Archive for May 7, 2010

Adam Walsh Update : May 2010

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The Briefcase: Adam Walsh Update.

Adam Walsh Update. I’ve mentioned that there are still some major cases in the US Supreme Court that haven’t been ruled upon, but there are a few pending in the Ohio Supreme Court, too, probably the most significant of which is the constitutionality of the Adam Walsh Act. The case was argued last November (discussion here), but I don’t see a ruling anytime soon. The decision was likely to be 4-3, with Tom Moyer being the swing vote, and his death removes that possibility. New Chief Justice Eric Brown could call for re-argument of the case, and probably will, but he’s in no hurry to do so. If you’re wondering why, take a look at the calendar, especially November 2, 2010. That’s election day, when Brown and present Justice Maureen O’Connor will face off for the Chief Justice spot. If you think the Supreme Court is going to make a ruling on something as controversial as sex offender registration before that, you’re a lot less cynical than I am.

NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor : Latest “Sex Offender”

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ABCnews: Ex-NFL Star Lawrence Taylor Charged With NY Rape.

Former NFL star Lawrence Taylor charged with raping 16-year-old runaway in NY hotel room

Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor was charged Thursday with raping a 16-year-old runaway who police said was forced into prostitution by a man who had beaten her up.

Taylor, a 51-year-old former New York Giants star who has faced drug and tax evasion charges in the past, paid the girl $300 for sex in a Holiday Inn, where he was arrested early Thursday, said Christopher St. Lawrence, supervisor of the town of Ramapo.

The man who’d beaten the girl drove her to Taylor’s suburban hotel room, police said.

Ramapo Chief of Police Peter Brower said Taylor was cooperative when police woke him up around 4 a.m. Taylor was arraigned Thursday on charges of third-degree rape and patronizing a prostitute.

His attorney, Arthur Aidala, said Taylor is a “loving family man” who did not have sex with the teenager.

“My client did not have sex with anybody,” Aidala said. “Lawrence Taylor did not rape anybody.”

Brower would not comment on whether Taylor knew the girl’s age; third-degree rape is a charge levied when the victim is under the age of consent, which is 17 in New York.

Of course, this man is innocent until proven guilty. But if convicted, it once again points to the fact that anyone — you, your family member, or loved one — could end up as a “sex offender” one day only to have their life crushed under these draconian sex offender laws. Sex offenders are not just the homeless monsters stereotyped by public perception.

Sex-Offender Encampment in Anaheim, CA

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On Wednesday, officials with the Parole Department relocated 30 to 40 paroled offenders who had been living in cars and RVs outside its office on Coronado Street, police say. In Orange County, where more than a third of the paroled sex offenders are homeless, police estimated that 30 or 40 had taken to camping on the streets in this industrial stretch.

The situation stems from Jessica’s Law, the 2006 statute that forbids sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools, parks or other places where children gather, severely limiting lodging options in densely populated cities. “These people have difficulty finding residence, so they make do,” said Anaheim police Lt. Julian Harvey.

The sex offenders are required to meet regularly with their parole officers, and those without a power source use the office to charge up the electronic ankle bracelets that monitor their whereabouts.

After media inquiries and business complaints, however, the state Parole Department cleared the block Wednesday night, moving the sex offenders to another location. Anaheim police Sgt. Tim Schmidt said the parole agency did not inform the Anaheim police where the offenders had been relocated.

On Wednesday afternoon, hours before the streets were cleared, a convicted 41-year-old child molester was sitting near the parole office in his vehicle, his belongings filling the back seat. He said he lost his lodging nearby after a Boys & Girls Club moved in down the block, putting him in violation of Jessica’s Law. After four years in prison, he said he has been living in his vehicle for months and that nobody has hassled him.

The California Department of Corrections, which runs the Parole Department, “has been very good to us,” he said. “They know we can’t go anywhere.” He said the sex offenders who camped there did not associate with each other because the law forbade it. He said he felt a measure of protection living near the parole office.

“All of us are safer than in the streets,” he said. Still, he did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation. He said he had heard a rumor that there might be a drive-by shooting targeting the campers.

According to the Parole Department, California has about 8,580 registered sex offenders on parole, about 2,000 of whom are classified as transient. Of Orange County’s 302 registered sex offenders on parole, 119 are transient, and in Los Angeles County, the homeless represent 421 of 1,896 offenders.

“The bottom line is, they’re going to be in the city some place,” Kenneth Ford, the Parole Department’s chief deputy regional administrator, said in an interview earlier this week. “We’re trying to make them be compliant with the law. You’re not going to find a lot of compliant housing for them.”

People just don’t seem to understand this. If you displace a population of people from legally living in nearly any area of decent housing, they still will live somewhere. These laws only serve to force them to congregate in clusters, into areas which are of lower socio-economic status which only increases the likelihood of desperation and recidivism