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Published: Tuesday, March 18 2008 12:40 a.m. MDT

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ex offender

One of the problems is that under today's laws sex offenders will often push for a jury trial. While there are some charged that are innocent, most are not and the fact they are forcing jury trials means they do not care for the victims feelings. They want them on the stand.

I was guilty of my crime. Back then there were no laws on registration or residency restrictions. I plead guilty to spare my daughter a trial. However, today, with all the new laws, especially when sex offenders today see that laws can be retroactive, they want jury trials because they know it is easier to beat the charge than submit to years and years of punishment, even after they are released.

In many ways, the laws of today make it easier for an offender to get off because they know what laws they have to beat, like getting it on the plea deal that they only have to register for 5 years or pushing for abeyance. I have also read of many convicted but are not required to register because of their wealth or who they know.

One sided

What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

Sure it's difficult for prosecutors to try these cases, but what about people who are wrongfully accused of these crimes?
There are victims of horrible crimes, but there are also people who make allegations up simply because they want to get even, or cause problems for someone else.

This article paints one side of the picture, but it neglects the big picture: that in addition to protecting the true victims of these crimes, there is also a need to protect the wrongfully accused.

Sometimes, the "victims" simply make things up.

Could it be that trying to convict the wrongfully accused adds to the difficulty of the prosecution's job? And could it be that the "loosing streak" mentioned in the story was because-ghasp-the accused really were innocent?

Anonymous

Dear ex-offender, being charged and dragged WRONGFULLY through the court system now for "Rape of a Child" I can tell you most cop a "Plea" deal because they are guilty and are trying to avoid prison. You are seriously mistaken. As for my case, I was a good father, and my daughter was taken cross country and we had a good relationship, one and a half years after their move my daughter suddenly stopped talking to me, and 6 months later these false allegations came forth. I am innocent, and if she has false memories implanted by a vindictive mother, or she is bitter, or whatever the case may be, I have faith in the Lord the TRUTH will come forth. I have lost total faith in detectives who accused me of lying even after trying to entrap me into an admission of a crime I didn't commit, which I did not do. I have lost faith in the D.A.'s office who has yet to sit with ME along with my lawyer to hear my side of the story, they just want a conviction. They claim I am a coward for making my daughter go through a trial.

Anonymous (Continued)

There is nothing further from the truth. Fact is, even after this, should my daughter admit making up the whole story, I would readily forgive her because I love her as a FATHER loves a Daughter. Both of my children have been through a lot because of the divorce, but my ex-wife's extreme bitterness has made it especially difficult on both of them. The Prosecutor's office would have it a lot easier from what I see if they charged the Alleged Perpetrators with the crimes they actually committed instead of Over Charging them! They "Play Law" like it is a Poker Game or something, They annie up with a high bid and try to bluff the the charged to "Take A Deal", they act like it is a "Game Show" or something. It really aggravates me to hear the way these lawyers seem to have no respect for their own profession or the legal system, it is one big joke! This is one guy who may be going to trial for a crime that I am not capable of committing!

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