Sweet Victory in Florida: Eleventh Circuit gives go-ahead to F.A.C. case

By Larry . . . The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has breathed new life into the case of Does v. Richard L. Swearingen. While this is indeed good news, NARSOL cautions that we not become too giddy. The court noted that “. . . the constitutionality of the registry law is not before us— we must…

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Law enforcement in at least12 states mislead parents about risk of harm to children

By Sandy . . . Halloween is over for 2022. Little trick-or-treaters are recovering from sugar overload, and parents are recovering from little trick-or-treaters. According to a search of all news sources and the internet, once again, no child was harmed/abducted/molested by a person on a sex offender registry during trick-or-treat. That is true in Illinois, the only state remaining…

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Vander Wall denounces North Carolina’s ban against registrants attending state fair

By Sara Pequeno . . . In the face of a tragedy, it’s difficult to parse out the best course of action. Egregious acts of terror or deviance lead people to seek punitive justice without nuance. It’s how we ended up with mandatory minimums, and why we have to take our shoes off in airport security. Sex offenders in particular are…

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N.C. press release: “Outrageous” to ban state’s registered citizens from state fair

Raleigh, North Carolina . . . It’s time for the North Carolina State Fair, but thousands of North Carolina’s citizens are prohibited from attending it. Free citizens! Some of these citizens are fathers and mothers with children who will likely miss out on the opportunity to visit livestock and poultry exhibitions with their parents—serving as a painful reminder that their dad…

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Of “sex offender” residence restrictions and other foolish things

By Sandy . . . How many times have we seen it happen. There have been too many to count, going back years, among them Connecticut, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and more recently Joliet, Illinois. Now there is Lakeside, California: “Neighbors angry to find five sex offenders secretly placed in their Lakeside neighborhood.” The plot is virtually always the same. People living…

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Having complete records facilitates making a compelling AWA immigration submission

By Allan Lolly . . . Success with US Immigration under the Adam Walsh Act requires a lot of effort to get things right. A first basic step in presenting a good case is having the correct and complete set of criminal and treatment records. Step 1: Pull Records Instructions to help you get started can be found here. This…

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Scams targeting registrants: 2022 updates

New warnings just in; these come from law enforcement, which seems to indicate they are taking this seriously: North Carolina; November: https://www.salisburypost.com/2022/11/04/recent-scam-targets-registered-sex-offenders/ Michigan; November: https://www.michigansthumb.com/news/article/Sex-offenders-target-of-scam-caller-Michigan-17616236.php These are the ones I have identified. If you know of one in a state not here, send a link to a 2022 news article to communications@narsol.org Virginia; July: https://www.wakg.com/2022/07/27/vsp-warns-of-sex-offender-phone-scam/ Tennessee; June:https://www.greenevillesun.com/news/local_news/sex-offender-registry-scams-widespread-in-state/article_4b83fef2-ed9a-11ec-822c-3f0177e9866b.html Alaska; March: https://www.akp.uscourts.gov/2022/03/21/news/us-marshals-and-alaska-state-troopers-warn-scam…

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In Wisconsin: Important Seventh Circuit Decision on the Ex Post Facto Clause

By Adele Nicholas . . . We achieved a small but important victory in the Seventh Circuit this week. The Seventh Circuit found that a municipal ordinance enacted by the Village of Hartland, Wisconsin, that banned registrants from establishing a home in the Village is retroactive within the meaning of the ex post facto clause. The ruling opens an important avenue…

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Joliet, IL update; plan for “pocket park” moves forward

By Sandy . . . The Joliet, IL City Council met the evening of August 2. One of the agenda items was the purchase by the city of a property on N. Center Street, one block from the NewDay Apartments on Cora Street. This is the property that Joliet mayor Bob O’Dekirk has announced would be bought in order to erect…

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Joliet mayor Bob O’Dekirk, please do the right thing

Also published at the Joliet Patch Publication By Sandy . . . Much has been made recently of an apartment building in Joliet, Illinois, housing six individuals on the Illinois sex offense registry. Joliet’s mayor Bob O’Dekirk has consistently supported attempts to have the men removed. He has been very vocal about this. Frustrated by a federal ruling superseding the…

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