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A blog devoted to the criminal laws regulating and punishing sexual violence



Updated: 2010-08-30T20:41:59-04:00

 



NY Times Series on Civil Commitment and Sex Offenders

2010-08-30T20:41:59-04:00

Although several years old, I recently stumbled across this multimedia New York Times series discussing sex offenders and civil commitment. The articles are available in three parts: part 1 | part 2 | part 3. The multimedia feature can be...



DOJ Issues Report on Prison Rape

2010-09-02T08:30:36-04:00

As required by the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, the Department of Justice released an interesting report entitled: Sexual Victimization in Prisons and Jails Reported by Inmates, 2008-2009. The Act requires DOJ's Bureau of Justice Statistics to: (1) conduct...



Carr v. United States - Initial Thoughts

2010-06-01T14:09:31-04:00

In a bit of a surprise, Carr won on a 6-3 vote. Although, as I thought, the likely way Carr would be victorious would be on the statutory interpretation issue and not the Ex Post Facto Clause claim. The outcome...



Op-Ed: "When the Feds Decide Who's Sexually Dangerous"

2010-05-23T11:02:39-04:00

Continuing our coverage of Comstock, I just finished reading this effective editorial at The Atlantic raising some concerns over the potential reach of the decision. The opinion piece also compares the voting blocs of Comstock (which dealt with federal civil...



SCOTUSblog Recap of Comstock

2010-05-21T11:53:21-04:00

As usual, SCOTUSblog has an excellent recap of the Comstock opinions written by Stanford Law Student Eric Hansford. From the post: The respondents in this case are federal prisoners who were about to be released when the government instituted civil...



Questions Left Unanswered By Comstock

2010-05-19T21:06:04-04:00

Although the U.S. Supreme Court definitively ruled that the federal government has the power under the Necessary and Proper Clause to keep "sexually dangerous persons" in custody after the expiration of their sentence, both the majority and dissenting opinions noted...



Comstock Roundup

2010-05-17T19:07:03-04:00

News media and the blogosphere are abuzz with discussion of the Comstock case and its future implications. Here is a round up of the media and blog coverage (in no particular order): Associated Press (1, 2, video), USA Today, New...



What is Necessary and Proper?

2010-05-17T17:59:01-04:00

There are many different angles from which someone could attack the majority opinion issued today in United States v. Comstock. I am on record previously and continue to believe that Section 4248 is an unconstitutional exercise of federal power. In...



United States v. Comstock: Some Early Observations

2010-05-17T17:53:16-04:00

I want to thank Professor Yung for inviting me to share my thoughts here. Today the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an opinion in United States v. Comstock (opinion here) upholding the federal sex offender civil commitment statute (18 U.S.C....



Changes at Sex Crimes Blog

2010-05-17T12:11:09-04:00

I'm excited to announce that there will be a new face joining Sex Crimes. Truthfully, though, he is not a new face at all. He has been my research assistant for two years and has been an indispensable part of...



United States v. Comstock

2010-05-17T12:08:30-04:00

The opinion is out. Not surprisingly, the government won 7-2 (Kagan gets a victory at oral argument). I thought Justice Sotomayor would join the dissent based upon the oral argument, but it looks like Orin Kerr called the lineup exactly...



MA High Court Considers GPS Monitoring for Sex Offenders

2010-05-04T23:05:00-04:00

Recently, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard a case where a sex offender who objected to wearing a GPS-monitoring device during his probation term. From the Boston Herald: Allowing sex offenders to roam free without GPS monitoring has district attorneys...



Chicago Tribune: "Are sex offender laws working?"

2010-05-04T22:28:58-04:00

The Chicago Tribune has an interesting article discussing how Illinois' sex offender residency restrictions may be doing more harm than good. From the article:Thousands of sex offenders have remained in prison for parole and then been returned to the streets...



Swiss Delay Polanski Extradition

2010-05-03T23:11:46-04:00

Switzerland has decided not to extradite Roman Polanski until a California court first resolves whether the fugitive film director can be sentenced in absentia. TalkLeft has more. From the UK Press Association: Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli said that a...



Did Jeffrey Dahmer Kill Adam Walsh?

2010-05-03T23:12:15-04:00

The Miami Herald has an interesting new article discussing newly discovered evidence in the death of Adam Walsh which links his death to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Dahmer was living in South Florida at the time of Walsh's death and...



Iowa Town's Total Sex Offender Ban May Be in Jeopardy

2010-03-30T22:31:29-04:00

A helpful reader informs us that a small town in Iowa (Dyersville to be precise) has decided against repealing an ordinance that bans all sex offenders from residing within the city limits. The ordinance however, is in tension with the...



CT Bill Would Criminalize Interstate Travel Without Notice

2010-03-29T23:03:36-04:00

A helpful reader sends word that Connecticut legislators are considering a bill which would make it a crime for any out-of-state sex offender to enter the state without registering within 48 hours. You may read the proposed law here. From...



AZ Lawyer: Adam Walsh Act Unconstitutional

2010-03-25T21:38:31-04:00

According to an attorney representing a retired police officer facing child pornography charges, the federal Adam Walsh Act is unconstitutional both on its face and as applied to his client. Specifically, the lawyer is challenging a provision of the new...



U.S. Senate Rejects Sex Offender Amendment To Health Care Bill

2010-03-25T21:37:45-04:00

Sex offender regulation and health care reform don't often mix, but that did not stop Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) from trying to bar insurance coverage of erectile dysfunction drugs for sex offenders. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was quoted...



Should Tennessee Teens Be Included In Sex Offender Registry?

2010-03-25T21:37:05-04:00

Tennessee state legislators are debating whether to include juvenile information (such as names and photographs) into the state sex offender registry. From the Jackson Sun: State Rep. Debra Young Maggart, R-Hendersonville, introduced a bill last month that would require youths...