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Sweeping the nation is a new trend to get tough on crime by banishing those who are labeled sex offender.

In 2006, Alberto Gonzales was the Attorney General. The President was George Bush. These two government officials had little respect for the United states Constitution and thus passed the Adam Walsh Act and applied it Retroactively, (Ex Post Facto). This violated Article 1, Section 9 of he United States Constitution which states: "No bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed".

This practice has been ruled Unconstitutional in more than one Supreme Court.
Mass. Decision: Supreme Justice Court Voids Decision by sex offender Board- Ex Post Facto Violated

Alaska Supreme Court overturns part of sex offender registry law

How does this harm children? This harms children in that those children and wives of EX sex offenders, Men or Women who committed a crime 20, 30 or 100 years ago and have served out what ever sentence which the courts imposed many years ago, are now being forced without due process to Register as Sex Offenders.

This places their name, photograph, address and much more information on the internet for all to see. This also includes many other punishments such as being forced to mail out flyers with their photo, crime, address and more to all neighbors within 1/2 mile of their residence. This causes the children of these or women to loose all their friends and they too are now banished from society.

Banishing a person from society for the rest of their lives for a crime committed and served two or three decades ago is not only morally wrong, but also Constitutionally wrong.

If the courts are allowed to to this to those who committed a sexual crime, then what is going to stop them from doing the same to any ex criminal.

How can the nation stand by and allow the courts to again add punishments to a persons crime of 30 years ago, if that person has already served all their time and paid their debt?

These persons are banned from going to public parks. These people can no longer take their children to parks to swim, ski, boat, grill food or play football and other sports like they have been doing for all their lives.

If the ex offender is the only driver in the family, then their children are effectively banned from participating in sports, musical classes or any extra events as sex offenders are banned from school properties. Parents cannot take their children to events and thus, these children suffer in that they cannot attend.

Once a person is illegally placed in the Sex Offender Registry, many new laws and punishments are applied to this new Sub Class of People.
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Back to our Constitution!

America needs to work hard on renewing our trust and respect of the United States Constitution. These politicians who are eager for fame and fortune who wish to pass Get Tough on Crime legislation are harming countless thousands of American Children and Families with their hastily drawn laws.

Governors, such as Piyush "Bobby" Jindal, Louisiana who wish to label all sex offenders and spout off statements like, "I want to move all sex offenders to Angola, (The State Prison). We need to rid our state of these monsters....need to be restrained from harming the good citizens of the United States with their rogue lawmaking.

One court said:

"The state's highest court ruled that the state cannot force a man with an unblemished record since his 1979 rape conviction to register as a sex offender without giving him a chance to argue that he should be exempt.

The Supreme Judicial Court found that the state violated the man's right to due process by insisting he had a mandatory obligation to register as a Level 1, low-level sex offender for the rest of his life, despite evidence that he was unlikely to re offend.

"He would be forced to say annually, and without regard for the past one-quarter century, 'I am a sex offender, and here is where to find me,' " wrote Justice Robert J. Cordy. Though the man's identity would not be made public, it would be disclosed to police, which the court found would be humiliating and intrusive."

Every time you hear the term Sex Offender, you are not hearing about a child molester or rapist. Our next article will explain this in more detail.
Thank you. We hope you have enjoyed our article.

Citizens for Legislative Change, America

Originally posted to cfcamericadotorg on Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 11:33 AM PST.


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  •  I have a hard time generating any sympathy for (0+ / 0-)

    sex offenders.

    I also have a problem with guilt by association with respect to their families.

    I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.~Terry Pratchett

    by LaFeminista on Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 11:44:23 AM PST

    •  Do you realize that simply being (0+ / 0-)

      a homosexual was enough to get one that official label up until very recently, and still is in some states.

      "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

      by enhydra lutris on Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 05:32:44 PM PST

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  •  I believe when sex offenders have served their (5+ / 0-)

    sentences, we should stop requiring them to pay. I realize there is a relatively high degree of recidivism, but once started in that direction, where do we draw the line?  Surely many buglars and convenience store robbers return to the streets to repeat their crimes. Do we extend their sentences, as well?  Once a debt to society is paid, I do not believe it proper to impose yet another penalty when no crime other than the original has been committed.

  •  I was very moved by this (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    SyntaxFeline, enhydra lutris

    And the story of the boy who killed himself because they suddenly imposed a registration requirement on him years after a plea deal he entered into specifically to avoid that. That's fucked up and it boils my blood like almost nothing else. There's a manipulated mob hysteria and persecution taking place before our eyes, and because the victims are unsympathetic, nobody is doing anything about it. I would really like to devote my time to this, but don't really know how to get around in the non-profit sector and how to get a job fighting this that would still pay my bills. If anybody has any ideas, I'm very ready to hear them.

    Law is a light which in different countries attracts to it different species of blind insects. Nietzsche

    by Marcion on Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 11:56:06 AM PST

    •  There is a website that needs good writers. (0+ / 0-)

      Their is a website which is getting a lot of traffic that needs writers.

      Anyone who sees the error of the way these laws are being created and implemented that can write sure could make a difference.

      All over America, many kids and adults are being persecuted under unjust laws.

      Look at this article, How to become a sex offender.

  •  Teenagers are being labeled (3+ / 0-)
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    debedb, SyntaxFeline, enhydra lutris

    as sex offenders for sending naughty cell phone pictures of themselves to their sweeties.

    Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

    by milkbone on Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 11:56:28 AM PST

  •  Speaking as a woman (1+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe

    who was stalked and had my apartment broken in by a man who had served his prior term for rape, I have a lot of uncomfortable feelings about this diary. It is not objective. You use far too much emotionally charged language that someone like me find repellent to the point I am unable to consider your side of the argument. If this is unconstitutional, it's unconstitutional. But I feel too emotionally pressured and manipulated by how you present this, and that does not make me sympathetic, but rather highly suspicious of your motives.

    -8.50, -7.64 "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer." - Camus

    by croyal on Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 11:58:59 AM PST

  •  I see both sides of this. (2+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, Heiuan

    I know someone who was convicted of statutory rape when he was 20.  His girlfriend (now wife) was 17.  Her mother was angry with something she had done, so she called the police.  He wound up having to register as a sex offender.  Besides being humiliating, registering also placed many restrictions on his rights as a father (he and his wife had two little girls, AFTER his conviction).  It was just completely ridiculous and unfair punishment for his "crime".

    That said, I have plenty of friends who have been the victim of actual sexual assault, things like rape and child molestation.  I don't have much in me in the way of sympathy for violent sex offenders, particularly those who harm children.  I think that, if I were a parent, and a person moved into my neighborhood who had molested children, I'd wanna know about it.  Might be different if it was like the case you mention, where someone hasn't committed a crime in a quarter century, but then again, maybe not.  I just don't know where we draw the line on this one.

    We're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine,

    And the machine is bleeding to death.

    by Marcus Tullius on Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 12:18:37 PM PST

    •  And what about consenting homosexuals (0+ / 0-)

      who were busted 25 to 30 years ago, in their own home?

      "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

      by enhydra lutris on Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 05:35:00 PM PST

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      •  What about them? (0+ / 0-)

        That's complete bullshit, as far as I'm concerned, but I'm not really sure what it has to do with my comment.

        We're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine,

        And the machine is bleeding to death.

        by Marcus Tullius on Fri Feb 20, 2009 at 08:57:30 PM PST

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        •  They too are "sex offenders", (0+ / 0-)

          possibly the largest clss thereof.

          "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

          by enhydra lutris on Sat Feb 21, 2009 at 08:03:51 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

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