RM77: MA High Court Rules to Release Registrant

This weeks episode dives into a decision out of Massachusetts that is poised to release a man convicted over 40 years ago, and has since been civilly committed. This is a fascinating legal read and Larry gives us the run down.

We begin however with the important news items related to the registry starting with a listener question regarding registrants using Facebook and other social media; Then an article from The Atlantic which talks about law enforcement not being particularly happy about being profiled by computers, but are happy to use the tool themselves; A registrant in California who did not commit a sexual offense, but is on the registry; A bill in Louisiana could make it a crime for defense attorneys to do their job; Some legal theory behind our two newest SCOTUS justices; More bills are being passed extending statute of limitations; SCOTUS justices are defending the recent inconsistent decisions to stop / allow executions to move forward; Professor that stepped up to help Harvey Weinstein removed from deanship; Oklahoma house passes a pretty large criminal justice reform bill; And finally, Larry goes into detail about the man being released from civil commitment

[16:50] https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/05/how-machine-learning-can-help-prevent-police-shootings/588937/

[21:35] https://theappeal.org/simon-liu-isnt-a-sex-offender-but-hes-still-on-the-registry-for-life/

[29:30] https://theappeal.org/louisiana-bill-could-jail-defense-attorneys-for-doing-their-jobs/

[34:20] https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/12/us/politics/brett-kavanaugh-neil-gorsuch.html

[39:15] https://www.policemag.com/512730/or-supreme-court-rules-police-cant-take-suspects-garbage-without-a-warrant

[44:00] https://www.law.com/njlawjournal/2019/05/13/bill-easing-time-limits-on-sex-offense-civil-suits-signed-by-murphy/

[47:25] https://www.npr.org/2019/05/14/722868203/supreme-courts-conservatives-defend-their-handling-of-death-penalty-cases

[50:00] https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/11/us/harvard-law-professor-ronald-sullivan-loses-deanship-harvey-weinstein/index.html

[ 56:50] https://kfor.com/2019/05/16/oklahoma-house-passes-criminal-justice-reform-measure-to-apply-state-question-retroactively/amp/

[1:05:50] https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/05/16/sjc-rules-to-allow-petition-for-release-by-convicted-sex-offender/
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3 thoughts on “RM77: MA High Court Rules to Release Registrant

  1. Enjoy listening. Informative and thought-provoking.

    You commented on ACLU membership in this episode (#77); I am a registrant, and also support the ACLU, but not because they have ever done anything that I’m aware of for our specific issues. I realized a long time ago after asking them for assistance a couple of times that sex offender issues simply were not “sexy” enough for the ACLU to tackle. I still support them however, especially with a president who is such a blatant self-serving parasite who corrupts everything and everyone around him. We need the ACLU and similar organizations to help keep check on government that can and will run amok at every opportunity. I also support NARSOL, FWIW, in hopes that the registries can be abolished within my lifetime.

    • CJ,
      I totally agree with you on the issue of the aclu I love in Rhode island and have asked them for help in challenging sorna about the constitutionally of it after Muniz vs commonwealth of Pennsylvania where the supreme court ruled it unconstitutional but was told by the Cali of Rhode island that they do not defend privacy issues so for that reason I do not support my local office of the aclu do as far as I am concerned the aclu
      Is wasted space in ri they have private attorneys who donate there time also called pro bono if these lawyers were to help so many people in fighting these ridiculous then we may get some place.


  2. I am a tier 1 (misdemeanor) sex registrant in California for 4 years, If I move to Idaho, and register, will I be a tier 1 offender there? If yes, then do I have to stay on the registry there for 10 years, or will the 4 years I have been on it in California count, so that I could petition to be removed after 6 more years?

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