Monday, March 13, 2017

Three Strokes You're Out? Jerkoff judge in Oregon gives LWOP sentence to guy jerking off on city rail

Maybe it seems silly to me to waste a life sentence on a guy who was flogging the bishop on a city train, but judging by the comment section, it seems a lot of people agree. This guy does have a history of the same behavior, but this IS a hands off offense... well, a hands off other people, not hands off himself. I feel in this instance, the Judge is the bigger jerkoff.

This is another instance of the failure of three strikes your out.

All I can say for those who agree with Judge Oscar Garcia is different strokes for different folks, I guess.

Habitual sex offender, public masturbator gets life in prison for latest crime

Print Email Everton Bailey Jr. | The Oregonian/OregonLive By Everton Bailey Jr. | The Oregonian/OregonLive
on March 10, 2017 at 5:39 PM, updated March 10, 2017 at 5:41 PM

A sex offender with a long record and compulsion for public indecency was sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday for his latest offense -- getting caught masturbating on a MAX train.

Terry E. Iversen, 49, was sentenced after a three-hour hearing in Washington County Circuit Court in which Judge Oscar Garcia heard from the defendant's victims, current and retired detectives who investigated sex-related cases where he was either convicted or not charged, and a probation officer who advocated Iversen spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Iversen pleaded guilty to public indecency in January, a felony because of his past sex-related convictions. The true life sentence is permitted under a "three strikes"-like Oregon law aimed at predatory sex offenders.

"I think it was the right call," said Allison Brown, the county deputy district attorney who prosecuted the case and asked the judge for the life sentence. "He has continued to show that he won't benefit from treatment or rehabilitation, and at that point it's about protecting citizens and preventing him from crimes like this or worse."

She said Iversen had been sentenced to sex offender treatment at least five times but never completed it or stopped his behavior.

Terry Beach, Iversen's attorney, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Friday. He wrote in a sentencing memo that he felt his client's punishment didn't fit the crime and suggested a prison sentence of eight years and four months.

The defense attorney argued Iversen's only conviction for a sex crime that involved physical contact was in March 1989 in Washington County for third-degree rape of a 15-year-old and second-degree sodomy of a 12-year-old girl.

Before Iversen was arrested in October, his most recent public masturbation conviction was in 2000, which was a felony because of his past sex crimes, Beach noted.

"(Iversen) took steps to satisfy a compulsion in a way that minimized the impact it would have on others," Beach said in a sentencing memo. "Such actions do not deserve a life sentence without parole."

A life sentence for multiple felony sex crimes is unusual in Washington County, Brown said, but it's unclear how typical it is statewide.

The Oregon Supreme Court last year overturned a life term as too harsh for a man convicted of public indecency, but it upheld life terms for at least two others in felony sex-related cases.

Court records show a string of past public indecency convictions for Iverson - in 1985, 1996 and 2000, including on public transportation in Washington and Multnomah counties. He also has been convicted of burglary, escape and drug possession.

He got out of prison last year after spending more than 12 years behind bars for assault and other crimes during a police chase that began when he was reported to be following young girls around a shopping center. He crashed into two cars and injured three people during the case in Cedar Mill.

Once out of prison, he was ordered to stay at the Washington County Community Correctional Center but got in trouble again, records show.

He masturbated while sitting behind a woman on a MAX train in Hillsboro in September, Brown said. The woman got off the train and called police, but they couldn't find the suspect.

In October, Iversen sat behind another woman while heading back to the community corrections center in Hillsboro and masturbated behind her. He placed his jacket next to him to block the view of anyone across the aisle, but the woman turned and saw him. Police later arrested him.

Surveillance video linked him to the earlier incident, Brown said, but he was never charged.

Beach said Iversen has been diagnosed with a mental health disorder that causes compulsive sexual behavior. He was responding positively to sex offender treatment after his latest stint in prison but couldn't avoid any of his triggers while on the MAX train in October so he "quietly masturbated," the lawyer said.

He has cooperated with police and taken responsibility for his actions, Beach said. He initially was scheduled to go to trial but opted to plead guilty instead that day to avoid having the victim testify in court, Beach said.

Beach cited the state Supreme Court's decision last year overturning the life sentence of Dennis J. Davidson, who was sentenced in Marion County for masturbating near women while behind a tree in a Salem park and again in front of police officers while standing at a fence in the area. He had three earlier convictions for public indecency.

The court concluded that because Davidson had no sex offense more serious than public indecency, a life sentence without parole would be unconstitutionally disproportionate under Oregon law.

"Unwillingly observing sexual behavior by another person is not a harm of the same magnitude as being specifically and personally subjected to unwanted physical sexual contact or sexual violence," the Supreme Court opinion said.

Davidson is scheduled to be resentenced in April. The prosecution plans to request a sentence of 16 years and eight months.

Brown cited two cases that the Supreme Court upheld last year:

-- The court concluded Douglas W. Sokell's life sentence was appropriate. He had been convicted in Washington County of first-degree sexual abuse for touching an 8-year-old girl's buttocks and hips in a public library. He had two prior sexual abuse convictions involving children.

-- The court noted that William M. Althouse's criminal history justified a life sentence. He had been sentenced for public indecency in Marion County -- his fourth conviction for a felony sex crime, which included two other cases that involved children. In the latest case, Althouse was spotted by a jogger sitting without pants near a popular running path and within 150 feet of a middle school.

The court noted that someone's inability to correct behavior after several opportunities could support a life sentence.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Director of Arkansas transitional home refusing to take registered citizens likens them to "nuclear warheads"

Scott Swanson is the seated man in plaid

I can't imagine a person who likens his clients to explosive weapons can be a very effective at counseling and running a transitional program.

Transitional Housing facility near Omaha barred; Refusal to take sex offenders stops proposal

Posted: Friday, March 3, 2017 3:00 pm |
By JAMES L. WHITE | 0 comments

Transitional Housing facility near Omaha barred; Refusal to take sex offenders stops proposal
A meeting about transitional housing for parolees will still be held Wednesday, but the license for a facility near Omaha has been put on a shelf because management didn’t want to take sex offenders.
Arkansas state Rep. Ron McNair told the Daily Times on Friday that he spoke with Arkansas Community Correction officials that day and was told the group opening the facility didn’t meet ACC regulations, so the license application had been pulled.
Lotus Recovery Services LLC had applied for an ACC Transitional Housing Facility License at 5035 Center Loop between Burlington and Omaha. It would accept non-violent prisoners released on parole and counsel them back to living on the outside, including securing employment for them.
When people living in that area heard about the proposal and saw the license application included accepting sex offenders, they rallied together, signing petitions to have the proposal stopped and taking to social media in droves.
McNair said he didn’t know if public outcry was a part of the ACC’s decision.
Jo McEntire, CEO of Giving Back Industries, said her agency is a partner with Lotus in developing the program.
McEntire said the regulation the partnership didn’t meet was that it didn’t want to take Level 3 and Level 4 sex offenders.
McEntire said the program the partners hoped to open would be for non-violent drug offenders released from prison.
“Our focus is recovery,” McEntire said earlier.
The group has spent years developing a program to teach addicts how to live without drugs, but helping rehabilitate sex offenders is a totally different undertaking.
“We do not know how to help the Level 3 and 4 sex offenders,” McEntire said Friday.
In an email to ACC officials, Scott Swanson, who had opened Oxford House addition recovery houses in the Harrison area and is a partner in the newest venture as well, used an analogy to explain Lotus’ position.
Swanson wrote that Lotus had agreed to take 20 or so “sticks of dynamite” that ACC would be releasing. The program Lotus developed would disarm those sticks of dynamite in hopes they would never be “re-fused.”
But as the project got closer, ACC informed Lotus that there would be a couple of “armed nuclear warheads” in the shipment that Lotus would have to figure out how to disarm.
“We have NO programs for sex offenders,” Swanson wrote.
Instead, Swanson wrote that he hoped to be able to help some of the 12,000 prisoners released, 80 percent of whom suffer with addiction, rather than the comparatively few sex offenders
In response, ACC officials said there would be no need for further discussion or negotiations with Lotus and the application would be considered inactive, and that the licensing process would be discontinued.
McEntire said the partnership will continue its efforts to develop transitional housing for addicts, but Friday’s development meant the Center Loop location won’t be possible.
But, she said the 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, meeting at the John Paul Hammerschmidt Center on the North Arkansas College South Campus will still be held for anyone interested.
The presentation will be the same even if the Center Loop location won’t work, McEntire said, adding that the partnership will continue exploring transitional housing for parolees suffering from addiction.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Homer "Gator" DeLoach won a highly controversial election by 13 votes. He needed a way to gain support. Guess who he is bullying to gain that support?

It is a story that just screams FloriDUH. A sheriff nicknamed "Gator" (again, only in the land of 'Duh) narrowly wins a hotly contested and controversial election, apparently by only 13 votes. The controversy over the recount continues, apparently, so DeLoach needs some cheap publicity. Thus, he creates a new office in his department just to harass and humiliate registered citizens.

Putnam County announced on Friday that they had reorganized resources and created a position known as a “Sex Offender Compliance Specialist.”

The Florida Sex Offender Registry said that there are currently 305 sex offenders in Putnam County.

The county says the specialist “will work in conjunction with the current offender compliance program as a means of providing critical intelligence for investigators by assessing risk-related changes in offender’s behavior.”

“We refuse to allow Putnam County to become a safe haven for sexual offenders and predators,” said Gator Deloach, who was elected Sheriff in Nov. 2016. “While we can’t control in which county they choose to live, we can certainly make Putnam County as inhospitable as possible for them.” 

This car is only for the purposes of humiliating registered citizenns. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

KATU Joe DouglASS writes report crediting himself for getting lawmakers to expand the registry

This guy reminds me of the Milwaukee reporter who did the same thing a year or two ago.

And no I didn't mistype his name, it really DOES end in -ass, which is what I think anyone who writes a news story about himself

KATU reporter inspires state lawmaker to launch sex offender registration reform effort
Joe Douglass

SALEM, Ore. — Bills meant to help better protect you and your family from sex offenders are now in the works in Salem. And a state lawmaker credits KATU with tipping him off to problems with the system that he was not aware of.
The lawmaker, state Rep. Jeff Barker, D-Aloha, says KATU's Joe Douglass opened his eyes to a startling fact about Oregon's public sex offender registry last fall.
Barker, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, told Douglass he was unaware the state only publicly lists around 2 percent of Oregon's sex offenders.
Oregon currently has the most sex offenders per capita in the country.
"You indicated the problem that I wasn't aware of," Barker, a retired Portland Police Bureau detective, said Tuesday. "I've seen the young girls. Their lives are ruined over being molested when they're kids. It rips their soul out and I do everything I can to stop that."
After Douglass spoke with Barker in September, he made good on a promise to talk with the Portland Police Bureau's sex offender registration unit, including Officer Bridget Sickon, who's spoken with KATU repeatedly.
"Our sex offender laws in Oregon are like Swiss cheese," Sickon said in July, "lots of holes, lots of problems."
Sickon and other members of her unit wrote up proposed legislation that addresses what they feel are some big problems with the system.
In Oregon right now, generally sex offenders must check in just once a year around their birthday or if they move.
But in Washington, for example, the rules are tougher. Less risky "level one" offenders are checked at home once a year. Level two offenders are checked at home twice a year. And the most serious level three offenders are checked at home four times annually.
When it comes to homeless offenders, a big concern for Barker and Portland police, Washington requires them to check in once a week and lists them on a public website.
But in Oregon, homeless offenders, like all others generally, just have to check in once a year at a law enforcement facility.
"I had a bill last year, last session, that would've required the homeless offenders to check in monthly," Barker said. "The parole information people came in and said, 'Please don't do that because we won't be able to keep up and we'll just be violating people and it would be a waste of everybody's time.'"
But this year Barker, using the Portland police unit's suggestions as a guide, plans to propose that homeless offenders check in more often - though he's still working out details.
He also wants Oregon's level three offenders to have to check in three times a year.
"Mainly what we want to do is make sure the people who are dangerous are monitored," Barker said, "(That) we spend more resources monitoring the dangerous, predatory sex offenders and not waste time on somebody that did something stupid when they were a kid who is no danger whatsoever."
As far as adding more offenders to the public registry, Barker said he's looking at how that works out and may propose legislation on it next year.
An overhaul to the registry is already in the works. The deadline for it was pushed back from the end of 2016 to the end of 2018. The state is reclassifying offenders into a three-tiered system and promising to list all of the most serious "third tier" offenders publicly.
The state predicts that will likely only result in 5 to 10 percent of all offenders being listed publicly -- still far below neighboring states.
The head of Oregon's Parole and Post-Prison Supervision Board says they're on track to blow the already pushed back deadline for overhauling the classification system. He told lawmakers unless his agency gets more resources, only about 2,200 re-classifications will be done by the end of 2018.
Oregon currently has about 29,000 sex offenders.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Minnesota State Rep. Matt Grossell wants to bury the hatchet inside Minnesota's registrant population (figuratively, at least)

This is what happens when you vote for a guy who is such a redneck his campaign shirts come in blue camo.

Sex offender sentencing bill introduced following KARE 11 investigation

A.J. Lagoe , KARE

ST. PAUL, Minn. - “Enough is enough, it’s time to start stopping this!” said State Representative Matt Grossell (R - Beltrami)

Grossell is the chief author of a sweeping bill he calls a first step in reforming Minnesota’s sex crime sentencing laws which critics have labeled some of the weakest in the nation.

Grossell, a former law enforcement officer, said he watched KARE 11’s report on how a type of plea deal known as a Stay of Adjudication allowed hundreds of child sexual predators in Minnesota to have their crimes masked by the legal system.

“This is wrong to me! That’s just wrong!” he added, “So we decided to eliminate the stays of adjudication and imposition.”

Stays of imposition result in a felony charge being reduced to a misdemeanor if the defendant successfully completes probation. Stays of Adjudication disappear completely and the entire time the defendant is on probation the case is listed as pending. That means there’s no record of it on the Minnesota Court system’s online database.

“When young children are victimized like that, that tears me apart,” said Grossell, with tears in his eyes. He apologized for being emotional, adding “and to think that that person won’t be held accountable the way they should be, makes it even worse. You can never give that child back the innocence that they had, but you can keep that person from hurting somebody else.”

Governor Mark Dayton also called for reform following KARE 11’s reporting.

“Innocent people need to know that there are people around them who have a history of sexual abuse, and we need to protect the public first and foremost,” said Dayton.

The proposed changes also increase the penalties for child pornography, and orders the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission to toughen up recommended penalties for sex crimes. It also calls for more intensive probation for certain sex offenders.

Robert Small with the Minnesota County Attorneys Association said he had not had a chance to read the bill in its entirety, but said prosecutors in his association had concerns that the bill goes too far. He likened it to “using an axe where a scalpel is needed.”

Grossell contends, “it’s time for the hatchet and not the scalpel.”

A hearing on the proposed changes has not yet been scheduled.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Nebraska LB 60 would require registrants dating someone with kids to send humiliating letters to baby mammas/ baby daddys to warm them their exes are dating registrants

LB 60 should be reported to the manure hotline
If I'm willing to travel a thousand miles to testify against a bill, it is definitely Shiitake-worthy.

LB 60 is promoted by third-string Huskers QB turned third-string Senator Brat Lindstrom. I find this bill to be full of manure, and as it turns out, Nebraska has a manure spill hotline. So maybe I can get them to clean up this bill.

A BILL FOR AN ACT relating to the Parenting Act; to amend section 43-2933, Reissue Revised Statutes of Nebraska; to change provisions relating to limitation or denial of custody or access to a child; and to repeal the original section.

(b) No person shall be granted custody of, or unsupervised parenting time, visitation, or other access with, a child if anyone residing in the person's household is required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration Act as a result of a felony conviction in which the victim was a minor or for an offense that would make it contrary to the best interests of the child for such access unless the court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that the person seeking such access has overcome the presumption and burdens of production and persuasion in subdivision (1)(c) of this section and that there is no significant risk to the child and states its reasons in writing or on the record. Any person who has been granted custody of, or unsupervised parenting time, visitation, or other access with a child must provide written notice to all other persons who have custody or access rights to the child before such person allows any sex offender described in this subdivision to reside in such person’s household or to have unsupervised access to the child.
(c) The fact that a child is permitted unsupervised contact with a person who is required, as a result of a felony conviction in which the victim was a minor, to be registered as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration Act shall be prima facie evidence that the child is at significant risk and such unsupervised contact shall be presumed to not be in the child’s best interests. The person who is seeking to allow such unsupervised contact shall have the burden of production and the burden of persuasion that such unsupervised contact is in the child’s best interests.

Judge’s ok suggested before sex offender access to children
 February 9, 2017 Sen. Brett Lindstrom, LB60

Members of the Judiciary Committee heard testimony Feb. 9 on a bill that would provide stronger protections for children against registered sex offenders.

Under LB60, introduced by Omaha Sen. Brett Lindstrom, registered sex offenders found guilty of felony child sexual abuse would not be allowed unsupervised parental access to a child unless a judge finds that the adult presents no significant risk to the child.

Lindstrom said a recent Nebraska Supreme Court decision found that a father could not prevent his child from living in the same home as his ex-wife’s new husband, a registered sex offender.

He said LB60 would shift the burden of proof to the person seeking to allow unsupervised contact with a child to show that such contact would be in the child’s best interest.

“[The bill] reaffirms a strong public policy that we must protect our children and provides more guidance to our judicial branch to protect them,” he said.

Written notice also must be provided to all other persons with custody or access rights before a registered sex offender would be allowed to have unsupervised access or reside in the same home as a child.

Stephanie Huddle, representing the Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, testified in support of the bill. She said 34 percent of sexual abuse is perpetrated by family members and can have long-lasting effects on children.

“Children who are sexually abused may develop phobias, suffer from nightmares and engage in regressive behaviors,” she said. “[LB60] would ensure additional safeguards for Nebraska children and peace of mind for their parents.”

Opposing the bill was Derek Logue, an anti-registry activist and registered sex offender. As a group, he said, sex offenders have low rates of recidivism.

“The written notification requirement seems to be more about humiliation than personal safety,” he said. “Those who share my label are assumed guilty until proven innocent. How can anyone reasonably expect a registered citizen to meet such a burden when society is so quick to believe the worst about such people?”

The committee took no immediate action on the bill.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Oh, SNAP! Leader of SNAP resigns amid lawsuit over exploiting abuse "survivors"

This perp needs jail, too
And to think some of you folks dared to criticize me over the use of the term VICTIM INDUSTRY. So SNAP has **ahem** "allegedly" been exploiting their clients by sending them to their special lawyers in exchange for some kickbacks? Why am I not surprised? I wouldn't be shocked if SNAP also coached folks into telling stories that may be complete fabrications.

Barbara Blaine, leader of priest sex-abuse survivors group, steps down
Feb. 4, 2017
Chicago Tribune staff

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests told its volunteers on Saturday that its president and founder has resigned.

Barbara Blaine, who also describes herself as a survivor, founded the group in Chicago nearly three decades ago. Her resignation, effective Friday, comes a week after SNAP announced the departure of its national director David Clohessy, effective Dec. 31, 2016.

Both were named in a lawsuit filed in Cook County last month by a former SNAP employee, accusing the leaders of referring potential clients to attorneys in return for financial kickbacks to the group.

But Blaine said her leaving had nothing to do with the suit and "no bearing'' on her leaving.

Blaine, who describes herself as a survivor, expressed gratitude for her supporters in an emailed statement.

"It has been the greatest honor of my life to have found and been your president for the past 29 years. Change however is inevitable," Blaine said in the statement.

Mary Ellen Kruger, who is on the SNAP board, said in an emailed statement they are "grateful for her 29 years of leadership."

“Her contribution to the survivors movement is unsurpassed. Her tenacity and fortitude helped expose abuse globally during the past three decades. We will carry on her vision of SNAP as we grow in new ways to better meet the needs of survivors coming forward today and in the future. We wish Barbara the best," Kruger said in the statement.

It was a horrible feeling twenty-nine years ago," Blaine said in the statement. "Church officials would not keep their promises. My perpetrator remained in ministry but more importantly, I felt such immense pain that I was not sure I could continue to live," Blaine said. 

“I knew there were other survivors out there and wondered if they felt the same debilitating hurt and if so, how they coped with it. I thought they might hold the wisdom I lacked. I looked for other survivors and asked if they would be willing to talk.

"Somewhere in the past twenty-nine years you got involved and I want to thank you for doing so. To be honest, my heart is overflowing with gratitude to each of you. Words fail to express the extent of how grateful I feel," Blaine said in the statement.

Barbara Dorris, SNAP’s outreach director, has become the managing director, according to SNAP. The group said Dorris will work closely with the board of directors to continue to engage the group's volunteer leadership nationwide to help more survivors of sexual abuse and assault, and to stop further abuse, according to the statement.

Blaine and Dorris are defendants, along with SNAP and Executive Director David Clohessy, in a lawsuit filed last month by a former employee. In that lawsuit, former director of development Gretchen Rachel Hammond says she was fired shortly after asking superiors whether SNAP was referring potential clients to attorneys in exchange for donations.

“Please know that the recent lawsuit filed against SNAP, as the others in the past which have no merit, had absolutely no bearing on my leaving. The discussions and process of my departure has been ongoing, Blaine said in the statement.

Ex-worker sues priest sex-abuse victims advocacy group, says it exploited survivors 
Manya Brachear Pashman
Chicago Tribune

A former employee of the Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests has sued the victims advocacy group, alleging that SNAP exploited victims of sexual abuse by clergy in return for financial kickbacks from attorneys.

According to a lawsuit filed this week in Cook County Circuit Court, Gretchen Rachel Hammond worked as a director of development from July 2011 until she said she was fired in February 2013, shortly after asking superiors whether SNAP was referring potential clients to attorneys in exchange for donations.

In addition to the organization, defendants named in the lawsuit are Barbara Blaine, its founder and president; David Clohessy, executive director; and Barbara Dorris, outreach director.

Blaine said in a statement that "the allegations are not true."

"This will be proven in court," she said. "SNAP leaders are now, and always have been, devoted to following the SNAP mission: To help victims heal and to prevent further sexual abuse."

Neither Clohessy nor Dorris could be reached for comment.

Though it did not name attorneys, the lawsuit said donations from several high-profile litigators across the country comprised a large percentage of SNAP's income.

Jeff Anderson, a prominent Minnesota attorney for victims of clergy sex abuse who was not named in the lawsuit, confirmed that he makes regular donations to SNAP, as well as other nonprofit organizations that advocate for the safety of children. But he said he does not do it in exchange for referrals.

"I have supported SNAP and a lot of other organizations that help survivors throughout the country, unapologetically," he said.

"The allegation is explosive because it's unethical," he added. "I've never done it nor would I ever do it."

According to the lawsuit, Hammond grew suspicious of SNAP's methods when she was not permitted to participate in an internal audit of SNAP by an accounting firm and was barred from attending survivors' meetings, group therapy sessions or counseling sessions to help generate material for grant proposals.

She also was given access to a list of lawyers who regularly donated to SNAP but was told to never tell anyone that lawyers donate to the organization, according to the lawsuit. At a news conference, Hammond said she raised more than $950,000 for SNAP during her 19 months there.

A Missouri judge ruled in 2012 to open more than two decades of correspondence with victims, lawyers, witnesses and journalists to shed light on whether SNAP had coached victims to fabricate claims of repressed memory.

Shortly after that, Hammond said, she was accidentally copied on an email from Clohessy to an attorney, asking when he could expect the next donation, the lawsuit said. It was then she began to ask questions and the workplace climate dramatically changed, she alleged in the lawsuit.

She said she began to collect evidence of what she believed to be a kickback scheme, copying reams of documents and downloading records on a flash drive she used to do work at home. When SNAP sent a volunteer to her apartment to collect the flash drive, she did not disclose that she had copied it, the lawsuit said. She was fired two days later, she said.

Though she decided not to go to authorities at the time, the movie "Spotlight" renewed her concerns and she sought legal counsel. Hammond alleges she could not find employment that paid as much as she made at SNAP and is seeking compensatory damages, attorney’s fees and expenses.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Dolce de bleche: Victim Cultist Michael Dolce doesn't believe in positive treatment programs

Oh great, it is yet another biased victim cultist spewing nonsensical tripe. As typical of victim cultists, he uses nominal & dubious "research" and statements of personal belief as "fact." He also makes bogus claims of high recidivism rates and the same tired myths of all registered persons being 'psychopathic," which is ironic considering that lawyers are the profession with the second highest rate of psychopaths within its ranks.

Say no to restorative justice for sex offenders

The debate around the Senate’s possible confirmation of Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary, should kick start a national discussion on how colleges and universities handle sexual assault.

Recently, much of that conversation has revolved around “restorative justice,” programs that aim to respond to misconduct or crime by redressing the harm inflicted on victims and the community, rather than simply punishing offenders. 

As a victim of childhood sexual abuse myself and an attorney who now represents sexual assault survivors every day, I can say without doubt that restorative justice is not only horribly insufficient for handling sexual abuse but, in many cases, actually serves to leave an offender free to offend again.

Whether as an alternative or a supplement to traditional discipline, restorative justice programs require offenders to make amends with victims — often with apologies and mediation — and participate in reformative programs like anger management or cultural sensitivity training, measures rarely imposed by the criminal justice system. In an education setting, employing these programs for offenses like racial harassment and alcohol misuse have had some success, leading to understandable calls from some criminal justice reform advocates and college administrators to expand their use to college sexual misconduct cases.

It’s true that our colleges and universities routinely fail victims of sexual assault, as last year’s abhorrent handling of the Brock Turner case at Stanford University reminded us. It’s also true, as the Chicago Tribune reported late last month, that the future of campus sex assault investigations under President Trump are “uncertain,” particularly since GOP convention platform calls for a reduced federal government role in investigations of campus sexual assault.

But, for several important reasons, restorative justice is not the answer for handling sex offenders. First, this method only works if offenders feel empathy when confronted with the impact of their misconduct. 

According to prominent forensic psychology researchers Drs. Daryl Kroner and Adelle Forth, about half of convicted sex offenders exhibit psychopathology, meaning they are incapable of feeling remorse or empathizing with their victims. Sex offenders are often skilled at manipulating others into believing they are safe, which helps them gain their victims’ trust before attacking.

Imagine that same manipulation in a restorative justice program setting where the offender fools college administrators and the victim with fake remorse. College administrators, often despite their best intentions, do not have expert command over the dynamics of sex offenders and victim behavior and shouldn’t be entrusted with safe and effective use of restorative justice programs for sex-based offenses.

Second, advocates for restorative justice programs in this context often make the flawed assumption that sex offenders are similar to repeat offenders of other habitual offenses like drunk driving. 

But while underage drinking and alcohol abuse are certainly a common problem on university campuses, alcohol does not turn a college student into a sex offender. In fact, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, some offenders actually drink alcohol before committing sexual assault specifically to later justify their behavior. Relying on restorative justice to ‘treat’ this group would be a dangerous validation of their criminal deceit.

The third common argument – that schools might be safe relying on restorative justice methods in cases of sexual harassment that don’t involve physical assault – is risky at best. Those who sexually harass others are objectifying and dehumanizing their victims, behavior that is often a prelude to assaults.

In my work as a victims’ attorney at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, I repeatedly see rapists whose behavior escalated from lesser offenses like voyeurism and other forms of harassment.

Finally and most critically, we must consider the victims of these heinous crimes. As a society, we are too quick to blame victims, overtly or subtly, especially on college campuses. 

Student victims regularly hear: “You were both drunk,” or “Don’t ruin someone’s life over one drunken night.” I routinely see offenders and even school administrators attempt to blame the victim. One student’s complaint of rape was rejected by school administrators because she gave the rapist a ride after the attack, despite her explanation that she feared she would be hurt further if she did not do as he asked.

The impact on those subjected to sexual assault can be profound, life-altering and permanent. Furthermore, the effects can be substantially worsened if a community deflects the offender’s responsibility onto things like alcohol, or worse yet, suggests that the victim is partially at fault.

The reality is that I believe the majority of sex offenders are largely incapable of empathy. Two-thirds of male sex offenders will re-offend if they are not treated and restrained as criminals. The consensus among mental health and criminal justice professionals is that most sex criminals cannot be reformed; they can only be monitored, controlled and contained.

These are people who look at the tears and agony on victims’ faces, show no mercy and then quickly move on to their next victim.

Restorative justice can be a wonderful tool for certain types of offenses, but let’s not ask victims of sexual assault to suffer an even greater burden by making them take part in their attackers’ so-called “reformation.”

Michael Dolce is on the board of directors of the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence and was the former political committee chair of Protect Our Kids First. He was instrumental in the passage of landmark legislation in the state that repealed all statutes of limitation for civil and criminal prosecution of child sexual battery. He is of counsel at premier national plaintiffs' firm Cohen Milstein and has dedicated his career to seeking justice for the victims of abuse. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

FloriDUH woman launches campaign to bend state residency restriction law to fuel her desire for vengeance

Christin Olsen [FACEBOOK PAGE] feels the law should bend to her personal quest of vengeance. She wants to increase residency restriction laws just to get her revenge on someone who allegedly harmed her.

Loophole in Florida sex offender law draws call for change
Published: January 30, 2017 11:26 PM EST
Updated: January 31, 2017 12:19 AM EST

NAPLES, Fla. — A Golden Gate Estates woman whose stepfather molested her was horrified to learn he had moved into a house less than a mile from an Orlando elementary school.

“It hit me like a ton of bricks,” Christin Olsen said. “It slapped me in the face.”

A Florida law banning sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school was enacted in 2004, but that law doesn’t automatically apply to those convicted before then. It was in 2002 that a jury delivered a guilty verdict against Kenneth Ford, Olsen’s stepfather.

Ford molested Christin Olsen for five years, beginning when she was 9. He served less than 15 years in prison before his release and before he purchased his new home.

“His front yard is the sidewalk to the school,” said Stephen Olsen, Christin’s husband. “His backyard bumps up to the playground. He is surrounded by children.”

It’s a situation that could play out anywhere in the state.

“Its sickening,” Christin Olsen said. “I lose sleep over it.”

The Olsens have a child of their own who’s a major reason why Christin is determined to close the loophole. She started a petition to have the law changed to cover sex offenders convicted prior to 2004, and she plans to take up the issue with Collier County commissioners. Some counties, like Miami-Dade, have already enacted municipal codes to stiffen the law.

“My child deserves it. Our children deserve it,” she said. “They deserve better than the current laws that are in place.”

Her response to someone who told her to let it go...

If she was in the business of "deterrence," then you'd think she'd use better numbers. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

To combat human trafficking, South Korealina will install ransomware on your computer... unless you pay $20 to remove it

So let me get this straight-- I have to have ransomware installed by law on my computer but I can pay the state $20 to remove it? What is the point of doing this in the first place, except extorting citizens for money?

South Carolina General Assembly
122nd Session, 2017-2018

H. 3003


Introduced in the House on January 10, 2017
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary

Summary: Human Trafficking Prevention Act 



Whereas, the State of South Carolina has a compelling interest in protecting the public health and protecting minors from being exposed to obscenity; and

Whereas, studies have shown that pornography is a public health hazard, leading to a broad spectrum of well documented individual impacts and societal harms; and 

Whereas, easily accessible pornography on products that are distributed through the Internet is impacting the demand for human trafficking and prostitution; and 

Whereas, the General Assembly has a compelling interest to impose a narrowly tailored, common sense filter system that combats the growing epidemic of  dissemination of pornographic images and the resulting demand for human trafficking while balancing the consumer’s fundamental right to regulate his own mental health. Now, therefore, 

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina: 

SECTION 1. Chapter 15, Title 16 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding: 

“Article 5

Human Trafficking Prevention Act

Section 16 15 500. This article may be cited as the ‘Human Trafficking Prevention Act’. 

Section 16 15 510. (A) A business, manufacturer, wholesaler, or individual that manufactures, distributes, or sells a product that makes content accessible on the Internet is prohibited from doing business in this State unless the product contains an active and operating digital blocking capability that renders any obscenity, as defined in Section 16 15 305, inaccessible. 
(B) The business, manufacturer, wholesaler, or individual must: 
(1) make reasonable and ongoing efforts to ensure that the digital content blocking capability functions properly, including establishing a reporting mechanism such as a website or call center to allow for a consumer to report unblocked obscene content or report blocked content that is not obscene; 
(2) ensure that all child pornography and revenge pornography is inaccessible on the product; 
(3) prohibit the product from accessing any hub that facilitates prostitution; and
(4) render websites that are known to facilitate any trafficking of persons, as defined in Section 16 3 2010(9), inaccessible.

Section 16 15 520. Any digital blocking capability may be deactivated after the consumer: 
(1) requests in writing that the capability be disabled; 
(2) presents identification to verify that the consumer is eighteen years of age or older;
(3) acknowledges receiving a written warning regarding the potential danger of deactivating the digital blocking capability; and 
(4) pays a one time twenty dollar digital access fee. 

Section 16 15 530. (A) If the digital blocking capability blocks content that is not obscene and the block is reported to a call center or reporting website, the content must be unblocked within a reasonable time but in no event later than five business days after the block is reported. 
(B) The digital blocking capability may not filter social media websites that are primarily used for social interaction if these websites have a reporting center and remain reasonably proactive in removing reported obscene content.
(C) The consumer may seek judicial relief to unblock filtered content. 

Section 16 15 540. (A) A manufacturer or wholesaler that manufactures, distributes, or sells a product that makes content accessible on the Internet may elect to pay a twenty dollar opt out fee for each product that enters this State’s stream of commerce. 
(B) A business, manufacturer, wholesaler, or individual that manufactures, distributes, or sells a product that makes content accessible on the Internet must submit the funds collected as the digital access fee or the opt out fee to the State Treasurer each quarter. The State Treasurer must disburse the funds collected to the Attorney General to help fund the operations of the Human Trafficking Task Force and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. 

Section 16 15 550. (A) A business or individual that violates the provisions of this article by manufacturing, distributing, or selling a product that makes content accessible on the Internet without the digital content blocking capability, selling the product to a minor without activated filters, or providing the means to disable the digital content blocking capability is guilty of violating Sections 16 15 250, 16 15 345, and 16 15 385 and, upon conviction, is subject to the penalties provided by those sections. 
(B) A business or individual who complies with the provisions of Section 16 15 520 is not subject to criminal liability for violating the provisions of this article. 

Section 16 15 560. (A) The Office of Attorney General is authorized to seek injunctive relief against any business, manufacturer, wholesaler, or individual that manufactures, distributes, or sells any products in this State that violates the provisions of this article.  
(B) If a business, manufacturer, wholesaler, or individual is unresponsive to a report of obscene material that has breached the filter, the consumer or Attorney General may file a civil suit. The consumer or Attorney General may seek damages of up to five hundred dollars for each piece of content that was reported but not subsequently blocked. 
(C) The prevailing party in the civil action may seek attorneys’ fees.” 

SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Mississippi looks to quadruple annual fees because the state needs more pigs to harass registrants

Andy Gipson obviously didn't get the memo registered citizens are far more likely to be unemployed. Imagine having to quadruple that pound of flesh to have MORE tormenters harassing you for that money.

Read the full bill HERE

Sex offenders could pay for trooper school under new bill 
ByCourtney Carter
Posted on January 17, 2017

JACKSON, MISS– One of the main talking points of this legislative session is the incredible shortage of state troopers. 

Representative Tom Miles told News Mississippi just how critical the shortage is Monday, outlining that only 489 highway patrolmen are on the roadways, and 189 of those are ready to retire.

The state needs an ongoing school for state troopers, and the idea has pitched to the state legislature before. The problem has always been how to fund it.

Representative Andy Gipson has a solution, at least a long term one.

Tuesday, House Bill 505 was filed to increase sex offender registration fees and put the difference toward funding a trooper school.

“Right now, sex offenders are paying $25 (annually),” said Rep. Gipson. “We could up that to $100 dollars, which frankly, is a lot lower than surrounding states.”

Rep. Gipson said that amount of money would fund a small trooper school, but the option serves as more of a “down-the-road” solution. Immediate action is still necessary, and many bills are expected to be drawn up this session to increase the funding for more officers.

The representative has also stated that there are many bills surrounding the protection of law enforcement officers in the state. These “Blue Lives Matter” bills could increase the penalties of harming a police officer.

“I plan to take the best of these pieces of legislation,” said Rep. Gipson. “And draft a bill from that.”

There are four “Blue Lives Matter” pieces of legislation:

HB 640 would create “Blue Lives Matter” legislation and define those protected as police officers, state troopers, firefighters, and paramedics.
HB 647 could double the normal penalty for a misdemeanor or felony charge if a crime is committed against an officer.
HB 747 would allow the judge to refer to the jury as to whether or not the fine or penalty for a misdemeanor or felony charge should be enhanced because the victim was an officer.
HB 754 would allow for the crime against an officer to be treated as a hate crime.
News Mississippi will continue to follow the “Blue Lives Matter” legislation through the legislative session.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

PA: Allegheny County Judge Donna Jo McDaniel caught redheaded... er, "redhanded," regularly exceeding sentencing guidelines

Supporters of specialized "sex offender courts" should take notice, as this corrupt judge has been caught abusing her powers by exceeding state sentencing guidelines. Of course, she isn't going to be punished despite showing a pattern of this behavior. She shouldn't even have a job at this point.

Superior Court questions whether Common Pleas judge is over-punishing sex offenders
January 15, 2017 12:00 AM
By Paula Reed Ward / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pennsylvania Superior Court questioned whether a veteran Allegheny County judge is meting out overly harsh sentences in sex assault cases in a strongly worded opinion ordering that a defendant be resentenced.

In the 36-page opinion last week, the appellate panel suggested that Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel, who presides over sex offender court, has shown a pattern in those types of cases. 

“We note our awareness of a possible emerging pattern in this particular sentencing court of routinely sentencing sex offenders in the aggravated sentencing range and/or outside the guidelines,” wrote Superior Court President Judge Emeritus John T. Bender. 

The opinion then cited in a footnote another of Judge McDaniel’s cases, that against Gabino Bernal, who last month also was awarded a second new sentencing hearing on charges of unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault of a person less than 13 and corruption of minors. The Superior Court panels in both cases included the same members, Judge Bender, Judge Lillian Harris Ransom and Senior Judge John L. Musmanno.

Judge McDaniel did not respond to a request for comment.

In Bernal’s appellate brief, filed by the Allegheny County Public Defender’s office, his attorneys listed 14 cases currently on appeal — 10 for sexual offenses —  in which Judge McDaniel sentenced the defendants to serve the maximum possible penalty and ran multiple sentences consecutively. 

“There will always be cases where circumstances call for, if not practically compel, sentences which exceed the standard guideline recommendations,” Judge Bender wrote, noting that trial judges have wide discretion. “However, we expect that sentencing courts understand that a standard range sentence is the norm and, consequently, that sentences which exceed (or fall below) the standard recommendation should be relatively infrequent by comparison.

“The appearance of bias, and doubt regarding a court’s commitment to individualized sentencing, both rationally emerge when such a pattern of routine deviation from sentencing norms is demonstrated by adequate evidence.”

In the most recent case, captioned as the Commonwealth vs. A.S., the defendant, now 21, pleaded guilty on Feb. 17, 2015, in two separate cases to four counts of indecent assault of a child less than 13, two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, two counts of endangering the welfare of children, two counts of corruption of minors, sexual assault, indecent assault and incest.

The charges involved his siblings, which is why he is identified in the opinion only by his initials.

At sentencing on June 24, 2015, Judge McDaniel ordered A.S. to serve 7½ to 15 years in prison.

However, under the sentencing guidelines in the case, the standard range on the first case would have been 3 to 12 months incarceration -— she gave him 30 to 60 months, which was outside of the aggravated sentencing range.

In the second case, the standard recommended range was 36 to 54 months, and Judge McDaniel gave A.S. 60 to 120 months, which was in the aggravated range.

A.S. challenged the sentence, arguing that Judge McDaniel relied on information not present in the case to support the punishment she meted out. 

Among the statements made by Judge McDaniel at sentencing that the defense -— and subsequently the Superior Court -— said were untrue were: 

• That the defendant had prior sexual contact with the victims, as well as with another minor, several years earlier.

The Superior Court said that the record in the case does not substantiate that claim, and that the pre-sentence investigation showed that the defendant had no prior convictions as a juvenile or adult, and there was no evidence he was ever charged with another offense.

• That the defendant did not seek psychiatric help for his sexual misconduct until after he was arrested.

The appellate panel found that the court record directly contradicted that finding, and that it was A.S. who went to an area hospital with depression and suicidal ideation and disclosed what he had done, prompting the investigation to begin.

Then, when interviewed by the police, A.S. again admitted his crimes, the court found.

“The clear impression given by the sentencing court was that [A.S] only self-servingly sought mental health treatment for his sexual dysfunction after he was arrested. This is a clear misrepresentation of the record,” Judge Bender wrote.

• That the impact of the crimes on the victims must be “absolutely horrendous.”

At sentencing, Judge McDaniel received letters from the two victims in the case, who wrote that they have forgiven their brother and miss him. Both wrote that they did not want him to go to jail and that they would like him to continue treatment.

“I think in spite of the letters that your brother and sister sent me, that the impact on them must be absolutely horrendous,” Judge McDaniel said at sentencing. “I can’t imagine a child of that age, children of that age going through being attacked by someone that they loved and trusted.”

But the Superior Court wrote that outside of those letters, there was nothing in the record concerning the impact of the crime.

Most concerning, the opinion continued, all of those impermissible factors considered by Judge McDaniel, appeared to guide her sentence above the recommended guidelines. 

The court found a “disconnect” in evidence presented in the case which “told a wildly different story” than the sentence crafted by Judge McDaniel. 

A.S. is a young man with no prior record of any kind, Judge Bender wrote, who has admitted his crimes and is seeking treatment. He has a supportive family that has forgiven him and wants to assist him in continuing his treatment.

Referencing the possible trend presented by the Bernal case, Judge Bender wrote that Judge McDaniel’s sentence of A.S. tends “to match such a pattern, given the extreme dissonance between the circumstances of this case and the sentence(s) imposed. This invites the obvious question: if the circumstances at issue here do not warrant a standard or mitigated range sentence, when, if ever, will such a sentence be warranted?” Judge Bender wrote. 

Although the court did not go so far as to remove Judge McDaniel from the case against A.S. -— saying it did not have the authority to do so on its own -— it did suggest that he is able to ask for her to recuse herself from the resentencing. “in which context he may seek to develop a record of a pattern of bias, if one can be demonstrated by competent evidence.”

The Superior Court made a similar recommendation in its Dec. 19 opinion on Bernal, which it remanded for resentencing a second time.  

Bernal was first sentenced by Judge McDaniel in 2013 to serve nine to 18 years in prison. However, the Superior Court found that punishment to be in error and ordered a new sentencing hearing. 

Judge McDaniel then resentenced Bernal in 2015. Although the defense said at that hearing the guidelines called for three to 12 months incarceration in the standard range for the felony count, and probation for the misdemeanors, Judge McDaniel ordered Bernal to serve a total of six to 17 years in prison. That punishment included the statutory maximum for each count and stacked each one to run consecutively. 

Bernal argued in his second appeal that Judge McDaniel abused her discretion and used the sentence as “retribution” for the crime.

“[T]he record reflects that the sentencing judge was determined to impose the maximum sentences permitted by statute, regardless of the guidelines,” the Superior Court wrote. 

Paula Reed Ward:, 412-263-2620 or on Twitter: @PaulaReedWard. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Fool's Goldy: Faith Goldy of Rebel Media reminds us again the Alt-Right is All-Wrong in the worst way possible

It seems like the "Alt-Right" media is getting worse and worse.

So this nutjob is Faith Goldy from "The Rebel Media," an independent Alt-Right cesspool. Pretty much the only allure of this channel is to listen to folks make fun of "Social Justice Warriors," which I admittedly watch for kicks. But lets be honest here, these independent All-Wrong outlets are already proving to be troublesome, unless you host a page like this and you need nominees for dumbest news media personalities to keep up interest. 

Anyways, back to Goldy. The Rebel Media's website describes Goldy as "a fearless journalist and devout Catholic who stands up for family values, freedom, and firearms." (God & Guns, how typical of extreme right-wingers.) Fearless? Brainless, more like, especially after seeing the video below. 

Now, if you don't want to see the video, the argument boils down to something like this. She starts off by criticizing the trailer for a new Fox comedy show which uses very crude humor to promote an upcoming show called "The Mick." Being a All-Wrong nut, Goldy take a potshot at Hillary, BTW, and by name dropping she hopes to associate Hillary with "pedophile," which is all Goldy discusses the rest of the video. She jumps into criticizing a couple of media outlets like Salon and other mainstream outlets which featured a self-professed "pedophile" describe how he prevents himself from acting on his sexual urges. 

To summarize, Goldy compares toilet humor with "normalizing pedophilia," a term the "Antis" have used for nearly a decade to minimize or outright silence the voice of anyone challenging sex offense laws. For all of the so-called Alt-Right's talk of "freedom," it seems she doesn't want us to hear the voice of those who wish to prevent child abuse by discussing their struggles through the media. Like it not, Goldy, persecuting people into silence has been proven ineffective. Maybe if this idiot researched the history of the Christian faith she professes, she'd realize 300 years of persecuting Christians failed to eradicate Christianity from the Roman Empire. The All-Wrong does one thing and only one thing well-- bully those they hate, and it seems they never run out of groups to target. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

TexASS HB 821 will prevent inmates convicted of sex offenses from seeking prison penpals

I can't imagine why this law is even necessary, other than to win a Shiitake Award for Texas.

Texas legislator aims to block sex offenders from getting pen pals
Brett Barrouquere Published 12:05 pm, Tuesday, January 10, 2017

It's a common refrain online: An inmate posts a want ad seeking a pen pal while describing themselves in the most flattering terms someone behind bars can come up with. The inmates often described the loneliness of being incarcerated. But, few, if any, ever disclose why they are behind bars on sites like or Someone choosing to correspond with them could end up writing to a person convicted of most any crime.

But, that may be a bit more limited under House Bill 821 as lawmakers return to Austin on Tuesday to begin the next legislative session. The measure, sponsored by state Rep. Matt Shaheen, R-Plano, would require the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to impose rules barring anyone required to register as a sex offender from advertising for a pen pal. The legislation doesn't impose a penalty on any inmate who violates the proposed rule. It appears that would be left up to the prison system. So, the lonely existence of an imprisoned sex offender may soon become even more solitary.

By: Shaheen H.B. 821

AN ACT relating to the solicitation of pen pals by certain inmates of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.


SECTION 1.  Chapter 500, Government Code, is amended by adding Section 500.009 to read as follows:
Sec. 500.009.  PEN PAL SOLICITATION PROHIBITED. (a) This section applies only to an inmate confined in a facility operated by or under contract with the department who is serving a sentence for an offense for which registration as a sex offender is required under Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure.
(b)  The department shall adopt a policy that prohibits an inmate described by Subsection (a) from placing an advertisement soliciting a pen pal on an Internet website operated for that purpose, regardless of whether another person submits or pays for the advertisement for the inmate.

SECTION 2.  Not later than December 1, 2017, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shall adopt the policy required by Section 500.009, Government Code, as added by this Act.

SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Alt-Right once again caught spreading fake news by claiming Ft Lauderdale shooter was a registered citizen. But that's not even the most bizarre part of the story

Now look, we give the mainstream media here a lot of flak, and they make good cannon fodder for this award, but over the past year, I've had the chance to see (and deride) the alternative, specifically the "alt-right," who seemingly have less reason to fact check before publishing steaming piles of bovine excrement. 

I have pretty much figured out how this happened. You see, FloriDUH is one of only a handful of states that publishes their registry info in a way that comes up in a Google search. (Normally you have to go to a state registry website to pull up the information.) Some Alt-Right wacko googled the name, found some guy who just happened to have a similar name, and then use the first pic he found to create a fake news story. I believe whoever started this didn't make an honest and simple mistake in an attempt to be the first to post news, like the mainstream media may do. This was intentionally false in order to advance the Alt-Right agenda. 

My biggest worry is that someone targets the registrant because some Alt-Right schmuck believes the fake news propagated by the Alt-Right media. Remember the guy who shot at a pizza joint to rescue non-existent sex trafficking victims? has already exposed this farce, too. 

Alt-Right Frames Wrong Esteban Santiago for Shooting, Kickstarts Racist Conspiracy Theory
As soon as the Fort Lauderdale airport shooter’s identity emerged, so did the alt-right’s racist conspiracy hoaxes.

01.06.17 5:40 PM ET

Far rightwing figureheads immediately invented an elaborate and racist conspiracy theory that CNN had lightened a photo of alleged Fort Lauderdale airport shooter Esteban Santiago shortly after the Friday attack.

In reality, CNN had yet to air a picture of Santiago, let alone lightened a picture of him. The conspiracy also used a picture of an entirely different man named Esteban Santiago—not the alleged shooter.

Still, writers at websites like InfoWars and Gateway Pundit tweeted about CNN’s nonexistent Photoshop job. Former Republican Florida Congressman Allen West, who represented Fort Lauderdale itself, even tweeted about the conspiracy and linked to an article about it on his own website.

“Why is CNN attempting to make the shooter look more white? Bizarre,” reads InfoWars editor Paul Joseph Watson’s tweet, which had 3,500 retweets at press time.

Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft even wrote a story about the so-called incident, titled “Look How CNN Doctored Photo of Ft. Lauderdale Shooter Esteban Santiago,” which had 2,500 shares in its first hour on Facebook, according to BuzzSumo.

“It appears CNN doctored the photo to make the suspect look more white,” wrote Hoft. “Sad.”
The attached picture, which was neither aired nor lightened by CNN, is of a 39-year-old Esteban Santiago, who lives in New York state. The image was pulled from a Florida sex offender registry.

Instead, the Esteban Santiago who shot 13 people and left five dead in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport on Friday was born in New Jersey and spent the last several years living in Anchorage, Alaska. According to officials, he is 26, not 39, and is currently in police custody.

A real image of the shooter circulated on the internet hours later, confirming that he is not the 39-year-old Santiago showed in Watson’s tweet and Gateway Pundit’s article.

Alt-right Twitter accounts appear to have helped create the confusion. After media personality Tariq Nasheed tweeted, “there are reports that the identity of one of the Ft. Lauderdale shooting suspects is a white Hispanic named Esteban Santiago,” verified alt-right Twitter user @BakedAlaska tweeted a screenshot of Nasheed’s tweet, along with a picture of the wrong Santiago.

“Esteban Santiago is not white. He’s hispanic,” wrote @BakedAlaska, whose real name is Tim Treadstone and recently made headlines for anti-Semitic comments.

Hoft’s story links to a tweet by the user @alphakangz, whose account has only existed since November.

“UNDOCTORED PHOTO vs. photo @CNN USED PHOTO of Esteban Santiago, the alleged FLL airport shooter #FortLauderdale pray for the victims,” the account tweeted.

Minutes later, a copy of the lightened photo of the 39-year-old Santiago, falsely claiming CNN attribution, appeared on Watson’s Twitter feed.

Update 6:31 p.m.: Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft emailed The Daily Beast about an hour after this story's initial publication.

"I pulled the post," he said.

The Daily Beast reached out to Watson for comment. His tweet is still visible on his account.