NARSOL, others, continue battle for those on sexual offense registry

By NARSOL (Sandy and Robin) . . . In Wisconsin, a new battle is being launched in what is getting to be an old war. Civil rights attorneys Adele Nicholas and Mark Weinberg, seasoned soldiers in this war fought on behalf of persons forced to live as someone on a sex offender registry, have launched this latest skirmish due to a…

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WV 2021 legislative session ends

By Philip . . . The West Virginia 2021 legislative session ended on April 10th. I’m happy to announce that of the seven bills we were watching, only one will be added to the WV code (SB 361). Most importantly, the bill we provided written testimony against (HB-2380), which related to banning registered citizens from operating buses, limousines, amusement rides…

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New academic paper finds sex offender “registry regime” driven by “animus” (aka bitterness, hatred, acrimony, spite, dislike, loathing, etc.)

By Professor Ira Ellman . . . When Animus Matters and Sex Offense Underreporting Does Not: The Sex Offender Registry Regime Abstract In Romer v. Evans the Court drew a constitutional distinction between civil laws enacted for a broad public purpose that justifies “the incidental disadvantages they impose on certain persons,” and laws that have “the peculiar property of imposing…

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NARSOL files amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court

By Larry . . . NARSOL is excited to announce the filing of an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of Stephen May’s Petition for a Writ of Certiorari. It is important to understand that the Supreme Court declines to hear most cases in which review is sought, which means all petitioners face very long odds. As a…

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WVRSOL opposes HB 2380 banning registrants from driving taxis, rideshare, limousines, and buses—

By Philip . . . WVRSOL opposes HB 2380 with written testimony. House Republicans ( Westfall, Queen, and Hott) introduced HB 2380 a BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §17-29-19, relating to banning convicted sex offenders from operating buses, limousines, amusement rides, and taxicabs, including Uber/Lyft ride-sharing services.…

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Colorado Supreme Court to clarify if some sex offense sentences illegal

By Michael Karlik . . . Prosecutors will soon receive an answer to a question the state Supreme Court created in 2019: are hundreds of sex offender sentences in Colorado actually illegal? Following the Court’s unanimous ruling in Allman v. People that criminal sentences are impermissible if they include both prison and probation, the justices have agreed to hear two appeals from the Denver…

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Federal Judge rules parts of Tennessee sex offender law punitive

By Travis Loller . . .  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that parts of Tennessee’s sex offender registration act should not be applied retroactively to two offenders who sued over the law. Monday’s ruling in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee was narrowly written to apply only to the two plaintiffs. But it…

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