Category: Recent Cases

passing legislation piling on endless restrictions and burdens on those who already have served prison terms and who remain subject to extensive monitoring, is neither responsible nor effective.

Category: Recent Cases The Supreme Court’s Sex-Offender Jurisprudence Is Based on a Lie

The Supreme Court believes most sex offenders will keep committing sex crimes. The data suggests otherwise. By David Feige Can the state ban sex offenders from social media? That’s the question at the heart of Packingham v. North Carolina, a case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court last week. In 2002, then–21-year-old Lester Gerard Packingham Jr. was indicted for having

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Category: Recent Cases WIN in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE — A federal judge Monday found unconstitutional Pleasant Prairie’s initial ordinance that largely banned registered child sex offenders from residing in the village. The village amended its ordinance three months after the offenders filed suit in June 2016, but U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller ruled that did not make moot the issues the offenders raised with the first ordinance.

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Category: Recent Cases Win in California

A win in California!  Under threat of litigation the Seal Beach City Council repealed what are politely known as ‘residency restrictions’ which dictate where individuals required to sign the sex offense registry can reside.  Statewide regulations still apply but those were cut back by a California Supreme Court decision.  Banishment scheme is a more accurate descriptor for Seal Beach’s ordinance

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Category: Recent Cases 6th Circuit Court of Appeals case — Does v Snyder

In late August the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a ruling that has registrants and lawyers around the country excited.  The case, Does v. Snyder, challenged various parts of Michigan’s sex offense registration law.  Six individuals using the last name “Doe” won, the State of Michigan lost.   The Sixth Circuit is the *first* federal appeals court to declare

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Category: Recent Cases PSA: Attention all Registrants and Family

Lets take a moment and look around this country; Government restraint is increasing at an all time high, tensions among the public races are deteriorating rapidly and international relations are not exactly stable. Now you may be asking yourself why I have pointed out these things that are blatantly and obviously accepted as common knowledge. Here is something else that

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Category: Recent Cases The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics

A commonly-cited statistic about sex offender re[cidivism] rates is wrong. ABSTRACT This brief essay reveals that the sources relied upon by the Supreme Court in Smith v. Doe, a heavily cited constitutional decision on sex offender registries, in fact provide no support at all for the facts about sex offender re-offense rates that the Court treats as central to its

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Category: Recent Cases Hundreds of Individuals Unconstitutionally Placed on Sex Offender Registry

June 12, 2013, New Orleans – Last night, in a federal class action lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel, a settlement with Louisiana was finalized that will remove from the sex offender registry approximately 700 individuals who had been required to register solely because of a Crime Against Nature by Solicitation (CANS) conviction.  Today’s settlement

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Category: Recent Cases Jumbotron Displays Adult Movie in Train Station

It was called “Xin Jin Ping Mei.” This interesting and tasteful work is based on the story of “The Plum in the Golden Vase.” The slight problem in broadcasting it publicly is that this particular version plumbs the area known to many as pornography. You see, it also goes by the name of “Sex and Chopsticks.” Sensitive flowers were therefore

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Category: Recent Cases Jessica’s Law as a parole condition …unreasonable and constitutes arbitrary and oppressive official action.

Friday, September 14, 2012 California appeals court upholds as-applied challenge to sex offender residency restriction of Jessica’s Law As reported in this local article, headlined “San Diego Sex Offenders Upset Residency Limit,” there mas a notable ruling earlier this week concerning California’s sex offender residency restrictions. Here are the basics from the press report: It is “unreasonable” and “oppressive” to

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Category: Recent Cases Friday, July 6, 2012

“The Department of Justice cannot find a single authority * * * for the proposition that it can reassert jurisdiction over someone it had long ago unconditionally released from custody just because he once committed a federal crime.” The en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today issued a ruling, by a vote of 10-to-6, that declared

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