This blog holds various articles and research referenced by other blogs and articles. This blog is likened to a Topical Personal Archive. Article dates will be original date of news or research. See right side of blog for "Issue Groupings" based on subjects or issues.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Man seeks new trial for vigilante justice in Sterling Heights

And the state calls him a sex offender...????

3-20-2013 Michigan:

A former Sterling Heights man who illegally retaliated against teenagers who had broken into his home is seeking a new trial and new sentencing.

Vincent Bosca, 46, dressed in state prison clothes, appeared March 18 in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens for a hearing on multiple motions in his case.

Visiting Judge Robert Chrzanowski on March 18 accepted written arguments by Bosca's attorney and assistant Macomb prosecutor Chad Davis, and indicated he will issue a written opinion.

Chrzanowski also approved a deal between Bosca and Macomb prosecutors in which Bosca's version of the events will be included in his presentence investigation report the state Parole Board will consider when he is eligible for release, Bosca's attorney Geoffrey Walker said. The report already included police reports to help describe the incident, but those include victims' lies to police.

Bosca is serving a minimum of six years and nine months following convictions for holding four male teens in his basement, and beating and torturing them in June 2011. The victims had broken into his home and stolen money and marijuana, or knew who had done so four days earlier, and were induced to return.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Two Teens Have Sex. Neither Could Legally Consent, But Only the Boy Gets a Felony Charge.

3-10-2015 Kentucky:

Underage teens having sex is awkward, but it shouldn't be criminal.

If two people are equally unable to give consent, but have sex anyway, should either be charged with a crime? It's a question that many college administrators wrestle with when drugs and alcohol are factors in sexual assault disputes. The verdict often seems to be that male students are uniquely responsible for ascertaining that their sexual partners are in a state of mind to consent, even when the female is the initiator and both are intoxicated.

This double-standard for men seems to apply to underage teenagers as well. Take, for example, this recent story in The Courier-Journal: the Kentucky Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of "B.H.," who was 15-years-old when he was charged with sexual misconduct and possessing pornographic material featuring a minor (the latter is a felony charge). B.H. was in trouble for having sex with his 13-year-old girlfriend and exchanging nude pictures with her. The acts were voluntary, though neither teen could legally consent to sexual activities since they were both underage at the time.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Small turnout for informational meeting as sex offender returns to Brainerd

2-23-15 New York:

Excerpt:

In a recidivism study in 2012 looking at 3,166 offenders released between 1990 and 2002 and sex offenses, 12 percent were rearrested, 10 percent reconvicted and 7 percent were back behind bars. The numbers go up for non sex-related offenses with 42 percent rearrested, 39 percent reconvicted and 19 percent re-incarcerated. Of the 224 sexual reoffenses, Hustad reported restricting where the offender could live - near a school, park playground or day care, would have had little effect.

If there was a message with the sex offender notification meeting Tuesday beyond announcing Wheeler's release, it was 90 percent of sex offenders have no prior conviction, 90 percent are registering as sex offenders for the first time and 90 percent of sex offenders are known to their victims.

It's not where someone lives, Hustad said, but it is about the relationships. ..Source.. by Renee Richardson

Monday, March 2, 2015

GUEST COLUMN: Have we gone nuts as a society?

3-2-15 National:

by Barbara Gale, Guest Columnist

My mother was 15 when she married my dad, who was 19. A month later, he shipped out with the Marines and was gone nearly three years, fighting in the Pacific during World War II. I was born after his return. My parents had a long, happy marriage.

That story would turn out differently today. At 19, John fell in love with a girl 15 years old. Her parents were content with their dating until the girl became pregnant. He was arrested for statutory rape, went to jail, was put on lengthy probation, and had to register as a sex offender.

John and the girl were married and had two other children. As a sex offender, he could not live or work within “1,000 feet of a school, day care, church, park, or any other place where children are known to gather.” Hard to do in the South, where there are churches on every corner. (And what’s wrong with being near a church? You would think they would encourage folks to go to church.)

Sadly, John lost his job. Then came the task of finding another job. Some employers wouldn’t even talk to him because of probation AND the Sex Offender Registry. Those who gave him a chance often let him go when someone complained. The Registry is on the Internet — where you live, where you work, your offenses. ...

John was forced to quit 25 jobs by his probation, because of the 1,000-foot requirement. When he came to me for help, he had been forced to leave his job as a roofer’s helper ... he might have to roof a house with children in it.

Because of the financial stress, John’s marriage ended. His wife could no longer handle the burdens of the Sex Offender Registry. Was justice served? Is this what John’s wife’s parents really wanted?

Had my grandparents approached my parents’ marriage differently, and if the Sex Offender Registry had been in existence, my life would have been completely different. My dad went to college, became a preacher, helping to establish 13 churches.