A new study–a new question

–by Lisa Sample & Danielle Bailey; University of Nebraska….”Sexual re-offending remains a media, public, and legislative concern, so it is important to not only ask why some reoffend, but also to ask why most sex offenders do not, which is this study’s purpose.” http://nebfacts.blogspot.com/p/uno-study-documents-nebraska-laws-harm.html  

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Registration is cruel and unusual punishment

By Judith Levine . . . If it’s true that all seven of the football players arrested for hazing in the Sayreville, New Jersey, War Memorial High School locker room are students of color, that is one more reason not to prosecute them as sexual felons. I don’t mean not to prosecute them in adult court. I mean not to…

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WHEN FANTASIES ARE ENOUGH TO CONVICT A GUY or Notice: No children were harmed in the making of this cartoon

~~by Lenore Skenazy….  Vladimir Nabokov might have been behind bars if Tony Briggs had been at the bench back in the day. Briggs is the judge in Britain who just found Robul Hoque, a 39-year-old animation fan, guilty of downloading “prohibited images” of cartoon girls, That’s right. Hoque is guilty of possessing distasteful art. Art that depicts sexy, young, FICTIONAL characters.…

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Was Grisham right? Child porn laws and mass incarceration

By Andrew Extein . . . Popular author John Grisham made headlines this week for speaking out against harsh sentences for child pornography, citing the recent prosecution of a friend for downloading child porn. His friend was sentenced to three years in prison for downloading pornography that claimed to depict 16-year-old females. Predictably there was an immediate backlash, with people accusing…

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RSOL is news in California

For some time now CA-RSOL, under the direction of Janice Bellucci, affiliate leader, has been fighting the good fight–and winning–against unconstitutional restrictions against registrants. Halloween restrictions and presence restrictions in public places are the areas that have been challenged. Actual news items chronicling these victories have been hard to come by, but finally an excellent and lengthy article has appeared.…

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Confused About Pedophilia?

It may well be that the terms “pedophile” and “pedophilia” are the most confusing, least understood terms in the general public’s vocabulary. It was therefore refreshing to click on a link and see an article titled, “Pedophilia: A Disorder, Not a Crime,” by Margo Kaplan, and, even more refreshing, to see it in The New York Times. This article is exactly…

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A Judge, A Kiddie Porn Case, and a Surprise

–by Lenore Skenazy….Judge Jack Weinstein has always thought, and ruled, outside the social norms, especially when it came to mandatory minimums, which he detested. Recently a friend dropped me a note about him — an appreciation, really — first sending a link to this story about a 2008 child porn possession trial Weinstein presided over. According to the New York…

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