Lawsuit filed on behalf of juveniles placed on Nebraska sex offender registry

More fallout from a 2017 court ruling barring the state from listing a 15-year-old boy on the sex offender list. The Lincoln Journal-Star reports on a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Omaha.The attorney who successfully sued to keep a 15-year-old boy’s name off the state’s Sex Offender Registry now is seeking to file a […]

Hearing held on bill to remove juveniles from sex offender registry

The Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a bill (LB689) that would eliminate sex offender registry requirements for juveniles in Nebraska.The bill, introduced by Bellevue Sen. Carol Blood, applies to juveniles who commit sex crimes in other states and then move to Nebraska. It brings state law into compliance with a 2017 state Supreme Court […]

Senators introduce criminal justice bills on first day of session

The Unicameral opened its 2018 session this week. Senators introduced bills beginning on Wednesday, including several pertaining to the state’s criminal justice system.Lincoln Journal-Star reporter JoAnne Young has a rundown of some of the bills that were introduced on Wednesday. Bills deal with prison overcrowding, medical release of inmates, and rates for phone calls from […]

Call Your Attorney If Someone Leaves a Piece of Orange Paper on Your Door, Then Tell Us About It

Someone is going around Omaha (and possibly other communities) and leaving orange pieces of paper on the doors of the residences of Registered Citizens. The paper claims to come from the Nebraska State Patrol, and the printing on it says you “must” call in response to the piece of paper.I A N A LNebraskans Unafraid […]

Neighbors concerned about sex offender at Plattsmouth care facility

Some Plattsmouth residents recently told the city council they are concerned about a registered sex offender living at the Hope Cooperative Care facility. Three neighbors to the north Fifth Street facility appeared at the Plattsmouth City Council meeting in October saying they do not feel their neighborhood is safe because of the man. The state registry shows […]

Understanding sex offenders, the untold story (updated)

Reporter Julie Cornell interviewed several Nebraska registered citizens for a report on Omaha television station KETV, “Understanding sex offenders.”I’ve made people’s stories my life’s work. I’m a person who talks to people sitting next to me on airplanes. I engage people at grocery stores, and even while sitting in those flimsy robes in the hospital, […]

Douglas County Deputy ignorant of the law

In 2012, a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional for Nebraska law enforcement to collect online information from registered citizens. Just this year, in the Packingham case, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down North Carolina’s law prohibiting registrants from accessing social media sites.Despite these rulings, it seems the Douglas County, Nebraska, sheriff’s office is making things […]

Journal-Star lauds decision keeping teen off regisrty

The Lincoln Journal-Star editorial board says the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals decision prohibiting the Nebraska State Patrol from listing a 15 year old boy on the sex offender registry was the right call.The decision clarifies Nebraska’s law and will benefit more than one family in Nebraska.The plaintiff is one of about 30 minors on […]

Court (again) says Nebraska can’t list teen on sex offender registry

A federal court on Monday upheld a previous ruling prohibiting the Nebraska State Patrol from listing a 15-year-old boy on the sex offender registry.Attorney Joshua Weir, who represented the boy and his family, said Monday that common sense finally prevailed. He said he didn’t realize that the State Patrol was putting minors — whose cases were handled […]

Court questions why state wants to put boy on registry

The state of Nebraska is still intent on listing a (now 15-year-old) boy on the sex offender registry.The boy was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in a Minnesota juvenile court when he was 11. When he moved to Nebraska, the State Patrol said he had to register as a sex offender, but the boy’s family […]