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November 20, 2008

"Real offender in this sex case is Georgia law"

The title of this post is the title of this potent new editorial from the Altanta Journal-Constitution.  Here is how it starts:

In its relentless efforts to expel Wendy Whitaker from her Columbia County home, the state of Georgia has crossed the line from protector to persecutor of its citizens.  The state isn’t inciting torch-wielding mobs to chase Whitaker from her home 20 miles west of Augusta.  But it is using a gaggle of state attorneys and a politically driven, poorly written sex offender law to wreck her life.

Twelve years ago, Whitaker engaged in oral sex with a classmate in her sophomore class on high school property. She had just turned 17; the boy was three weeks shy of 16.  After they were caught, Whitaker pleaded guilty to sodomy, never realizing that the admission to a single act of adolescent stupidity would cast a shadow on her life that she could never escape.  Whitaker is now doomed to be on Georgia’s sex offender registry for the rest of her life.  She can’t live near schools, churches, swimming pools, school bus stops, day care centers, parks, rec centers or skating rinks, or work near schools, churches or day care centers.

Whitaker poses no danger to the children of Georgia; she’s a happily married 29-year-old, trying to get on with her life and live in the home that she and her husband bought a few years ago.  Yet, the state has spent thousands of taxpayer dollars to force Whitaker from her house.

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Really appalling. Can't she get some sort of pardon?

Posted by: federalist | Nov 20, 2008 12:01:58 PM

Not under Georgia law even if the Governor wanted to. It this case the Governor does not because it's not good politics to to do.

Posted by: Larry | Nov 20, 2008 7:23:03 PM

I want you to know some thing readers...
Thousands of lives, men, women and children, are being ruined by ignorant, uncaring legislation put into place under the guise of Protecting the Children, and Getting Tough on Crime.

I have created 2 websites showing many examples of the shattered lives created by poorly written, uncaringly implemented, broadly sweeping legislation directed at the new underclass of people in America, the Sex Offender.

Children as young as 8 years old being labeled sex offender for the rest of their lives for as little as playing, You show me your pee pee, I will show you mine.

You think the above is a humorous and untrue rendition of the situation? I invite you to come look at the documentation, the videos, the National Stories compiled on our sites.

http://www.cfcamerica.org
http://www.crimesagainstchildren.com/

No lawmakers want to fix the problem.

It all started with the Retroactive Appliction of the Adam Walsh Act, put into place by none other than Alburto Gonzalas.

Posted by: Appalled | Nov 21, 2008 4:21:57 PM

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