NARSOL, others, continue battle for those on sexual offense registry

By Sandy and Robin . . . In Wisconsin a new battle is being launched in what is getting to be an old war. Civil rights attorneys Adele Nicholas and Mark Weinberg, seasoned soldiers in this war fought on behalf of persons forced to live as someone on a sex offender registry, have launched this latest skirmish due to a…

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Who bears the burden of proof in a criminal case?

By Larry . . . NARSOL is excited to announce the filing of an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of Stephen May’s Petition for a Writ of Certiorari. It is important to understand that the Supreme Court declines to hear most cases in which review is sought, which means all petitioners face very long odds.…

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Arizonans for Rational Sexual Offense Laws holding conference

NARSOL’s Arizona affiliate organization, AZRSOL, will hold its first conference next year on July 23. Titled “Collaborating for Change,” the conference will be held at the Arizona State University Beus Center for Law and Society. The speaker lineup is impressive, featuring Alissa Ackerman, Ira Ellman, Jill Levenson, Paul Dubbeling, and Guy Hamilton-Smith. The hope for the conference is that it…

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The bad, the worse, and the despicable

11/21 UPDATE: They now have an addendum at the beginning of the story. This is a step in the right direction, but it still contains misleading and irrelevant material, which I wrote to Ms. Umphress at Amberly Place yesterday and will write Ms. Day and her news editor about. This is what they put. What they wrote is in bold…

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Criminal or civil? Right or wrong? Does anyone care?

By Scott H. Greenfield . . . It’s bad enough, both for substantive as well as factual reasons, that the Supreme Court in Smith v. Doe held that sex offender registration was not punitive, but civil, and therefore beyond the reach of the Ex Post Facto Clause. Not only was it grounded in utterly baseless statistics of recidivism, but it indulged in the fantasy that…

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Sex offenders: To bail or not to bail

By David Post . . . In a posting here on the Volokh Conspiracy last week (“Is a Categorical Denial of Bail for Sex Offenders Constitutional?“), Paul Cassell summarized an amicus brief he co-authored urging the US Supreme Court to grant certiorari in Arizona v. Goodman,a case involving a provision of Arizona law under which pre-trial bail must be denied to persons…

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AZ RSOL tries to dispel residency restrictions ignorance

By Bianca Buono . . . A loophole in Arizona law allows sex offenders to live near schools, in some cases just feet away from campus. Per state law, it’s only illegal for a sex offender to live within 1,000 feet of a school if that person has been convicted of a dangerous crime against children. According to the state…

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Radio interview with Brenda and Larry

Brenda and Larry were recently guests on a radio talk show in Missouri. They both do an outstanding job of answering questions and presenting facts about the registry and about a specific case in the Ninth Circuit in Arizona, the May case, in which NARSOL has submitted an amicus brief in support of the plaintiff. Larry also discusses the case…

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NARSOL files amicus brief in Ninth Circuit case

By NARSOL Communications . . . Innocent until proven guilty is one of our most cherished constitutional protections. Laws in Arizona have demolished that protection for those accused of certain sexual crimes. A man with such a conviction, Stephen Edward May, brought a case against the state, and the conviction was overturned by a federal district court in Arizona. The…

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NARSOL supports man who won rare constitutional challenge

By Larry Neely . . . The National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) has filed an amicus curiae brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of Stephen Edward May, whose conviction for child molestation in an Arizona case has been set aside by the federal court in Arizona. NARSOL’s interest in…

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