Playing With Fire?

Liberals Courted Neil Gorsuch’s Vote to Strike Down a Terrible Sex Offender Law [caption id="attachment_845" align="alignleft" width="300"] Click image to read the article.[/caption] During Tuesday’s oral arguments in Gundy v. United States at the Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch name-dropped an unusual ally: the American Civil Liberties Union. Gorsuch asked Jeffrey Wall, the principal deputy solicitor general, to respond to an argument in the ACLU’s amicus brief on...

How Safe Are Trick-or-Treaters?

An Analysis of Child Sexual Assaults on Halloween [caption id="attachment_832" align="alignleft" width="300"] Click Image to read PDF[/caption] In this 12-page analysis of the statistics reported (Click Here to read PDF) on sexual abuse crimes committed on Halloween, published by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. Read how there is little if any evidence backing up harsh Halloween restrictions of RSO.

Maintaining the Constitution’s separation of powers

Supreme Court to Hear Gundy v. United States. [caption id="attachment_821" align="alignleft" width="300"] Separation of Powers[/caption] Of course Mr. Gundy has much at stake personally in the outcome of his case. But so do we all, for the decision in Gundy may have broad implications for the way fundamental separation of powers principles are enforced. This is because Mr. Gundy claims SORNA violates the “nondelegation doctrine” which, at least in theory, prohibits Congress from delegating to any...

Nevada to embark on new sex offender registry system, but critics say it’s overly harsh

[caption id="attachment_817" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nevada Supreme Court Building[/caption] Starting Oct. 1, Nevada will be implementing its version of the federal Adam Walsh Act, a law that significantly changes the way the state classifies its more than 7,200 sex offenders. Rather than categorizing them according to their projected risk of reoffending, they’ll be categorized according to the original crime they were convicted of — a process that will reshuffle thousands...

Federal judge holds Colorado Registry is Punishment; Violates Eighth Amendment

[caption id="attachment_811" align="alignleft" width="300"] The United States District Court-Colorado[/caption] From NARSOL Website: In a far reaching opinion that is sure to send Colorado’s Attorney General scrambling to salvage that state’s registration and notification scheme, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Richard P. Matsch (a Nixon appointee who presided over the trial of Oklahoma City bombing defendant Timothy McVeigh) has held the entire Colorado Sex Offender Registration Act (C.R.S. §§...

US Supreme Court to Hear SORNA Case

[caption id="attachment_805" align="alignleft" width="806"] Supreme Court of the Unites States Justices[/caption] HERMAN AVERY GUNDY, Petitioner, v. UNITED STATES, Respondent. INTRODUCTION The Government defends a version of SORNA that Congress never enacted. Nothing in 34 U.S.C. § 20913(d)—or anywhere else in SORNA—directs the Attorney General to make the Act’s requirements, including its criminal sanctions, applicable to pre-Act offenders “to the maximum extent feasible,” as the Government claims. Brief for the United States (“Gov’t Br.”) 24. Instead,...

Virgin Companies “Breaking Barriers” Program

At Virgin, our people are our greatest asset and we see the strength and value in our differences. We’re always striving for greater inclusion and diversity in our global workforce. [caption id="attachment_799" align="aligncenter" width="300"] PRIDE Parade![/caption] In this article, Virgin founder, Richard Branson, lists his top 10 quotes from around the spectrum. Read all 10 here! Also, check out this article about Virgin's reentry program for former prisoners in...

NV Attorney General Obtains Favorable NV Supreme Court Ruling

Ruling Affirms Constitutionality of Adam Walsh Act ~~~~~ Carson City, NV – Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that his office obtained a favorable ruling from the Nevada Supreme Court regarding Nevada’s sex offender registry. The ruling allows Nevada to implement Assembly Bill 579 (AB 579) from the 2007 Legislative Session, which aligns Nevada’s sex offender registration laws with the federal requirements of the Adam Walsh Child...

Are sex offender registries reinforcing inequality?

Here is an article published last year in of all places, a physic science website. Offenders convicted of sex crimes are now singled out for surveillance and restrictions far more punitive than those who commit other types of crime. More than 800,000 Americans are now registered sex offenders. Tracking them has created a booming surveillance industry. In my work on sex offender registries, I have found that black men in the U.S. were registered at...

Studies question effectiveness of sex offender laws

Reread this 2011 article from the University of Chicago questioning the effectiveness of current sex offender laws. Two studies are cited that conclude that these laws do not support the intended results.  Two studies in the latest issue of The Journal of Law and Economics cast doubt on whether sex offender registry and notification laws actually work as intended. One study, by J.J. Prescott of the University of Michigan and...

Group Sues Over Passport Marker for Sex Offenders

A group representing California sex offenders is trying again to block a law that requires a marker to be placed in the passports of people convicted of sex offenses against children. Go to this US News report here By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A group representing sex offenders sued again Thursday to challenge a law that requires a marker to be placed in the...

Pa. courts put Megan’s Law in limbo

As reported in the Altona, PA newspaper, Altona Mirror on Jan 10, 2018 Under those opinions, questions arose as to the constitutionality of the state law requiring sexual offenders to register with state police and to periodically update their registration. The court is questioning the constitutionality of sex offender laws as it pertains to dates of conviction as well as other considerations. The key ruling, Long explained, that...

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