Registration not cruel and unusual punishment, says Tenth Circuit

By Larry . . . NARSOL is extremely disappointed to announce this long-awaited decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. To refresh your memory, in August 2017 U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch found that Colorado’s sex offender registration scheme was unconstitutional. The state appealed Judge Matsch’s decision to the Court of Appeals. Both NARSOL and a…

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What do judges and persons on sex offense registries have in common?

By Sandy . . . In mid-July of this year, the son and the husband of a New Jersey federal judge were gunned down when they opened the door to a man wearing a FedEx delivery uniform. Daniel, Judge Esther Salas’ son, was killed instantly. Her husband was seriously wounded but is recovering. The shooter, who ultimately took his own…

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USAToday favors restrictions on felons’ access to federal contracts

By Robin . . . So, let me be sure I have this solid, Josh Salman of USAToday: IF anyone is EVER convicted of a sexual offense against a teenager, he or she is eternally unfit for janitorial work? Is this right? Is this your credal position as a journalist? Or maybe what you’re really hoping to convey by your crusading…

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Court order allows City Walk to continue transition home ministry

We have featured City Walk, a Florida ministry that welcomes registrants, previously. We especially like their slogan, “Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future.” We later learned that the mission was dealing with a suit filed against it that could force it to close and abandon its ministry of hope and help to those it serves and…

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NARSOL E.D. quoted in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

By Timothy Eggert . . .  The state’s criminal code completely bars child sex offenders from entering public parks, despite an exception written into a similar but separate part of the law, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled last week. The 5-2 majority held that the exception in Section 11-9.3(a-10) of the Illinois Criminal Code of 2012, which allows child sex offenders…

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NARSOL’s Vander Wall quoted in aftermath of Omaha registrant murder

By  Sydnie Holzfaster . . . A shooting in North Omaha has sparked concerns over the state sex offender registry. Following the death of Mattieo Condoluci, members of the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) are calling for the state to remove the public state sex offender registry. “If he was not on the registry I have no doubt…

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NARSOL demands the end to state-sponsored facilitation of vigilante murders

On May 16, in Omaha, Nebraska, James Fairbanks went to the home of Mattieo Condoluci, an individual on the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry, and shot him to death. Fairbanks had identified Condoluci from the registry. He turned himself in and is awaiting charges. This is a pattern we have seen played out over the years, registrants murdered by vigilantes using…

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“I saw only the same quiet, gentle face I knew”

By Mark Thompson . . . My 77-year-old father is a quiet, gentle man, well-respected in the community, so we were all surprised when he was seen open-mouth kissing an 8-year-old in the backyard, in full view of neighbors and the kitchen window.  What would cause him to do a thing like that?  The victim’s parents called the police, who…

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