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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Judge rules NC sex offender law unconstitutional

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g2EZKkkMfz3mHbXbiYI2cWqxz4fQD9CLB0PO0

The fellow over towards Pittsboro has won his case. He had been challenged as a registered sex offender for attending church. The State's problem was that children also attended the church. Parishioners at the church testified on the fellow's behalf.

He won by claiming his constitutional right to worship freely.

I have two problems here, and they conflict.

First, once a person has served a sentence for a crime, the idea is that the debt to society has been paid. To that end, when the person is released, said person reenters society as best as possible and gets on with life.

However, we know that that likelihood of a repeat offense from sex offender is quite high, high enough that most counselors will tell you that such people are unlikely to be ever cured. Hence, the sex offender registration system after release from jail.

Sadly, I don't see a fix for this problem.




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1 comment:

Linda said...

It is a dilemma, but the way I see it, as long as the parents of the children in the church are aware of the situation - so be it. He's done his time. We can't punish people for future crimes, and we can't restrict rights just because we don't like what someone did in the past. I'm glad he won, but I don't really want to hang out with him.