A View From The Handbasket

Sunday, September 10, 2006
Following the President's example
Posted by neros_fiddle at 4:39 PM
Inspired by the federal executive branch, Ohio is now deciding that things like trials and due process shouldn't hinder their ability to punish people:

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.

A civilly declared offender, however, could petition the court to have the person's name removed from the new list after six years if there have been no new problems and the judge believes the person is unlikely to abuse again.

I hear this sort of thing is popular in countries that don't believe the Almighty has given them the gift of freedom.

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