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March 27, 2010

Should former NY Governor Elliot Spitzer have to register as a sex offender?

The question in the title of this post is inspired by this local story from the heartland, which is headlined "Kansas ponders adding prostitutes' customers to sex offender list."   Here are the basics:

A bill passed by the Kansas House on Wednesday would land people convicted of hiring a prostitute on the state’s sex offender list for 10 years.

Many states, including Kansas, already require sex offender registration for those soliciting minors. Some states, such as California, give judges the discretion to require registration in solicitation cases.

But adding solicitation to the crimes requiring offender registration would be a significant expansion of the offender registry, critics said.

Given that former NY Gov Spitzer has never formally been convicted of hiring a prostitute, I suppose he need not yet worry about being subject to all the collateral consequences that face offenders who end up on a sex offender registry.  Nevertheless, using him as an example of a (typical?) John provides a good focal point for a debate about whether this type of criminal should be required to register as a sex offender.

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i was sentenced to 10 yrs do 5. i pled guilty because the case was fifty fifty. if i would have lossed at trial. i would have done life. i had one prior. using drugs with a seventeen yr old cauasion female with intentions on making out after. her dad caught us and called the cops. i was a freshman at ga southern. but pled guilty to cr. sexual abuse and did three years. now im 33 and working but i wear the gps and required to pay 210.00 monthly for them to monitor me. and the law passed after i took the plea. during my release i get two witness statements on my behalf from the childs mother and a nearby baby sitter on the child molestation charge. what more need to be said. hell i never complained onced. im going to live aint nobody perfect.

Posted by: jermel chambers | Mar 29, 2010 8:44:20 PM

By all means. What's good for the goose...

Posted by: John K | Mar 30, 2010 4:55:46 PM

$2500 bucks a year, and retroactive to boot... and the registration makes it near impossible for you to get a job worth much more than that. You are a burgeoning member of a real second class citizenship in this country. This system is set up for you to fail.. don't pay the money, go to jail. Don't register, or can't because you can no longer afford to drive to the Sheriff's office? You go to jail. And then, of course, retroactively making you pay a week's pay every month just so they can track you.. how do people in this situation not help but go back to jail? It is impossible to comply with this unreasonable "freedom." This retroactive stuff better not stick, or almost every sex offender will end up in jail for failure to comply, even those who were listed as least dangerous, (Who are now getting reclassified to make ALL dangerous regardless of the facts.) It's just the beginning, folks. Anyone who jaywalked 20 years ago is going to have to wonder when their non-compliant citizens registration is coming, not to mention the fees to keep track of this miscreant. Government is hurting for revenue.. it only takes one knee-jerk idea to get your dollars and embarrass you with your family and friends.

Posted by: tbucket | Mar 30, 2010 10:53:37 PM

What goose? My understanding is that prostitution is not a registration offense in most (all?) states. Nor should it be. Registration systems impose significant, broad-ranging costs. I am at a loss to think of a reason why registering prostitutes and johns (in cases where everyone is an adult) would have a benefit justifying these costs.

Posted by: Observer | Mar 31, 2010 11:48:11 AM

lol

"What goose? My understanding is that prostitution is not a registration offense in most (all?) states. Nor should it be. Registration systems impose significant, broad-ranging costs. I am at a loss to think of a reason why registering prostitutes and johns (in cases where everyone is an adult) would have a benefit justifying these costs."

that's easy observer...they are running out of new things to hit ex sex-offenders with. so they have to make more things illegal and since the courts keep allowing that criminal fiction that it's NOT PUNISHMENT therefore they can put anything on the registry they want AND then make it apply retoractively! which would certainly include prostituion which is after all A SEX OFFENCE!

Posted by: rodsmith | Mar 31, 2010 11:59:03 AM

plus of course since he's one of the num-nuts that keeps trying to ADD new punishments AFTER THE FACT in direct violation of the constitution...IT WOULD SERVE HIM RIGHT to get hung up in the very laws he passed. Heck put him in for civil comitment!

he liked that law.

Posted by: rodsmith | Mar 31, 2010 12:01:47 PM

I think that every U.S. citizen should be placed on the sex offender registry at birth. If they can make it to age 50 without a sex offense, they can request that they be removed.

Posted by: huh? | Apr 3, 2010 4:07:38 PM

wow, the idea of making buying of sex betwen adults is ridiculous, that is not iligal in most countries, many of us pay for sex one way or another. The idea of having to register as a sex offender for just asking somebody for sex, is NUTS. In Spetzer's case, he should go to jail for hypocrate. he was conducting prostitution stings while at the same time and repeteadly using prostitutes.

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Posted by: Supra Skate | Oct 30, 2010 5:36:55 AM

Absolutely he should be brought to trial, and if convicted required to register. The fact that his position and power have allowed him to avoid anything but getting a TV show is troublesome. After all, he did advocate "johns" who were convicted registering as sex offenders. I believe the NY law reflects that.

Posted by: Reistered In NY | Jan 24, 2011 3:33:38 PM

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