Gary Glitter, the 70's glam-rocker whose real name is Paul Gadd, "will be on the sex offenders' register for the rest of his life once he returns to Britain [...] after his release from a Vietnamese jail." Mr. Gadd has spent almost two and a half years in prison for molesting two girls aged 11 and 12.
A lawsuit filed in an Alabama federal court claims that the State's Community Notification Act has "resulted in poor people convicted of sex crimes remaining in prison too long." According to the suit, this is happening because indigent prisoners cannot provide a valid address where they plan to live after their release.
Tennessee is looking to include sex offenses by juveniles on its public sex offender registry in order to avoid losing federal money. According to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm, the agency is going to push the Legislature to change the sex registry law to include offenses by juveniles. The mandate is part of the AWA's inclusion of juvenile crimes in its mandate on the states.
A provision in the Higher Education Opportunity Act (H.R. 4137) introduced by Congressman Ric Keller (R-FL) makes certain sex offenders "ineligible for Pell Grants, the nation's premier financial aid program for low-income students, starting July 1, 2009." The law was signed into law by President Bush on August 14. In March, the AP reported that dozens of rapists and child molesters have "taken higher education classes at taxpayer expense while confined to treatment centers." According to the article, "[c]ritics say the new measure will cut off the possibility of higher education for offenders who are trying to rehabilitate themselves."
It is strange when the Supreme Court's inaction is newsworthy. SCOTUSblog reports that "no action was taken on a plea by the state of Louisiana to reconsider the June 25 decision in Kennedy v. Louisiana, striking down the death penalty for the crime of raping a child." Of course, the Court may act at any time. The next scheduled release of orders will be on September 5th