Monday, March 24, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Turns Away Woman's Challenge to Virginia Sex Offender Registry Law

This is an update to the March 20th Post .

She needs to work her way back through the courts in Virginia including to the Virginia Supreme Court and the District Court appealing all the way before she could be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. I hope she has the time and the funds to get this challenge all the way to the end. 

This issue is so very important for so many RSO's who were arbitrarily re-classified by the Virginia legislature in 2006 and 2008 years after their conviction and classification was assigned. The increase in their classification was NOT based on a mental evaluation, NOT on a predisposition to re-offend, NOT on their compliance during Probation or on their compliance for registering as an RSO. Twice our lawmakers passed one-size-fits-all, erroneous and punitive legislation that denied these Virginians due process making them “Violent Lifers” for misdemeanor (not felony) offenses. 


Supreme Court turns away woman's challenge to Virginia sex offender registry law, March 24, 2014 

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has declined to take up the case of a Virginia woman who claims the state's sex offender registry law is unconstitutional. 

The woman was reclassified as a violent sex offender 15 years after being convicted of unlawful sex with minor in a case that did not involve any violence. The reclassification subjects her to a ban on entering her children's schools without first seeking permission from state courts and the local school board. 

The woman was identified only as Jane Doe in court records. She says the process unfairly risks revealing her children's identity and could take years to resolve. 

Lower courts had rejected her case on procedural grounds, saying she failed to first exhaust state remedies.

Have You Contacted Your Virginia Delegate and Senator? Have They Ignored Your Correspondence? Are You Ready to Give Up or Tell Them Off? Don’t, Rise Above the Fray and Continue Writing, Emailing and Calling Them!

Over the years I’ve heard from many supporters/readers that they NEVER hear back from their State lawmakers when they send a letter, a fax, an email or leave a voice message. Usually in the same note they tell me they aren’t going to continue contacting their Representatives if they can’t be bothered to reply. 

I have been sending emails, leaving brochures and handouts at their G.A. offices and meeting one-on-one with Virginia lawmakers for almost 6 years now and I can tell you that they do read your letters, faxes and email’s and they do listen to your voicemails even though you may never hear back from them. And if you give up contacting them just because you feel they aren’t giving you validation or respect that they have listened to and will consider your views then you are stooping to their level.  

They don’t respond for a variety of reasons including poor time management and a lack of common courtesy.  

But for many of our elected officials they are seriously annoyed that anyone would advocate for this particular platform and until 2009 they NEVER heard from any constituents in their districts telling them about their experiences with the Virginia justice system, how the registry affects their loved ones and that the recidivism rates are the second lowest of any crime but yet millions of dollars are being spent every year to monitor and manage this group and every year more extreme and punitive proposals are presented usually as campaign fodder. When facts are presented to disprove the stance they’ve taken for years a certain segment of our State Legislature becomes sanctimonious, intolerant, hypocritical and vindictive. They purposefully ignore your letters, faxes, email’s and voicemails hoping you will give up and then they can go back to spouting myth, fear, hate and vengeance against registered sex offenders with the legislation they propose and vote for. 

If you give up contacting your one State Delegate and your one State Senator all together then you have encouraged their failure to acknowledge your correspondence.