Federal judge holds Colorado registry is punishment; violates Eighth Amendment

By Robin . . . 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. §§…

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A NARSOL book review

Roller Coaster to Hell and Back is the true story of Paul Hanley, who, after being sexually abused, turns against the world that betrayed him. Paul has not learned what love is. He is afraid of the truth. He trusts no one, including himself. Paul’s painful growth into a man is both disturbing and inspiring. His vivid, unforgettable experiences uncover the…

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Simple exposure brings lifetime of cruel and unusual treatment for disabled son, family

By Lenore Skenazy…. The woman who looked to be about 60 walked up to the podium and spoke in a quiet voice. She was at a St. Louis synagogue that was hosting an evening of presentations about the sex offender registry. I spoke, too. But this mom’s story has haunted me in the weeks since. I asked for a copy…

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New Hampshire: CCJR, Dornin fight for equal treatment of all prisoners

By Dave Solomon . . . Generating sympathy for sex offenders is a challenging task, but it’s one that Chris Dornin pursues with a passion. The former State House reporter and now criminal justice reform advocate would say he is not seeking sympathy, just equal justice under the law. Dornin and other members of the group calling itself “Citizens for…

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Studies show female sexual offenders prevalent

Editor’s note: this piece was written and published in Great Britain, and some of the spelling and punctuation reflect the differences between British and American standard spelling and usage. By Christian Jarrett…. A team of US researchers led by Lara Stemple at the UCLA School of Law has analysed data from several large federal crime victimisation surveys and they say their…

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Illinois columnist butchers Gospel, panders to baseless fear

By Sandy . . . The editorial “We all must provide protection from sex offenders” (Daily Journal, 8/26/17) contains many of the elements commonly found in much media coverage on sexual offense issues. It opens with the expected fear-mongering: “The mere mention of a child sex offender can conjure up uncontrollable emotions. The reality of a child sex offender frequenting your…

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NO! We don’t need another sex offender law to fight

By Sandy…. A woman in Oklahoma has gotten the attention of state legislators after creating a Facebook page protesting that the uncle who was convicted for abusing her as a child was allowed to live next door to her. After his recent release from prison, Harold English of Bristow, Oklahoma, moved into his mother’s home. The mother of English and…

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Phil Telfeyan – Protecting constitutional rights in the federal courts

Phil Telfeyan

Philip Telfayen discusses the case of McGuire v. Strange (Alabama) which is awaiting a decision in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Telfayen explains why Alabama’s sex offender registration law is the most debilitating in the country, the constitutional issues asserted, how this registration law has adversely impacted Alabamans like Michael McGuire, and why the law needs to change.…

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NARSOL fighting strict liability case in Ninth Circuit

By Larry and Sandy . . . NARSOL is joining the fight against strict liability offense schemes. An important case from Arizona, May v. Ryan, is pending before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case has the rare distinction of having already been successful in a lower court for the plaintiff, May, who was convicted in Arizona state court of…

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