Opinion: Virginia lawmakers unfairly target registered citizens

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      Robin Vander Wall
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      By Mary Davye Devoy . . . The 2018 Virginia General Assembly session is my 10th as a volunteer advocate for a smarter Virginia Sex Offender Registry.
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      Tammie Lawson

      Law makers need to realize that many families and innocent children are affected by the harsh rules of the register. There must be change!! What they are doing is unconditional and violates a person’s civil rights! Reform and Reclassification is needed not ignored!!

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      We the people

      This the very abuse of power and tyranny that the Declaration Of independence states it is every citizen’s duty to Revolution! There should be a watch list of these nefarious Virginia congressman.

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        Tammie Leigh Lawson

        I agree

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      Fred

      SCOTUS has already ruled ex post facto sex offenders rules are Unconstitutional when they refused to over turn the 6th circuit ruling on sex offender registry ex post facto laws (Doe v. Snyder). https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/09/07/sex-offender-laws-and-the-6th-circuits-ex-post-facto-clause-ruling/?utm_term=.2f73533611a5

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      Saddles

      While I’m happy to see this ethinical challenge that Nancy has brought to our attention as I am impressed. Yes these laws are oppressing to those that got caught up in a lot of this sex drama if you would like to call it. Some call it a witch hunt which might be adequate but still it depresses all. Seems like these sex laws in VA are like one changing their socks they change all the time when one person wants to make something agreeable or disagreeable. Is all this human nature or are they playing with the rights of we the people in a lot of this ordeal. Coming to common ground is still a legal right whether one does something physical or is challenged by all this “computer age” mind game that stigmatize those.
      I wonder who’s the victim and who’s the culprit, or is human law overshaddowing in these types of sexual situations..

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      Seti IIII

      So, Ms. Devoy, what else is new? I think pretty much that state legislatures have had a big red bulls eye on registrants for the past 20 years, or at least since the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Dred Scott v Sandford (1857), no I mean Plessy v Ferguson (1896) oh I’m sorry, uhh, it’s Smith v Doe (2003). I get these cases confused because all three cases basically do the same thing—take away the Constitutional Rights of US citizens. But what do I know? In Smith the court said that: BANISHMENT, DISENFRANCHISEMENT, STIGMATIZATION, EMASCULATION, as a result of being on a state’s sex offender (SO) registry is not PUNISHMENT. Oh and don’t forget that registration/residency (RR) laws do not violate the constitutional ban on Ex Post Facto (when applied AFTER a person’s conviction and sentence) and RR laws do not violate Due Process, i.e., that the state does not have to give you notice or allow for an opportunity to be heard or confront your accuser. They hold the position that SOs pose a unique threat to the community; however, murderers, robbers, burglars, car thieves, home invaders, drug dealers are good to go—in other words, we don’t mind these types of criminals to be loose in the community with no one knowing where they are. Go figure. but anyway, what do I know.

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      Anthony

      Yes, the expost facto clause violated when there is a double jeopardy or multiple penalties attached to the same action of conduct after the fact applied retroactively. THE FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER IS NOT A NEW CHARGE FOR A NEW OFFENSE BECAUSE IT REVERTS BACK TO THE ORIGINAL CONVICTION. THIS IS NOT A CIVIL ACT BUT A CRIMINAL ACT AS CHARGED UNDER PENAL CODE THAT PRETENDS TO BE A CIVIL ACTION. THE BILL OF ATTAINDER DOES IN FACT ATTACHES ITSELF TO THIS TO BE RECHALLENGED IN STATE AND FEDERAL COURT. THE VERY PREMISE FOR THE MISFORMED AND MISGUIDED US JUSTICES WAS BASED ON FRAUDULENT EVIDENCE PRESENTED BACK IN 2002 ARGUMENTS AND DECISION OF 2003. STATISTICAL DATA WAS THE FRAUD ON SEX OFFENDER RECIDIVISM RAPIST OR CHILD MOLESTER COMPARED TO OTHER OFFENSES.

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      Sherry Sloan

      If you take a hard look at the statistics you KNOW there are thousands of innocent men and women incarcerated nationwide. Only 7% of criminal cases go to trial the other 93% are resolved through plea bargains. Do you REALLY believe cops and prosecutors get it right 93% of the time? Could that even be possible knowing, as we do now, how routinely police reports don’t match the video from their own dash-cams, or audits of crime labs find serious, systemic errors affecting thousands of cases? So why do so many innocent people plead guilty? This is especially true in cases of child pornograghy. Because our draconian sentencing laws give prosecutors, not judges nearly all the power in the system. If you go to trial, they will heap on extra counts and charges to punish you for daring to question them, and if you are found guilty (a common occurrence even for the innocent because too many jurors believe “you must have did something” or you wouldn’t be on trial). Again, when children are involved, jurors tend to convict based on feelings, not evidence. You can expect to pay a “trial tax” where the judge hits you with extra time because you “wasted the court’s time” by going to trial. So if an Innocent man is being offered ten years, but know’s he’ll do life if convicted, which choice do you think is all to often made? Lawmakers are hard on these type crimes because they don’t want to be considered by their constituents as “friends of child molesters” when in fact most of all people on the registry never touched a child. I see in VA where they are trying to pass a law that will keep sex offenders on the registry from entering a shelters. This is in humane if they do not have anywhere else to go!! I hope Virginia lawmakers do not pass the law that would keep low level sex offenders from schools. This is cruel! The sex offender registry hurts more children in families whose parent are resgistered than it ever helped save!!! It needs to be abolished altogether.

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      Saddles

      Folks you know we should appreciate everyone that strives to help in this sex ordeal. I know everyone is suffering to some extent. wather its over the cost of fines by tis, the lose, of jobs over this, or the lose of livelhood or liberty.
      Do you know their are keys to everything and what do keys do. They unlock. I wonder if some have found the right key.. Should we all be angry over this sex thing, should we all be angry over taking advantage of others, or should we all be in our pitty-pots and say why did I do this? Now really is that how to solve problems. Now NARSOL and all the other advocates try to find the answer and even you all that comment on here and me as well look for an answer but we sometimes seem not to find the answer when the answer could be right in front of you. Now I know we all want to take a humanistic view of all this and try to solve this problem man’s logical way. Listening to congressman, and senators and other law makers that don’t know their tuxedo from their long johns. Wouldn’t it be time to step up to the plate and say “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore” Now were was that movie pharase from?

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      Joseph Eigenmann

      I was sentenced as a juvinile in n.j.in 1990.My 25yrs are up next year.I am refusing to register after that date.pray for me.I will defend my life and liberty by any means necessary..I have 2 45’s on my front door..We will see how far they want to go..

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        Anonymous

        Coming off the registry is not automatic in NJ. Please don’t do anything stupid.

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