We hold these truths . . . . but for how long?

By Larry . . . For those who cherish our Constitution, this is a sad time for our country. I deeply believe in the presumption of innocence and that the presumption of innocence follows those who have been charged with crimes through the duration of the process until they either plead guilty or are convicted by a jury of their…

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Weaponizing social panic

By Michael McKay . . . What happens when social panics are weaponized in order to create and persecute a leper-class in our society? Nothing good, according to history. But if that is so, then why do we keep doing it? Let’s examine some examples of how social panics have been weaponized in America by revisiting the Salem Witch Trials…

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Salvation Army, practice what you preach

By Sandy . . . Ah, it’s winter. Christmas and Hanukkah are approaching. Half the country has snow on the ground, and all the kids in the other half wish they did. Christmas lights, excited shoppers, special church services, and general joy and goodwill abound. Oh – and the homeless. The cold, the poor, the shunned. Thank God for winter…

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Are you sure you heard what you thought you heard?

By Sandy . . . Those in the know have always said that eye-witness testimony is the least reliable of all evidence. The same is true, I am convinced, of ear-witness testimony. That was apparent recently when following the Kavanaugh hearings on Twitter. In regard to the testimony of Christine Ford, one person Tweeted that she was either telling the…

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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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Want to get involved? Advocate for registry reform!

By Michael M . . . My decision to become a full-time advocate for criminal justice and registry reform wasn’t an easy one. When I was arrested, the news media took whatever they could find online about me and ran with it, exercising complete disregard for its source or validity. At one point, they published the photos of over a…

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“The last life I expected to be saving was my own”

By Guy Hamilton-Smith . . . Ryan is the hardest part of my story to explain. We have never met, nor will we, and yet he radically changed the course of my life. The path that I’ve walked since law school was not one that I intended. I did not go to law school advocate for sex offenders. I went…

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Needed: sexual offense facts. Hype? not so much

By Sandy . . . News bulletin: Sex offender arrested for violating his conditions and going to a school. The original header for this — and what search engines “hit” on — is “Sex offender arrested after trying to pick up children at Heber School.” The facts: A guy on the sex offender registry in Utah went with his girlfriend and her…

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SO Registry continues to be roadmap for vigilantes

By Sandy . . . It has happened again. A person on the registry was shot and killed by a vigilante. According to the source, “A Las Vegas man told his neighbor he killed two homeless people behind a central-valley swap meet because one of them was a sex offender, court documents show.” The other person just happened to be there and,…

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