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Nicholas Carey
09-07-2006, 06:12 PM
From the Toledo Blade (http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060829/NEWS24/608290360/-1/NEWS) comes the following story of government gone whacko. It doesn't matter if you've been tried, much less convicted of the crime -- one denunciation and you're blacklisted:
An Ohio legislative panel yesterday rubber-stamped an unprecedented process that would allow sex offenders to be publicly identified and tracked even if they've never been charged with a crime.

No one in attendance voiced opposition to rules submitted by Attorney General Jim Petro's office to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, consisting of members of the Ohio House and Senate.

The committee's decision not to interfere with the rules puts Ohio in a position to become the first state to test a "civil registry."

The concept was offered by Roman Catholic bishops as an alternative to opening a one-time window for the filing of civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse that occurred as long as 35 years ago.

A recently enacted law allows county prosecutors, the state attorney general, or, as a last resort, alleged victims to ask judges to civilly declare someone to be a sex offender even when there has been no criminal verdict or successful lawsuit.

The rules spell out how the untried process would work. It would largely treat a person placed on the civil registry the same way a convicted sex offender is treated under Ohio's so-called Megan's Law.

The person's name, address, and photograph would be placed on a new Internet database and the person would be subjected to the same registration and community notification requirements and restrictions on where he could live.
Fortunately, it likely won't last long. US Constitution, Art. I, Section 10:
No state shall...pass any bill of attainder..A bill of attainder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_of_attainder) is a law that declare a "person or group of persons guilty of some crime, and punishes them, without benefit of a trial".

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
09-07-2006, 06:39 PM
You're guilty until you can prove your innocence.
Let their be no doubt.
It's expensive and takes a long time.
Well worth the effort not to end up on that list.
Divorced dad's ,fighting for custody of their children, wrongfully end up on that list at an unusually high rate.

Bruce Hooke
09-07-2006, 08:08 PM
Amazing. I'm guessing it is pure politics. The lawmakers must know that it will almost certainly get struck down by the courts but in the mean time they get to win points with paranoid constituents.

Meerkat
09-07-2006, 08:10 PM
Won't stand Consitutional muster. ACLU will probably challenge it quick.