Monday, January 26, 2009

Nominate 2009 Dumbest Law of the Year

The dumbest sex offender law of 2008 was, without a doubt, the atrocious Adam Walsh Act. But 2009 is already starting with the latest wave in feel good yet counterproductive laws. The economy may tank the nominee pool, but I'm confident there will be more than enough dumb laws to fill this awards site. After all, sex offender legislation is still a politico's favorite trump card!


WarpedOhio said...

If this is true, this is the DUMBEST law EVER! It is not so much the abortion law as it is how it is worded, apparently.

Pictures of Fertalized Eggs Now a Sex Crime in North Dakota?
February 19, 2009 – 12:27 am

You see this image? That’s a fertilized human egg. The North Dakota House of Representatives passed a bill on Feb 19th 2009 which states that this picture is considered child pornography. The vote now goes to the North Dakota Senate for a vote. If passed, it means that if you post pictures of your ultrasound on Facebook, you run the risk of having to sign up for the sex offender registry.

This bill that passed by 51-41 this afternoon declared that a fertilized egg has all the rights of any person. Sponsored by Rep. Dan Ruby, R, this effectively outlaws abortion in North Dakota.

Outlawing abortions obviously this leads to unregulated abortions, since abortions take place regardless of legality. However, having back-ally abortions is the least of womens’ concern. If the North Dakota Senate passes it as well, North Dakota would be able to prosecute women who have miscarriages as being criminally negligent.

While Ruby has has sponsored other anti-abortion bills, it is unclear his motivation for this. While North Dekota is running record budget problems, it seems odd that he’d willingly force so many unwed teenagers into motherhood, where the state will be legally obligated to support them. Additionally, he certainly cannot be using any biblical justification, because the Bible is very clear to state that until a child is alive one month out of the mother it has no value at all. (Exodus 21:22-23, Leviticus 27:6, Numbers 3:15-16.) What’s more, God has abroved of abortion and has been known to induce an abortion (Numbers 5:21-21, 27-28).

The whole situation is a bit absurd. North Dakota has opened up a can of worms they really didn’t think through.

WarpedOhio said...

Another idiotic law from Iowa:

Child care providers or parents who allow children access to pornography would be guilty of child abuse and listed on the state’s child abuse registry, under legislation being considered by lawmakers.

Some critics say the bill could be interpreted so broadly that even a child who sneaks a peek at a Playboy Magazine could push parents into legal turmoil. The legislation is not clear on whether it includes explicit material a child might discover on the Internet. And critics note other laws already hold parents accountable for failing to provide care that could prevent children from harm.

Details of House File 433

ABUSE CHARGE: A parent, guardian or other custodian that allows a child direct or indirect access to obscene material could be found guilty of child abuse.

REGISTRY: People guilty of a violation could be required to be listed on the state’s child abuse registry.

OBSCENITY: State law defines obscene material as “any material depicting or describing the genitals, sex acts, masturbation, excretory functions or sadomasochistic abuse which the average person, taking the material as a whole and applying contemporary community standards with respect to what is suitable material for minors, would find appeals to the prurient interest and is patently offensive; and the material, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, scientific, political or artistic value.”

CURRENT LAW: Iowa law prohibits any person other than a parent or guardian of a minor from knowingly disseminating obscene material. People who committee the crime face serious misdemeanor charges. Parents are exempted over concerns that those who attempt even misguided sex education should not be subjected to criminal proceedings, according to an analysis of the law by Daniel Bray, an Iowa City attorney and former state representative. Bray outlined the law in a letter last month to lawmakers, advocating for the exemption to be closed.

WarpedOhio said...

Marty Kiar pushes sex-offender cell phone registry
> Posted by Josh Hafenbrack on April 27, 2009 06:26 PM

A bill requiring sexual offenders and predators to provide home and cell phone numbers when they register unanimously passed, 117-0, today in the House.

Sponsored by Martin Kiar, D-Davie, HB 115, would make it a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, if a registered sex offender failed to provide those numbers when registering with local sheriff’s offices, who in turn give the information to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Companion bill, SB 340, sponsored by Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Parkland, is expected to go to that chamber’s floor for a vote later in the week.

Also under the bill, anyone convicted of traveling to meet a minor for sex would be required to register as a sexual predator or offender

WarpedOhio said...

Washington state is proposing ID chip implants in sex offenders! 666 is coming!

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Lawmakers are considering a controversial bill that would outfit sex offenders with a surgically-implanted device that tracks their movement.

The devices would replace the ankle bracelets that are currently used to track offenders. The bracelets have been criticized as a lacking device as offenders have successfully removed them in the past before disappearing off of the radar.

"(The devices would) be a little more difficult to take off," said Rep. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds.

Chase is among a handful of lawmakers are looking into radio chips that can be planted under the skin. Some of the designs are no larger than a grain of rice.

The radio chips would allow police to track an offender from a sex offender using the same technology used at the Tacoma Narrows bridge toll.

"Right now, we get a postcard at home every few weeks saying we have a sex offender moving into the neighborhood. But unless you know where they live and what they look like how are you going to have protection?" said Chase.

The Department of Corrections admits even with the current devices, officers often lose signal. DOC officials also note that no tracking device can prevent crime.

"It certainly is not prevention. It certainly is not 100-percent," said Anna Aylward with the state DOC.

The bill is currently in committee.

If passed, the bill would allow the state to hire the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs to determine whether chip implants would be more effective.

Similar technology is used to track criminals in the U.K. and school children in Japan.