« "The History of the Original United States Sentencing Commission, 1985–1987" | Main | Just how should California implement Prop 57's call for prison releases? »

September 6, 2017

Two of the latest remarkable variations on sex offender panics

These two headlines and stories about concerns about sex offenders caught my eye this afternoon:

I find both of these article both stunning and sad, and the bill discussed in the second article would seem, if I understand it right, to raise some serious constitutional issues.

September 6, 2017 at 11:51 PM | Permalink


Well as to the first story. Hopefully one of those evil animals called sex offenders (sarcasm) shows up and puts a bullet into his Batesville bigoted head. Sorry but this action in this situation threatens their LIVES so as far I am concerned they have the legal and moral right to respond in kind

As for the second. I would inform the gov't that if I am to have no part in the child's life. Then you will only get one time of my money only over you dead body judge

Posted by: rodsmith3510 | Sep 7, 2017 1:53:30 AM

So much fear. So little intelligence or understanding.

Professor, or any fellow readers, have you seen the documentary The Overnighters? It ran on PBS a year or two ago and I understand it's on Nettflix. It is strangely compelling viewing and kind of touches on this.

Posted by: Fat Bastard | Sep 7, 2017 8:22:46 AM

*cough cough* Eighth Amendment *cough cough*

The CO court got this right. SORA is civil death by a thousand different cuts, and presumably, in some cases, actual death by a thousand different cuts.

Posted by: Guy | Sep 7, 2017 9:14:21 AM

If the sheriff turns away former sex offenders from the shelter, where do they go? What happens after this storm if any of the surviving former sex offenders and their loved ones in Polk County decide to take revenge against the sheriff? Some embittered persons might make death threats against him. This has happened several times to former Sheriff Arpaio of Maricopa County, AZ. While none of those threats bore fruition, several of those threats were no jokes. Police had actually found weapons on those whom they arrested and convicted of making these death threats. In Polk County, a former sex offender who survives this storm might decide that he or she has nothing to lose by getting even. We don't want this to happen, but the sheriff's hunger for fame and publicity might do just that.

Posted by: william r. delzell | Sep 7, 2017 9:19:37 AM

There are various types of "sex offenders" and when bragging about "grabbing pussy" won't stop people from voting for someone, think in practice this will be applied selectively. Appreciate that the sheriff received some pushback. The active warrant thing is a bit touchy as would things like orders of protection. Can be separately addressed.

Bill A-5160, which is sponsored by Assemblyman Sean T. Kean, R-Ocean, would amend existing law to bar “custody of and visitation rights to any child for a person convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child under age 13.”

The current law provides discretion to the judge. As noted in the article, an absolute rule is bad policy. I think this is less outrageous than keeping people from shelters. The person is convicted of aggravated sexual assault -- not some open-ended "sex offense" -- of a child under 13. Still bad.

Posted by: Joe | Sep 7, 2017 9:44:31 AM

F the police. I pray they get everything they deserve. Hopefully these hurricanes continually hit Florida very hard so the scumbag Registry supporters there have plenty to keep them busy. The more they are kept busy just scrounging to stay alive, the less time and resources that they'll have to harass other people. I won't be helping hurricane victims. I won't help anyone that I don't personally know.

Posted by: FRegistryTerrorists | Sep 7, 2017 9:48:21 AM

As long as we allow our elected officials to make laws based on votes and not on facts, the fear mongering will never stop. Blacks are more vocal about abuses than whites, but the fact is, abuse is rampant against the American people. We must all stand up against tyranny. How do we do that? Not just by voting, but through massive, peaceful protest.
The more laws passed by tyrants, the less free America becomes.

"A former sex offender"

Posted by: Oswaldo | Sep 10, 2017 8:45:37 PM

"Hurricane Irma: Lawsuit filed against Sheriff Grady Judd after controversial tweet"


complaint: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-Nn4MjshfHVdExSSFpZYzJUNEk/view

Posted by: Joe | Sep 11, 2017 5:30:03 PM

Post a comment

In the body of your email, please indicate if you are a professor, student, prosecutor, defense attorney, etc. so I can gain a sense of who is reading my blog. Thank you, DAB