [PFR] being in the facility, " I was confused at first, and then angry, and worried for all my fellow residents, and all the children in our area" This comment highlights the moral panic threat response humans are susceptible to. It is this aspect of human nature that has driven all of the worst atrocities in human history. Fear, confusion, anger, and a moral obligation or even compulsion to take action based upon that perception of danger or threat, even if it is not found or based upon truth or facts. All reason departs when moral panic ensues. This has been repeatedly demonstrated throughout history.
  • tormail April 9, 2024 at 7:47 am on General Comments April 2024Consider the very real danger that exists in the use of "rationally" related to justify government or public interests. The registry does not mitigate risk of child rape, [People Forced to Register], themselves make this claim. Rationally, what may the government decide is allowable given the perceived risk? Do not underestimate the danger posed to PFR in relation to the publics fear driven use of the government, and the government actors (judges/legislators/law enforcement) ability to be influenced by those fears. They could very likely round people up for execution, and I would not be the least bit surprised. Do NOT think it can't happen, based upon relatively recent human history, it is almost an inevitability.
  • Punkskated12 April 9, 2024 at 7:37 am on MI: ACLU Sues State Officials for the Fourth Time over Unconstitutional Michigan Sex Offender Registration ActI think there should be compliance checks on legislatures and court officials. Have public for a 2 week period elect someone to inspect and oversee the courts and the legislature. Making sure their ability to make laws are coherent and compliant with the people of the country. That overseer rule is law to the legislature or court officials. Since they cant be kicked out for violating citizens rights and no deadline in office might as well force them out by non compliance.
  • tormail April 9, 2024 at 7:35 am on LA: Proposal to make vasectomy mandatory for convicted sex offenders advances to the House"Rationally related" needs to be rethought. What is rationally? When moral panic ensues, rational departs. That's the state we are in currently. Things are going to get incredibly bad. They will be rounding people up for execution because it is rationally related to public safety. Don't think it can't happen, it absolutely can. Rationally, xyz poses a risk, so the government can take the least restrictive means to achieve the desired result of mitigating that risk. If the sex offender registry does not mitigate the risk, then the government may chose to eliminate the registry or impose more restrictive measures, that better serve the interests. Such as...,,,,,Do not think it can't happen, it can.
  • TS April 9, 2024 at 7:33 am on NH: Former teacher pleads guilty to sexually assaulting an adult student in 2021They're not but they're in upper secondary education regardless and the legislation addresses students overall despite the person being a legal adult. I have to wonder if it was a 19 year old high school senior, would the same law apply (when according to this law it should)?
  • J. Brown April 9, 2024 at 7:29 am on General Comments April 2024Nevermind, I think TS explained it. These cards are unique to border states, and I assume they have all our background info, just like the passport cards.
  • Will Allen April 9, 2024 at 7:26 am on IL: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Where Child Sex Offenders Can LiveI'd guess there are at least 4 main reasons that people represent themselves: 1. What you said - overconfidence. 2. They think Amerikans and the legal system are reasonable and fair. I've heard plenty of people who are completely floored by the illegal idiocy that has been perpetrated against PFRs. They think a PFR can just explain the situation to reasonable people and the crimes will be stopped. I can easily see a PFR thinking that all they have to do is present facts to a reasonable judge or jury. 3. They don't give a f*ck. This is the base stance for most Amerikans about other people and consequences on them. And of course the Registries magnify that by how much? 100x? So I wouldn't discount this at all. 4. Money.
  • J. Brown April 9, 2024 at 7:18 am on General Comments April 2024Interesting, but are you sure you used a driver's license to cross into Canada? Maybe you're thinking about a passport card because Canada stopped accepting state driver's licenses after 9-11. I know, because I often too trips to Toronto to visit the family of a college buddy. I remember Canadians requiring me to get a passport way back in 2002. However, I do remember the days of walking across the Niagara Falls border with nothing but a state driver's license.
  • Facts should matter April 9, 2024 at 7:16 am on IL: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Where Child Sex Offenders Can LiveJust imagine what would've happened if NASA asked everyone in the mission control room to just "pray really hard" instead of utilizing verified, triple-checked hard science and complex equations for the moon landing. When you use your heart instead of your head to make decisions that will effect millions, your blind faith will always fail you in the end - no matter how good the intentions.
  • Literally nobody April 9, 2024 at 6:48 am on NH: Former teacher pleads guilty to sexually assaulting an adult student in 2021I agree, and I think that’s why it’s important to highlight that women like this teacher are on the registry. When lawmakers claim the registry is just for “heinous” crimes, they are misleading the public at best, and at worst are somehow making a claim that this woman’s “crime” is somehow worse than carjacking or violent assault. Do most Americans truly believe this woman should be an unemployable pariah for the rest of her days? I don’t think so.
  • Athena April 9, 2024 at 6:38 am on General Comments April 2024Agree, and I have learned enough in my short time as mother of a PFR to know that any move, travel, or change would need to be thoroughly investigated with legal counsel when possible. In addition, of course, to reading every letter of a statute. Thank you for your input, Notorious.
  • Notorious D.I.K. April 9, 2024 at 6:20 am on International Travel 2024Tropical, no, there are no "state citizens" only "U.S. Citizens." States have "residents", all of whom are U.S. Citizens. We do not have "dual citizenship - one state and another U.S. Citizenship comes from being American and we are all, no matter which state or territory we live in, American citizens. As such, we are free to move from one state to another and to immediately transfer our residency without interference from the state (although with possible adverse consequences for registrants).
  • J. Brown April 9, 2024 at 5:47 am on International Travel 2024New York is far ahead of Wisconsin, which will publicize your foreign address on their website. They'll also send out a verification letter. That's what happened to me in South Africa, until I protested about it with Wisconsin DOC. South Africa has a registry, but they exclude cyber offenses, so I was exempt. Plus the SA registry never publicizes names. So I let the Wisconsin DOC understand that fact, because I was about to report them to the South African Human Rights Commission for violating their laws. I eventually worked something out with Wisconsin. Also, when I stayed in the country of Georgia, they didn't deliver residential mail. So that contradicts Wisconsin's verification process. The situations I mentioned are strong arguments to bring down Wisconsin's extraterritorial laws, and I plan to use those examples in a future lawsuit waged against Wisconsin. I wish I can get help from ACSOL, but I guess they're busy with other things
  • Mike April 9, 2024 at 5:31 am on General Comments April 2024The ACLU is dealing with this issue in the current litigation. Go to the ACLU of Michigan's website.
  • TS April 9, 2024 at 4:38 am on General Comments April 2024@JasonM Which of the 13 drivable border crossings from WA to BC, Canada did you use (if that is where you did cross)? For all - Americans with an Enhanced Identification Card (EIC) or Enhanced Drivers License (EDL) from Washington State, Minnesota, South Dakota, Michigan, New York, or Vermont can be allowed to travel to Canada without a Passport I'd be leery of LE giving a Static-99 test given they are not professionals who would normally administer it when needed for other purposes.
  • MD Registrant April 9, 2024 at 4:20 am on IL: Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Where Child Sex Offenders Can LiveSpeculation is more important than evidence to me seems like insanity. I can speculate all day long on issues and be stuck in the outfield blinded by ignorance instead of science. Illinois the Land of Loony Tunes!! Congrats on being another corrupt state with judges who shouldn't be on the bench.
  • Tropical Smoothie April 9, 2024 at 3:50 am on International Travel 2024Yes about Puerto Ricans being “residents” in the sense that people living in the various states are residents of the state they live in. But not citizens of the state of residence… Don’t know much about requirements for US citizens to travel to American Samoa although I’ve seen videos on YouTube of the place and it looks amazing. I think Guam is more like PR and the US Virgin Islands in that travel there for Americans is like going to any state (but I could be wrong). And I think even in the USVI there’s a Secondary-type process before leaving -weird. Others might know more about this .. Travel to PR is seamless for Americans -no special checks of any sort going in or out and one can stay as long as one wants to. PR is treated as a state for many things, although it is not a state. Could become one at some point would be my guess.
  • MD Registrant April 9, 2024 at 2:28 am on NH: Former teacher pleads guilty to sexually assaulting an adult student in 2021Who cares what two consenting adults do when sparks fly, chemistry is there, and bumping occurs. It's none of my business and it shouldn't be lawmakers either. Lawmakers aren't moral and should stay out of things that aren't any of their businesses and stay in their lane.
  • G4Change April 9, 2024 at 1:57 am on LA: Proposal to make vasectomy mandatory for convicted sex offenders advances to the HouseToo bad Rep. Delisha Boyd's father didn't opt to have a vasectomy prior to her conception!
  • Notorious D.I.K. April 9, 2024 at 12:17 am on International Travel 2024Dr. Reeb, Actually, no; Japan's jails and prisons are very tough. They treat prisoners very harshly. They have very few rights. That is Japanese culture. The conviction rate is extraordinarily high.
  • Notorious D.I.K. April 9, 2024 at 12:13 am on International Travel 2024pnwso, I doubt very much that Japan would criminally charge you for lying on their embarkation card. It's far more likely that they would immediately send you back. They really don't want to spend any more time on you than they have to.