A legal and policy podcast about the sex offender registry

Series: Registry Matters

RM85: Special Guest Andrew Torrez

We are joined on this episode by Andrew Torrez. Mr. Torrez is an attorney at the Law Offices of P. Andrew Torrez. He is also the co-host of the outstanding podcast Opening Arguments.

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RM84: NJ Judge Denies Waiver Elevating Teen to Adult Court

After a week break, we return with a mountain of information to go over. We have a small update on the situation in Tennessee, as well as Jim Acosta resigning as Secretary of Labor after scrutiny in the Jeffrey Epstein case / allegations.  The news articles then ensue: First off, we cover an Atlanta school district is putting up cameras that read license places to catch speeders, as well as maybe gain access to the registry database looking for registrants moving into the area – and then by extension the inexpensive nature of cameras and artificial intelligence in general; AG Krasner in Philadelphia is under fire by lawmakers reducing his power to enact significant criminal justice reform; Kansas further reduces the ability for pleading a case by insanity; Many states are offering ways to diminish the sting of criminal records; DOD is a significant player in hosting CP on the Internet; We are treading on unsafe territory when we second guess a prosecutors decisions years in the past; Prosecutor scrutinizing LEO body cams, resigns due to lack of support; Teacher receives 20 year sentence for sex with student; We cover a clip from Scalia where he is essentially saying “we don’t know”, and perhaps inventing a right; One of the accusers of Kevin Spacey drops civil suit; Lastly, a case in NJ where a judge denies elevating a juveniles case to adult court

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RM83: Court Blocks TN Law That Removes Parents From Home

On this weeks podcast, which was supposed to an off week, we cover the breaking new that Tennessee was notifying registrants that they are required to move out of their homes. SB 425 didn’t sneak in behind the scenes. It was introduced in January, and finally sign into law in May. It takes affect on July 1st. Fortunately, a temporary restraining order has been granted. Stay tuned for July 11th.

We also cover a SCOTUS decision regarding judges giving additional jail time; DeBary increases residency restrictions from 1,000 ft to 2,500 ft; and Sheriff in Giles county Tennessee claims registrants move from Alabama for more lenient laws.

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RM82: Gundy v United States 2019

Today’s episode tackles the ramifications of the “hot off the press” Gundy decision from The Supreme Court. Does this make things better, or worse, or neither for the registrant community?

For the additional legal analysis, be sure to sign up at https://www.patreon.com/registrymatters for the bonus episode regarding the Gundy v US decision

We do begin with articles from around the country, starting with a listener question asking for an opinion from Larry on a statement made by Justice Thomas and reversing demonstrably erroneous decisions; Alabama politician Hurst says it should be mandatory surgical castration and some ought to die for those convicted of sex crimes against children; Lawmakers in Queens extend statute of limitations for 2nd and 3rd degree rape; A repairman finds naughty material on a customers computer, that customer now has a felony conviction; Victims and survivors of crimes are not experts on crime; Those that qualify for compassionate release often don’t have the resources to have representation to qualify; A decrease in the exclusion zones increase where registrants can live from 1.4% to 15% of the county; Journalist compiles the stats from watching 30 years of episodes of “Cops” – it shows this is coloring our view of policing; In Colorado, and being a minor, having pictures of your junk, or someones else’s junk is a crime; It is a failing of humanity to force aging (or anybody) to live outdoors, but that’s what is happening in Florida; And finally we get the legal analysis of the Gundy decision from Larry.

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RM81: AK High Court Law Requiring All Sex Offenders To Register Unconstitutional

In this somewhat abbreviated episode, which we recorded in our super secret hideaway bunker, we cover the recent Alaska ruling requiring all registrants to register unconstitutional. But before we get there, we talked about people being restricted from libraries, and what it means that FaceBook is a publicly traded, but private company; Florida is at it again forcing registrants from the new(ish) home, but where do they go???; Pittsburgh warns registrants of a phone scam working its way through their ranks; Cuba Gooding Jr accused of sexual misconduct and will try to defend himself from those allegations – he believes the system will treat him fairly; Cop uses SnapChat filter to switch his gender to nab people looking to hookup with a teen girl; We have a clip of Scalia talking about interpreting the law; and of course, this great decision out of Alaska regarding requiring all registrants to register as unconstitutional.

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RM80: Live from the 2019 NARSOL Conference in Houston, Texas

We recorded in front of a huge studio audience at the NARSOL conference in Houston, Texas.  It was a bit impromptu. But even with that, we had a much larger than expected number of people come join us.

We talked about our initial impressions of the conference. We then moved into a few articles. We discussed things with the audience. And finally we had our weekly Scalia clip regarding the constitutionality of the death penalty. There may, or may not, be a conversation about shower heads.

It was really a very special time. We can’t thank you enough for your continued support. It is humbles us beyond words.

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RM79: Chemical Castration Bill Awaits Alabama Governor’s Pen

We have a jam packed program tonight. We have some listener questions, a question from a patreon supporter, late breaking news from Alabama regarding chemical castration; Wisconsin will charge a 10 year old as an adult; California raises the threshold for law enforcement’s use of force; Wear your pants saggy could be a death sentence;…

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RM78: Teen Girl Texted Herself to Her Friends, Charged w CP

Today’s episode breaks down a developing case in Maryland that is headed for their highest court as well as U.S. District Court Judge gave the Michigan legislature until the end of August to revise the registry. But before that we deep dive into that, we cover Kamala Harris wants defenders to be paid as much…

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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…

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RM76: Social Media Ban Upheld by 8th Circuit for Supervised Release + Guy’s Cats

We were joined by Guy Hamilton Smith on this episode of Registry Matters! Guy brings an incredibly insightful point of view about the policies surrounding the registry.  We cover a listener question about being coerced into taking a polygraph – can you refuse and what would happen if you did so; A man with terminal…

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