I also read the HF 1572 bill and already contacted some lawmakers.
I noticed that there are only republicans as an authors, no democrats.
bill is too harsh to believe, even prosecutors agreed. I think this
bill impose so impossible requirements on offenders, that it make no
sense to try to follow, everybody will go to prison for lifetime, even
for minor crimes.
Did you read entire bill?
if passed Minnesota will need to build a lot of prisons. This problem
is not so simple as to solve with one bill, and sentence all sex
offenders for lifetime.
will establish a very repressive police state in Minnesota where nobody
is safe. If you are investigator for KARE, you should investigate all
sides of problem, not just take one terrible case and solve the problem.
I just hope you answer me and we can communicate on this very important topic
of South St Paul are going to enact residency restrictions for sex
offenders, leaving a very small choices to find housing for them.
Because this is central city, we may see domino effect, when most of
Twin cities will start passing residency restrictions, Minnetonka among
them. Actually this mean chasing registering sex offenders outside metro
area, which can create a huge public safety concern. Even
offenders who currently have housing may become confined to their
current address, unable to move, and this is violation of US
from RSOL is to find lawyer and sue this City . They are doing this in
many states, and and courts usually do not support these laws. As you
may understand enacting this law may cause domino effect in whole Twin
Cities and greatly endanger public safety. Police are usually against
any residency restrictions. As you may see from this law text
they not only prohibit level 3 offenders but also anybody convicted of
any low level sex crime and even not on Sex offenders registry. Lawyers
should be happy to get some money from this city. We have a great
success in California.
What do you suggest to do. Is it possible to find lawyer and file lawsuit.
I read an article about International Megan law in Wall Street Journal.
This law require identification sex offenders in their passports. In my past in former USSR I was identified in my passport as a Jew. I wrote this post to describe my experience and compare it with
International Megan law sex offenders identification
I sent to author this letter:
I am former Soviet Jew and came to USA as a political refugee on human rights. My parents survived in Holocaust.
I remember the story of my grandfather. In 1941 year he was called in Soviet army. His document identified him as a Jew.
He learned that Nazi look at passports of captured soldiers and shoot
everybody with Jewish identification. He took passport of his friend who
was killed in fighting. His friend was identified as Ukrainian . Next
day Nazi captured his unit. They looked at passports and shot all people
Jewish identity. Also they killed all people with black hair. Nazi
looked at my grandfather passport and let him go. He went back to
Soviets, tried to fight, was wounded, and captured again. But he has a
different Identity in his passport and he survived. He said that many
Jew who served in Soviet army and had Jewish ID were killed by their
fellow soldiers shooting them in the back. Long after World War 2 my
grandfather had his Ukrainian Passport. It was easier for him to live.
After World War 2, when 6 millions Jewish people were killed by German
Nazi, there was a huge antisemitism in USSR. Many soviet citizens helped
Nazi to kill Jews. I heard many times when some people talked that
Hitler was a great man only because he killed many Jews, and
unfortunately he was not allowed to finish this job.
There was a different story with my parents and me. We had internal passports with chapter 5
where anybody could read
5. Nationality ........ Jew
If you think this was better than sex offenders identify in modern USA,
you are wrong. Some people might learn this and start fighting or
screaming loudly how they hate you. Human Resources representative
could took your passport and exclude you from job candidates. There were
also silent instructions from soviet government to look at chapter 5
nationality and make hiring decision, also admissions to leading
I remember opening my red Soviet passport and reading Jew nationality,
and I hated that. Any Jewish identities were already removed by
communists. Jewish schools were closed, synagogues were destroyed and 3
millions of Jewish people were killed by German Nazi with great help
from Passport mark. I think many people with Jew mark in their passports
felt the same. People started to seek ways to escape from USSR. Not a
long ago Russia removed mark in passport, but it was too late. Too many
people left. They helped Israel and US economy, and Russia with former
soviet republics are still very poor Developing countries with nuclear
I left Belarus in 1997 year, and main reason for leaving was mark in my
passport. When I arrived in US I got a job with Mitsubishi Electric
Automaton, Japanese company. There was no Jewish identification in my
documents and when I became a US citizen
I could read in my US passport
Nationality ....United States of America. That was a good feeling. What happened then you can learn from this article written after interview with me. I may explain more.
I got conviction for porn and was placed on sex offenders registry in Minnesota for 10 years. 2 years ago I was removed. But
with this International Megan Law my passport will be marked. Instead
of Jew I will have Sex Offender. No difference. I got the same
situation. You can read my story here
The yellow star, the scarlet letter, and ‘International Megan’s Law’
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/01/06/the-yellow-star-the-scarlet-letter-and-international-megans-law/ When I was a Soviet citizen, and after 1991 citizen of Belarus, there was a line in my passport which identified me as a Jew. This looked like: 5. Nationality: Jew. Even
all russian jews was not religious, because soviet state destroyed all
Jewish religious institutions, closed jewish schools, destroyed all
books on their language. The only thing they kept was Jew in passport,
just like nazi Germany J. Nazi Germany was not the only country
known to add such a moniker to the passports of its citizens. There were
USSR and Belarus. As you understand identifying somebody as a Jew was
very harmful for that person, discrimination at any situation like
getting job, education and so on. Even beating by angry idiots hating
you just for being a Jew.
I remember my grandfather story from
ww2. He had document identify him as a Jew, and he took passport of dead
person without such identity. This way he was not killed by Germans
nazi. All people with jew in their documents were killed by nazi who
also were christians.
I would like to bring the dangers of browser hijackers and dangers
of the Internet to people’s attention. Browser hijackers may redirect
Internet users to border criminal web sites against their will. They may
also write questionable links to Internet browser favorites. Very often
they redirect users to porn web sites.
In the year 2004 there was an article published in Wired News.
The name of this article was ‘Browser Hijackers Ruining lives’ and
the topic was computer spyware and how dangerous it may be. Some parts
of this article were written from an interview with me. The article
described Browser Hijackers as some type of spyware written by computer
criminals. Also article in Wired News described individual sent in jail
because of Browser Hijacker.
Recently there were 2 very serious articles published, one in the
Homeland Security Wire web site and another from Fox News web site. They
have links to the article in Wired News ‘Browser Hijackers Ruining
lives’ written in 2004. They describe again the same criminal case of
porn possession, 8 years later.
You can read in article “Digital DNA the new DNA” in the Homeland Security Wire web site:
‘With the increasing ubiquity of computers, smart phones, and other
electronic devices comes a torrent of “digital DNA,” which can be used
to record an individual’s every move and even convict them of a crime.
In one case from 2002, an individual was sent to jail after police found
pornographic images on his computer, but security experts later said
law enforcement officials had mishandled the digital evidence.’
I think Homeland Security Wire is a very serious web site, and this
is a very serious “mishandling the digital evidence” accusation.
The experts explained that a “browser hijacker” could have been used to
remotely plant the pornographic images on the suspect’s computer
without their knowledge.
There was also an article in Fox News ‘Fighting crime with digital
DNA’. There is also a link to the Wired article ‘Browser Hijackers
Fox News Editor Jeremy Kaplan wrote,
‘Attorneys are very good at taking digital evidence out of context
and then convincing a jury of the guilt of someone based on it. In 2002,
“Jack” was sent to jail after police found pornographic images on his
home computer. Security experts later told Wired News that the digital
data had been mishandled: They suggested it could have been put on his
computer remotely through what’s called a “browser hijacker” — a
malicious bit of software that changes browser settings and can easily
be built to store data on a PC’
You may understand that this is all very serious. Minnesota
Hennepin County Law Enforcements mishandled digital evidence in
2002-2004. And you may remember who was District Attorney in this county
from 2002 to 2004: Amy Klobuchar, now a US Senator. I do not understand
why they published this 8 years later. I may tell you that I am still
surprised to what degree law enforcements did not care about any
evidence from 2002 to 2004. They just wanted to convict people. I just
think if the Fox News and Homeland Security Wire web sites wrote about
this 8 years later, many others may be interested. In 2004 article
‘Browser Hijackers ruining lives’ was read by many millions of people in
different countries. Too many people remember this.
Here is recent article in Star Tribune after interview with me. I do
not think it will have effect, but I still unemployed for 12 years, and
my chances to find any job is zero. So much for my past as a refugee on
While the new law enjoyed wide support, at least one ex-con who lives in Minnetonka
said it hasn’t made it easier for him to get a job. The 55-year-old,
who asked to be identified only by his nickname, Fima, said he came to
the United States from the former Soviet Union as a political refugee.
he worked for Mitsubishi until he was fired in 2002 when the company
found pornography on his laptop. Court documents show there were more
than 1,000 images of minors on the hard drive. He disputes how the
images got there but out of fear of losing at trial pleaded guilty to
misdemeanor possession of pornographic work involving a minor. He said
he hasn’t been able to get a job since. Box still there
Fima did an informal Skype interview with Robert Half Technology, which
then sent him an e-mail with two attachments. One was an employment
application with the box on it, although instructions state not to
answer the question if applying in Hawaii, Indiana, Newark N.J.,
Massachusetts or Philadelphia.
attached was a one-page form for Minnesota with the question. The form
makes clear that when applicants complete their interview, they’ll be
asked about prior criminal convictions, but it says not to fill out the
form until after an in-person interview or submitting an application.
spokeswoman Jamie Carpen said the application was outdated and should
have listed Minnesota as one of the no-box states. Carpen said she
doesn’t think the application was sent to anyone else and called it a
that to him the message was clear: Despite a delay in questions about
his conviction, he would continue to be hobbled by his past. “I feel
that I’m worthless,” he said.