News 26.6.2013 7:00 | updated 26.6.2013 7:00
Justice Minister: No sex offender registry needed
"A Facebook group page publishing photos and information about convicted pedophiles [sic] in Finland was closed down earlier this month, but the same group has started a new page on the social website. Justice Minister Anna-Maja Henriksson says Finland needs no public register of sex offenders."
July 5, 2013 - 09:09
Moldova bans chemical castration sentence for paedophiles
"Moldova's constitutional court has banned the use of chemical castration to punish convicted paedophiles, ruling that it represents a violation of fundamental human rights."
12 July 2013 Last updated at 17:47
Former Today boss ES cleared of schoolgirl rape
"Former UK newspaper boss ES has been found not guilty of raping a schoolgirl.
Mr S, 69, who founded the Today newspaper, denied six counts of rape. He had told the Old Bailey he had "never touched" the teenage girl."
Jun. 29, 2013
Sentencing rule defied
"Judge twice gives Ohio child-porn owner 1-day jail stay, says guidelines are flawed
Appalled at the harsh sentencing guidelines for child pornography offenses, a federal judge sentenced an ailing, 67-year-old defendant to only one night in jail — and when an appeals court ordered the defendant resentenced, the judge imposed the same punishment.
“If I have got to send somebody like Mr. (R)B to prison, I’m sorry, someone else will have to do it,” said U.S. District Judge James L. Graham of Columbus, Ohio. “I’m not going to do it.”
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday vacated B’s sentence again, saying it didn’t reflect the seriousness of the offense, and this time ordered that another judge impose a penalty.
The unusual act of judicial disobedience by Graham — who was appointed to the bench 27 years ago by President Ronald Reagan — is the latest protest of sentencing rules for pornography possession, which other federal judges have described in opinions as “irrational” and “bordering on witch hunts.”
Published on 09/06/2013 00:00
Children’s commissioner: Rules on touching ‘wrong’
"SCOTLAND’S Children’s Commissioner has claimed that touching children is “fundamental” to their development and that the “pendulum of safety has swung too far” in their relationship with adults such as teachers.
Tam Baillie, appointed by the Scottish Government to champion children’s issues, said many professional carers and volunteers were scared to touch a child who was not related to them because of concern over how those actions might be perceived.
Baillie’s comments come in advance of a meeting of a panel of children’s experts this week which will debate the notion that “Touching children shouldn’t be taboo, it should be an expectation”."
Jeremy Irons 'feels sorry' for those accused of abuse
Unmasked: child abduction fears unfounded