The Dobbs Wire: A battle cry!

The Dobbs Wire:  Florida.  Kudos to Florida Action Committee (FAC) for taking a strong stand against the sex offense registry!  Florida’s registry is one of the largest in the country and elected officials are always looking for ways to make it even harsher.  FAC is a statewide advocacy group, they’ve been around and working hard for a decade and now have a new battle cry.  Please have a look at their powerful statement.  Best of luck to our friends at FAC.  –Bill Dobbs, The Dobbs Wire   If you have something to say or would like to be on The Dobbs…

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The Dobbs Wire: Just published!

The Dobbs Wire:  Just published!  The Sex Offense Litigation and Policy Resource Center (SOLPRC) has just issued an “explainer” for attorneys about the new, complicated, and murky federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) regulations which took effect earlier this year.  Get informed and make sure your legal eagles have a copy of the guide!  –Bill Dobbs, The Dobbs Wire   If you have something to say or would like to be on The Dobbs Wire list, drop us a line.  info@thedobbswire.com  Twitter: @thedobbswire     SOLPRC’s Guide for Practitioners to New Federal SORNA Regulations Effective January 7, 2022  …

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The Dobbs Wire: I do not believe in monsters

The Dobbs Wire:  Damnation or redemption?  Joseph Margulies gets to the heart of how we reckon with wrongdoing and wrongdoers including those who are reviled and seen as indefensible.  Check out his elegant, personal essay! -Bill Dobbs, The Dobbs Wire   If you have something to say or would like to be on The Dobbs Wire list, drop us a line.  info@thedobbswire.com  Twitter: @thedobbswire   Justia Verdict | May 2, 2022   Building a Forgiving Society   By Joseph Margulies   Excerpts:  We live in an age when demonization is a first impulse rather than a last resort. Society has…

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The Dobbs Wire: Videos now online!

The Dobbs Wire:  Videos!   The videos are now online from a remarkable conference at Metro State University in St. Paul, MN, on April 8th.  An annual event devoted to mass incarceration matters, organizers made a big shift by dedicating this year’s conclave to sexual violence and the scandalous Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP).  By various measures MSOP is the worst such sex offense civil commitment operation in the country.  Hundreds who have completed prison sentences remain locked up—indefinitely–in MSOP, on the state’s hunch that they might commit a crime in the future, to get ‘treatment’ that never seems to end.   So…

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The Dobbs Wire: Rights for ALL?

The Dobbs Wire:  Rights for all?   Alarmingly, individuals and groups who are despised get shortchanged on constitutional rights.  In a new piece for The Nation, JoAnn Wypijewski tackles this topic just as the Senate considers Ketanji Brown Jackson for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.  The essay reveals how courts make the rights of those with a scarlet letter – persons required to sign the sex offense registry – disappear!   A recent, rare statement by a current Supreme Court justice, Sonia Sotomayor, figures into the discussion.  Have a look!  –Bill Dobbs, The Dobbs Wire   Drop us a line if…

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The Dobbs Wire: Rights for ALL?

The Dobbs Wire:  Rights for all?   Alarmingly, individuals and groups who are despised get shortchanged on constitutional rights.  In a new piece for The Nation, JoAnn Wypijewski tackles this topic just as the Senate considers Ketanji Brown Jackson for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.  The essay reveals how courts make the rights of those with a scarlet letter – persons required to sign the sex offense registry – disappear!   A recent, rare statement by a current Supreme Court justice, Sonia Sotomayor, figures into the discussion.  Have a look!  –Bill Dobbs, The Dobbs Wire   Drop us a line if…

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The Dobbs Wire: Window — see what others MISS

The Dobbs Wire:   Window!  The Marshall Project sends out a free daily email that’s a great window into this country’s giant criminal justice system.  Scroll down for a look at today’s Opening Statement!   You can sign up online:  https://www.themarshallproject.org/subscribe     -Bill Dobbs, The Dobbs Wire   If you have something to say or would like to be on The Dobbs Wire list, drop us a line.  info@thedobbswire.com  Twitter: @thedobbswire     Opening Statement February 17, 2022   Edited by Andrew Cohen     Pick of the News Insult to injury. Federal prosecutors in six jurisdictions around the country continue to use plea…

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The Dobbs Wire: Window — see what others MISS

The Dobbs Wire:   Window!  The Marshall Project sends out a free daily email that’s a great window into this country’s giant criminal justice system.  Scroll down for a look at today’s Opening Statement!   You can sign up online:  https://www.themarshallproject.org/subscribe     -Bill Dobbs, The Dobbs Wire   If you have something to say or would like to be on The Dobbs Wire list, drop us a line.  info@thedobbswire.com  Twitter: @thedobbswire     Opening Statement February 17, 2022   Edited by Andrew Cohen     Pick of the News Insult to injury. Federal prosecutors in six jurisdictions around the country continue to use plea…

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The Dobbs Wire: Remembering Thomas Pauli

The Dobbs Wire:  Remembering Thomas Pauli.  Winter weather brought Thomas Pauli’s death but the real cause was draconian laws that drive people into poverty, homelessness and hopelessness.  Thomas had a serious scrape with the law many years back and paid a price, serving 11 years in prison.  All that might have moved to the rear view mirror but this was a sex offense.  Special laws apply so he was put on the sex offense registry and faced severe restrictions on where he could live or even get temporary refuge from winter’s wrath.  Thomas’s death did bring some slight changes to…

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The Dobbs Wire: Remembering Thomas Pauli

The Dobbs Wire:  Remembering Thomas Pauli.  Winter weather brought Thomas Pauli’s death but the real cause was draconian laws that drive people into poverty, homelessness and hopelessness.  Thomas had a serious scrape with the law many years back and paid a price, serving 11 years in prison.  All that might have moved to the rear view mirror but this was a sex offense.  Special laws apply so he was put on the sex offense registry and faced severe restrictions on where he could live or even get temporary refuge from winter’s wrath.  Thomas’s death did bring some slight changes to…

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