President Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Bill Into Law, December 31, 2011:
Bandera Sex Offenders are Being Watched (TX), December 30, 2011:
Despite Law, Homeless Sex Offenders Can Stay at Shelters Near Schools, Judge Rules, December 30, 2011:
New Illinois Laws, December 30, 2011:
Judge: Sex Offenders May Stay in Grand Rapids Shelters, December 29, 2011:
Area Advocates Behind New FBI Definition of Rape, December 29, 2011:
Politicians Weigh In on Possible Aliahna’s Law, December 29, 2011:
Bill May Let Some Sex Offenders Off Registry 5 Years Early (UT), December 28, 2011:
Laws Restrict Sex Offenders Even After Jail Time, December 27, 2011:
Former Juvenile Sex Offender Gets a Shot at a New Life, December 27, 2011:
Tim, subject of a 2009 Tribune profile, is no longer on Illinois’ sex offender registry
Indiana Girl Missing From Trailer Park Known for Sex Offenders, December 26, 2011:
(Hours after this ran the babysitter/neighbor who was entrusted with the girls care confessed to bludgeoning her to death and then dismembering and deposing of her remain. Not the 15 RSO’s that numerous media outlets continuously mentioned while searching for the girl and who the authorities interviewed.)
‘Speeding Train’ Interrogations Can Fuel False Confessions, December 26, 2011:
Utah Children’s Hospital Screening Visitors for History of Sex Offenses, December 24, 2011:
Appeals Court: Sex Offenders Who Leave the State, Country Must Still Register, December 23, 2011:
Oklahoma Legal Aid Expects $700,000 Cut, December 23, 2011:
President Obama signed the appropriations bill on Nov. 18 that set funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) – the largest single funding source for civil legal aid to the poor – after Congress voted to cut funding to LSC by $56 million, or 14.8%.
LSC was established by the Congress to provide equal access to justice and to ensure the delivery of high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. LSC currently provides funding to 136 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
Many Sex Offenders Not Paying New Fee (IL), December 22, 2011:
Sandusky Case Triggers Surge In Calls Alleging Sexual Abuse, December 22, 2011:
Registered Sex Offenders to Pay Fee (IL), December 22, 2011:
Offenders must pay $100 annual registration fee beginning Jan. 1, 2012
LC City Council Amends Sex Offender Ordinance (LA), December 21, 2011:
Is Facebook the Solution to the Obnoxious Comment Plague? December 19, 2011:
Horsley: Sex Offenders Aren’t the Same, December 18, 2011:
Sexual Assault Case Involving Teen Couple Resolved, December 17, 2011:
Rules to Stop Pupil and Teacher From Getting Too Social Online, December 17, 2011:
Appeals Court Throws Out Child Porn Conviction, December 15, 2011:
Laguna Hills Adopts Law Banning Sex Offenders Like Councilman’s Son-in-Law From Parks, December 14, 2011:
DSM 5 Tries To Sneak In Hebephilia, December 14, 2011:
Hebephilia is a crime, not a mental disorder.
Criminal Code Is Overgrown, Legal Experts Tell Panel, December 14, 2011:
Local Group Wants to Ensure Sex Offenders are Not on Facebook (GA), December 14, 2011:
Congress Weighs in on Child Sexual Abuse, Promises Tougher Laws, December 13, 2011:
Hockey Star Sheldon Kennedy Urges Congress to Fight Child Sex Abuse, December 13, 2011:
Penn State Scandal: Senators Demand Stronger Child Abuse Laws, December 13, 2011:
William Giraldo, Wrongly Accused Of Rape By NYPD, Wants Apology, December 13, 2011:
The Facebook Resisters, December 13, 2011:
Sex Offender Registration Bill Passes in State House (PA), December 13, 2011:
Exoneree’s Ex-Wife Takes Him to Court For a Piece of the Millions He Got From the State, December 12, 2011:
New US Data Shows Continuing Drop in Child Abuse, December 12, 2011:
U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Review Newark Statutory Rape Case, December 12, 2011:
The U.S. Supreme Court won’t review an Ohio Supreme Court decision that eliminated statutory rape charges for children younger than 13.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Licking County Prosecutor Ken Oswalt’s petition to review the case, which stemmed from rape charges brought against a 12-year-old boy. The court accepts only about 1 percent of petitions it receives.
In June, the state Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional to charge a child younger than 13 with statutory rape because it would be unclear who is the victim and who is the offender.
Indian River Detective Helps Speed Use of Law on Sex Offenders Visiting Schools (FL), December 12, 2011:
State Looks at Costs of Defending Sex Felons (WA), December 12, 2011:
Delegate Rob Bell: Why I Want to be Attorney General, (Virginia) December 11, 2011:
Sex Abuse Charge Dropped Against Local Man, December 11, 2011:
The state of Florida has dropped the sexual abuse charges that kept a local man in the county jail for more than two years awaiting trial.
Robert Dominello was freed after the state elected not to prosecute the case, citing potential credibility problems with Dominello’s accuser.
In announcing the state’s decision, Assistant State Prosecutor Shad Redmon wrote that the girl had accused several other people and the family dog of abusing her, with all the alleged instances deemed unfounded. The accuser “is not very oriented to place and time,” he added.
(Two years in jail for a false allegation, he probably lost his job, his home and perhaps his family while he attempted to defend his name)
Fowler: Current Sex-Offender Policies Deserve Closer Examination, December 10, 2011:
Opponents Urge Caution About Pitfalls to Proposed Restrictions, December 10, 2011:
Beilue: Residence Restriction isn’t as Good as it Sounds, December 10, 2011:
Conviction Is Reversed in 1992 Rape and Murder, December 10, 2011:
AOL, Google and Yahoo Join the Hunt for Online Sex Offenders (NY), December 10, 2011:
Police Allege Folsom Prison Psychologist Staged Fake Rape Attack, (CA) December 9, 2011:
Sacramento police responded to a 911 call from the Martinez home on Norgard Court last April and found Laurie Ann Martinez lying on the floor, crying hysterically.
Her shirt was ripped open, her lip split, her knuckles scraped. She told officers she had come home to find a strange man who knocked her unconscious, raped her and robbed her. She went with them to the hospital for an evidentiary exam.
It was, police allege, all a lie – one concocted to persuade her husband to move to another neighborhood.
Community At Odds Over Homeless Sex Offenders, (OK) December 9, 2011:
Bill Would Split up Sex Offenders, (AL) December 9, 2011:
Registered Sex Offender Says State is Holding Him Back from Turning Life Around, December 9, 2011:
Senate Committee Approves Bill To Help Ex-Offenders Find Employment, (NJ) December 9, 2011:
The bill (S-3044) would allow ex-offenders – excluding sex offenders – to be employed by alcoholic beverage licensees such as restaurants or bars, in positions not requiring the serving, selling or soliciting the sale, mixing, processing or preparation of alcohol.
Convicted Sex Offender gets Rare Supreme Court Hearing, December 9, 2011:
A retired Chrysler engineer who has spent five years in prison for a sex crime he says he did not commit is going to get a rare hearing before the Michigan Supreme Court.
Edwardsville Repeals Sex Offender Ordinance, (PA) December 9, 2011:
Kent Turns Down Expanding Rules for Sex Offenders: Instead, City Council Creates Task Force to Probe Community Education About the Issue (OH), December 8, 2011:
Tullytown Repeals Sex Offender Residency Law, (PA) December 8, 2011:
ACLU Says Laws Unfair Toward Sex Offenders, December 8, 2011:
A pair of Nevada laws that toughened sex offender registration requirements are unconstitutional, a civil rights lawyer told a federal appeals court panel Wednesday.
Maggie McLetchie, a lawyer arguing for the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, told judges with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that the new laws re-punish sex offenders by upping their tier classifications, in some cases forcing them to move because they lived too close to a school or other place prohibited under the laws.
“It was being applied retroactively,” McLetchie said. “We needed an injunction because parole and probation officers were telling our clients they had to move.”
Is Facebook “Censoring” the Internet or is this Smart Marketing? December 8, 2011:
State Representative Wants Rapists, Child Molesters Institutionalized, (OK) December 8, 2011:
Prison Visits Make Inmates Less Likely To Commit Crimes After Release, Study Finds, December 7, 2011:
FBI Policy Group Votes to Expand Definition of Rape, December 7, 2011:
Panel: Local, Campus Police Should Aid Each Other (Virginia), December 7, 2011:
Rights Groups Want Prison-Rape-Prevention Rules Expanded, December 7, 2011:
Va. Court of Appeals Exonerates Haynesworth, December 6, 2011:
The Virginia Court of Appeals has granted a writ of actual innocence for Thomas E. Haynesworth, the Richmond man who served 27 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted in a series of rapes in the 1980s.
The vote in the court was split 6-4, with the majority issuing a two-line declaration and the minority issuing a multi-page dissension, said Olga Akselrod, a lawyer for the Innocence Project, which worked for Haynesworth’s release from prison and his court rendered exoneration.
“Thomas is now exonerated,” said Akselrod. “His record is going to be totally expunged. He will be removed from the sex offenders list and there will be no more restirctions on him,” she added.
“He’s finally free.”
Va. Sex Offender Registry Sound, Crime Commission Told, December 6, 2011:
Scandals Reveal Sex Offender Laws’ Limits, December 6, 2011:
Thomas Haynesworth Fully Exonerated by Va. Appeals Court, December 6, 2011:
9-year-old Suspended for Calling Teacher Cute, December 6, 2011:
Righting a Wrongful Conviction in Virginia, December 5, 2011:
Edgar Coker’s case is scheduled to be heard by the state’s high court in January. His lawyers should seek a full pardon from Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), although executive clemency is typically not considered until all court action has been exhausted. The best chance for speedy redress may lie with Virginia’s General Assembly, which reconvenes next month for its annual legislative session. Del. Gregory D. Habeeb, a Roanoke-area Republican, plans to introduce legislation to allow juveniles — even those who entered guilty pleas — to make a claim of actual innocence.
“This is not a partisan issue. This is not a race issue. This is a justice issue,” he says. This change would not guarantee a clean record, but it would rightly give those caught in a paralyzing legal vise a chance to clear their names.
The Case of the Grim Sleeper, December 5, 2011:
Are familial DNA searches a brilliant tool for solving crimes or a dangerous abuse of privacy?
First Grade Boy Under Investigation for Sexual Harassment, December 4, 2011:
There may be “another side” to this story, but it’s hard to foresee any version of events in which a First Grader can plausibly be guilty of “sexual assault”. Nevertheless, if found guilty, Mark Curran when he turns 18 will be placed on a “sex offender registry”, and his life will be ruined. If officials of the Boston public schools system genuinely believe that when a seven-year old kicks another seven-year old in the crotch that that is an act of “sexual harassment”, then they are too stupid to be entrusted with the care of the city’s children.
Residence Restrictions’ Effectiveness Uncertain, December 3, 2011:
Sex Offenders in Avenel Must be Moved to New Facility or Separate Area, N.J. Appeals Court Rules, December 3, 2011:
Mass. Boy Faces Harassment Inquiry for Groin Punch, December 2, 2011:
Is Child Sexual Abuse on the Rise? December 2, 2011:
According to the nation’s top experts, children are actually safer from physical and sexual abuse than they have been for decades
Nebraska Eyes Impact of Changes to Sex Offender Registry, December 2, 2011:
Bernie Fine Accuser Zach Tomaselli Facing Child Molestation Allegation, December 2, 2011:
Virginia Faulted on Child Trafficking, December 2, 2011:
Brian Dickerson: If the Blinds Were Open, Was it a Crime to Look? December 1, 2011:
(A MUST Read!)
Editorial: Changes Overdue in Civil Commitment (Virginia) , December 1, 2011:
Group Hits States on Sex Trafficking, December 1, 2011:
Senate Panel Votes To Expand U.S. Marshals Aid In Sex Offender Investigations, December 1, 2011:
(The Strengthening Investigations of Sex Offenders and Missing Children Act of 2011 and Finding Fugitive Sex Offenders Act of 2011)