Shackled and pregnant: Wis. case challenges ‘fetal protection’ law – U.S. News

Shackled and pregnant: Wis. case challenges \’fetal protection\’ law – U.S. News.

Okay, so lemme get this straight… Basically a human being cannot finish overcoming a pain killer dependency without a doctor seeing it though (and charging money) every step of the way?¬† On top of that, the fetus apparently is the only one with Constitutional protections of due process. Add that apparently it’s better for a pregnant woman to be in jail instead of in her own home even though she’s done nothing wrong and did not test positive for the drug formerly dependent on. OH! Let’s not forget the involuntary committal to a drug rehab program when she has already overcome the dependency.

That’s only a few of the things wrong with this scenario.

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Mom, 2 teens jailed after refusing to testify – www.kivitv.com

Mom, 2 teens jailed after refusing to testify – www.kivitv.com.

While I understand that people get tired of resources being, as they view it, wasted on domestic violence cases where the victims refuse to act on it, but perhaps the “solution” (putting this husband and father) was an undesirable result. Maybe they had hoped for help and not prison for 20 years. Either way, throwing her and her kids in jail/juvie was a step quite unprecedented and likely to keep more people from reporting abuse… Way to go, judge – not…

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Alabama Teen Christian Adamek Hangs Himself – Business Insider

 

Alabama Teen Christian Adamek Hangs Himself – Business Insider.

Now, can someone explain to me why this happened? Since when is a teen prank that\’s been around for many moons (pun intended, but I digress as this is serious subject matter) a sex offense? And what will happen to the principal that felt it necessary to talk publicly about the legal possibilities of this incident before anything had been decided between the school, the district, the boy and his family (such as whether or not actual criminal charges would be brought forth)?

In the sense of the sex offender registry, a “sex offense” would be anything codified (on the law books). It’s not an offender in the sense of someone that actually creates victims. Yes, rapists and pedophiles are on the list but so are people who prostitute themselves and those that hire prostitutes (contract between consenting adults), those with “indecent exposure” charges (such as streaking or urinating in public), an older teen (such as 18 and up) having a sexual relationship in high school with a younger teen (usually 16 or 15 years old), and many, many more. The general public may very well misunderstand who is on that list and how they got there.

This should have been a matter handled between the school, the district, and the family – and left at that. Maybe an academic punishment, such as suspension or community service to the school. Maybe the parents would opt for some sort of restrictions at home. Maybe they wouldn\’t, as it was just a teen playing a prank. Anything would have been better than putting that boy in jail and on a registry.

What happened to Christian Adamek matters. He was not a criminal. He victimized no one. Threatening a 15 year old boy with a lifetime of registering as a sex offender along with rapists and pedophiles is wrong. It is NOT justice. It is unfathomable, is what it is. I hope that Principal Michael Campbell has learned something, anything, from his carelessness.

Christian, rest in peace. I know that you were not a “sex offender” in the sense that people consider it. I know that a lot of people on that registry are not a danger to anyone, ever. I know that list is beyond overkill and has completely missed it’s initial intent of warning others of dangerous sex criminals (that create actual victims, which you did not). I know that masses of people out there care about what happened to you. I hope that somehow, something good can come of this in your honor. I didn’t know you, but I know you will be missed…

Alabama Teen Christian Adamek Hangs Himself - Business Insider

The Drug War… a few statistics

People in Prison for Drugs
From the Sentencing Project

I’m currently working on a research paper regarding narcotics legalization/decriminalization. The numbers I find are staggering. I’ll post my paper after Fall semester is over in December but it isn’t hard to find the numbers. I have stated in a previous paper that the United States has the highest incarceration rate on the planet, due in no small part to the war on drugs.

Many consider the issue of drug abuse (not necessarily use, just abuse) a health concern, not a criminal one. One of the things I’m attempting to look at for this paper I’m working on is the rate of violent crimes as a result of the black market on drugs, not necessarily violent crime while on drugs. My theory, and many others’, is that the black market is what fuels a majority of drug related violence, like gang violence and turf wars. The issue of violence while on drugs (theft, domestic violence, assault, etc.) could be handled based solely on the crime that created a victim where the drug use could be treated different via a social or health setting. It would greatly decrease the amount of nonviolent drug users and abusers in prison and give a better chance to get help for addiction.

In addition to treating addiction as a health concern and not a criminal concern, removing the criminal laws against drug use, dealing, etc. would, in theory, get rid of the black market, which is extremely dangerous. That would also drastically reduce the incarceration rate in the United States.

It has been proven to work in the past as far as emptying prisons and cutting the incarceration rate in the Netherlands, who had to close prisons as a result of a lack in prisoners. Those budgets and employment opportunities could then be transferred to the health roles in dealing with drug abuse.

What are your thoughts?

 

Kokesh arrives in federal court for pre-trial hearing on Second Amendment – West Palm Beach Libertarian | Examiner.com

What do you think about this case? Also, some valid points are made by a commenter under the article… What about corpus delicti? Seems that law and criminal justice in some (if not more than \”some\”) of the cases fail to fully prove corpus delicti… without it, there can be no crime.

Kokesh arrives in federal court for pre-trial hearing on Second Amendment – West Palm Beach Libertarian | Examiner.com.

Kokesh arrives in federal court for pre-trial hearing on Second Amendment - West Palm Beach Libertarian | Examiner.com

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