Friday, October 11, 2013

Mr. Cuccinelli Take Down Your Predator Website

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli launched a shameless website this past July 17th   to justify his court appeal to keep Virginia’s anti-sodomy statute on the books under the guise “for the safety of the children”. 

The Cuccinelli “Predator” website lists the name, home address, employer/company name and work address of 90 completely compliant Virginia Sex Offenders who were prosecuted under Virginia’s anti-sodomy law, with the loaming threat that the 90 will be removed from the Virginia Registry if the unconstitutional anti-sodomy law isn’t upheld.  

For the last 3 months Mr. Cuccinelli has been using these 90 Virginians as a career “stepping stone” in his race to be our next Governor. 

By holding these 90 Virginians up as an example Mr. Cuccinelli has actually put a target on their backs. Either as a failed re-entry back into society or as a public punching bag by anyone who believes they might actually be removed from our registry if the anti-sodomy law remains unconstitutional. 

For the last 10 years Virginia could have re-written the anti-sodomy statute or created a new statute directed towards adults who engage in sex acts with minors but no real effort was ever made to make a new law. Why? 

The underlying goal was for the Commonwealth to be perceived as ultra-conservative, as anti-homosexual and anti non-missionary sex using the smoke-screen of child predators. 

On Tuesday Mr. Cuccinelli lost his last chance to have the anti-sodomy law upheld when the U.S. Supreme Court denied his request to consider reinstating the law. 

Those 90 Virginians whose information was taken from the Virginia State Police Registry (which seems like a violation of the registry information to me) to make the Predator website, will not be automatically removed from the registry and disappear into our communities. It would take each of the offender’s years of legal filings and court hearings to have their convictions and the requirement to register thrown out and the likelihood of that is very low. Plus most registered sex offenders can not afford the basics like rent, food and heat because no employer wants to be listed on the Virginia Registry so hiring legal representation to attempt a removal is very unlikely.  

But if they are successful in being removed because they were convicted under a statute that everyone knew was unconstitutional for the last 10 years and the state continued to use it anyway that’s not the fault of the 90 Virginians that’s the fault of the Virginia Legislature. 

Now that all the A.G.’s challenges to keep sodomy illegal in Virginia have failed, how long will Cuccinelli’s vindictive Predator website remain up? I’m guessing at least until after November’s election, maybe longer. 

Don’t believe that 90 offenders will be automatically removed from the Virginia registry or that the sodomy statue was continually used by the Commonwealth because it was the only way to protect your children.  

It’s all political hype for our Governor-wanna-be Mr. Cuccinelli. 

Mary Devoy