Sunday, May 13, 2018

Jim DeFede of CBS Miami's "Facing South Florida" completely DESTROYS Ron Book on the air

Want to watch 20 minutes of Ron Book get completely OWNED on TV and struggle to keep up with his lies? Well, today's your lucky day. Jim DeFede takes Ron Book to task over Ron's claims of the efficacy of residency restriction laws, Ron Book's bogus claims of "plenty of housing in Miami," and even Ron Book's denial of referring to everyone on the list as predators and monsters.

To top it off, Ron Book's intent is becoming crystal clear.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Registered citizen Kicked Out of Meeting Sues Stafford County VA School Board

Sue the bastards!

Sex Offender Kicked Out of Meeting Sues Stafford County School Board
By Julie Carey
Published at 6:45 PM EDT on May 10, 2018

A registered sex offender has filed a lawsuit against the school board and a deputy in Stafford, County, Virginia, claiming his First Amendment rights were violated when he was kicked out of a meeting.

Melvin Allen was convicted in 2004 of attempting to take indecent liberties with children in an online chat room. He served 30 days in jail. As a registered sex offender, Allen is prohibited from being on a school campus.

In 2016, a school in Stafford County asked Allen to pick up his sick grandson from school. A deputy issued a no trespass order soon after and reminded Allen he was barred from school property.

A short time after that incident, Allen attended a school board meeting. Allen, a member of the local NAACP chapter, wanted to speak out at the meeting about a student disciplinary issue. A deputy at the meeting confronted Allen and kicked him out of the meeting.

Allen was criminally charged with trespassing and violating the statute that bars sex offender from school grounds.

"That's an incorrect reading of the statute. The statute prohibits him from being on a school campus," said Maxwelle Sokol, Allen's attorney.

The charges were later dropped.

Allen's lawsuit argues his civil rights were violated.

"You have a registered sex offender who has totally changed his life around... for him to have his freedom of speech chilled that's a big deal," Sokol said.

Allen and his attorneys underscored his NAACP membership, but the organization's leaders in Stafford stressed that they are not involved in the case.

Allen has since been allowed to attend school board meetings.

A spokesperson for the school system said they could not comment on legal matters.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

After 11 years of this, the courts need to drop the hammer on Lauren's law.

Legal Services Moves to Block Miami-Dade's Tent City Ordinance
Legal Services of Greater Miami (LSGM) is seeking to enjoin Miami-Dade from enforcing an ordinance, scheduled to go into effect Thursday, that would force the homeless sex offenders out of their dwellings. The recently enacted ordinance prohibits overnight camping on county property.
By Michael Booth | May 08, 2018 at 05:38 PM

A lawsuit against Miami-Dade County seeks to block officials from closing what paroled sex offenders claim is one of the few places where they are allowed to live.

Legal Services of Greater Miami (LSGM) is seeking to enjoin Miami-Dade from enforcing an ordinance, scheduled to go into effect Thursday, that would force the homeless sex offenders out of their dwellings. The recently enacted ordinance prohibits overnight camping on county property.

The encampment, comprising about 200 individuals, is located in the northeast section of the county, near Hialeah, in an industrial zone.

Miami-Dade officials had intended to close down the encampment last Sunday, but agreed to the temporary delay after LSGM and the American Civil Liberties Union announced their intention to file a lawsuit blocking the move.

“The county wants to banish them to the edge of the Everglades,” said LSGM Senior Staff Attorney Jeffrey Hearne in the complaint. “Plaintiffs live in the encampment because they have not been able to find anywhere else to live and are involuntarily homeless.”

If the restrictions go into effect, the residents of the tent city could face trespassing charges and then be charged with violating the terms of their parole.

Miami-Dade has one of the most restrictive laws in the country limiting where paroled sex offenders may live, the suit claims. Paroled sex offenders are barred from living within 2,500 feet of any school, park or bus stop, or any location where children may gather. They are also barred from seeking housing in any county-run homeless shelter.

For years, until 2010, most of those sex offenders lived in an encampment underneath the Julia Tuttle Causeway, which connects Interstate 95 with Miami Beach. Miami-Dade closed that settlement down, and most of  the residents moved to the Hialeah area.

Advocates for the current tent-city dwellers say law governing sex offenders effectively bars them from living almost everywhere in Miami-Dade.

“This encampment is obviously not an acceptable housing situation for anyone, but to further violate our client’s constitutional rights to solve a problem that the county created in the first place is cruel,” said Hearne in a statement.

“Since the housing ban lasts for life, many of these people are elderly, infirm, or incapacitated,” said Valerie Jonas, counsel with the ACLU of Florida. “If the hundreds of individuals are banished to the border of the Everglades, they will be forced to live out their lives on the literal margins of society without any cover from the elements. The county created this problem by restricting areas in which our clients can and cannot live, and the county can solve this problem now by repealing the residence restriction.”

Miami-Dade Assistant County Attorney Michael Valdez said the government would not comment on pending litigation.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Colorado House Judiciary Committee advances HB 18-1427 to prevent SOMB from profiteering from polygraphs

This bill needs to pass completely, but it is off to a good start.

Bill bans conflicts of interest on sex offender management board after Contact7 investigation
Tony Kovaleski, Brittany Freeman
5:02 PM, May 1, 2018
7:55 PM, May 1, 2018

DENVER -- The Colorado House Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday to move forward with legislation that would ban members of the state’s sex offender management board from profiting from the treatment requirements they set.

The sex offender management board, also known as the SOMB, sets the standards and procedures for supervision and treatment of convicted sex offenders in the state.

Last year, Contact7 Investigates explored allegations of a conflict of interest within the board when it comes to polygraph testing mandated for offenders.

Public records show the polygraph company owned by board member Jeff Jenks consistently receives the largest share of public money spent on the testing. Jenks denies having a conflict of interest, saying his seat on the SOMB actually costs him business because of the time the volunteer position demands.

House Bill 18-1427 would prevent members of the board from entering into contracts with the state for sex offender management and treatment. Jenks’ company, Amich and Jenks, is one of two private polygraph companies which currently hold contracts with the Colorado Department of Corrections.

The sex offender management board is designed by statute to be made up of stakeholders who are involved in sex offender treatment, prosecution, defense, and supervision, as well as victim advocates.

Opponents of the bill testified they believe if it passes it could make it difficult for the board to find qualified experts to serve in those seats. They also speculated the legislation is targeted specifically at the polygraph examiner seat on the board.

“The conversation around financial gain does seem to be focused around the polygraph examiner position and I fear this is an attempt to remove the polygraph stakeholder from the SOMB,” testified Allison Boyd, who serves as a victim’s representative on the SOMB. “I will tell you that offender accountability is so important for victims, for them to feel like this isn’t going to happen to someone else… that’s what we really gain from the polygraph.”

Reached for comment after the hearing, Jenks said his company did business with the state long before he sat on the board and it has not increased his business.

"It’s unfortunate the therapists on the board as well myself and and anyone else who might be affected by this bill are not going to be part of the sex offender management board to lend our knowledge on matters of dealing with what can be a very high risk population of offenders. None of us on this board are there to obtain contracts or business," Jenks said. "We have recently voted on new standards that has cut the number required polygraphs and have increased the length of time between polygraphs for many of these individuals. A bill likes this screams that we are somehow unethical by being on the board and we are not."

Judiciary committee members said they have asked the board numerous times over the years to address the conflict of interest questions without seeing any changes.

“As this bill moved forward we found that there are multiple providers who receive various contracts from the state in the millions of dollars and they have a direct financial conflict of interest in keeping the standards the same,” bill sponsor Rep. Leslie Herod said. “That’s a problem, members.”

The committee voted 11-0 to move the legislation forward to the House floor.