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Ohio RSOL, NARSOL advocate challenges sex offender residency restrictions expansion

By Beth Mlady . . . Advocate Barbara Wright opposes Brook Park City Council’s intention to further limit where registered offenders can live. The Brook Park ordinance under consideration adds parks to vicinity restrictions and also prohibits two sex offenders from living together in the same residential dwelling. A member of advocacy groups Ohio Reform Sex Offender Laws (RSOL) and the National Association for Rational Sexual…

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A not-so-surprising consequence of sexual hysteria: presumed guilt

By Sandy and Robin . . .  Is Kavanaugh guilty of Ford’s accusations? Of Ramirez’s? Of Swetnick’s? We don’t know. Is Kavanaugh innocent? We don’t know. If he is guilty, is immaturity and high-school-boy-stupidity the best explanation and the assumption that he has grown up a given, or was and is something more sinister at play here? Is, as stated…

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Bitterness, hatred, and lifelong repercussions — is there a better way?

By Sandy . . . Messages of hate and revenge and eternal punishment for Brett Kavanaugh are filling the media outlets and creating excessive unrest in our country. I have just heard an audio of an interview on The Daily, a PBS podcast, titled, “A High School Assault.” It is brief, slightly over twenty minutes, and in it a very…

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Registry Matters Episode 43: The insider’s guide to judicial activism

Today’s episode informs about the procedure of a presidential nominee’s background check and who performs it. Questions that will be answered are what is the current state of the SCOTUS nominee Kavanaugh, does he have the right to confront his accuser, and is he held to a higher standard? Also discussed will be: Autopsies done on prisoners reveal that about…

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The case against Amendment 4

Source: Tallahassee Democrat Florida leads the nation with over 1 million citizens disenfranchised and unable to vote due to felony convictions. The path to having their voting rights restored is long and difficult, and has been found unconstitutional by a federal judge. This November, Floridians who are able to vote will determine whether convicted felons who have completed their sentences…

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Nebraska Supreme Court rules adjudicated juveniles must register

By Larry and King Alexander, Jr.* . . . This is a rather fascinating situation because it illustrates the federalism problem seen when two different courts, one federal and one state, interpret the same state statute and come to radically different conclusions. People often mistakenly believe that the federal court determination controls because federal courts are a higher authority than state…

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Warning: Integrity of judicial process at risk

This may also be seen at Criminal Legal News By Sandy Rozek . . . Testimony from individuals at a sentencing hearing has one primary purpose: to give the court additional information on which to base a sentencing decision. Victim impact statements focus on the harm done, while statements on behalf of the convicted are intended to paint as thorough a…

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Redemption or forever condemned?

Redemption:  Is redemption possible or are wrongdoers forever condemned?  Chicago’s renowned Steppenwolf Theater Company tackles that issue with “Downstate,” a new play by Pulitzer and Tony Award-winner Bruce Norris premiering in Chicago on Sept. 20 and running through Nov. 11, 2018; the play is already slated for a London production in spring 2019.  Downstate comes to the stage as the…

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