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Calls for Texas to Drop Out of Federal Adam Walsh Act

June 13, 2010 Comments off

KXAN – Austin, Texas: Sex Offender Registries

The fight continues…we have still seen no movement by the Ohio Attorney General’s office in complying with the Ohio Supreme Court ruling, of June 3, 2010, which invalidated the retroactive application of Ohio’s reclassification of ex sex offenders. The Attorney General’s continued refusal to abide by this Supreme Court decision is an illegal act. Every reader must contact the Attorney General Office of Ohio to insist that they stop enforcing this illegal law:

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, 30 E. Broad St., 17th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215
(800) 282-0515
1-866-40-OHLEG (1-866-406-4534)
OHLEGsupport@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

Media Contacts:
Kim Kowalski: (614) 728-9692, cell: (614) 893-6018
Ted Hart: Deputy Director of Media Relations
Office of the Ohio Attorney General
PHONE 614-728-4127, cell: (614) 743-2286
EMAIL ted.hart@ohioattorneygeneral.gov (614) 728-4127


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Attorney Margie Slagle from the Ohio Justice Policy Center on TalkShoe Radio

June 3, 2010 Comments off

ARC Talk Radio – Thursday, June 3, 2010 (9 p.m. EST)

Tonight , TalkShoe Radio featured a very special show regarding the Ohio Supreme Court decision today, June 3, 2010 which ruled the Adam Walsh Child Protection Act (AWA) “invalid” for those individuals registered and convicted prior to its effect on January 1, 2008 when it became law. Attorney Margie Slagle from the Ohio Justice Policy Center joined ARC Talk Radio to discuss the decision and what this all means for those effected by this courts decision.

It is available to listen to and download at:
http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterId=29521&cmd=tc

To read the courts decision,click here.

Veteran Denied Job After Background Check Mistakes Him for Sex Offender

May 24, 2010 Comments off

fox4kc.com: Veteran Denied Job After Company Makes Background Check Mistake.

Kansas City – A metro veteran needed a job to help pay some bills and get back on his feet, but he says the opportunity to work at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kansas, was taken away from him after he was falsely accused of being a sex offender.

Christopher Michael Reynolds says that he was supposed to start at the water park on May 4th, but when he showed up, officials told him to leave after he was informed that he was a registered sex offender.

According to ADP, the company that conducts background checks for Schlitterbahn, Christopher Reynolds was convicted of sexual battery in Bexar, Indiana, on March 11, 2007.

But there is a big problem with the company’s background check. “When this happened, I was in Iraq, serving in the Army National Guard,” said Reynolds. Reynolds has a solid alibi with his military records, and the more he investigated, the more Reynolds learned about ADP’s investigation.

It was a mistake that Reynolds says has some serious implications.

“I was really relying on this job to get some stuff paid off, to get back on my feet,” said Reynolds, who has been out of work for months and is now living at a homeless shelter. “I came home for medical issues for PTSD and depression and have been seeing a doctor for that. When I found out I had this job, I was excited, and when I found out I lost it, I was kind of down again.”



Obviously, this is a terrible thing to happen to this man. But this is what is also happening to hundreds of thousands of people across the country as a result of these sex offender registries. They are being banished from society and barred from holding nearly any job. The Courts and legislators need to be told that these sex offender registries are resulting in economic and social obstacles and burdens for all those who are trapped on these registries. They are punitive – no question about it.

Ohio vs. Richey: Ohio Supreme Court Challenge – Oral Arguments

May 21, 2010 Comments off

State of Ohio v. Aaron K. Richey, Case no. 2009-1423
Ohio Supreme Court Oral Arguments
from 10th District Court of Appeals (Franklin County)

This is yet another new challenge of Ohio’s Senate Bill 10 (Adam Walsh Act,Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act) law which violates constitutional rights of offenders who committed offenses before the implementation of this law.

In this case, Richey pled no contest to sexual imposition, a third degree misdemeanor, back in 2006. Two years later, Richey found himself reclassified as a Tier I sex offender under the AWA, and asked that his plea be vacated.

This is a separate argument to the other constitutional challenges brought before the Ohio Supreme Court. It is based on the provision in the US Constitution which prohibits a state from enacting legislation which “impairs the obligations of a contract”: A plea bargain is a contract between the parties, and additional terms can’t be imposed after the contract is entered into. The Richey argument went a little further and argued that he could not have made a “knowing, intelligent, and voluntary” guilty plea if the legislature could subsequently amend the law to impose new and more dire consequences upon that plea.


Listen to audio of oral arguments which were held on May 12, 2010. Or download MP3 here.

Summary: Two years after he entered into a plea agreement, Richey was reclassified under Senate Bill 10 from the lowest Tier 3 into the highest risk Tier 1, and his mandatory registration was extended from a ten-year period to a lifetime registration requirement.

The Justices seem unable to understand that the simple requirement of lifetime registration is punitive in and of itself. Try to imagine yourself in this position. You entered into a plea agreement with the explanation and understanding that you would be required to register with law enforcement for a period of ten years. Years later, legislation is passed which re-classifies you from lowest risk tier (1) to the highest risk tier (3) and you are then given a mandate to register four times each year for the rest of your life. If you fail to do so even once, you face years of imprisonment.

This case argues that Richey was not informed of the potential of this drastic change in punishment associated with his plea agreement. Even if he were informed of this potential, increasing his punishment after the plea agreement is unconstitutional as Ex Post Facto (retroactive) laws are a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Sex Offenders Forced to Use Hotels As Home Address

May 11, 2010 Comments off

WKRC (Cincinnati, OH): Sex Offenders Forced to Use Hotels As Home Address.

Sex Offenders Are Using Hotels as Home Address

Across the country, and right here in the Tri-State, sex offenders are legally using hotels and motels as residences when they register with law enforcement. They are people like Rodney Hines, a top level sex offender, a convicted burglar and rapist. Until recently, when he was arrested on new charges, the Ohio Attorney General’s sex offender website showed this Extended Stay America in Sharonville was home base for Rodney Hines.

According to the Kentucky sex offender registry, this Stay Lodge along I-75 in Florence is home to 11 convicted sex offenders. While she didn’t want to appear on camera, the manager says that number’s wrong… it’s really more like half a dozen, but they don’t cause her any problems and she says they’re entitled to a certain amount of privacy like anyone else.

Searching local registry websites, we easily found nearly 60 sex offenders living in hotels around the Cincinnati area. Recently, U.S. Marshals, probation and parole officers along with sheriff’s deputies and police scoured Butler County, checking up on nearly five hundred registered sex offenders, including at least 9 that we discovered living in hotels.

The sex offender registration laws and residency restrictions are the cause of this kind of situation. When you ban former offenders from living in nearly every decent neighborhood, this is the only place many of them can find to live. If you don’t like the results, change the residency restriction laws which force former sex offenders to find unorthodox places to live.


Sex Offenders : Sex Offender Mp3

April 28, 2010 Comments off

We try to always stay focused on topic here at ConstitutionalfightsFights.org.
But we veer off the road momentarily to post an Mp3 audio file by a female-fronted punk rock band called “Sex Offenders”.

Download Mp3 here.

Okay, so perhaps we have other motives, like increasing traffic to our blogs to those who would never search for us… and demonstrating how ludicrous the term “sex offender” has become in our culture.

And if this doesn’t convince you of how ridiculous the sex offender label has become, you can watch a spoof music video called “The Sex Offender Shuffle” from Scott Gairdner. History has shown that when things get mocked in popular culture, it is often the beginning of the end for them.

Sex Offender Forced to Leave Home

April 2, 2010 Comments off

wxyz.com (MI): Sex Offender Forced to Leave Home.

Watch video report here.

White Lake,Michigan (WXYZ) – Jeff xxxx is being forced to leave his home because of his past. The 32-year-old is a registered sex offender.

When Jeff was 17-years-old he had sex with a minor, a 15 year-old girl who had moved into his family’s home. He was charged with statutory rape, convicted and spent 10 years behind bars. He was released 5 years ago. Jeff, his fiancee and their baby daughter live in the White Lake mobile home park. However he was recently told that he is not welcome in the park because he is a felon.

Jeff says he understands that his name must be on the sex offender registry list, but he wants to see the specific crimes spelled out. He also said that he’s paid for his crime and that he shouldn’t be branded for the rest of his life.

NM: County Sheriff Spies on Sex Offenders

April 2, 2010 Comments off

kob.com: Cameras give sex offenders ‘the eye’.

Watch video report here.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department shares an inside look to how some registered sex offenders are tracked by the use of surveillance cameras around the county. Deputies say they then get permission from neighbors, landlords, or business owners to put up cameras to see if they can spot an offender. Detectives will go back and watch the footage and have warrants written based on not seeing an offender at home. The cameras can end up in different places. BCSO Detective Pat Burke says even a bush or a tree can be used for surveillance.

The cameras were paid for by a Federal Department of Justice grant. BCSO wouldn’t say how many cameras are up, but confirm at least eight are somewhere in the county.

Georgians For Reform – Conference Video

March 21, 2010 Comments off

Georgians For ReformConference Video from March 6, 2010, Atlanta, GA

Watch Dr. Chrysanthi Leon as she guides you through the facts.

Download Dr. Leon’s Presentation and follow the links that lead to her conclusions.

Download the Presentation Here

Feds Stalk Social Networking Sites to Spy on Sex Offenders

March 19, 2010 Comments off

Folks, you need to watch this news report. Do not allow anyone you don’t know onto your “friends” list. They could be a Federal agent, spying on your activities and profile details

Video courtesy of SexOffenderIssues