Unreliable Evidence Cost Man 25 Years and Chicago $6.3 Million

According to the Chicago Sun-Times (here), the City of Chicago has agreed to pay $6.3 million to Larry Gillard to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that the Chicago police crime lab distorted evidence, which contributed to his wrongful

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Appeals court rules against Orange County on sex offender law

A panel of California appeals court judges found Friday that state law trumps Orange County’s regulations on sex offenders that ban them from parks and beaches. The fourth appellate district decision reverses the conviction of Hugo Godinez, a

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NYS Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration

From The Fortune Society: Yesterday, we were very excited to hear Governor Cuomo’s announcement in his 2014 State of the State address that he will establish the NYS Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration, which will bring leadership

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Websites will no longer bill to remove mug shots

TOLEDO, Ohio – Two Internet sites that make money by posting millions of mug shots of people who’ve been arrested have agreed to stop charging them to take down their photos as part of a settlement in a

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National Women’s Organization Opposes HB 14

NEWS RELEASE: National women’s organization opposes Alabama’s proposed HB 14. The question we are asking is an obvious one; “do laws such as this truly PROTECT children?” Alabama Representative Steve Hurst seems to think so. His previous years’

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Irish to House Sex Offenders

Ireland has it right! Niall O’Connor Political Correspondent – 30 December 2013 SEX offenders should be given homes by local authorities on their release from prison, according to a report being considered by Justice Minister Alan Shatter. The

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El Dorado CA SO Ordinance Repealed

PLACERVILLE – The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is expected to repeal a 2-year-old sex offender ordinance Tuesday to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit. The 2012 ordinance was inspired by Phillip and Nancy Garrido, the county’s

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The Bitter Legacy of Adam Walsh

We can all become angry and frustrated with life.  Some of us have been known to express that frustration in ways that later, upon reflection, seem foolish or even tragically self-destructive.  John Walsh, with the help of a

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Self-Serving Politicians Behind Legislation

To protect our children, It’s an emergency, if the passage of this law saves just one child then it has served its purpose. We have all heard these type of comments from our legislators. Friedrich August von Hayek

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W.A.R.- Our Year at a Glance

The directors of W.A.R. would like to recap the organization’s accomplishment in 2013 and share some 2014 projects with you. 2013 Year at a Glance As you know, due to your memberships and donations we were able to

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Vermont: Bills aim to stop wrongful arrests, convictions

Lawmakers in Vermont are working to implement policy reforms they say will help stop wrongful arrests and convictions within the state. Sen. Dick Sears (D-Bennington) is co-sponsoring two bills in the 2013-2014 Legislative Session, S.184 and S.297, which

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Many Failed Efforts to Count Nation’s Federal Criminal Laws

WASHINGTON For decades, the task of counting the total number of federal criminal laws has bedeviled lawyers, academics and government officials. “You will have died and resurrected three times,” and still be trying to figure out the answer,

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Pa. Supreme Court throws out parts of Megan’s Law

By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press Posted:   12/16/2013 05:29:58 PM EST HARRISBURG, PA. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out portions of the state’s sex-offender registration law on Monday, telling lawmakers they violated the constitution’s requirement that bills that

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Sex-Offender Porn Ban Passes First Legislative Hurdle

Lakeland Republican Senator Kelli Stargel petitioned her colleagues in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee to broaden an existing ban on pornography. The law already prohibits sex-offenders from viewing or possessing pornography related to their conviction. Florida Action Committee

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Ruling may have vast effect on sex-offender registry, attorney says

SANTA ANA – A court ruling involving an Orange County case could result in hearings for thousands of California sex offenders seeking to have their names removed from the “Megan’s Law” registry, says an attorney who represents a

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New Study Sheds Light On Prevalence Of Child Pornography

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – You may think of child pornography as something that could never hit close to home, or some uncommon perversion. Now a new study is shedding light on the prevalence of child pornography in the United

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‘Apostrophe laws’ named for kid victims on the wane

When Amanda Moore concluded that her daughter’s killer was a drug addict wrongly paroled and wrongly allowed to remain free, she did like many parents before her: she proposed legislation to spare others the same fate. She named

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The Wrongfully Convicted Sex Offender

(Editorial Note:  In no way do I want to minimize the issue of violence against women or children.  Rape is clearly a crime of violence, and must be dealt with appropriately.  Pedophile predation is abhorrant, and must also be dealt

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What NOT TO SAY TO POLICE

What NOT TO SAY TO POLICE By Norm Pattis (blog 4/20/10) I’m a battle-hardened criminal defense lawyer, so it always surprises me how weak in the knees I get when a policeman pulls me over. The urge to

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I Have A Dream

By Janice Bellucci Sorry for the all caps, but this is how it was typed and we do not have time to go through and fix everything. I AM HAPPY TO JOIN YOU TONIGHT IN AN EVENING OF CONSEQUENCE.

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