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  • O'Reilly On Colorado Rep: "His life is about to take a turn for the worst"

    03/04/2013 1:22:10 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 20 replies
    Colorado is one of 7 states refusing to pass Jessica's Law. O'Reilly has helped get mandatory sentencing for child predators passed in the other 43 states. Tonight O'Reilly will send a crew to confront Colorado House Speaker Mark Ferrandino — described by O'Reilly as a "villain" for killing Jessica's Law. The law is named after Jessica Lunsford, a young Florida girl who was sexually battered and murdered in February 2005 by John Couey, a previously convicted sex offender. Public outrage over this case spurred Florida officials to introduce this legislation. Among the key provisions of the law was classifying lewd...
  • Sex offender parolees test Jessica's Law housing limits in court

    12/22/2010 3:39:36 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 12/22/10 | John Simerman
    Hundreds of paroled sex offenders are winning reprieves from a ban against their living near schools or parks as they flood local courts with constitutional challenges to the most controversial part of Jessica's Law. Judges in Contra Costa and elsewhere have routinely issued stays permitting sex offender parolees to ignore the ban on their living within 2,000 feet of a school or park where children "regularly gather," pending rulings in their cases. The slow pace of those challenges means the stays could last until their parole terms expire and the restrictions no longer affect them. In the East Bay, at...
  • Part of Jessica's Law ruled unconstitutional

    11/04/2010 10:19:46 PM PDT · by jerry557 · 26 replies · 2+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/05/10 | Andrew Blankstein
    California corrections officials this week stopped enforcing portions of Jessica's Law in Los Angeles County after a judge ruled that the 2006 statute restricting how close sex offenders can live to parks or schools is unconstitutional. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza concluded that the controversial measure left sex offenders in some areas with the choice of being homeless or going to jail because the law restricts them from living in large swaths of some cities such as Los Angeles. He issued the 10-page ruling Monday after four registered sex offenders petitioned the court. He noted that the...
  • Burt Prelutsky: Finding a Home for Sex Offenders

    02/02/2009 12:54:17 AM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies · 797+ views ^ | February 2, 2009 | Burt Prelutsky
    This morning, my hometown newspaper, the L.A. Times, carried the headline “Fixes in Jessica’s Law Are Urged.” The sub-head read: “Tight residency curbs on sex offenders can leave them homeless and propel them to re-offend, a panel says.” For those of you fortunate enough to live someplace where the Times isn’t your local daily, let me assure you that a similar news story runs nearly as regularly as Doonesbury and Dennis the Menace.
  • A New Call for Jessica's Law in Vermont

    07/06/2008 8:10:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies · 153+ views
    WCAX News ^ | July 5, 2008 | Andy Potter --
    Brook Bennett's murder has brought back calls for a tougher law against adults who sexually prey on children. More than thirty states -- but not Vermont -- have enacted Jessica's law, setting a 25-year minimum prison sentence for convicted child sex offenders. "When a person is sexually assaulted, a minor is sexually assaulted, it's my opinion that they should go to jail for 25 years," Dubie told Channel 3. "That's very simple and that's what Jessica's Law calls for. I'm also asking that we reconsider what the governor proposed last legislative session, and that's civil confinement." House Judiciary committee chairman...
  • WAYNE RESNICK on KFI - to discuss James "I will destroy raped children in court" Fagan

    06/27/2008 7:06:47 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 27 replies · 134+ views
  • DFU YouTube SING-ALONG: One Tin Soldier (one scumbag attorney, James Fagan, destroyer of children)

    06/26/2008 6:00:15 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 12 replies · 314+ views
    youtube ^ | 6-26-08 | Lyrics & Movie, Doug from Upland
    WATCH THIS DISGUSTING HUMAN BEING SAY WHAT HE WOULD DO IN COURT TO CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN RAPED YOUTUBE ONE TIN SOLDIER SING-ALONG If you have a chance, leave him some appropriate comments. I'm going to send the YouTube to the Boys and Girls Club of Taunton, on which he is a board member. He must be forced to resign.
  • James ("rip child apart on stand") Fagan is on board of directors of Boys & Girls Clubs of Tauton

    06/25/2008 9:07:58 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 48 replies · 2,059+ views
    James Fagan website ^ | 6-25-08 | Doug from Upland
    By now, many of you have seen the outrageous comments of Massachusetts State Representative James Fagan, a Democrat. In defending a child rapist, he would tear apart the child on the stand and ruin the child's life forever. He made the comments arrogantly and shamelessly. Watch it here. FAGAN'S WEBSITE SHOWS HOW IS INVOLVED IN SEVERAL CHILDREN'S ORGANIZATIONS. ORGANIZATIONS: Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers; Taunton Boys & Girls Club (Board of Directors); Taunton Little League; Taunton Youth Basketball Coach; Massachusetts Bar Foundation; Massachusetts Waterfowlers, Inc.; Babe Ruth League; High School Umpire; Bristol Ducks Unlimited; Southeastern New England Area Boys' Clubs...
  • Jessica Lunsford's Dad Blasts Mass. Pol's Vow to 'Rip Apart' Child Rape Victims at Trial

    06/25/2008 8:39:29 AM PDT · by mmichaels1970 · 73 replies · 176+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/25/2008 | Fox News
    The father of a Florida girl abducted and buried alive in a trash bag by a sex offender has blasted a Massachusetts politician who said he'd have to torment young victims on the witness stand if mandatory sentences for offenders passed the state Legislature. Mark Lunsford, whose 9-year-old daughter died in 2005, told the Boston Herald that Rep. James Fagan, a defense attorney, should take the rights of victimized children seriously. “Why doesn’t he figure out a way to defend that child and put these kind of people away instead of trying to figure ways for defense attorneys to get...
  • Mass. Democrat to Child Rape Victims: "I will Destroy YOU"

    06/25/2008 8:36:37 AM PDT · by KatyLoraleyVidales · 6 replies · 381+ views
    Right Up Front ^ | 06/25/2008 | R Hargraves
    I'm thinking of a word. Ah, yes. A#%hole. That's the one. Massachussetts (go figure) State Representative James Fagan took to the floor of the state house to oppose Jessica's Law, a bill sweeping through state legislatures across the nation that creates mandatory sentences for criminals who rape a child. Mr. Fagan, a defense attorney and hardcore liberal, opposes the bill on the grounds that...well, I guess he just hates children and loves child rapists, I dunno. It defies good sense, logic and simple moral decency. In the video below, Fagan explains what he would do to a child rape victim...
  • US Supreme Court rules against Death Penalty for Convicted Serial Child Rapists

    06/25/2008 9:30:51 AM PDT · by KatyLoraleyVidales · 14 replies · 267+ views
    Right Up Front ^ | 06/25/2008 | Katy L Vidales
    In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court ruled that Capital Punishment for convicted child rapists was unconstitutional under the 8th Amendment tenant of Cruel and Unusual Punishment. Just Kennedy wrote the opinion for the majority stating that the use of Capital Punishment was: “not proportional for the rape of a child.” My question to Justice Kennedy is then, what IS proportional punishment for the rape of an innocent child? A slap on the wrist? A short prison stay followed by your name in a database full of other like minded perverts? What is taken from these children can never be...
  • Mass. Rep. Promises to 'Rip Apart' 6-Year-Old Victims on the Witness Stand

    As the Massachusetts State Legislature debates "Jessica's Law" -- named after Jessica Lunsford who was raped and murdered in Florida by a repeat sex offender -- one representative who is against the law expressed his displeasure on the floor of the House. Really expressed his displeasure. The representative, one James Fagan, said he'd “rip apart” 6-year-old victims on the witness stand and “make sure the rest of their life is ruined.” In a fiery soliloquy on the House floor, Fagan said he’d grill victims so that, “when they’re 8 years old they throw up; when they’re 12 years old, they...
  • Massachusetts Democrat to Child Rape Victims: I Will Destroy You!

    06/24/2008 6:57:49 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 108 replies · 633+ views
    Democratic Representative James Fagan was in the Massachusetts State House yesterday railing against Jessica’s Law, which would mandate 20-year sentence for rape of a child under 12. As a defense attorney he took offense to the idea that someone convicted or raping a young child should have a mandatory sentence imposed on them, arguing it would force him to attack the little girl in order to defend his client: “Let me tell you why it’s so wrong, It’s so wrong because in these situations . . . that 6-year-old is going to sit in front of me, or somebody far...
  • Calif. Sex Offenders Go Homeless

    10/31/2007 11:24:08 AM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 131+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 10/31/7 | DON THOMPSON, Associated Press Writer
    Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- Hundreds of California sex offenders who face tough new restrictions on where they can live are declaring themselves homeless — truthfully or not — and that's making it difficult for the state to track them. Jessica's Law, approved by 70 percent of California voters a year ago, bars registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park where children gather. That leaves few places where offenders can live legally. Some who have had trouble finding a place to live are avoiding re-arrest by reporting — falsely, in some cases — that they...
  • California Orders 2,700 Sex Offenders to Move Within 45 Days

    09/09/2007 8:19:09 AM PDT · by nmh · 19 replies · 643+ views
    http://www.foxnews ^ | Saturday, September 08, 2007 | AP
    California Orders 2,700 Sex Offenders to Move Within 45 Days Saturday, September 08, 2007 SACRAMENTO, Calif. — More than 2,700 recently paroled sex offenders in California have been told they have to move because they are violating a new law that bars them from living near schools and parks. On Friday, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation finished notifying 2,741 sex offenders that they have 45 days to find legal housing, or they will be sent back to prison for violating their parole, said spokesman Bill Sessa. The department previously estimated no more than 2,100 parolees were violating the...

    08/24/2007 11:56:17 AM PDT · by cjohnson1 · 224 replies · 7,424+ views
  • North Carolina’s Most Wanted Representatives

    05/30/2007 8:16:48 PM PDT · by Mark-TCGB · 889+ views
    Conservative Voice's Take Back Charlotte Mecklenburg ^ | May 25, 2007 | Jessica's Law Now North Carolina
    Take Back Charlotte Mecklenburg has long been apart in fight for Jessica’s Law for North Carolina . We have put this plea on our website and hope you will join the fight with us. Sadly, all of our North Carolina Representatives are still dragging their feet with this. Our North Carolina Representative’s keep pointing their fingers at one another and give every excuse in the book. Not one of these Representatives have taken a firm stand in North Carolina General Assembly. We need them to be forceful and direct when it comes to protecting our children, instead of playing games....
  • (Texas) Senate OKs 'Jessica's Law' with limits on death penalty

    04/27/2007 9:09:58 PM PDT · by zendari · 6 replies · 245+ views
    AUSTIN — The Texas Senate passed its long-awaited "Jessica's Law" Tuesday to protect children from sexual predators, but it reserved the death penalty for those twice convicted of the most heinous child rapes. The bill also creates a new offense for "continual sexual abuse" of a child, increases penalties for certain child sex offenses and removes the statute of limitations for victims of child sex crimes. "I am confident that this legislation will help protect the safety of our children and send a clear message to those who would prey on them. Don't do it," said the bill's author, Sen....
  • State Expert Casts Doubt On Couey Retardation Claim [Jessie Lunsford Murderer]

    03/14/2007 9:09:08 AM PDT · by freespirited · 6 replies · 438+ views
    WFTV ^ | 3/14/07
    A psychologist cast doubt Wednesday on defense claims that the man convicted of killing 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford is mentally retarded, rating John Evander Couey as average in ability to hold jobs and get through daily life. The testimony by prosecution expert Harry McClaren is important as a jury weighs whether to recommend a life prison sentence or the death penalty for Couey. McClaren's remarks suggest that Couey is able to adapt adequately despite any mental challenges, including low IQ. Mentally retarded people cannot be executed under both Florida law and a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court decision. But a key factor...
  • Jessica's Law, Adam Walsh Act & North Carolina Lawmakers

    03/08/2007 4:59:58 PM PST · by Mark-TCGB · 2 replies · 300+ views
    Take Back Charlotte Mecklenburg | March 8, 2007 | Mark A. Palmer
    We have watched the news cover the Jessica Lunsford trial and to know that a child suffered at the hands of a sex offender, when it could have been prevented should be galvanizing our law makers, to enact. This could have been your daughter, just imagine the anguish any parent would have to live with, if this happened to them. John Couey, who was convicted, had a record as a sex offender and was just released from prison, at the time of her murder. There are many John Couey types and one could be living next to you. Often, administration...
  • Disrespecting Jessica (Bill O'Reilly)

    02/24/2007 10:46:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 1,439+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | February 26, 2007 | Bill O'Reilly
    The national media won't tell you, but in Miami right now, a man named John Couey is on trial for brutally killing a 9-year-old girl named Jessica Lunsford. Couey, a convicted sex offender, kidnapped Jessica out of her modest Florida home, brought her to a trailer, sexually abused her, and then buried her alive. When authorities found her body, she was clutching a stuffed dolphin. Because of that heinous act, the state of Florida passed "Jessica's Law," which mandates that a first-time conviction for felony sexual battery on a child will result in a 25-years-to-life prison sentence. No plea bargain,...
  • Jessica's story: an ordinary kid

    02/09/2007 10:14:22 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 41 replies · 1,115+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | February 9, 2007 | Michael Kruse
    Who was this 9-year-old girl whose death led to significant legal changes in Florida and nationwide? Before Feb. 24, 2005, before she was taken from her room in her home in the dark, before she was kept and raped and buried alive in black plastic trash bags, before her name and her face conjured a crime and a law and a cause, she was just Jessie. Jessica Marie Lunsford was born Oct. 6, 1995, at Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia, N.C. Her grandmother, Ruth Lunsford, said she wasn’t “red or wrinkled or nothing like that,” and her grandfather, Archie Lunsford,...
  • CA: Spread sex-offense parolees around, assemblyman says (Richard Alarcón, D-San Fernando)

    01/19/2007 9:44:19 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 483+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 1/19/07 | Sue Doyle
    SYLMAR - Concerned that their community has become a dumping ground for sex offenders, residents Thursday applauded a proposed law that would evenly distribute the state's most despised parolees across Assembly districts. Stating that 124 registered sex offenders live in Sylmar and just six reside in Beverly Hills, Assemblyman Richard Alarcón, D-San Fernando, said it is unfair that some communities - often in lower-income areas - shoulder more responsibility than others. "If it was equal up and down the state, I guess Sylmar would have to accept their fair share," he said. "But this is not equal. This is not...
  • SEX OFFENDERS: The new attorney general wants residency rules retroactive. The governor doesn't

    01/17/2007 11:16:36 AM PST · by radar101 · 25 replies · 560+ views
    Press-Enterprise ^ | 17 Jan 2007 | JIM MILLER
    The state's new attorney general Tuesday argued in court papers that any of the state's tens of thousands of registered sex offenders who change residences should be prohibited from living near a school or park. Attorney General Jerry Brown's filing in federal court stuck with his predecessor's interpretation of Prop. 83, the sweeping sex-crimes initiative approved by voters Nov. 7. But Brown's position continues the legal confusion about a major piece of the initiative named "Jessica's Law" after a slain Florida girl. Gov. Schwarzenegger and other supporters of the law have said the provision banning sex offenders from living within...
  • CA: Predator law fuels financial concerns (Prop 83)

    12/11/2006 2:31:36 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 11 replies · 379+ views
    Fresno Bee ^ | 12/11/06 | E.J. Schultz
    Proposition 83, approved by 71% of voters, requires felony registered sex offenders to be tracked for the rest of their lives with Global Positioning System devices. It also prohibits all registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of any school or park. Prison terms and parole periods also are lengthened. Among the many questions: Who will pay for the GPS devices, estimated to cost up to $10 a day per device, plus staffing and computer costs? Another major question: Do the laws apply retroactively? If so, every one of the state's 90,000 registered sex offenders — including 3,453 in...
  • Schwarzenegger agrees to summit on housing Calif. sex offenders

    12/01/2006 7:45:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 383+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/1/06 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger should convene a statewide summit to help decide what to do with sexually violent predators who are shunned by communities after their release from state mental hospitals, a panel appointed by the governor said Friday. The High Risk Sex Offender and Sexually Violent Predator Task Force agreed with the administration that the League of Cities and the California State Association of Counties should join law enforcement in finding a solution. Panel members said that after consulting with top administration officials, they decided not to recommend options like state-sponsored housing for high risk sex offenders. Schwarzenegger spokesman...
  • Lockyer says new sex-offender law should be retroactive { Jessica's Law }

    11/27/2006 2:59:40 PM PST · by SmithL · 35 replies · 941+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/27/6 | Bob Egelko
    Judge to rule on new interpretation of Prop. 83 -- SAN FRANCISCO -- The state abruptly changed its position today on the meaning of a voter-approved law that restricts where sex criminals may live, telling a federal judge that the law would bar any of California's more than 90,000 registered sex offenders from moving to a home within 2,000 feet of a park or school. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White said he felt "a little bit ambushed'' by the shift by Attorney General Bill Lockyer, who had stated in writing less than two weeks ago that Proposition 83 would not...
  • CA: Prosecutors and California lawyers narrow Jessica's Law's reach

    11/17/2006 5:36:20 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 13 replies · 540+ views
    Contra Costa Times (AP) ^ | Nov. 17, 2006 | DON THOMPSON
    SACRAMENTO - County prosecutors and state lawyers further narrowed their interpretation of a voter-approved crackdown on sexual offenders Friday, saying the initiative's lifetime restrictions don't apply to criminals who are currently on parole. Proposition 83, overwhelmingly approved by voters last week, applies only to offenders who are released from prison in the future, the lawyers said in fending off two attempts to temporarily block portions of the new law. The sweeping measure known as Jessica's Law passed with 70 percent support in last week's election. It bars registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park,...
  • Judge blocks Calif. sex offender rules (Jessica's Law/Prop 83 goes to court)

    11/08/2006 10:03:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 1,007+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/8/06 | David Kravets - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge on Wednesday blocked enforcement of key provisions of a ballot measure designed to crack down on sex offenders, ruling the law was unconstitutional just a day after voters overwhelmingly approved it. The so-called Jessica's Law prohibits registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park, effectively banning parolees from many California communities. It also requires lifetime satellite tracking for some paroled sex criminals upon their release from prison. More than 70 percent of voters approved the initiative Tuesday. Hours later, an unidentified sex offender filed the lawsuit, arguing that the...
  • BREAKING: CA Prop 83 (Jessicas Law) Stayed

    11/08/2006 4:04:08 PM PST · by newzjunkey · 53 replies · 1,850+ views
    Roger Hedgecock Show (Live) ^ | Nov 8, 2006 | Phil Thalheimer
    Breaking now on Roger's radio show in San Diego, Federal Judge Susan Illston has issued a temporary restraining order against Jessica's Law, Prop 83. Lawsuit brought in SF by a "John Doe" sex offender claiming the law is retroactive. The order applies in SF, Alameda, Marin and Sonoma. A hearing will be held on Nov 27. The plaintiff's lawyer is Dennis Riordan.
  • Jessica's Law promptly declared unconstitutional (?)

    11/08/2006 3:17:12 PM PST · by Steven W. · 64 replies · 2,772+ views
    Radio Report | 11/08/06
    California news radio reports that Jessica's Law, just passed overnight by the voters, was already been ruled unconstitutional pending appeal. It was unclear from the report which court made the ruling (I believe the ACLU promptly filed suit after last night's election) and the court reportedly ruled that the law is unconstitutional because it unfairly seeks to punish people.
  • Live Thread - California General Election - 7 November 2006

    11/07/2006 7:06:48 AM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 406 replies · 10,738+ views
    Welcome to the live thread for the California Primary Election. Polls are open until 8pm tonight. If you are a registered voter, it is your duty to vote and defend your rights and civil liberties, protect your pocketbook, and vote the bums out where applicable. Feel free to discuss issues key to your local area that others may be interested in. Post your polling place experiences if you like. And post numbers as they come in later tonight.
  • Sponsors of Jessica’s Law urge Californians to vote yes on Proposition 85

    10/26/2006 10:36:07 PM PDT · by Blue Collar Republican · 23 replies · 658+ views
    Yes on 85 ^ | Oct. 23, 2006 | Albin Rhomberg
    Yes on 85 PARENTS’ RIGHT TO KNOW & CHILD PROTECTION INITIATIVE 1703 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101 // Toll-free (866) 828-8355 // email: NEWS RELEASE October 23, 2006 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Albin Rhomberg at (866) 828-8355 Sponsors of Jessica’s Law urge Californians to vote yes on Proposition 85, too 1.2 million California households get phone calls asking: “Vote yes on 83 and 85” The authors of Jessica’s Law are urging those who support strengthening laws against child predators in California to vote yes on a companion ballot measure – Proposition 85, the Parents’ Right to Know &...
  • CA: Jessica's Law would endanger our children - Prop 83

    10/25/2006 10:25:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 733+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 10/25/06 | Ron Kokish
    Everyone wants to protect potential victims of rape and child molestation, and a package of recently enacted laws helps move California in that direction. It provides for: Longer sentences and parole terms for convicted offenders. Scientific risk assessment of all sex offenders prior to release from prison, leading to differential post-release supervision with more attention to the most dangerous individuals, including GPS monitoring of high risk parolees. Prohibiting registered sex offenders from loitering around schools and other places where vulnerable populations congregate. Risk-level information on the Megan's Law Web site. The creation of school-based education programs addressing child personal safety....
  • CA: 'Jessica's Law' limits raise host of questions (Prop 83 ,, expect challenges if it passes)

    10/16/2006 10:32:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 700+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 10/16/06 | John Simerman
    Proposition 83, or "Jessica's Law," covers 29 pages stuffed with stiffer punishment, longer parole terms and tighter monitoring for future sex criminals. But the passage that raises the thickest skepticism -- and the part that some legal scholars call ripe for attack -- runs just a few dozen words. Anyone required to register as a sex offender, it says, could not live "within 2,000 feet of any public or private school, or park where children regularly gather." To legal scholars and critics, including some sex-crime detectives and prosecutors, those words present serious concerns. Among them: • Whether Prop. 83 would...
  • CA: Jessica's Law far too broad; No on Prop 83 ballot endorsement

    10/11/2006 10:25:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 1,788+ views
    North County Times ^ | 10/11/06 | Editorial
    Our view: Prop. 83 based on fear, not fact about sex offenders Protecting children from sexual predators is a good idea, and that's the intent of Proposition 83, or Jessica's Law. But beneath the emotionally charged rhetoric, Prop. 83 is a prime example of why Californians should reject unwise initiatives and instead focus our efforts on passing thoughtful, effective laws. Prop. 83 is too vague, redundant, costly and ineffective. Prop. 83 would widen the protective circle we draw around our children, prohibiting registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools and parks. Pushing sex offenders farther away from...
  • Nov. 7 vote unlikely final word on state sex-offender law (California)

    10/09/2006 8:14:13 AM PDT · by freespirited · 3 replies · 480+ views
    Press-Enterprise ^ | 10/5/06 | JIM MILLER
    In the 1 ½ years since the kidnap, rape and slaying of Florida 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, almost 20 states have passed laws in her name toughening penalties on sex offenders. On Nov. 7, California voters will have their say. Prop. 83, dubbed Jessica's Law by supporters, proposes the toughest sex-offender rules in the country. It would go well beyond the first Jessica's Law passed by Florida lawmakers in the months after authorities say sex offender John Evander Couey killed Lunsford in March 2005. Couey is scheduled to stand trial in Miami in February. He has pleaded not guilty. All signs...
  • CA: More Prison Time for Sex Offenders (Schwarzenegger signs legislation)

    09/20/2006 2:22:07 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 10 replies · 779+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 20, 2006 | Jenifer Warren
    SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed a package of bills that will increase prison terms for many sex offenders and bar them from loitering near schools and parks once released. The measures, signed just seven weeks before voters face a ballot initiative containing many similar provisions, also require sex offenders considered ''high risk" by authorities to wear electronic tracking devices while on parole. Backers said the new laws give California the nation's toughest restrictions on sex offenders, a group of convicts targeted in a growing national crackdown spawned by a series of high-profile crimes against children. Under one of...
  • [Another Field] Poll shows Jessica's Law, new taxes have support

    08/02/2006 7:41:01 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 533+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 8/2/6 | Steven Harmon
    SACRAMENTO - A new statewide poll released today shows that voters are more than willing to make life tougher for sex offenders, smokers and oil company executives. More than three-fourths of voters -- 76 percent to 11 percent -- support Proposition 83, or Jessica's Law, according to Field Poll surveys on five of the 13 measures on the November ballot. The measure would lengthen sentences for sex offenders and require lifetime global positioning system monitoring "It would be hard to beat back," said Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll. "I don't see a big 'no' side that would need...
  • `Jessica's Law' up for vote - Prop. 83 further punishes sex offenders

    07/31/2006 10:21:35 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 33 replies · 524+ views
    California voters will decide in November if sex offenders should stay in prison longer, live farther from schools or parks and wear a tracking device that will monitor them for life. The latest initiative that focuses on the state's sex offenders is Proposition 83 or "Jessica's Law." It's named for 9-year-old Jessica Marie Lunsford of Florida, who was kidnapped from her bedroom Feb. 23, 2005, and allegedly molested and killed by sex offender John Evander Couey. Under Proposition 83: Anyone convicted of a felony sex offense that requires them to register as a sex offender must wear a global positioning...
  • The governor's race: Angelides throws his support behind tough sex-offender initiative

    07/18/2006 7:49:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 252+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/18/6 | Mark Martin and Carla Marinucci
    CAMPAIGN 2006: Democrat had been criticized for not backing measure - State Treasurer Phil Angelides, the Democratic candidate for governor, announced Monday he would back a November ballot initiative aimed at toughening penalties for sex offenders, after suffering weeks of attacks from Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that he was wishy-washy on crime. Schwarzenegger long ago supported the initiative, dubbed Jessica's Law in memory of a murdered Florida girl, and his campaign has dogged Angelides for remaining silent on a measure that has been criticized by some Democratic lawmakers but so far appears to be extremely popular with voters. At a...
  • Schwarzenegger will fight for public safety

    07/15/2006 10:21:39 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 2 replies · 202+ views
    Whittier Daily News ^ | July 15, 2006 | Michael Kennedy
    IT seems like a pretty simple choice: Side with California families and law enforcement and work to protect children from sexually motivated crimes, or side with sex offenders. It's a decision someone running for the highest elected office in California should be able to make and must be willing to announce publicly. But Phil Angelides has dodged questions on Jessica's Law repeatedly during interviews and campaign stops. He gives only the vague promise that he will lay out an alternative plan "shortly." Well, we know how to handle campaign-trail promises - Angelides even says so himself, telling voters not to...
  • Judge throws out confession in Jessica Lunsford case

    06/30/2006 6:47:31 AM PDT · by lunarbicep · 109 replies · 2,372+ views
    tampabays10 ^ | 6/30/2006
    The confession of a man charged with kidnapping, raping and killing 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford isn't admissible in court, but the discovery of her body can be used as evidence, a judge ruled today. John Evander Couey, a 47-year-old convicted sex offender, gave the confession to detectives, but also told them that he wanted to consult a lawyer. He wasn't given the opportunity to do so. Jessica Marie Lunsford was found kneeling and clutching a stuffed animal, hands tied with speaker wire and fingers poking through the garbage bags in which she was buried alive in March 2005. Two days earlier,...
  • Governor Schwarzenegger In Town To Promote Jessica's Law

    06/29/2006 4:12:45 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 11 replies · 219+ views
    KFMB ^ | June 29, 2006 | News
    Governor Schwarzenegger is in San Diego Thursday, encouraging people to vote for Jessica's Law, which would strengthen punishments for sexual predators. If passed, Jessica's Law would be the toughest sex-predator law in the country.

    06/25/2006 2:36:55 PM PDT · by LKitty · 28 replies · 1,424+ views
  • Angelides hasn't yet decided on sex offender initiative. (Jessica's Law)

    06/25/2006 10:01:16 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 219+ views
    SacBee ^ | June 25, 2006 | Andy Furillo
    An empty canvas when it comes to crime, Phil Angelides paints himself as tough on the issue as anybody, a death penalty supporter who also backs California's "three strikes" sentencing law, if not entirely to the hilt. But the state treasurer has yet to take a position on "Jessica's Law," the initiative slated for the November ballot that promises to run convicted sex offenders out of town, or at least prohibit them from living within 2,000 feet of parks or schools. Without staking out a solid position on the sex offender statute, Angelides has left himself open to attacks from...
  • Schwarzenegger Wants Sex Offenders Screened Before Parole

    06/17/2006 4:54:33 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 21 replies · 321+ views
    LAT ^ | June 17, 2006 | Jenifer Warren
    Governor tells agency to determine which inmates must comply with housing rules and to notify local police 45 days before release. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday ordered the state corrections department to create a prerelease program for sex offenders, a move designed to ensure that those convicts considered high risk are not housed near schools upon their release. In issuing his executive order, the governor also said he wants the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to notify local police and sheriff's departments 45 days before a high-risk sex offender is paroled in their communities. Under current practice, prison officials attempt...
  • Republicans urge passage of child sex-offender laws (MD)

    06/14/2006 11:33:21 AM PDT · by JZelle · 4 replies · 253+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6-14-06 | S.A. Miller and Jon Ward
    ANNAPOLIS -- Republican lawmakers are challenging the leaders of the Democrat-controlled legislature to use today's special session to pass tough child sex-offender laws that died in this year's regular session of the General Assembly. "We have a chance to protect Maryland's children during this special session, and it would be irresponsible of us not to take it," said House Minority Whip Anthony J. O'Donnell, a Republican who represents Calvert and St. Mary's counties.
  • Ohio House moves on taxes, clergy sex abuse

    03/30/2006 5:05:41 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 2 replies · 253+ views
    Ohio House moves on taxes, clergy sex abuse Cuyahoga gets OK to seek tax for arts; schools get boost Thursday, March 30, 2006 Reginald Fields Plain Dealer Bureau Columbus- The Ohio House saved its busiest day of the year for its last day before a short break, moving a slew of bills on Wednesday that could affect high-profile issues such as taxes, clergy sex abuse and bad mortgage deals. A $2.8 million budget correction bill won final passage and heads to Gov. Bob Taft's desk. Among scores of provisions, the bill allows Cuyahoga County to seek a cigarette tax to...
  • Treating Perverts Like Pets (Burt Prelutsky Suggests A Next Door Solution For Sex Offenders Alert)

    03/22/2006 2:24:32 AM PST · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 595+ views ^ | 03/22/06 | Burt Prelutsky
    I can nearly, but not quite, understand why some people object to capital punishment. After all, if they're unaware that "Thou Shall Not Kill" is a bad translation of "Thou Shall Not Murder," you can see where they might wind up believing that the execution of a serial killer is as sinful as the original crime. Of course, I happen to think that, at this late date, there's no excuse for a grown-up not having bothered to find out what the sixth commandment actually says. That's especially the case if he's going to carry on as if he has dibs...