Monday, February 23, 2015

FL - PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: THE RALLY IN TALLY

Advocates of sex offender registry reform will gather in a peaceful protest at the Florida State House in Tallahassee FL on April 22, 2015 during the annual Lauren Book's 'Walk In My Shoes' event. The Rally in Tally is a joint collaboration among civil rights activists; we seek to raise awareness of the sex offender law reform movement, provide educational material, and garner attention to our plights at a high-profile event that brings politicians, celebrity advocates, and the news media together.

The intent of the Rally in Tally is not to attack, dispute, or criticize the efforts of Lauren's Kids as it relates to raising awareness and the prevention of sexual abuse in America. However, we are taking a stand against the policies of the Lauren's Kids foundation in its efforts to promote and lobby for Florida's "scorched Earth" policies. Lauren Book and her powerful lobbyist father, Ron Book, have pushed a number of harmful policies under the Lauren's Kids banner, including tough residency restrictions that forced registered citizens in Miami-Dade County to sleep under bridges, in abandoned parking lots, and even along train tracks and warehouses. In the past year Lauren's Kids supported a law marking the state-issued ID cards of some registrants with a scarlet letter, creating "pocket parks" to expand exclusion zones against registrants, and is currently supporting a lifetime GPS bill for all registered persons. In addition, Lauren Book has referred to all registered citizens as "monsters," "incurable," a "clear and imminent danger," and "ticking time bombs."

We cannot make the Rally in Tally a success without you, our fellow activists. We need people willing to travel to Tallahassee to present the Book family, Florida Legislature and ill-informed public with a visual representation of the unconsidered consequences of hastily-devised legislation. Registered citizens, civil rights activist and registrant families are strongly encouraged to attend. Our hope is that anyone reading this will realize each person is needed at this rally to stand publicly for our rights. If you cannot attend the event, then we encourage you to support the rally movement by making a donation to assist in paying for supplies or sponsor someone who otherwise would not be able to participate.

Please send us an email at contact@womenagainstregistry.com for more information and to receive periodic updates about this exciting event!


Vicki Henry
Women Against Registry, President
202.630-0345
Fighting the Destruction of Families
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UK - Facebook case: Sex offender is awarded £20,000 in damages

Facebook lawsuit
Original Article

02/20/2015

Damages of £20,000 have been awarded to a convicted sex offender who sued Facebook, the operator of a page called Keeping our Kids Safe from Predators 2.

Facebook Ireland Limited, hosted the page, operated by Joseph McCloskey.

The High Court in Belfast said the information published by Mr McCloskey "harmed the public interest, creating a risk of reoffending".

The plaintiff, CG, was convicted in 2007 of a number of sex offences.

He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and released on licence in 2012.

'Harassment'
CG brought an action seeking damages and an injunction on the basis that Facebook and Mr McCloskey misused private information, are in breach of Articles 2, 3 and 8 of the European Court of Human Rights, and are guilty of actionable negligence.

He also sued Facebook over separate postings by the father of one of his victims.

The judge found that Mr McCloskey was liable to CG for misuse of private information and for unlawful harassment.

The judge also made an injunction against Mr McCloskey preventing him from harassing, pestering, annoying or molesting CG whether by publishing, distributing, broadcasting or transmitting any information on Facebook or otherwise.

He also ordered Facebook to close the profile/page Keeping our Kids Safe from Predators 2.
- Well, if they closed it, a new page has popped up.  Not sure if it's ran by the same person or not though.

The judge awarded CG damages of £20,000.

This relates to £15,000 against Facebook and Mr McCloskey in respect of the postings by Mr McCloskey.

The judge also awarded £5,000 against Facebook over the postings by the father of one of CG's victims, who operated a separate page.

Lawyers for the sex offender who issued proceedings have predicted it could pave the way for compensation claims by many others who feel similarly aggrieved.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

CA - Why Are So Many Sex Offenders Getting Murdered in California's Prisons?

Bloody Murder
Original Article

02/18/2015

By Seth Ferranti

In prison, there is no creature lower than a sex offender. Even snitches get a pass before these guys. SOs, chomos, pedophiles—the nicknames all mean the same thing, and they help average convicts differentiate themselves from those they like to believe are the real monsters.
- The nicknames do NOT all mean the same thing!

A recent report from the Associated Press suggests inmates in the California state prison system are getting killed at twice the national average, with sex offenders disproportionately likely to meet their demise inside—which is awful, but not too surprising given how much hatred is directed at those inmates. But why would one state stand out so much from the rest?

"That's the culture in California prison," Kilo, a Blood doing life in California under the three strikes law, tells me. "It's taboo and pretty much all the races make an issue out of it, as far as dealing with child molesters and stuff like that. But the Hispanics and the whites—they really make a big issue out of it, as far as stabbing them and getting them out of the prison population."


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FL - No Sex Offender Label for Convicted 'Officer of the Year' (Jonathan Bleiweiss) in Florida

Jonathan Bleiweiss
Jonathan Bleiweiss
Original Article

02/18/2015

A former Florida cop who forced undocumented immigrants to have sex with him will not be required to register with the state as a sex offender, thanks to a plea deal that one attorney called “shocking and shameful to the whole county.”

Months after he was named “Officer of the Year” in 2008, former Broward Sheriff's deputy Jonathan Bleiweiss was charged with multiple sex crimes. About 20 male undocumented immigrants accused Bleiweiss of sexually assaulting them.

The men alleged that Bleiweiss molested them during pat-downs and threatened them with deportation if they refused to perform sex acts.

Last week, Bleiweiss and prosecutors reached a bafflingly lenient plea agreement that would bring a conclusion to all seven of the cases pending against him.

So the former deputy pleaded guilty to multiple counts of battery, stalking and false imprisonment. He will serve five years in prison, but will not be classified as a sex offender.

Before he was ever suspected of committing any crimes, the openly gay Bleiweiss told a local newspaper that early in his career, one of his supervisors taunted him by calling him "sex offender."

Now, with that label never having been more appropriate, Bleiwiss will not have to wear it.


KY - Two Kids Have Sex, The Boy Goes to Jail and Becomes a Sex Offender While the Girl Goes Free

Child in agony
Original Article

02/16/2015

FRANKFORT - An eighth grade boy and his seventh grade girlfriend engaged in voluntary sex at her house in Kentucky. After it was discovered, the boy was arrested and prosecuted. The girl walked free.

State Assistant Attorney General Gregory Fuchs said the boy initiated acts that were “within the parameters of the crime.” The boy pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors for having sex with his girlfriend, as well as exchanging nude photos with her. He will be required to register as a sex offender.

The attorney for the boy, John Wampler, argued that voluntary sex between children should not be prosecuted as criminal. The boy was apparently too young to consent to sex, with the minimum age of consent in Kentucky set at 16, but he was prosecuted anyway.