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Abolish Retroactive Application of Sex Offender Registration

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      Citizens for Legislative Change, America

BREAKING NEWS: Lousiana

Another court has ruled the ex post facto implementation of the Sex Offender Registration Laws to be Unconstitutional, Punitive and no matter if the intent was civil, the effect is additional punishment...
In Smith's case, however, the amendments adopted after his conviction are "so punitive in effect as to transform what was intended as a civil remedy into an additional punishment for him."  Link to Full Story Including PDF of Court Case


All across the United States, countless thousands of families are being torn apart by unconstitutional lawmaking which began when in 2007, Alberto Gonzales the then Attorney General made the Adam Walsh Act Retroactive thereby violating the Constitutional Ban on Ex Post Facto Law.

This action has been devastating to not only the lives of ex-sex offenders who have been living clean, law abiding and productive lives in society for decades, but also this action is devastating, ostracizing, humiliating and counter productive to the lives of the Children, Grand Children and husbands and Wives of these Ex Offenders.

Article 1, Section 9 of the United States Constitution:

No bill of attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.

Furthermore, Each and All 50 states have this very same section in their State Constitutions.

Many states are ruling that the ex-post facto, (Retroactive) application of new lawmaking is unconstitutional. Alaska, in their supreme court decision in 2008 had this to say:

On July 25, 2008, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the Alaska Sex Offender Registration Act's registration requirement does not apply to persons who committed their crimes before the act became effective on August 10, 1994.

ALASKA SUPREME COURT RULES RETROACTIVE APPLICATION OF THE ALASKA  SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY IS PUNITIVE AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Because ASORA, (Alaska Sex Offender Registry) compels (under threat of conviction) intrusive affirmative conduct, because this conduct is equivalent to that required by criminal judgments,
because ASORA makes the disclosed information public and requires its broad
dissemination without limitation, because ASORA applies only to those convicted of
crime, and because ASORA neither meaningfully distinguishes between classes of sex
offenses on the basis of risk nor gives offenders any opportunity to demonstrate their lackof risk, ASORA's effects are punitive. We therefore conclude that the statute violates Alaska's ex post facto clause.

The United States Supreme Court in 2003 stated in Smith v Doe that the ex post facto application of these Sex Offender Registration Laws was not Punitive in nature, but civil and regulatory intent.

Alaska has and many other state courts are now ruling that the retroactive application of lawmaking is and has always been Unconstitutional and counter productive to Jusitice in America.

I stress, hundreds of new laws are being created which target anyone who wears the label of Sex Offender. Though  the intent of the retroactive application of these laws may have been civil and regulatory, the effect has become criminal and punishment.

Thousands of lives of citizens who have lived clean, productive and law abiding lives for decades are NOW on the registries and being monitored at tax payer expense. These people are no threat to society and have proven so for decades.

Drunk drivers kill 18 Thousand people a year in America alone, but nobody is creating Retroactive laws, Online Drunk Driver Registry and Shaming into homelessness those who kill while drunk. 18 Thousand deaths a year!

 

 

 

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    • Jo For Justice PITTSBURGH, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      The Registry itself is Unconstitutional -- it is PUNITIVE! Now the Retroactive Application of the Registry is even more PUNITIVE and UNCONSTITUTIONAL! And also now, some are being required to register that aren't even mentioned in the new law of Retroactive Application Law. For example: One who took a plea for Corruption of a Minor (i) or whatever non sex offense, and they are being asked to register because there is a sex offense (for which they are not under any supervision) in the same docket number! That is a total misinterpretation of the new law! And the new law is unconstitutional anyway! Don't these law makers, etc. have any conscience? Those labeled sex offenders (and some wrongfully so, and some having served their sentence) are not being equally protected under law! And I can't believe that many legal officials and others are given immunity for ruining peoples' lives, and those lives include children and families of those labeled sex offenders! UNBELIEVABLE! Thanks for caring!

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    • Brittany Tipton CLEBURNE, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      my fiancee is on the registry for a stupid mistake he made at the age of 15

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    • B V STATE OF, WY
      • about 2 years ago

      The Adam Walsh Act was made retroactive by then Attorney General Alburto Gonzales who was kicked out of office. Mark Foley, known to have a taste for little boys, was one of the primary writers of the Adam Walsh Act. Mark Lunsford, proven to have Child Pornography on his computers the day his daughter was abducted and murdered by a murderer, but was never charged. Bill Clinton signed Megan’s Law during his scandal of receiving oral sex by his intern in the Oval Office. John Walsh openly admitted on national TV he had sex with a teenage girl. She was 16, he was 23, under the Adam Walsh Act, he should be on the registry. Yet, none of these people are on any registry because they were never charged. But, many of our law abiding citizens are now on the registry because they were charged 27 years ago. We need to bring equality and rights back to our taxpaying citizen's. Whatever the crime was they served their time and paid their debt to society, now leave them the hell alone. The one's we have writing and signing are laws should be on the list,,how is this fair. Shame on John Walsh for making all his money from poor Adams death and making U.S. citizen;s pay the price he should be paying.

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    • B V STATE OF, WY
      • about 2 years ago

      The Adam Walsh Act was made retroactive by then Attorney General Alburto Gonzales who was kicked out of office. Mark Foley, known to have a taste for little boys, was one of the primary writers of the Adam Walsh Act. Mark Lunsford, proven to have Child Pornography on his computers the day his daughter was abducted and murdered by a murderer, but was never charged. Bill Clinton signed Megan’s Law during his scandal of receiving oral sex by his intern in the Oval Office. John Walsh openly admitted on national TV he had sex with a teenage girl. She was 16, he was 23, under the Adam Walsh Act, he should be on the registry. Yet, none of these people are on any registry because they were never charged. But, many of our law abiding citizens are now on the registry because they were charged 27 years ago. These creeps all need to be charged based on the laws THEY wrote and signed. Bring equality and fairness back to ALL taxpaying citizen's

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    • B V STATE OF, WY
      • about 2 years ago

      The Adam Walsh Act was made retroactive by then Attorney General Alburto Gonzales who was kicked out of office. Mark Foley, known to have a taste for

      little boys, was one of the primary writers of the Adam Walsh Act. Mark Lunsford, proven to have Child Pornography on his computers the day his daughter was abducted and murdered by a murderer, but was never charged. Bill Clinton signed Megan’s Law during his scandal of receiving oral sex by his intern in the Oval Office. John Walsh openly admitted on national TV he had sex with a teenage girl. She was 16, he was 23, under the Adam Walsh Act, he should be on the registry. Yet, none of these people are on any registry because they were never charged. But, many of our law abiding citizens are now on the registry because they were charged 27 years ago. Unbelievable, these are the creeps writing and signing are laws. These laws are not fair or just. We need equality back in America!!

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