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April 29, 2005

do i dare smile?

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu,lawyer news or ethics — David Giacalone @ 8:23 pm


               wrong way sm Mike Cernovich has added another thought-provoking post at Crime & Federalsim, on the topic of residency restrictions for sexual offenders.  He asks whether we’re creating a new kind of leper colony.  (There’s a thoughtful comment by Nebraska attorney Maren Chaloupka. )  I wonder where such “colonies” will be allowed to exist — or, is this an economic development opportunity for enterprising communities? (Around my neck of the woods, it will definitely not be the prosperous Albany, NY, suburb of Colonie seeking such status, despite its having a few remaining trailer park communities).   

  In Albany, some activists and politicians don’t want sexual offenders living near parks.  This week,  Albany County Legislator Dan McCoy says: “You can live wherever you want in this great country, but they choose to live next to schools and parks. For what reasons?”

How about cheap motels?  A newscast on February 4, 2005 from CapitalNews9 in Albany, started with the words “Just down the road from the Malta Community Center and HighPointe development, four Level 3 sex offenders are living at the Shamrock Motel, leaving residents uneasy and concerned.”  Six days later, News9 reported “A spokesman for the motel said . . . the motel’s policy would be changed to prevent any Level 3 offenders from staying there again.”  If ex-con sex offenders can’t stay at crummy motels, just where are they supposed to live?

  Dr. Richard Hamill, a clincial and forensic psycholgist (with whom I worked as a Law Guardian in child sex abuse cases), is President of the NYS Alliance of Sex Offender Services.  He’s quoted in last Sunday’s Schenectady [NY] Gazette (April 24 2005, “Consequences stem from sex offender registry,” $ub. req’d) saying:

— “If a child is sexually assaulted, the person is more likely to be someone not on the registry than on the registry. . . .”

— “A sex offender who is at lower risk of offending is one who has a full-time job, is stable in the community and has a circle of friends with support.”

In the same article, Prof. Jill Levenson, a board member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual of Abusers, is quoted:

  1. “Sometimes good politics makes bad policy.  Good social policy needs to be well
    thought-out and based on research information so that it can be cost effective.” . . .
  2. “Eighty to 90 percent [of children] are molested by someone their family knows and

noYabutsSN There aren’t any easy answers and we shouldn’t let politicians or noisy activists (or vigilantes) say there are.  If I wanted to protect the kids in my neighborhood from a real, everyday threat to their safety, I’d be trying to get folks with vehicular moving violations as far away as possible.  [Prof. Douglas Berman has put together a list of  his prior posts on sexual offender sentencing, and promises to write soon on the Doe case and “what seems to be an ever-growing ‘sex offender panic’.”]  update (April 30, 2005):  Cernovich has posted on the legal issues raised by Doe v. Miller.

train toward Baltimore
the setting sun
jumps the tracks
dimming the headlights  mosquito2
in the midnight meadow:
falling stars
    plays hide-and-seek
        my sleepfilled eyes
subway blues
strummin’ light
through the tunnel
 …….. by Pamela Miller Ness from  pink light, sleeping  (Small Poetry Press, 1998) for info see                                           

storm clouds gather — ooh
the clock tower
just stands there
new kids moving in —
do I dare
the neighbor’s new dress —
that moment you forget
you’re twice her age
……..by dagosan

haiku schmaiku

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 3:28 pm

Levity is certainly not banned at Passover, so I’d like to treat you to some

by David M. Bader (Harmony, 1999), and wish Happy Passover to all my

Jewish friends and readers.




Left the door open

for the prophet Elijah

         Now our cat is gone





BLT on toast —

the rabbi takes his first bite,

           then the lightning bolt.






Quietly murmured

at Saturday services,

           Yanks 5, Red Sox 3







“Through the Read Sea costs

extra.”   Israeli movers

              overcharge Moses








  • by dagosan                                               


the kids suddenly

like macaroons



[April 29, 2005]




tiny check Flee before it’s too late:  Washington Post writer Mary Ellen Slayter is following up on her

column on making the decision to go to law school with a live online chat, next Friday, May 6th,

at 2 PM (East Coast time).  Her guest will be the author of Should You Really Be a Lawyer?, the

book we mentioned last week,   You can leave questions in advance and are urged to join in. 


tiny check  Nowhere to flee: At C&F, Mike Cernovich quotes from a disturbing 8th Circuit   commandments

opinion issued today, Doe v. Miller, >No. 04-1568 (8th Cir. Apr. 29, 2005), upholding a ban

against sexual predators living within 2,000 feet of a school.  As Mike notes, Miami Beach

is considering a similar law, which would in practice preclude sex offenders from living anywhere

in the town.  Our society needs to think through the many issues involved in dealing with sex felons

who have competed their sentences.  It’s not just rabid civil libertarians who think we may be going

too far with restrictions — besides the issues of fairness, rights and effectiveness, the measures may

be creating unnecessary hysteria and lulling parents and kids into false feelings of security, with

only grandstanding politicians gaining.   In my agrea there is growing agitation to do more, and a

Schenectay, NY, legislator wants to require GPS monitoring ankle-bracelets on all sex offenders, and

wants to require all landlords to check the offender registry before renting a unit.  [Related:  ABC News 

piece “City Mulls Buffer Zones to Ward Off Sex Offenders,” and AP article, “Fla. Bill Approves Sex-

Offender Monitoring,” April 9, 2005)] 



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