Sixth Circuit rejects Michigan residency & premises restrictions

By Jonathan H. Adler . . . Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit held that recent amendments to Michigan’s Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) are unconstitutional because they impose retroactive punishment on sex offenders in violation of the Constitution’s prohibition on ex post facto laws. Among other things, the plaintiffs argued that amendments to Michigan’s SORA increased…

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NCRSOL: Sex offender restrictions the new Jim Crow

By Greg Barnes . . . On Sept. 1, a registered sex offender will be breaking the law if he continues to work at a car repair shop that sits within 300 feet of the Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland County and a day-care center. A state law takes effect that day prohibiting sex offenders from being near places…

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Judicial courage in the face of Colorado’s Lifetime Act

Susan Walker . . . As the mother of a son convicted of sexual assault and sentenced under Colorado’s 1998 Lifetime Act, it is clear to me why Boulder District Judge Patrick Butler chose two years of jail with work release and 20 years’ probation instead of prison for Austin James Wilkerson. Wilkerson, a former University of Colorado student, was…

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U.S. Olympic swimmers’ lies unravel under scrutiny : The danger of simply believing

By Barbara Gale & Larry Neely…. Victims’ advocates, particularly those who advocate for victims of sexual assault, argue that we should always believe the victim’s story. Simply believing a person who claims to be a victim of a criminal offense is extremely dangerous. A good case to support this is the story of Ryan Lochte and the three other American…

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Penn. Supreme Court nixes lifetime registration for some

By Matt Miller . . . A ruling issued by a sharply-divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court could greatly alter the registration requirements imposed on some types of convicted sex offenders. The decision by the court’s majority states that offenders who commit some kinds of sex crimes, such as possessing child pornography, cannot be made to register with state police for life…

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‘Pokémon Go’ sex offender ban is nonsense

By STEVEN YODER . . . Last last month, two state senators in New York—Jeffrey Klein and Diane Savino—issued a report laying out an apparently scary set of numbers. In New York City, Pokémon from Pokémon Go were spotted in front of the homes of 57 people on the state sex registry. Fifty-nine Poké gyms or Pokéstops and 73 other…

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Pokemon Go and sex offenders

by Sandy Rozek and Robin Vanderwall . . . The Pokémon Go craze is sweeping the nation and beyond, sending young people scurrying through the streets, phones in hand, frantically seeking these fictional little creatures. It also has politicians scurrying to find heavy-handed answers to trumped-up fears. That’s because it didn’t take long before someone realized that, horror of horrors,…

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