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Connecticut considers substantial cut to state’s sex offender registry

HARTFORD – Connecticut’s sex offender registry could get a lot smaller under a new plan. Under the plan, a Sex Offender Registry Board would decide who has to register and for how long.  Registered sex offenders could also petition to be removed or placed on a non-public list. The Connecticut Sentencing Commission heard hours of testimony on it today. The Center…

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Understanding the Supreme Court: Roles of the Chief Justice

By Stephen Wermiel . . . When Chief Justice John Roberts takes his place in the middle seat on the bench, he is performing his most visible and widely known duty: presiding over the Supreme Court. But the chief justice also has a number of other roles, both within the judiciary and outside the court. Roberts acted in one of…

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Snyder outcome beginning to show its effects in Michigan

By John Agar . . . Three Grand Rapids men on Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry have settled a federal lawsuit against the state over housing requirements that restrict where they can live. They had been told they could not live in homes that were within 1,000 feet of a school zone. Attorney Sarah Riley Howard challenged the school-zone law as…

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Supreme Court justices do botch the truth, even in cases of great importance

By Ryan Gabrielson . . . In 2007, a group of California Institute of Technology scientists working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory filed suit against the venerated space agency. Many of the scientists had worked on NASA missions and research for years as outside employees. As part of efforts to tighten security measures after 9/11, in 2004 NASA started requiring outside…

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Packingham’s residual effects may impact Facebook, Twitter, even President

By Lincoln Caplan . . . DONALD TRUMP’S TWITTER account now has 40 million followers. It ranks 21st worldwide among 281.3 million or so accounts. It’s no secret that Trump is proud of his ability to use the account to communicate directly with his constituents. This summer, the president tweeted, “My use of social media is not Presidential—it’s MODERN DAY…

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AZ Sup. Ct. rules unanimously against enhancements where no child is involved

By Howard Fischer . . . Judges cannot impose enhanced sentences on those convicted of soliciting sex with a minor when it turns out there was no child to begin with, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. In their unanimous decision, the justices upheld a lower court ruling that said Dale A. Wright can be found guilty even though the…

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International Meagan’s Law damages a person’s reputation

By Will Bassler . . . International Meagan’s Law  makes passports for registered citizens only valid for 1 year (instead of 10). in violation of the 14th amendment equal protection clause. The law requires registered citizens to report all their travel itinerary directly to the department responsible 21 days prior to international travel. Failure to do so is cause for…

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Milwaukee lifts most residency restrictions

By Mary Spicuzza…. Most residency restrictions for sex offenders would be lifted under a plan approved Wednesday by the Milwaukee Common Council. The city’s current ordinance bans many sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of places like schools, parks and day care centers. The measure, which was approved overwhelmingly, repeals such residency “buffers,” meaning that sex offenders could basically…

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Residency restrictions cut back in Wisconsin city

By Patrick Leary . . . Because of recent legal challenges to similar ordinances, Racine is making adjustments to how restrictive it is about where sex offenders can reside. According to City Attorney Scott Letteney, just 3.7 percent of the city’s housing stock is available to sex offenders under the city’s current ordinance. Under the new ordinance, which was approved…

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Why you should never, ever talk to police

By Robin . . . As a student, I was highly impressed by the manner in which Professor Duane could take a subject as dull and unattractive as civil procedure (civ pro) and, by his sheer energy and command of oratory, turn it into the 1L class nobody would ever forget. It didn’t hurt that he so often began his…

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