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Movement On Bills to Close Sex Offender "Loophole"Court's landmark decision closes loophole in child sex crime casesMichigan State Police nab 'most wanted' sex offender in Pontiac during sweep ...Sex Offender Registries: Good Idea Gone Bad?New Jersey bill would abolish sex offender registration for certain actsN.Y. sex offender law not punitive: appeals courtNY sex offender law not punitive: appeals courtSex Offender Sought for Failing to Register AddressSex-offender 'hush money' schemes ruin livesAvella sex offender bill gets third shotNew Minnesota law spawns fresh lawsuits over decades-old priest sex abuseBills meant to strengthen Sex Offender Registry gain supportLocal man fights back: Sex-offender data used to collect money and intimidateSex offenders spread across state, nationSlow response by other states blocks timely listing of sex offenders in NY

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Governor Calling For Review of Sex Offender Laws - KKTV
KKTV 11 NewsMay 1, 2013

The move comes after criticism from Republicans that the current penalties need to be updated. One penalty that would be reviewed is the current penalty for adults convicted of certain sex crimes against children younger than 14. Right now that carries ...more »

Mo. bill notifies prosecutor if sex offender freed
San Francisco ChronicleMay 2, 2013

Current law only requires the attorney general, the director of the Mental Health Department, the facility housing the offender and the court committing the person to be notified of a release. The legislation would now add the prosecutor in the ...more »

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Movement On Bills to Close Sex Offender "Loophole"
WGRZ-TVMay 31, 2013

A.J. Verel, chairman of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame, has been working on the legislation since the 2 On Your Side story aired. His proposal, which is sponsored by Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, would also prohibit registered sex offenders from having ...more »

Court's landmark decision closes loophole in child sex crime cases
KWCHMay 31, 2013

Kansas lawmakers adopted Senate Bill 44 after the Kansas Supreme Court reversed Prine's conviction in April of 2009. The measure was signed into law, allowing evidence of prior sex crimes to be admitted at the trial of someone charged with committing a ...more »

Michigan State Police nab 'most wanted' sex offender in Pontiac during sweep ...
Oakland PressMay 31, 2013

James Donald Smith, 43, was taken into custody Wednesday on an outstanding felony warrant after Michigan State Police investigators said he failed to change his address and comply with state sex offender laws. Smith was convicted of aggravated criminal ...more »

Sex Offender Registries: Good Idea Gone Bad?
Philadelphia Magazine (blog)May 31, 2013

The ongoing plight of a Florida teen underscores the dysfunction of state laws that require sex offenders to register in a national database, even when they are teenagers and their “crime” consisted of nothing more than having a consensual relationship ...more »

New Jersey bill would abolish sex offender registration for certain acts
EIN News (press release)May 31, 2013

A New Jersey bill was introduced that would eliminate sex offender registration under New Jersey's Megan's Law in instances in which a sex crime conviction resulted because the age of one of the individuals prevented him or her from giving legal ...more »

N.Y. sex offender law not punitive: appeals court
Thomson Reuters News & InsightMay 30, 2013

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The state's sex offender registration law is remedial, not punitive, and therefore does not violate the U.S. Constitution's ex post facto clause or double jeopardy when applied retroactively, a New York state appeals court ruled on ...more »

NY sex offender law not punitive: appeals court
Thomson Reuters News & InsightMay 30, 2013

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The state's sex offender registration law is remedial, not punitive, and therefore does not violate the U.S. Constitution's ex post facto clause or double jeopardy when applied retroactively, a New York state appeals court ruled on ...more »

Sex Offender Sought for Failing to Register Address
NBC 7 San DiegoMay 30, 2013

Print. Sex Offender Sought for Failing to Register Address. San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Convicted sex offender Joseph Ricardo Ramirez is wanted by authorities for failing to register his home address, as required by law, and for felony ...more »

Sex-offender 'hush money' schemes ruin lives
Arizona RepublicMay 30, 2013

But the results of a Call 12 for Action investigation into websites that make money off sex-offender data raises questions about whether law enforcement weighs the popularity of the offended party when deciding which crimes to pursue. This matters on a ...more »

Avella sex offender bill gets third shot
Queens ChronicleMay 30, 2013

The legislation was designed by Avella following extensive review of the current sex offender laws after the arrest of Joseph Denice, a Level I sex offender who was convicted of sex abuse in the second degree in 2010, and then arrested again in January ...more »

New Minnesota law spawns fresh lawsuits over decades-old priest sex abuse
Raw StoryMay 30, 2013

Mark Dayton (DFL) signed the Child Victims Act into law, which lifted the statute of limitations on sex crimes, enabling adults over the age of 24 to sue for childhood abuse. St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson is representing the plaintiff, who has chosen ...more »

Bills meant to strengthen Sex Offender Registry gain support
Wicked LocalMay 30, 2013

Legislators said the case highlighted loopholes in the state's Sex Offender Registry. A reform bill introduced by Sen. Katherine Clark and Rep. Paul Brodeur, both D-Melrose, has garnered support from 27 bipartisan cosponsors. Clark, Senate chairwoman ...more »

Local man fights back: Sex-offender data used to collect money and intimidate
Great Falls TribuneMay 30, 2013

Among the hundreds of thousands of names that appear, the websites include names and addresses of people who never have been arrested or convicted of a sex crime. The Internet-savvy operators ensure that anyone in their databases can be found easily ...more »

Sex offenders spread across state, nation
Alexandria Town TalkMay 30, 2013

BATON ROUGE -- Law enforcement officers nationwide are trying to track down at least 300 sex offenders who fled South Louisiana during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, but so far, authorities have had little success. Not knowing the location of the ...more »

Slow response by other states blocks timely listing of sex offenders in NY
Buffalo NewsMay 30, 2013

The federal Megan's Law was the impetus for states to create sex offender registries and risk levels. The law was adopted after a New Jersey 7-year-old, Megan Kanka, was murdered by a convicted sex offender who lived across the street. Her parents were ...more »

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