#MeToo Too Far: Reflections on a Judge’s Recall in California

#MeToo Too Far: Reflections on a Judge’s Recall in California

A week after residents of Santa Clara County in Northern California voted, by a lopsided 60–40 margin, to toss out Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky for his lenient sentence in the Brock Turner sexual assault case, disquieting concerns linger about the implications of the recall vote.

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REASON AND THE SOHO FORUM WANT TO KNOW, DO WE ABOLISH THE REGISTRY?

REASON AND THE SOHO FORUM WANT TO KNOW, DO WE ABOLISH THE REGISTRY?

So, who won? Surprisingly, the audience voted for the abolition of registries. Prior to the debate 39% voted in the affirmative, 22% in the negative, and 39% were undecided. 72% of the audience closed ranks around Dr. Horowitz after she razed the hastily constructed fortress of feelings about the registry. 16% sided with Ms. Hamilton and 12% were still undecided.

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It Could Be You Registered for a Sex Crime

It Could Be You Registered for a Sex Crime

Your child is more likely to be victimized by the registry, than by someone on the registry. There is a load of truth to her claim, and it points to a much larger issue. These registries are punishment, and the lengths of punishment are only bound by the creativity of policymakers.

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TTYL: SCOTUS Overturns Social Media Ban in Packingham v. NC

TTYL: SCOTUS Overturns Social Media Ban in Packingham v. NC

While the government must work to protect those under its reach, it also has to consider the rights afforded under the Constitution. North Carolina’s statute was so sweeping, it undercut basic First Amendment principles.

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Response to: Say no to restorative justice for sex offenders

Response to: Say no to restorative justice for sex offenders

Michael Dolce, in an opinion published for the Hill, argues restorative justice is “horribly insufficient for handling sexual abuse but, in many cases, actually serves to leave an offender free to offend again.” Dolce’s argument evokes a “tough on crime” rhetoric, which is not only patently misleading but grossly capitalizes on fear-based responses to sex offenses. Other than perpetuating unfounded conventions, Dolce’s most egregious mistake is his failure to account for the nuances of sex offending.

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Is Queer Sex Legal? How Homophobia Is Fueling Today’s Sex Laws

Is Queer Sex Legal? How Homophobia Is Fueling Today’s Sex Laws

Gay rights groups have made great strides in repealing anti-sodomy laws on federal and state levels, and these efforts should be commended. And yet–prosecutions for sex crimes are growing faster than any other type of crime, with an exponentially rising rate of arrests and convictions. Gay men are arrested in cruising stings, HIV-positive men sent to prison for merely being sexually active, sex workers and “johns” arrested for victimless crimes, adults busted for sexy online chat with cops posing as minors that don’t exist, consensual teen relationships torn apart, and lives ruined by forced lifetime sex offender registration.

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