"Touching someone's arm to get their attention, I would have thought was normal."
Sex Offender Registry
The case is a bizarre example of occupational licensing woes and backward regulations.
Today's ruling in Gundy v. United States allows Congress to delegate to the executive broad power to create new criminal offenses. But there is hope the Court might reconsider Gundy in the future.
The bill also targets strip clubs
Florida Cops Re-Arrest 26 Sex Offenders in 'Operation Karma.' Their Crime? Not Updating Their Car Info.
Most of the perpetrators committed offenses decades ago, and pose no danger to the community.
'Sex Offenders Are Not Second-Class Citizens,' Says Judge While Nixing Alabama Rules on First Amendment Grounds
The decision rejects driver's licenses labeled "CRIMINAL SEX OFFENDER" and a broad demand for reports on internet use.
Georgia Sheriff Says Registered Sex Offenders Aren't a Danger to Trick-or-Treaters, Will Humiliate Them Anyway
The sheriff's over-the-top "no trick or treat" signs might make him feel better, but they're actually harming more people than they're helping.
Another Halloween, another unfounded freak-out over sex offenders.
Man Wrongfully Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison Goes Free After Dog He Supposedly Killed Is Found Alive and Well
Joshua Horner was convicted of sexual abuse-his victim claimed he killed her dog to keep her from talking. But the dog is fine.
Man Faces 30 Years in Prison on Child Porn Charges for Taking Sexy Photos of 17-Year-Old Girlfriend When He was 20
Since Ohio's age of consent is 16, it was legal for Edward Marrero to have sex but not to sext.
Actually having sex would just be a misdemeanor.
The court relies on a debunked recidivism estimate to justify tagging and surveillance of sex offenders.
New York's highest court says accusations can be considered for registration purposes even when the defendant was acquitted.
The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously upholds a law banning sex offenders from public parks.
Watch sociologist Emily Horowitz debate legal scholar Marci Hamilton at the Soho Forum.
Watch Sociologist Emily Horowitz vs. Marci Hamilton of CHILD USA at the Soho Forum.
Tomorrow's Soho Forum/Reason debate asks whether well-intentioned laws to protect victims do more harm than good.
Reason/Soho Forum debate in New York looks at the unintended consequences of a popular mandate. Tickets available or watch online.
Although his conviction was invalid, the appeals court says, his civil commitment as a "sexually dangerous person" remains legal.
Under Alabama Law, Roy Moore's Alleged Encounter With a Teenager Is a Serious Crime With Lifelong Consequences
The Republican Senate candidate would still be paying for his actions four decades later.
The new "unique identifier" for sex offenders stigmatizes people who pose no threat.
The witch hunt against Zach Anderson continues
Two cases give the Court a chance to reconsider its counterintuitive conclusions about commitment and registration.
Sex offender registries are cruel and unjust.
Claims of "frightening and high" recidivism rates, endorsed by the Supreme Court, have no basis in fact.
Polk County's hurricane shelters will not be open to all.
Prosecutors say the former professor poses no threat but should be locked up anyway.
The court says retroactive application of the requirements violates the constitutional ban on ex post facto laws.
The justices say the law's "unprecedented" and "staggering" scope violates the First Amendment.
"He loved her. They were boyfriend-girlfriend."
The fear and disgust triggered by this subject help explain why laws dealing with sex offenses involving minors frequently lead to bizarre results.
Courts assume a "frightening and high risk of recidivism," based on an unsupported claim in Psychology Today.
The Supreme Court is set to rule on the case.
"This has become a crucially important channel of political communication," Justice Elena Kagan observes.
Teen Girl Sent Teen Boy 5 Inappropriate Pictures. He Faced Lifetime Registry as a 'Violent Sex Offender' or 350 Years in Jail.
Welcome to the world of teens, computers, and prosecutors who want to look tough on sex offenders.
The State Has Stopped Trying to Wreck a Teenage Boy's Life Because He Sexted His Girlfriend (For Now)
Austin Yabandith won't go to prison or register as a sex offender. But his mistreatment isn't over yet.
Let's not come up with new reasons to continue punishing ex-cons after the fact.
Rulings deem Indiana and North Carolina laws unconstitutionally vague and unjustifiably wide.
A man arrested for using Facebook argues that North Carolina's law violates the First Amendment.
The plaintiffs argued that the newly mandated stigma is unconstitutional.
Idaho's law is similar to Michigan's, which a federal appeals court recently deemed punitive.
Romeo and Juliet and Sexting: 17-Year-Old Faces Child Porn, Assault Charges for Consensual Sex with Girlfriend
'They said that all they were going to do was delete the photos from the phone, so I blindly signed a paper allowing them to access it.'