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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Virginia House Backs State Subpoenas to Combat Child Porn Even Though it May Violate the 4th Amendment

 
This article is in reference to SB919 patroned by Senator Jennifer Wexton and NO Co-Patrons. It passed the Virginia Senate (39-Y 1-N) back on January 22, 2015. 

ACLU of Virginia where are you?  

Mary
 

Va. House backs state subpoenas to combat child porn, February 25, 2015
By Markus Schmidt

By a 97-1 vote, the House of Delegates on Wednesday passed a Senate measure allowing the state to issue administrative subpoenas - which may be sealed if necessary - to obtain records from computer service providers as part of child pornography, abduction and prostitution crime investigations. 

"We've prosecuted or investigated hundreds of these cases and nearly all of them start with an administrative subpoena to find out who is distributing or producing the child pornography and to direct the investigation," said Michael Kelly, spokesman for the Attorney General's Office, the driving force behind Senate Bill 919. 
 

Hypocrisy in America: An Ex-Felon Convicted of Drug Manufacturing and Delivery Wins the Lottery and Everyone Says He Deserves it, He’s Paid His Debt to Society. A Registered Sex Offender Wins the Lottery and Everyone Says Take the Jackpot Away From Him and Hey, How About Making it Illegal for an RSO to Win a Large Lottery Jackpot in the Future.

A man who was convicted in 1994 of manufacturing and delivering cocaine, he served 11/12 years of a 25 year sentence in prison has come forward as the single winner of the largest Illinois lottery prize (see articles below) . 

  1. Does EVERY news article say he’s a convicted felon or Drug manufacturer?
  2. Are people up in arms about an ex-felon winning the largest lottery jackpot in their state?
  3. Do the people of Illinois want the jackpot revoked?
  4. Are attorneys and lawmakers asking to freeze his winnings so that anyone previously harmed by his 21 year old crime can take his winnings as restitution?
  5. Are reporters on news stations condemning him for his 1994 conviction or for being allowed to keep this jackpot?
No !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

So why can a convicted drug dealer win a lottery in the U.S. and receive nothing but praise and good wishes but when someone convicted of a sex crime wins a lottery (http://goo.gl/zGjFQ3) everyone jumps on the hate-bandwagon, condemning him, saying he doesn’t’ deserve it, daring anyone who was affected by his past crime to come forward and take the prize OR contemplating that it should be illegal for an ex-felon to even win the lottery? 

All of these examples have happened when Registered Sex Offenders have won lotteries in the U.S. (see link above). 
 

Can a Child Be a Sex Offender?

Photography by Brian L. Frank for OZY.
Great article about Nicole Pittman and her advocacy! 

We’ve spoken a few times over the years; I admire all she does for juveniles in the U.S. 

Mary
 

Can a Child Be a Sex Offender?
By Meghan Walsh 

Sitting down with someone branded a child sex offender wasn’t ever how Nicole Pittman imagined she’d be spending her days. Yet in doing that, she’s discovered how nuanced the world of crime and law can be.  

She remembers, for example, sharing coffee a few years ago in downtown Dallas with Josh Gravens, who was given the title of sex offender when he was 13 years old after he touched his younger sister. There was no accusation of penetration, and Gravens says it was more about curiosity than anything else. But it was enough for the state to stick him in juvenile detention, and enough to keep his name on a public registry for 14 years, which — by the time he heard from Pittman — had been more than half his life. 

“She was the first person who told me I wasn’t a sex offender,” recalls Gravens, who now works in public policy as a criminal justice advocate.

Lawyers, of course, are supposed to defend people, good and bad. But Pittman has turned her work into a full-time crusade. Her goal: to reveal the system for supposed sexual predators as punitive and misguided — and in need of change. To some, her tale recalls past efforts to lighten overly harsh drug-conviction sentencing. Only in this case, this justice-system Joan of Arc favors bejeweled horn-rimmed glasses, a nose ring and Converse sneakers.  

Since the late ’80s, after America decided to get “tough on crime,” states have been placing children accused of crimes — ranging from touching another child’s genitalia over clothing to rape — in a category alongside 45-year-old pedophiles, for example. And with unfortunate repercussions: Some are required to post in their front windows signs that read, “Sex Offender Lives Here.” Others are prohibited from going anyplace where kids congregate, which means they can’t go to schools or, in some cases, even live at home with their families anymore. They are an isolated population that experiences high rates of unemployment, depression and suicide.