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Why You Should Care

January 30, 2008 Leave a comment

If these “Adam Walsh” laws only affect sex offenders, why should we care?

Well, when we allow elected officials to pass laws like this which curtail Constitutional Rights of one group of citizens, it becomes much easier for laws to be enacted by legislators and upheld in courts to apply to other groups of citizens.

While some may believe that the “Adam Walsh” Act and its resultant state laws are acceptable because they only apply to sexual offenders, we need to understand that these laws set legal precedent which will allow future laws to curtail the rights of other Americans.

Perhaps we may see laws passed which designate those arrested for drunk driving (DUI) as required to have a special colored license plate on their cars, even if they were convicted several years ago. Or perhaps those with any drug related offense within the past decade may be required to be listed on a local sheriff registry web page. These scenarios are not far-fetched, considering the breadth of the Adam Walsh Act provisions.

That is why you should care greatly about this abuse. The Ohio battle is on the forefront of this war to protect our Constitutional Rights. And Ohio needs to set the precedent to stand up to this abuse of power by our elected officials.

Sadly, there will always be the ignorant who make comments suggesting we “throw sex offenders off bridges” , “imprison them for life”, or advocating that we “castrate them” or “put them to death”. The ignorance of those who believe a sex offender could never be in their own family is astounding. There are families of 30,000 Ohio citizens alone who never thought their loved one would be accused of a sex crime, Yet now they face reality. Friends, parents, children and families of 30,000 Ohioans must hear the ignorance of these reactionaries.

Yes, your loved one could be sexually violated. It CAN happen to you.
Yes
, your loved one, child, uncle, aunt, brother, sister, parent or good friend could someday be a “sex offender”.
It CAN happen to you, too.

Think twice before you take Constitutional rights from other citizens. It might one day affect YOUR family too. Think about it.

Video

January 30, 2008 Leave a comment

Ohio Senate – video of voting on Senate Bill – May 16, 2007, beginning at time mark 19 min,50 sec):
Only a voice vote was taken (31-1) beginning at time mark 31 min,15 sec. Note that great emphasis in the presentation of this bill was placed on the federal funding advantage to the State. Senators Shirley Smith and Lance Mason, actually expressed opposition of the
retro-active aspect of this bill , yet both still voted to pass the bill. Final vote was taken at time mark 56 min, 40 sec. ( 32-0).

Ohio House of Representatives – video of voting on Senate Bill 10 – June 27, 2007, beginning at time mark : (1 hr, 21 min, 40 sec):
Beginning at time mark 1 hr, 23 min, 20 sec. Again, great emphasis was placed on implementing this bill in time to receive federal funding. Representative Bill Seitz expressed opposition to retro-active implementation yet still voted to pass the bill. Voting began at time mark 1 hr, 34 min 06 sec. NO voice vote was even taken. Only electronic voting was taken (97-0).

January 29, 2008: Federal Court Judge Patricia Gaughan in Cleveland asked all 88 Ohio counties to hold off enforcing part of the new Adam Walsh sex offender law.

All 88 counties were sued Friday by the public defender for what they believe are unconstitutional practices in the implementation of the new law, according to the complaint.

February 2, 2008: WKRC TV Cincinnati:
High Cost of New Sex Offender Law

October 2007: Sex Offenders and their families gathered on the steps of the Ohio State House to educate the public about the Adam Walsh Act that was signed into law earlier in 2007