We now have added "Informational Posts" which are tidbits of information that may come in handy at some point.

Bodenweiser charged for refusing polygraph, therapy

6-29-15 Delaware:

When former state Senate hopeful Eric R. Bodenweiser testified at his child rape trial last year, he swore he did not force a youngster to repeatedly have sex with him more than a quarter-century ago. The trial ended in a hung jury.

When he pleaded “no contest” in March to two counts of unlawful sexual contact and was put on probation, Bodenweiser didn’t admit to sex crimes, only that he would not fight the state’s accusations.

Authorities have since charged him with violating probation because he has refused to to speak candidly about his crime, both in a lie detector test and group therapy sessions ordered by corrections officials.

Bodenweiser, on his lawyer’s advice, has asserting his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination because he fears being charged with perjury over his trial denials. Bodenweiser’s stance has set up a legal battle with constitutional implications for Delaware.

Bodenweiser, now 56, “made a very conscious decision at trial to perjure himself,” prosecutor David Hume IV wrote in an email this month to defense attorney Joseph A. Hurley. He “created this situation and he will have to deal with the consequences.”

Hurley has since argued in a 12-page motion that decisions in other state and federal courts have consistently upheld the right of criminals and suspects, even convicted sex offenders, to remain silent about potentially incriminating information.

Sexual assaults less likely in neighborhoods where registered sex offenders live

6-22-15 Michigan:

ANN ARBOR—Reported sex offenses were lower in neighborhoods where more registered sex offenders live—a finding that runs counter to public perception about residential safety.

A new study by the University of Michigan and Princeton University explored sex offender laws and the location of reported sex crimes by tracking address information of registered sex offenders in Baltimore County, Maryland.

The study's authors began with years of data for 4,100 confirmed home addresses of more than 1,500 registered sex offenders who lived in Baltimore County. Combining this information with data on reported crimes from the Baltimore County Police Department from early 1990s through part of 2009, they found that each additional sex offender living in a residential area was associated with 7.5 percent fewer sex offenses.

'Frightening and High': The Frightening Sloppiness of the High Court's Sex Crime Statistics

This paper is severely flawed in its accusation of misrepresentations by the Solicitor General way back in 2003. This paper reviews what occurred in 2003 in today's light, 2015, using stats known today which were not known in March 2003 (and beforehand when case was prepared), that in of itself is a misconstruction. Any review of past occurrences must be with what was known then, not what is known today.

Further, when any lawyer presents research to support his/her position, that ACT is not a false act. If someone else does not believe the research presented, and cites their research which has a different opinion, that does not make the other Lawyer's research FALSE or the Act of presenting it, a misrepresentation.

While I do not agree with the 2003 decision, the way it occurred was not a misrepresentation by anyone. Court cases handled then are still handled the same way today. To accuse lawyers in the past of misrepresentation one must accuse lawyers today as well. The judicial process as it occurs then and today is not flawed. If readers are interested in knowing the real problem in 2003 then read this 2005 paper "Special Report: Misquoting of Prentky's 1997 Long Term Recidivism Study: Affecting a MAJOR US Supreme Court Decision."


June 2015:

Abstract:
This brief essay reveals that the sources relied upon by the Supreme Court in Smith v. Doe, a heavily cited constitutional decision on sex offender registries, in fact provide no support at all for the facts about sex offender re-offense rates that the Court treats as central to its constitutional conclusions.

This misreading of the social science was abetted in part by the Solicitor General’s misrepresentations in the amicus brief it filed in this case. The false “facts” stated in the opinion have since been relied upon repeatedly by other courts in their own constitutional decisions, thus infecting an entire field of law as well as policy making by legislative bodies.

Recent decisions by the Pennsylvania and California supreme courts establish principles that would support major judicial reforms of sex offender registries, if they were applied to the actual facts. ..Source.. by Ira Mark Ellman and Tara Ellman

New Study Confirms 1 in 5 College Women Are Sexually Assaulted

See more recent: Are 20 percent of women sexually assaulted before they graduate college?

2015 National:

Twenty percent of female college students and 5 percent of male college students say they’ve been sexually assaulted.

Research results just released by the Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation supports a 2007 study from the federal government which found that one in five female students experience a sexual assault while they are in college. In fact, the poll of more than 1,000 college-aged women and men found that 25 percent of women and 7 percent of men say they had experienced an unwanted sexual incident in college.

Two-thirds of victims had been drinking prior to the assaults. Additionally, there was confusion involving consent: 46 percent didn’t know whether or not there was a lack of consent when both people did not come to a clear agreement on having sex. Most who were assaulted did not report the attack to police or campus officials.

Most of the respondents, however, approved of how their institution of higher education handles sexual assaults in general. More than two-thirds graded their school’s handling of sexual complaints as either an “A” or “B.”