The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 22, 2001 · Page 5
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Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 22, 2001
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2001 A5 T SEXUAL PREDATOR LAW Sex offender laws throw away key states that keep offenders beyond their sentences face growing costs, other problems By CAREY GOLDBERG New York Times BROCKTON, Mass. — In 1997, Thomas Wilcox, a soft-spoken delivery truck driver, put his hand down the bike shorts of a 13- year-old girl he knew and molested her. He was convicted of child rape and served three years in prison. He spent them partly in the state treatment center for sex offenders and was scheduled to be released last summer. Not so fast, Wilcox was told: Under a new Massachusetts law, there was no guarantee he would get out at all. Enacted in recent years here and in 15 other states, "sexually violent predator" statutes say, in essence, that longer prison sentences and "Megan's Law" sex offender registries are not enough; society needs a way to keep potentially dangerous perverts off the streets after their sentences have been served. And that way is a civil trial of the sort "This is a law that asks you to determine the future of a fellow human being based not on what he has done but on what you think he may do." Michael Farrington lawyer for man who faces incarceration beyond his sentence that Wilcox, 37, went through last week, a hearing before a judge and jury to determine whether sexual predators are still dangerous and whether they should continue to be locked up and treated indefinitely. As of last year, nearly 900 sex offenders were locked away for indefinite terms, or as the courts put it "from one day to life." The laws have withstood major legal challenges, including arguments that locking up a criminal after he has served his sentence amounts to double jeopardy The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the laws twice, most recently in January But where such laws are in use, states are facing an equally great challenge: sheer cost, which goes up as the number of sex offenders committed in civil trials rises. Washington state, which passed the first of the laws in 1990, estimates it costs up to $110,000 a year to hold and treat a sex offender, plus up to $70,000 for legal biUs, because most can appeal each year for release. Cost is not the only problem. Sexually violent predator laws raise troubling questions for many of the lawyers and psychologists involved with them. In particular: Can predictions of behavior be good enough to justify locking someone away? As Michael Farrington, Wilcox's lawyer, told the jury, "This is a law that asks you to determine the future of a fellow human being based not on what he has done but on what you think he may do." Jeanne Holmes, the assistant district attorney, countered: That prediction "also will decide whether or not the community, and the children in the community are safe from Wilcox. The decision is not just about Wilcox, it is about the community as well." Besides, Holmes asked, isn't past behavior the best predictor of future behavior? BRIEFLY Southeastern Idaho reports earthquake BOISE, Idaho — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 hit southeastern Idaho Saturday Tremors were felt from Pocatello to Yellowstone and as far away as Salt Lake City No damages or injuries were immediately reported in the quake, which occurred at 11:18 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey "This is a remote area, so I wouldn't expect a lot of damage," said Sue Nava, seismic network manager at the University of Utah seismograph station. The earthquake was centered 27 miles northwest of Afton, southwest of Grand Teton National Park. The temblor was the biggest to hit Idaho since a 5.8-magnitude quake in 1994. Endeavour arrives at space station CAPE CANAVERAL, Pla. — Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew pulled up to the international space station Saturday bringing a giant billion- dollar robot arm that is needed to finish building the orbiting skyscraper Commander Kent Rominger took his time as he steered Endeavour in for the docking, which occurred a half-hour later than planned. A radio problem prevented the two crews from talking to one another during the operation, and Mission Control had to relay all the messages until a better link was established. The two spacecraft came together 240 miles above the South Pacific, ending a two- day chase that began with Endeavour's liftoff. The seven shuttle astronauts are the first visitors for the three space station residents, who moved in last month. They will have to wait until Monday to exchange handshakes and hugs because of the different cabin pressures between the spacecraft. , River keeps rising, pumps keep going EAST DUBUQUE, lU. — Homeowners along the upper Mississippi River kept watch We Need... Clothing • Furniture • Miscellaneous Pick-up's Available SALVATION ARMY THRIFT STORE [Mon. - Sat. 9:00 p.m 157 S. 5th • Salina 823-1409 BEHIND CLOSED DOORS ADULT NOVELTIES VIDEOS • LOTIONS • MAGAZINES 11 am - 9 pm Mon. - Sat • 1 pm - 5 pm Sun. 1901 W. Gnuid • Salina • (785) 823-1339 GREAT GIFTS! • Mother's Day • Graduation • Wedding • Teachers ' THE ~ MARKET SHOP (;ii'Ts,^iiF(iMi-;.\(ri;\Ts Downtown Salina 82.y-5<S55 M-Sar. 10-5 ^ Jim Lodder, Owner J on levees Saturday and kept pumps humming against the slowly rising water after light, scattered rain moved across the region during the night. Some of the river's excess spilled over a rural levee onto farm land, momentarily easing the threat to a couple of towns. The water had risen to 25.95 feet Saturday at East Dubuque, 111., surpassing the crest during the 1993 floods. The record is 26.81 feet, set in 1965. Upriver at Prairie du Chien, Wis., the Mississippi had inched up to 23.75 feet, nearly 8 feet above flood stage, and headed toward a forecast crest of 23.9. The rain that fell during the night was already factored into the river's predicted peak, and the National Weather Service canceled a flash flood watch for the area. Young minister killed by stray bullet PHILADELPHIA — An apparently stray bullet killed a newly ordained minister as he sat in a church van with members of his congregation. Nafes Johnson, 19, and four members of Greater St. Matthew's Baptist Church were being driven to their homes after a Friday night service, police said. Johnson, sitting behind the driver, was struck in the head by a bullet that penetrated the window next to him, said Lt. Richard Ross. He died at a hospital early Saturday No one else was injured. The bullet appeared to have been fired from about a block away in a shooting over a drug deal. Police Commissioner John Timoney said. Johnson was ordained April 8 at the church in South Philadelphia and he had given his first sermon last week, witnesses said. From Wire Service Reports Julie McKenna & Christina Trocheck Announce The Opening Of Their Law Office Located At 114 S. 7th, Salina, Kansas (785) 823-1430 Elegant, Handcrafted I BEDROOM SETS! You'll love our quality and details! F OREVER O AK " Handcrafted Oak Furniture & Accents " 619 E. Crawford, Salina • 800-864-4429 • 823-9729 Monday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-4 I POOL SERVICE SPA SERVICE WATER CHEMISTRY Pool's Plus of Salina 823-POOL • 2501 Market Place Hospice to participate. ^^^^ 2ND ANNOAL WILSON LAKE OUTDOOREXPO May 5 &6 in the Marina area of Wilson State Park Sat., 9-5:30 • Sun., 11-3:: Bring the family out for a day at the lake and pick out^ your n&N vehicle, ATV or personal watercraft! Approximately 40 Units From These Area Dealers: • Lucas Motors • Mini-Power Arctic Cat ATV's • Cunningham Motors • Salina Powersports • Lake Wilson Marina • Golden Belt Bicycle • Salina Motorsports Inc. Additional Evemtst Youth Shooting Event Saturday, May 5 Mountain Bike Race Sunday, May 6 For more information contact 785-658-2465 - I ^ HOSPICE Of SAUNA JNC. ^ 4 fnvites the entire community to take part ^ ^ in our upcoming Annual Memorial ^ ^ Service at Oakdale Park Stage ^ I April29, 2001 at 2:00p.m. % % J This outdoor event is intended for the 4 ^ whole family &is a celebration of the ^ lives of those who have died. 4 Music, Refreshments, and Special ^ t Floral Tributes 4 m % ^ You do not need to have been served by ^ You're invited to our j^j ^ j ^/ At Salina Presbyterian Manor Celebrate spring, new beginnings and feel lii<e a kid again at our Sky's the Limit celebration. Here's what we have in store for you: Thursday, April 26,2001 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Saiina Presbyterian Manor • 2601 E. Crawford • (785) 825-1366 Celebration Events: • Roosevelt Lincoln Middle School Intergenerational Program • "Art is Ageless" Children's Art Exhibition • 8 year old Berkley Matthews will be performing live • 2nd place National Yo-Yo Champion, 13 year old Brent Dellinger Mark your calendars and plan to join the fun. Ask about our special tribute kite recognition to honor someone you care about. Presbyterian Manors" of Mid-America The way you want to live" VJ Salina Presbyterian IVlanor / 2601 E. Crawford, Salina (785) 825-1366 k & With purchase of selected Anso Products TOUGH by natJte' fasMoiiMIt by design- Sail into spring with new Carpet througiiout...and now at terrific savings! Sale Ends April 30,2001 CERAMIC • WOOD • VINYL • CARPET • LAMINATE _ \^ 810 E. Crawford St., Salina, KS » 785-823-2800 ^ Foot Care Tips to Help You I.Take, care of your diabetes 2. Check your feet every day 3.Wash your feet every day 4. Keep the skin soft & smooth 5. Smoodi corns & calluses gently 6.Trim your toenails when needed 7. Wear shoes & socks at all times 8. Protect your feet from hot &cold 9. Keep the blood flowing to your feet 1.0. Be more active 11. Check with your doctor 12. Get started now D IABETES &YOUR F EET 'DON'T IGNORE AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR DAILY CARE" Daily foot care Is very Important to the diabetic patient but Is often overlooked. We at B&K are trying to help.We are now stocking a number of foot care products for the diabetic, Including special foot creams and lotions, diabetic socks and footwear especially for the diabetic patient. Ambulator® Confort n'Care^*^ Socks •Seamfree Socks •Uniquely constructed for circulation & protection •Made from composite of CoolMAX®, Lycra®, and . Polymide^" •Wick moisture & Stay in Place kwww .bkrx .com B&K P RESCRIPTION S HOP People Helping People...Live Healthier Lives 827-4455/ 1-800-432-0224 » 601 E. Iron, Salina. KS

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