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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Virginian Pilot Editorial Board G.A."Hits and Misses"…. Says 2015 Robby’s Rule SB1074 and HB1353 Should Die!


Update:

February 10, 2015 Full Vote on the Virginia House Floor: 

93 Yeas – 6 Nays 

Breakdown by Delegate: 

YEAS--Adams, Albo, Anderson, Austin, BaCote, Bell, Richard P., Bell, Robert B., Berg, Bloxom, Bulova, Byron, Campbell, Carr, Cline, Cole, Cox, Davis, DeSteph, Edmunds, Fariss, Farrell, Filler-Corn, Fowler, Futrell, Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Habeeb, Head, Helsel, Herring, Hester, Hodges, Hugo, Ingram, James, Joannou, Jones, Keam, Kilgore, Knight, Landes, LaRock, Leftwich, LeMunyon, Lindsey, Lingamfelter, Lopez, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Mason, Massie, McClellan, McQuinn, Miller, Minchew, Morefield, Morris, Morrissey, Murphy, O'Bannon, O'Quinn, Orrock, Peace, Pillion, Plum, Pogge, Poindexter, Preston, Ramadan, Ransone, Robinson, Rush, Rust, Scott, Sickles, Simon, Spruill, Stolle, Taylor, Torian, Tyler, Villanueva, Ward, Ware, Watts, Webert, Wilt, Wright, Yancey, Yost, Mr. Speaker--93 

NAYS--Hope, Kory, Krupicka, Rasoul, Sullivan, Surovell--6.  

ABSTENTIONS--0.  

NOT VOTING--Toscano--1 

Original Post:

Some good news! 

Every time I send a mass email against a bill to the Virginia lawmakers I usually send a copy to the 2 major Virginia newspapers, sometimes to the Washington Post, sometimes to the AP and ALWAYS to the Governors Office and the ACLU of Virginia. 

Today’s Virginian Pilot Editorial "Hits and Misses ".....includes “Robby’s Rule” SB1074  and HB1353 (creating a Supplemental VSP RSO Registry) it is an amazing synopsis of my argument against Robby’s Rule 2015 becoming law. 
 

Thank you Virginian Pilot for paying attention and for not bowing down to a bill simply because it bears the name of a crime victim! 

Mary Devoy 

Editorial: Bowing to gun lobby, January 31, 2015

MISS More scarlet letters 

Virginia's sex offender registry is supposed to protect the public by identifying the names, residences and crimes of people convicted of rape and other sex crimes. It's supposed to lessen the chance that a sex offender has access to children. 

But now the General Assembly is considering adding a supplemental list of people convicted of sex offenses between 1980 and 1994. 

Much is wrong with this plan, starting with due process. The registry did not exist when the offenders were convicted; singling them out now, decades after their crime, is wrong. 

And then there's the likelihood of mistaken identities. The State Police would operate the public site, a depository of old court records, without updating the information because of concerns about cost and constitutionality. 

That means zip codes from as long ago as 35 years would be listed as home to sex offenders. Offenders would be identified using decades-old names, weights and hair colors. 

What happens if a name is similar to someone who now lives in the same zip code? He gets publicly tagged as a sex offender. Employers, landlords, neighbors will take note.

What happens if someone convicted a quarter-century ago has been rehabilitated, has a good job and a life? Is it fair to put his conviction on the sex offender site and jeopardize his successful re-entry to society? 

The bill should die.