Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006

U.S. White House Fact Sheet:
Today, President Bush Signed The Adam Walsh Child Protection And Safety Act Of 2006. This law marks an important step forward in our Nation's efforts to protect those who cannot protect themselves. It will strengthen Federal laws to protect our children from sexual and other violent crimes, prevent child pornography, and make the Internet safer for our sons and daughters.
The White House - President Bush's Press Release and transcript.

In Washington, D.C. today, President Bush signed a long awaited bill to be a new law, in the rose garden. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

Via Fox News: Bush Signs Bill to Keep Tabs on Convicted Child Molesters
WASHINGTON — President Bush, joined by "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh, signed a new law Thursday that requires convicted child molesters to be listed on a national Internet database and face a felony charge for failing to update their whereabouts.
"Our nation grieves with every family that's suffered the unbearable pain of a child whose been abducted or abused," Bush said in a bill-signing ceremony in the Rose Garden. "This law takes an important step forward in this country's efforts to protect those who cannot protect themselves."

As I watched the ceremony today, tears of happiness rolled down my cheeks. There are several of us bloggers that joined in on this fight the last year....and it has been a long road, but nothing compared to the victims' families and friends. This day is a day to rejoice, because from now on with these extremely tough, stern laws, these creeps will hopefully think twice before committing crimes against children.

Twenty-five years to the day, John Walsh and his wife had their precious son, Adam taken from them by abduction then thereafter murdered. There are two ways to look at this victory for how long it took to get this bill signed into law. Twenty-five years the Walshs' have been fighting for tougher laws or two years that it has taken to pass the Senate. So many people have supported this bill from both aisles, with some strong arm twisting of Senator Ted Kennedy finally.....I mean finally it was passed and SIGNED into LAW. (tons of information on this in my archives-Assorted Babble) This past year, many of us have encouraged our readers to write, call, and continue to send messages to Capital Hill to pass tougher laws to protect our children including the Jessica Lunsford Law.

This is a huge victory for our most vulnerable, our nation's innocent children, that depend on adults to protect them. Now, thanks to all involved, this tough new law, signed by our President will help protect our children from sex offenders. Hooray for the Children!!!

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Sunday, July 16, 2006

A Va. Man Gets 150 Year Prison Sentence for Child Porn

If only, other Liberal Judges would sentence these monsters with appropriate prison terms.

Via AP : Va. man gets 150 years for child porn

WASHINGTON - A Virginia man was sentenced to 150 years in prison for sexually exploiting minors and operating child pornography Web sites. Gregory John Mitchel, who previously had been convicted of child pornography crimes, pleaded guilty in January to the production, distribution, sale and possession of child pornography.

Mitchel, 39, was sentenced Friday in federal court in Roanoke, the U.S. Attorney's office for the Western District of Virginia said.

Officials found that Mitchel, of Dublin, Va., assisted in the daily operation of child pornography Web sites and filmed videos of minors engaging in sex acts.

Mitchel was implicated by Justin Berry, 19, who for five years starred in his own Web cam child pornography business and has testified before Congress about Internet child pornography. [read more]

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Judge Stopped Trial for John Couey

Unbelievable, now this trial will be delayed.... to be relocated to another Florida county.

Via Fox News: Judge Halts Jury Selection in Jessica Lunsford Case
TAVARES, Fla. — The judge in the murder trial of a man accused of killing 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford has stopped jury selection because he says an impartial panel can't be found in the area.

The judge stopped the process on Thursday after attorneys spent three days weeding out potential jurors who had been exposed to news reports about the case. The judge said the case has to be moved farther from Citrus County. [read more]
Via South Florida Sun-Sentinel excerpt:
Attorneys spent three days this week weeding out potential jurors who knew of news reports about the case. Howard had moved jury selection to Tavares in Lake County because of pervasive publicity in Citrus County, where the alleged crimes occurred and where Jessica's body was found in March 2005.

But Howard said Thursday the case has to be moved farther from away. It was not immediately clear where and when the trial will be held. Howard said it will be somewhere outside the judicial circuit that includes Citrus, Lake, Marion, Sumter and Hernando counties in central Florida. [read full article]

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Monday, July 10, 2006

First Day of Trial for Monster John Couey

Today starts the trial of Killer John Couey.
This trial case is going to be heart breaking and difficult to cover. I want to see it over with, so hopefully time will fly until he is put to death.

Via Sun-Sentinel
TAVARES -- Potential jurors were questioned for the first time Monday for the murder trial of a convicted sex offender accused of kidnapping, raping and killing 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford.

John Evander Couey, 47, appeared in court wearing a gray suit as officials began preliminary questioning of a pool of 284 potential jurors. Jessica's father, Mark Lunsford, sat in court behind the prosecutors' table, across the courtroom from Couey, a former neighbor.

Another Excerpt:
Because of the pervasive publicity in the county, state Circuit Judge Ric Howard moved jury selection to Tavares in Lake County, northwest of Orlando.

Before beginning jury selection, Howard ruled that defense attorney Dan Lewan could not question Mark Lunsford about his finances or introduce evidence of pornography found in the delete bin of a computer in his home after his daughter disappeared.

Howard also said he would decide later on a motion by Lewan to keep the jury from seeing photographs of Jessica's body. Lewan said the photos are ``difficult to look at'' and would be prejudicial.

The state's job to convict Couey was made more difficult when Howard ruled June 30 that his taped confession could not be used as evidence in the trial because investigators had ignored his requests for an attorney.Howard ruled, however, that prosecutors can still use the discovery of Jessica's body buried outside the mobile home where Couey had been living, as well as a bloody mattress from the mobile home that has Jessica's DNA on it.

Other incriminating statements he made later to investigators and a jail guard also can be used during the trial. Prosecutors say they are confident they have enough evidence to convict him. [read more]

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Friday, July 07, 2006

Bond Set for Mary Winkler in Selmer TN

Breaking: The Judge in the Mary Winkler case in Selmer, TN just now set the bond for $750,000. Her attorney was upset and had hoped for the amount to be around $25,000. Humm....

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Saturday, July 01, 2006

John Couey's Confession Thrown out by FL Judge

Friday..OUTRAGOUS NEWS Alert.....Sat. UPDATED Info listed below...

Via Fox News
ORLANDO, Fla. — The confession of a man charged with kidnapping, raping and killing 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford isn't admissible in court, but the discovery of her body can be used as evidence, a judge ruled Friday.

John Evander Couey, a 47-year-old convicted sex offender, gave the confession to detectives, but also told them that he wanted to consult a lawyer. He wasn't given the opportunity to do so.

Jessica Marie Lunsford was found kneeling and clutching a stuffed animal, hands tied with speaker wire and fingers poking through the garbage bags in which she was buried alive in March 2005. Two days earlier, Couey told detectives he kidnapped, raped and killed the 9-year-old girl.

As I wrote on Assorted Babble: Oh my Lord, this is terrible and my heart and prayers go to the Lunsford family right now that must be totally devastated. One thing that can bring some comfort is that the police have so much evidence against this monster....that he will definitely die and be found guilty along with the death sentence. John Couey, this scum of the earth goes to trial next week.

South FL Sun-Sentinel Sat's article stated Circuit Judge Ric Howard threw out the confession, as we now know, to the Citrus Co Sheriff's detectives because they did not allow Couey to speak with an attorney after him asking for one. However, Howard is allowing two exchanges in which Couey did admit guilt. One discussion was with detectives while they collected hair samples and the other from a Citrus Co. jail guard, Kenneth Slanker, Couey summoned to his cell. The conversations were not recorded, but in the disposition of the guard Couey expressed remorse for what he had done.

Prosecutor Rick Ridgeway submitted evidence found at the mobile home, where Couey was living and the DNA matched positive to little precious Jessica's DNA.

The death penalty is being sought by the prosecutors for the charges, that Couey pleaded not guilty to; Premeditated murder, burglary, kidnapping, and sexual battery.

July 10th, the trial and jury selection are expected to begin. Jessie's dad, Mark Lunsford said the ruling didn't concern him: "I don't care -they're still going to get him. I say "Amen"and "Couey's days are limited on this earth."

Time Stamp updated with this additional info.
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