The February issue of Ninety-Five%, the monthly newsletter for Nebraskans Unafraid donors and friends, has hit mailboxes.
It has valuable information for registrants and their families, in particular people whose voting rights are restored. If you were convicted of a felony (aside from treason), your voting rights are restored two years after completion of your sentence. All you need to do is register. Don’t wait. If it’s been two years, sign up to vote. I became eligible to vote again late last year. I can tell you that voting was never sweeter for me.
You must vote if you’re eligible. If you’re not eligible, you must tell your family members and your friends about your experiences with Nebraska politicians and give them guidance. You and your circle can help remove from the public trough people like Jon Bruning and Pete Pirsch.
If there are 4,000 registrants in Nebraska (a number that grows daily), and each one of them has family or other close ties to, say, three other people, that adds up to 12,000 folks not listed but affected negatively by the Nebraska State Patrol Sex Offender website. Twelve-thousand votes, plus who knows how many registrants who are eligible to vote, adds up to a respectable impact at the polls.
Chief architects of the Nebraska State Patrol Sex Offender website, and thus of the damage done to you and your families, are Bruning, who wants to be your governor, and Pirsch, who wants to be your attorney general.
Whaddaya say? Let’s make Jumpin Jon and Pistol Pete go out and get real jobs.
Received the following email (below the dashes) after posting the true story from the Nebraska courtroom (previous post). It makes perfect sense and it is the attitude that should be adopted by each and every offender once the sentence has been completed.
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Ever hear of anyone using the argument once incarceration is over all rights are restored? They are illegally labeling people as sex offenders when they are not. Once the sentence is complete they are supposed to be back to the same status as everyone else. INCLUDING right to privacy! Under the bill of attainder [they] can not make laws rules or requirements for a singled-out group of people.The law of this nation is that when the debt is paid it no longer exists. The person is no longer considered a sex offender. I think the fact that we go along with it and sign papers stating we agree we are sex offenders is what allows them to do this. If people who have completed their sentences agree not to agree that they are sex offenders, how can they argue that they are unless they admit it? Every time a law changes and the so called SO signs it they agree to be under it. They acknowledge it applies to them.
True story from a Nebraska courtroom:
The former sex offender, who never went to prison but was placed on probation — for good reason — petitions a state court in Nebraska for a set-aside, as the law permits him to do.
It has been many long years since his offense. He has letters from psychologists saying he is not a re-offense risk. The psychiatrist/attorney who evaluated him says he is NOT a pedophile. He completed all terms of his probation without a problem.
He tells the court that the set-aside will not remove him from Nebraska’s public shaming/lifetime punishment State Patrol Sex Offender website. All it will do is help him in finding work because he has a family to support and bills to pay.
The sputtering, bursting-with-rage prosecutor opposes the motion. Her argument? “He’s . . . he’s . . . he’s on the registry!”
Wait a minute. Right in our own backyards, we have scientific proof that being on the registry has little value insofar as determining whether someone is fit to work, pay taxes, be a good citizen, etc. Which is all this guy wants to do after fully paying for his crime.
The judge meets our low expectations and sides with the angry prosecutor.
Connecting the dots: If you are a Nebraska sex offender and you successfully complete your sentence, you successfully undergo treatment, you successfully re-integrate with your family and community — your reward is that the state will help prevent you from working and put your family in danger with its politically motivated Nebraska State Patrol Sex Offender website.
This judge and this prosecutor support the idea that no matter what this individual does, the criminal “justice” system’s intent is to keep its jackboot on his throat for the rest of his life.