CA RSOL Meeting – May 17 in Berkeley
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CA RSOL Meeting – May 17 in Berkeley

California RSOL’s Meeting will take place on May 17 at 10 am in Berkeley. The location is Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1606 Bonita Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709.

The meeting will cover general topics of interest, as well… Read More

CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS BAN ON CITY, COUNTY ORDINANCES

[Updated with media links] The California Supreme Court today denied review of a lower court’s decision that, in effect, bans cities and counties from enforcing ordinances that restrict where a registered citizen may be present or near. … Read More

Santa Maria attorney files sex offender lawsuit against Lompoc

A Santa Maria attorney has filed a complaint in federal district court on behalf of a Grover Beach resident against the city of Lompoc over a sex offender ordinance the city adopted, claiming it violates both the federal and state constitutions.… Read More

Supreme Court sets aside $3.4-million verdict for child-porn victim

WASHINGTON — Victims of child pornography whose images of sexual abuse have circulated on the Internet may claim damages from every person caught with illegal images, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

But justices rejected the idea that… Read More

LOMPOC SEX OFFENDER ORDINANCE CHALLENGED IN FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT

Lompoc is the fifth city whose sex offender ordinance is being challenged in federal district court. The lawsuit was filed on April 21 in the U.S. District Court Central Division.

“The City of Lompoc was notified in January that its ordinance… Read More

NM: Court urges rewrite of state’s child porn law

New Mexico’s highest court on Monday overturned more than two dozen convictions in separate child pornography cases in a ruling that drew sharp criticism from Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, a former prosecutor.

The state Supreme Court… Read More

Police can stop vehicles based on anonymous 911 tips, justices rule

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court has upheld the authority of police officers to stop cars and question their drivers based on an anonymous tip to a hot line.

In a 5-4 decision written by Justice Clarence Thomas, the justices ruled that such… Read More

Revolt over school’s honor for sex offender folk icon

Folk singer and convicted sex offender ____ _____ will be honored by La Guardia HS for the Performing Arts next month, enraging parents and prompting a dozen “uncomfortable” students to refuse to sing for him. Full Article… Read More

Steinberg seeks sex offender review beyond ‘what sounds good’

SACRAMENTO– California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg says he’ll seek a state investigation into California’s supervision of sex offenders that goes beyond the circumstances of two Orange County transients… Read More

Keeping kids safe

‘In response’ letter to the editor on National City’s sex offender ordinance, for April 19, 2014

I think the point of our ordinance was missed by the April 16 editorial “Sex-offender laws lead to more crimes.”

The state… Read More

MO: How robbing a pot dealer puts you on the sex offender list

On a January evening in 2004, four young men were visiting an acquaintance who lived in an apartment in Maplewood. Also living in the apartment was a 17-year-old who attended an alternative high school. His name was Eddie. Word was that Eddie… Read More

FTR – sentenced to life without parole

____ ____ ____, who was convicted last week for failure to register as a sex offender, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on Thursday.

Fifteenth District Attorney Hal Kittrell said ____ was given a life sentence because… Read More

IA: Restaurateur closes every Monday to feed needy

Ellen DeGeneres was yelling for him — Derrick Walton, c’mon down. He ran down the Los Angeles studio steps, sat in the big chair on her national talk show and was cheered as a former homeless man who closes his Chef D’s Rock Power… Read More

Register Now for Webinar: “An Overview of Sex Offender Reentry: Building a Foundation for Professionals”

The challenges associated with reentry after incarceration are intensified for individuals who have been convicted of sex offenses. Research reveals that upon return to the community, sex offenders are more likely to be rearrested for … Read More

Two convicted of murder in Fresno stabbing of sex offender

Two friends were found guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the killing of a registered sex offender who was stabbed 58 times and his body dumped near Chandler Downtown Airport in southwest Fresno. David Barrera and Patricia Ann Perez, … Read More

Tarred and Feathered

This week, stories of people being threatened and punished with public shame. Including the story of someone who was literally tarred and feathered. It happened a lot more recently than you’d guess. Radio ShowRead More

Probe of GPS monitoring of suspected serial killers sought

SACRAMENTO — The leader of the state Senate is seeking an investigation into how two sex offenders being monitored by parole agents and tracked by GPS devices were allegedly able to rape and kill four women without being detected. Full ArticleRead More

A Criminal Justice System in Crisis: Suspect Serial Killers Slip Through the Cracks in OC (Op-Ed)

In light of the recent arrests of two registered sex offenders in connection with four murders in Orange County, I’d like to share an article that I originally wrote a few months ago for OC Lawyer Magazine. The tragedy brings into focus the … Read More

Australia: Palmer party sex offender bill rejected

A parliamentary committee has rejected a Palmer United Party bill which would have allowed police the power to enter and search the premises of sex offenders, amidst claims from a committee member the system is not doing its job. The Legal Affairs… Read More

When sex-offender laws promote more crimes

National City has become the latest California city to face a lawsuit from a registered San Luis Obispo County sex offender over its sex-offender regulations. _____ ____, 61, of Grover Beach, contends such local ordinances are superseded… Read More

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