Robin Vander Wall: A life not destroyed

Reprinted with permission from LifeTimes Magazine, Fall, 2018 By Brian Davidson . . . Robin had a choice to make. He could let his past dictate his future, or he could decide to use his past experiences to make a difference in the lives of other people. He chose the latter. Like many others, Robin lost everything after his conviction. After years of schooling, he was finally going to get his law…

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A not-so-surprising consequence of sexual hysteria: presumed guilt

By Sandy and Robin . . .  Is Kavanaugh guilty of Ford’s accusations? Of Ramirez’s? Of Swetnick’s? We don’t know. Is Kavanaugh innocent? We don’t know. If he is guilty, is immaturity and high-school-boy-stupidity the best explanation and the assumption that he has grown up a given, or was and is something more sinister at play here? Is, as stated…

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Illinois appeals court finds sex offender registration requirement too harsh

By Scott . . . For the second time this year, an Illinois state appellate court has overturned sex offender registration conditions placed on a defendant. The unanimous decision was issued by a panel of Illinois’ 3rd District Appellate Court on 8/20/18. The court found that Illinois’ Sex Offender Registration Act and related restrictions, as applied to Devin M. Kochevar,…

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MA court says burden of proof on state to prove dangerousness still exists

Associated Press: The Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board has the burden of proof when determining whether a sex offender should not be moved to a less dangerous classification, the state’s highest court ruled Wednesday. The Supreme Judicial Court also ruled in separate cases that indigent sex offenders have a right to legal counsel in reclassification hearings, and that those hearings…

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Conference 2018 – Recent Landmark Decisions – Attorneys Jeff Gamso and Lea Bickerton

The basis for litigation reform and the results of civil rights litigation vary widely from state to state and jurisdiction to jurisdiction. This presentation examines a number of challenges from the past couple of years and seeks to understand the key constitutional arguments that have been made, what has been successful, and the reason why there are such disparate results…

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Extended NARSOL in Action big success

By Sandy . . . NARSOL’s latest marathon NARSOL in Action telephone conference call combined three topics of high interest and urgency for persons on sexual offense registries and those advocating for them. During the first hour, we had an attorney from the ACLU of Michigan, Paul Reingold, discussing a class action lawsuit filed there. Growing out of Michigan v.…

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NARSOLs Brenda Jones on Law and Disorder Radio

https://lawanddisorder.org/wp-content/uploads/lawanddisorder20180723.mp3 Tayler Boncal was a 22-year-old student teacher and track coach at Conrad High School in West Hartford. She was arrested this past February and charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault for having a consensual relationship with an 18-year-old male student. The young man initiated the relationship and was not a member of the track team. If convicted of…

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WSB-TV in Atlanta: Regarding sex offenders, give the full facts

By Sandy and Larry . . . Pursuant to its constitutional authority, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has granted pardons – “restoration of civil and political rights” – for more than 70 years. To the board’s credit, rather than having an arbitrary policy that excludes sexual offenses from consideration, 21 of those granted restoration of their rights have been…

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