Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Judge Orders Governor Pataki to Free Sex Offenders

There's an article in the New York Daily News today - (Judge to Gov: Spring Sickos) setting forth that Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Jacqueline Silbermann has ordered the Governor to release a dozen convicted sex fiends who were confined to mental hospitals by Gov. Pataki's Executive Order, even though they had finished serving their prison sentences.
The judge "ruled yesterday that Pataki broke the law, reasoning that although the perverts may be menaces to society, it doesn't necessarily make them crazy." Judge Silberman whet further: "the Court takes no issue with the State's belief that each of these men poses a danger to society." "However, even persons acquitted of violent crimes by reason of insanity may not be civilly committed to a mental hospital solely because they pose a danger to society," she added.

Now am I the only one who thinkks that sex offenders are "crazy" by definition? The article sets out what two of these guys did:
Johnny Torres -- brutally assaulted his ex-girlfriend in Brooklyn in 2004
Charles Brooks -- broke into an apartment in the Bronx in 1997 and sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl
Predictably the NYCLU was overjoyed: "It's appropriate for the courts to step in to prevent politicians, including the governor, from seeking to circumvent the law," said Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Now we need to move on the Assembly to strengthen our laws and allow for this punishment for sexual predators.

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