I’m split on this one

I see Jerry Keen’s point

House Majority Leader Jerry Keen said Monday that Georgia has been left a safe haven for sex offenders as a result of a state Supreme Court ruling last week throwing out a key part of the 2006 sex offender law.

12 comments

  1. griftdrift says:

    “one should not be legally placed in a situation where one can be placed in violation of the law simply by doing nothing”

    Exactly. Which is why it was unanimous and a fine example of good con law.

    I’m not torn at all.

  2. Doug Deal says:

    I wonder if this “sex offender” was one of the ones who were also simply caught peeing outside.

    I am against sex offender registries because if they are a danger, they should remain in prison or a mental hospital. If they are one of these indecent exposure cases or an 18 year old with a 17 year old, it is unjust.

  3. Rick Day says:

    No sympathy. This is what happens when legislators play ‘I want to be known as tougher’ politics.

    You can not put a big red band-aid on a cancer and expect to do any good, other than make you look re-electable for applying the band-aid.

    Tell it to the kids…

  4. DMZDave says:

    What we need is a list with actual sexual predators on it. It is the child predators and the violent sexual offenders who tend to repeat and present a danger – we should track them closely.

    The Georgia list needs to provide for a reasonable ability to petition for removal. I’m currently renting a house to someone on the list. I did a background check and knew the circumstances when I rented the house. He had sex with his wife when she was a few weeks short of her 15th birthday and he was 17. He’s a good hardworking kid, married with children today and stigmatized for life by this law which truly victimizes his wife and children. Someone like that should be able to petition their way off the list. True child predators have a sickness and should be locked up and watched closely their entire life but not consensual young teenagers who get caught. The court got it right whenthey tossed this law and now we need some sanity here.

  5. Bill Simon says:

    Exactly, DMZ. We need to re-classify just what makes a “sex offender” a danger to society.

    People like Keen and Eric Johnson think a 17-year-old guy charged with statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl is the same type of “offender” as a 21-year-old guy who molested 10-year old boys/girls.

    Oh, but THAT might take the application of something called “commonsense”…which, if I remember correctly, died a long damn time ago.

  6. The Comma Guy says:

    Doug – “Mann pled nolo contendere in 2002 to a North Carolina charge of taking indecent liberties with a child.”

    I think that the Court got it right. During all the media interviews with our elected officials prior to the passing of the bills, there was a quote from Jerry Keen or someone else about how the goal was to make Georgia uninhabitable to sex offenders. You can’t do that. The Court got it right.

  7. emma g says:

    DMZ, there is provision that allows for a small group of people to petition superior court to be removed from the registry. They must be:

    -out of correctional supervision for 10 years (that’s 10 years AFTER completing probation/parole)
    -a first offender who did not use a weapon
    – did not intentionally cause physical harm to the victim
    -did not transport the victim to commit the crime
    -and did not physically restrain the victim.

    Don’t know if this currently applies to your tenant, but it may help someday.

  8. GOPeach says:

    Go rent ” A Time To Kill” movie with Samuel Jackson…. That will shed some light.

    Of course … those who have no children, will have a problem relating to this.

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