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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Grants Absolute Pardon to Michael Kenneth McAlister

 
Past Posts  on Michael Kenneth McAlister case:

News Release from Governors Office: 

RICHMONDGovernor Terry McAuliffe today issued the following statement after granting an absolute pardon to Michael Kenneth McAlister. 

“Today I am issuing an absolute pardon for Michael Kenneth McAlister. My staff and I have carefully and thoroughly reviewed the documentation in this case and concluded that a pardon is appropriate in light of the overwhelming evidence, including a recent confession by another individual, pointing to Mr. McAlister’s actual innocence of the crime for which he was convicted. 

“Mr. McAlister has served 29 years in prison, and he had faced the potential to be civilly committed for a crime he did not commit. A number of individuals in the law enforcement community, including the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Richmond, have concluded that this crime was committed by another individual, and that Mr. McAlister should be freed to return to his family and his community. I have reached the same conclusion, and I have acted in accordance with the law. 
 

Not Really Administrative, Is It? Florida Woman Incorrectly Labeled Sexual Predator for 2 Weeks and Experiences How Punitive It Can Be!

 
Update:

State makes changes after woman mistakenly labeled sex predator on license, June 8, 2015

Wrong 'sex predator' label leads to DMV changes, June 8, 2015
Computer system updated after multiple licenses mistakenly labeled
 

Original Post:
The below story is a week old and I posted a link to it days ago to the In the News page . 

I specifically avoided posting the article because I am always concerned one or two Virginia Legislators will see something being done in another State that increases punishment for RSO’s, makes a successful reentry impossible and is based on zero facts as "a great idea" for the Commonwealth. 

But I can not, not post articles and issues because I worry about a handful of elected-officials who patron and vote for myth-based, fear driven and prejudicial legislation. 

So today I’ve decided to post it. 

Why? 

Because this mother of three teenagers was misidentified as Sex Offender /Sexual Predator for just 2 weeks and she suffered immensely due to the label. Exactly what WILL happen later this year in Virginia when Robby's Rule 2015 HB1353/SB1074 goes into effect and people with similar names are incorrectly presumed to be Sex Offenders and they will be unable to prove otherwise.
 
Public Sex Offenders Registries are Constitutional ONLY if they remain administrative, not punitive. If they are in fact punitive (as we all know they are) then they are a violation of the Constitution and should be eliminated. 

In her two weeks with a drivers license incorrectly marked Sex Offender she was:
  1. Denied entry to Disney World after being detained by employees in a room for about three hours while employees called authorities about he designation
  2. Denied a room at a hotel
  3. Treated “the wrong way” in public, including her loved ones
  4. Publically embarrassed
Lucky for her she didn’t lose her job (Applebee’s server) or housing as most RSO’s do, ALL because of the label not their ability to do their job or how they have behaved as a tenant.

Mary Devoy
 

Florida woman sues DMV for wrongfully labeling her a sex offender on her license, May 7, 2015

42-year-old Florida woman plans to sue the state Department of Motor Vehicles after she was mistakenly listed as a sex offender, causing her and her loved ones to be treated “the wrong way” in public, the Orlando Sentinel reported.