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NARSOL fighting strict liability case in Ninth Circuit

By Larry and Sandy . . . NARSOL is joining the fight against strict liability offense schemes. An important case from Arizona, May v. Ryan, is pending before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case has the rare distinction of having already been successful in a lower court for the plaintiff, May, who was convicted in Arizona state court of…

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Alabama case now before 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

By Cameron Kiszla . . . A lawsuit before a federal appeals court may have broad implications for Alabama’s sex offender laws, which some critics claim are the harshest in the United States. Montgomery resident Michael McGuire is suing the state of Alabama for relief from the residency restrictions, travel limits, sex offender registration and other punishments that accompany a…

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Supreme Court asks for input of Solicitor General; what does this mean?

The news reached us this morning that the Supreme Court has asked the Solicitor General to weigh in before they reach a decision on whether to grant certiorari in the Michigan case of Does v Snyder. Questions immediately began pouring in, and one question seemed to sum up the concerns. The answer is written by Larry Neely. Question: I don’t…

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7th Circuit: “Hartford City sex offender ordinance unconstitutionally vague”

First the 6th; then the 4th; now the 7th!… Source: http://bit.ly/2gYlcXy… A 2008 Hartford City ordinance that restricted registered sex offenders from entering or loitering within 300 feet of broadly defined “child safety zones” is unconstitutionally vague, a federal judge has ruled. Brian Valenti challenged a 2008 ordinance after he moved to the Blackford County community in 2014 with his wife…

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RSOL seeks help finding victim of Halloween myth

National RSOL, an organization dedicated to preserving and restoring the civil rights of registered sex offenders, is challenging the nation’s media to find JUST ONE case of predation by a registered sex offender against a trick-or-treating minor. Just one. Ever. Now that it’s Halloween, articles are doubling and tripling and quadrupling the predictable warning about the dangers trick-or-treating children face…

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“Egregious and outrageous” declares RSOL’s Vanderwall of new state fair ban

By CBS North Carolina . . . RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) —The North Carolina chapter of Reform Sex Offender Laws (RSOL) is speaking out against the new law banning registered sex offenders from attending the North Carolina State Fair. The State Fair is now underway and will run through Oct. 23. The group said in a press release that “For the…

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Penn. Supreme Court nixes lifetime registration for some

By Matt Miller . . . A ruling issued by a sharply-divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court could greatly alter the registration requirements imposed on some types of convicted sex offenders. The decision by the court’s majority states that offenders who commit some kinds of sex crimes, such as possessing child pornography, cannot be made to register with state police for life…

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Good News!

From California…. The City of Carson has agreed to settle the final presence restrictions lawsuit pending in the state of California. A total of 31 lawsuits were filed starting with the City of Lancaster in December 2012. As a result of these lawsuits, the only presence restriction that remains is a state law that prohibits registrants on parole from visiting…

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IML Update; Federal Government files motion to dismiss

IML Update Full Story on CARSOL The federal government filed a Motion to Dismiss the IML lawsuit this week. The government’s motion is based upon allegations that the plaintiffs in the case lack standing and that the challenge to the addition of a unique identifier to passports is not yet ripe. “The government’s Motion to Dismiss the IML lawsuit must…

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The fight goes on

By now everyone knows that the motion for a preliminary injunction in the IML case has been denied by a federal court in California. The mainstream news reports the details here and here. In brief, the judge felt a ruling at this point was premature because it is not yet clear what form a passport identifier might take. In legal jargon,…

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