The real danger in stranger-danger

By Lenore Skenazy . . . This summer in India, two dozen innocent people died at the hands of mobs convinced that they were meting out justice to kidnappers. One was a software engineer beaten to death after giving chocolates to children outside a school. One was a 65-year-old woman who got lost on a trip to a temple with her family…

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Registry Matters Episode 39 – How Coerced Testimonies Are Like A School Bully

On the Registry Matters Podcast Episode 39:  We start with the story of the police department staffer saying that registrants should be shot and segue into reasons to hire someone who went to prison. Other issues include: failed background checks in Idaho; a nationwide prison labor strike; California prison volunteer firefighters denied jobs on the outside; former AG says broad…

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Registry Matters Episode 38 – How vigilante justice can make you sick

In this week’s episode of the Registry Matters Podcast, Larry and Andy discuss the fact that teens are the victims of registerable offenses, but that teens are also the ones committing the offenses. Also discussed are: the  unlikelihood that the recent Catholic Church abuse scandals will lead to any convictions; the governor of NY, Cuomo, revisiting the statute of limitations…

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Illinois appeals court finds sex offender registration requirement too harsh

By Scott . . . For the second time this year, an Illinois state appellate court has overturned sex offender registration conditions placed on a defendant. The unanimous decision was issued by a panel of Illinois’ 3rd District Appellate Court on 8/20/18. The court found that Illinois’ Sex Offender Registration Act and related restrictions, as applied to Devin M. Kochevar,…

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A case of unchecked prosecutorial abuse

By Michael M . . . Let’s talk about Bedford County, Pennsylvania’s former district attorney, William Higgins, Jr.  On August the 17th, 2018, Higgins was sentenced after being charged with using his power as a district attorney to coerce female defendants accused of drug offenses into sex acts. At least, that’s how the news media repeatedly framed it. There’s just one…

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Deregistration Process in CO and “Can They Do That?”

NARSOL in Action

The combination NARSOL in Action and Can They Do That? conference call was well received. The first hour was devoted to discussing the deregistration process in Colorado. Our special guest was attorney Colleen Kelley from Denver, Colorado. Ms. Kelley is an associate at Wolf Law, LLC, and has dedicated her practice entirely to criminal defense. You can find out more about…

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“Sex offenders should be shot”

By Sandy . . . So stated an email written by a staff member of the Little Rock Police Department and sent to all staff. She was apparently irritated that phone calls by or concerning registrants were erroneously being sent to her office. The issue was reported at KARK.com as was the fact that the police department is not happy with the…

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Looking for insurance? Don’t go here

UPDATE: Since printing this, we have heard from a significant number of people who are registrants and do business with USAA with no problems at all. I called a company rep with them, and she, however, verified that they would not accept as clients anyone on the registry; it would be considered moral turpitude. There are clearly discrepancies. I’m thinking…

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