Monday, April 24, 2006

O'Reilly: In Massachusetts and Vermont, sex offenders "can go and molest children and get sympathy"

On the April 21th edition of The O'Reilly Factor, King O'Reilly declared that in states like Massachusetts and Vermont, sex offenders "can go and molest children and get sympathy." Just because these states haven't passed O'Reilly's beloved Jessica's Law, doesn't mean that they aren't cracking down on sex offenders.

As the Burlington Free Press recently reported, the Vermont "Senate unanimously gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill designed to crack down on sex offenses" by "increasing the number of investigators who focus on sex crimes, increasing the number of pre-sentence investigations that judges use to help determine a sentence, trying to better coordinate prevention programs and decriminalizing consensual sex between teenagers." The Senate also "approved a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years for aggravated sexual assault." The Senate bill would "expand the sex offender registry to list more offenders on the Internet and add a registry for violent offenders."

Although the Vermont House of Representatives did not set a mandatory minimum sentence, the Free Press also wrote on April 5th that "Many prosecutors and victims' advocates" oppose mandatory sentencing laws "out of concern that the mandate would force more defendants to take their cases to trial, forcing more victims to testify and creating the possibility of more acquittals because sex crimes can be difficult to prove."

Although not as much progress has been made in Massachusetts, several legislators have supported or passed bills requring a mandatory sentence for sex crimes committed on children under the age of 14, but as of now, nothing has been passed.

Transcripts from Media Matters:

O'REILLY: And now the people may put the issue on the ballot, going around the pinhead politicians. That's what the folks in the great state of California did, and Jessica's Law is expected to pass there in a referendum next November. What is happening all across America is a tremendous victory for the folks and for democracy. Even the liberal Oregonian newspaper heard the people and supported Jessica's Law. We applaud the paper for doing so. So, things are looking up for the good guys and are looking black for the bad guys, especially the predators. Soon, there will only be a few states where they can go and molest children and get sympathy, states like Massachusetts and Vermont.

http://mediamatters.org/items/200604240008

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