Monday, January 26, 2009

Nominate 2009 Worst Quote of the Year

Last year's John Walsh "Anus chips" comment was so bad, it won a tight race for the 2008 Shiitake Award for worst quote of 2008. But 2009 is a new year, and with the economy tanking and politicians under increased pressure, you can be rest assured our favorite politicos, celebrity advocates, and media pushing tough-on-crime measures will say something dumb enough this year to warrant a Shiitake Award! So nominate the dumbest quote of 2009 today

[Note: the only catch is you can't nominate any of last year's quotes. HOWEVER, you CAN nominate different quotes from the same person, and if he has multiple dumb quotes, nominate him multiple times. The category IS worst QUOTE after all LOL]


WarpedOhio said...

From the Sewell v. Ohio, appellate court ruling, 1st Dist. Ct OH (in Cincinnati)

Sylvia Hendon, Presiding judge, is county prosecutor Joe Deters' MOTHER-IN-LAW!

She says:

"By their voluntary acts, sex offenders have surrendered certain protections that arguably are afforded to other citizens. Their conviction of felony offenses puts them into a class that has already been deemed to have no expectation of finality in the consequences of the judgments against them ... The fact that Sewell belongs to a class that has voluntarily surrendered certain protections and rights makes the conclusion that Senate Bill 10‟s tier-classification and registration requirements are constitutional even more certain.

WarpedOhio said...

As if we needed any more proof of Lunsford's above-the-law attitude!

From the RSOL #19 March Digest:

This gave me
the opportunity to approach Mark Lunsford. Explaining that my
husband was on the registry for life for consensual sex as a teen. An ‘offense’ similar to the ‘offense’ his son would have faced if it were not for his intervention. Mr. Lunsford said that his son served ten days, on a plea to a felony offense. He said that he told the prosecuting attorney that he would “expose every sex offense case where they gave a lenient sentence to a true sex offender if they treated his son like one of those predators”. Thus, his son avoided registration.

WarpedOhio said...

"I'd rather work 20 false reports than lose one legitimate case because someone was fearful they wouldn't be believed," said Sgt. Gary Stansill.

WarpedOhio said...

Stupid quote from a stupid cop in a stupid state. A man offers a housing solution and this pig objects because he's a sex offender. Think he's jealous?

Lt. Tod Goodyear, head of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Sex Crimes unit, tells Florida Today it's not uncommon for offenders to cluster, but that he doesn't like what Young is doing.

"He brings in people from out of the county that normally would not be settling in Brevard," he says. "I also don't like that he's making money off of this because he knows the system as a sex offender."

WarpedOhio said...

Comment by Laurie Myers of Mass. Community Voices in response to the Mass. Supreme Ct's ruling against the retroactive punishment of registrants by forcing them to wear GPS:

"I think this is an open invitation for any pedophile or sex offender to molest any kid they want in Massachusetts because, you know what, its open season," said Laurie Myers, president of Community Voices. "And the courts, time and time again, send that message."

Anonymous said...

Allen County Sheriff's Detective Jeff Shimkus speaks out of both sets of cheeks, as he claims making citizens pay to access the registry "immoral" while passing legislation that forces registrants to pay for their own registration is perfectly fine. I hope they get sued into bankruptcy!

"I think it makes a lot more sense to have these offenders pay $4 per month than to ask the tax payers to figure out how we are going to pay for this program that the state is requiring us to do," said Shimkus.

Grant County has had an annual registry fee in place for about a year. Detective Jamie Moore with the Grant County Sheriff's Department says there were some intial concerns that the fee would act as a deterrant for offenders to register at all.

"So far we haven't had any problem with it," said Moore. "Even the [offenders] that we had concerns with being able to afford the registration fee have seemed to come up with the $50 every year."

That's not the only concern though. Kimberly DuBina is the Indiana contact for a group called Reform Sex Offender Laws. DuBina says the registry fee is not only unfair, it's illegal. She says it punishes offenders twice, and for crimes committed before the law even existed.

"The registry is for the community's benefit," said DuBina. "It is not for the sex offender's benefit. If the community wants this, then the community should, through tax payer funds, pay for that."

Shimkus called the suggestion "immoral".

"That will never happen," he said.

Right now the paperwork for the Allen County Sex Offender Registry Fee is in the hands of a lawyer who is preparing it to go in front of county commissioners. No word on when that might be.

WarpedOhio said...

Contra Costa County Sheriff Warren Rupf

"None of us, particularly law enforcement officers, should believe a word that any of these animals utters," Rupf said, referring to sex offenders.