A legal and policy podcast about the sex offender registry

Series: Registry Matters

RM95: Outlandish and Ridiculous Changes

This was our second in a row on location recording at the secret underground bunker. We begin with a report out of Nebraska where bunch of registrants and families testified as to the destruction of the registry; We’re still confused, but a woman brings her kids to the home of a registrant, and she gets house arrest???; Confrontation and memory challenges – does it meet the 8th amendment?; Gulf War Veteran gets a life sentence for selling $30 of weed; Law enforcement protects the team image at the expense of civil liberties; Georgia Governor wants 4% budget cuts including cuts to the public defenders office; Kik is shutting down after 9 years and many reports of child sexual abuse cases; A child with autism is labeled a sexual predator by school administration; Inmate loses court challenge to change SVP designation; Mandatory minimum sentences allows law enforcement to hide misconduct; Police are the problem, that’s why they can’t solve it

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RM94: Shower-heads, Rental Cars and Levels of Scrutiny

We recorded in our secret hideaway bunker that Larry has to mask Andy to conceal its location, we recorded episode 94 on Sunday morning. A rare event where we’re recording face to face. We start off with a story of travel challenges at the rental counter for a good laugh; Then we move into a…

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RM93: Tiering Versus Leveling

Welcome to Episode 93 of Registry Matters. Larry has selected the batch of articles for this week. We start off with an article about a prosecutor who is doing a bait and switch on progressive ideals; An accused should have the presumption of innocence until due process, regardless of “high achieving”; Our justice system is…

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RM92: John Jones v Suffolk County 2nd Circuit

Episode 92 has us speaking about three significant decisions that impact the registrant community. We slice and dice them to get the most complete understanding of the decisions. Philly DA Krasner has found many that are serving long prison sentences are innocent; Homeless man beaten to death for resembling someone on the registry; The Terror…

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RM91: Teen is a Child Pornographer of Herself In MD

Welcome to Episode 91 of Registry Matters. After a 1 day delay for some technical challenges (we deeply apologize for the tardiness) we bring you an excellent episode. Our breaking news is the Maryland Court of Appeals (think Supreme Court of MD) gives us a decision to discuss regarding teen-sexting. Brenda Jones, the Executive Director…

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RM90: VA Takes A Second Bite At The Apple

RM90 comes online this week with a disturbing due process violation in which Virginia is going to try to civilly commit Galen Baughman. Ashley Cloud, the staff attorney for Liberty and Justice Coalition, joins us for a discussion about Galen’s situation. She then walks us through a newly signed bill in New York. Ashley leaves…

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RM89: North Carolina v. Torrey Grady

What an extravaganza of good news tonight! We have three decisions that weigh heavily in our favor. The 10th Circuit making blanket restrictions on Internet usage. Derek Logue’s battle in Florida with a state senator is a slam dunk in the favor of 1st Amendment. Then a fantastic decision out of North Carolina regarding lifetime…

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RM88: Due Process is Dead

We roll into episode 88 just hours after news of Jeffrey Epstein is found dead in his cell. That is obviously our breaking news segment for the night. We are delighted to be joined by Mike, a long time patron out of New Jersey who gives us a great deal of inspiration and insight into…

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RM87: Stupid, but Constitutional

On the first episode in August, we have a range of topic that we move through starting with registrants in Colorado are forced into low-income neighborhoods and poverty; People have biases that affects the outcome on juries; Man spends a night in jail for skipping a $2.75 fee; Man in prison is beaten and drowned…

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RM86: Snider v Indiana with Attorney Ashley Cloud

We are joined this week by Ashley Cloud, who is the is the staff attorney for Liberty & Justice Coalition, the New Mexico affiliate of NARSOL  We three take another swing at Gundy. Then we move over to Snider v Indiana, a huge victory handled down by a federal judge in Indiana a couple of weeks ago. We talk with Ashley about the new position she holds and what cases New Mexico is going to work on.

Our articles tonight first covers putting ankle monitors on people, with no rhyme or reason; Statute of limitations is over in Illinois. Over; An article from the Huffington post with a shocking title, with awesome content – The SO laws DO NOT make kids safer; How peremptory strikes are a misused tool by prosecutors; Scalia called Stevens arrogant, but it was evolved; Teen tazed by officer has brain damage four years later; The Feds are going to start executing people again for the first time in nearly 20 years; Over 20 academics in Philly call into question the reporting of increased crime; 25 Families of registered citizens file suit challenging the registry – This is VERY COOL!

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