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  •  A fellow moved to this neighborhood (1+ / 0-)
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    a few years ago, having left his old one after being charged, but never convicted, of nonviolent sexual abuse of a child. He was being tormented by his neighbors, who used creative vandalism, arson and attempted murder to make it clear that he was not welcome.

    He died a couple years later. While nobody here ever tried to kill him or fill his house with water, people made it clear that they hated him and that he was not welcome, and I think it was the stress of this ostracism for an accusation, not even a conviction, that killed him in the end.

    This post brought to your eyes by the Prince of Excess Himself.

    by Shaviv on Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 01:36:52 PM PDT

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    •  Sex offenders (1+ / 0-)
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      have the lowest rate (5.3%) of recidivism of all felons (according to the USDOJ), yet their pictures and addresses are available to anyone on the Internet.  The upshot has been the anonymous murders of registrants with no diminution of crimes on their part.

      Politicians have now made residency requirements so difficult that many are forced to live under bridges or defy the law itself.

      Nor are any of these laws funded, leaving the local police to try to keep up with legal requirements they don't themselves need or want.

      (-7.75, -7.69) No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up - Lily Tomlin

      by john07801 on Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 02:20:42 PM PDT

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