The Las Vegas Review-Journal is running an interesting editorial entitled Upholding our rights: Even sex offenders are entitled to protections of Constitution. The editorial argues that despite being "an unsympathetic lot, ... if the government is allowed to trample and shred the constitutional rights of [sex offenders], how long before authorities decide to take away yours?"
Yesterday's episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show was "dedicated to a Senate bill targeting child predators." During the show, which detailed the "extent and pervasiveness of child pornography trafficking in America," Ms. Winfrey asked viewers to contact their senators about U.S. Senate Bill 1738. Winfrey previously testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in support of a national database of convicted child abusers in the early 1990s. The Chicago Sun-Times has more.
CrimProf Blog reports that the state of Utah reported-rape rate, which is already higher than the national average, "drastically underestimates the actual incidence of rape," according to a new report. Nearly 13 percent of women surveyed said they had been "forcibly raped in their lifetimes," while an additional 16 percent were "sexually assaulted in other ways, such as child molestation, drug-facilitated rape and attempted rape." The survey further indicates that less than 12 percent of those incidents were reported to police. The Salt Lake Tribune has more.
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson has issued a gag order in the criminal trial of U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent, who recently pled not guilty to charges that he fondled a former case manager. According to the article, Judge Vinson "found it necessary to gag the attorneys and courthouse personnel on his own, without a request from prosecutors or Kent, [in order] 'to preserve a fair trial by an impartial jury by shielding jurors and potential jurors from prejudicial statements.'" Judge Kent is the first federal judge to be charged with federal sex crimes.