Sixth Amendment off-limits to people accused of sexual offense

By Sandy….. When something I write references something read elsewhere, especially when I use direct quotes, I always link to the other piece. Due to my refusal to give the other piece or its publisher any credence or recognition, this post will be the exception to that rule. In a major election year, one expects nasty, attack campaign ads. The…

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Collateral damage: “Law & Order” goes deeper, further than usual

By Marie…. Marie is the author of the blog Tales from the Handbasket and a strong voice for policies that heal families and work toward prevention rather than perpetual punishment.    A friend asked me to watch this week’s episode of Law and Order SVU, a show I stopped watching years ago because its enjoyment of perversion–what awful crimes can…

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Courageous registrant embraces role in reform

I know who I am . . . If I hide, nothing is going to happen. I can’t wait for the next person to come along and fight the fight. I am not willing to sit still and let law after law pass, and then I might be like the people in Florida living under a bridge. —Tammy Bond, Illinois…

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Rethinking sex offender registries gains support

By Erica R. Meiners . . . When police arrived at her house to arrest her on May 8, 2013, Tammy Bond turned to her niece and said: “Aunt Tammy did something wrong.” At age 45, she had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old. She was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and, like 26,000 others in Illinois, required to…

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Collateral damage: hearth and home and dreams of Paris

By Dolley Madison….. In spite of strong opposition on the part of advocacy groups and from a significant number of very credible journalists and media outlets, the legislation known as International Megan’s Law passed and was signed by the President. For all who have ever been convicted of a sexually based offense, this has serious implications for any future plans…

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The power of labels, letters, and marks

On October 5, 1938, the Third Reich directs its Ministry of Interior to invalidate all passports held by Jews until the letter “J” was affixed to them.   Less than 80 years later, and on February 8, 2016, the American Congress directs the Department of State to invalidate all passports held by sexual offenders until a “unique identifier” is affixed to…

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First lawsuit challenging Int’l Megan’s Law filed in CA federal court

San Francisco . . . A lawsuit was filed February 9 in U.S. District Court, Northern District, San Francisco Division, challenging International Megan’s Law, which requires the Secretary of State to add “unique identifiers” to the passports of American citizens. The law requires federal agencies to notify foreign countries that American citizens will be traveling to their country. “For the first…

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Los Angeles Times to Pres. Obama: VETO International Megan’s Law

By the LA Times Editorial Board . . . After rousing themselves from the 30-plus-year bad trip that was the war on drugs — or rather, the war on drug users — many Americans in and out of elected office looked around for someone else to persecute. Someone, somewhere, must be so depraved and hateful that liberals and conservatives, Democrats…

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RSOL prepared to challenge law adding “unique identifiers” to American citizens’ passports

Albuquerque, N.M.— Reform Sex Offender Laws, Inc. is disappointed that the U.S.House of Representatives ​concurred with HR 515​ as amended by the Senate on February 1​. HR 515 will require, for the first time in the history of the United States, the addition of “unique ​identifiers” to the passports of American citizens. ​ ​​The U.S. Senate added the historic requirement as aFloor Amendmentoffered by Senator Mitch McConnell on December…

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International Megan’s Law passes with no opposition

The discussion in the U.S. House pertinent to International Megan’s Law has ended with a vote to pass the resolution; it will now go to the President for his signature. Ten legislators spoke in favor of the bill. They all threw out a lot of numbers, sometimes in conflict with each other, all designed to draw conclusions that cannot be…

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