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National Push For Chelsea’s Law Gets Backing From Ex-Facebook Counsel

The effort to spread Chelsea's Law — named after slain Poway High School senior Chelsea King — to all 50 states gained momentum today with the financial backing of ex-Facebook general counsel Chris Kelly.

Kelly King, mother of 17-year-old Chelsea King, who was allegedly raped and murdered by a convicted sex offender, speaks during a news conference to outline the plans for "Chelsea's Law," outside of Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher's office in Mira Mesa, March 23, 2010.
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Above: Kelly King, mother of 17-year-old Chelsea King, who was allegedly raped and murdered by a convicted sex offender, speaks during a news conference to outline the plans for "Chelsea's Law," outside of Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher's office in Mira Mesa, March 23, 2010.

Chelsea's Law mandates life prison terms for those convicted of violent sex crimes against children and increases law enforcement oversight of paroled sex offenders.

Chelsea was 17 when John Albert Gardner III, who was convicted in 2000 of sexually molesting a 13-old neighbor, raped and killed her in 2010.

He also was convicted of murdering 14-year-old Amber Dubois of Escondido in February 2009.

Brent and Kelly King, Chelsea's parents, announced their intention to spread the law to other states two months ago.

"Brent and Kelly's unimaginable pain in losing their daughter Chelsea led them to demand better public policy for the state of California,'' Chris Kelly said. "I am proud to join with them and the Chelsea's Shield organization in taking Chelsea's Law and common sense public policy around attacks on children to all 50 states.''

Kelly authored and financed Proposition 35, which increases fines and prison sentences for human trafficking and requires convicted traffickers to register as sex offenders, as well as to disclose their identities and activities online.

California voters passed the initiative last November with 81 percent support.

He pledged financial support for lobbying and outreach for Chelsea's Law.

The Texas House of Representatives is expected to take up its version of the legislation next week. Similar bills have introduced in Illinois and Ohio.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | May 2, 2013 at 3:28 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

Is there data supporting that these measures actually work, or is this just like "Megan's Law" - a feel-good politically expedient waste of money designed to make people think sexual predation is something that can be eliminated when it, unfortunately, can't.

Teach your children what to do if approached by a stranger for any reason, THAT works; Putting the photos of people who have SERVED THEIR SENTENCES online DOES NOT work - it simply erodes the integrity of our criminal justice system and unnecessarily violated the constitutional rights of people who have paid their debt to society.

I have said it many times in the years I have been "blogging" and will repeat again now:

The most accurate way to determine the integrity, fairness, and credibility of a criminal justice system is to look at how it handles the worst most emotionally wrenching cases that come before it.

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Peking_Duck_SD | May 2, 2013 at 3:31 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

From the article: "Kelly authored and financed Proposition 35"

What, exactly, does that mean?

The victim's mother is paying to keep people on "lifetime parole"?

Something is wrong here.

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esplla | May 3, 2013 at 2:36 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

you are confused Peking_Duck, not Kelly King, Chris Kelly authored and financed Prop 35.

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TJ2 | May 3, 2013 at 2:46 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

Would it be too much to ask from this 'journalist' to report that the requirement of people required to register as sex offender to disclose their online identities was blocked by a California Judge hours after it was supposed to go into effect?

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/11/court-blocks-proposition-35s-restriction-anonymous-speech

It is currently under review - but pretty much immediately suspended. The fact that the measure had 81% of voter support (seriously - who reads beyond the headline?) certainly does not mean that it is a good law or even in accordance with other, superseding laws. Not too long ago, in certain parts of the country, a proposition requiring African Americans to sit in the back of the bus would probably yielded similar results.

Again, dear Reporter, did you just copy a soundbite from Chris Kelly's press release? A little more journalistic integrity would be nice....

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esplla | May 3, 2013 at 2:58 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

Also, I don't see why you are judging whether or not this will work. Obviously it can't work if you don't put these laws in affect.

You have no idea what the Kings, their family, their friends, and the entire community went through from the moment that Chelsea King went missing. It was a nightmare and a very tragic event that has stays with us all.

Also, you say, "Teach your children what to do if approached by a stranger for any reason, THAT works". It doesn't always work. Obviously, you don't know the facts about this murder.

This guy should not have been released from prison the first time; our justice system failed this beautiful young lady and Amber Dubois. If he had been in prison without the chance of parole, both Chelsea and Amber would be alive today.

So to sum it up, IT WILL WORK!

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TJ2 | May 3, 2013 at 3:15 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

@esplla - currently there are more than 750,000 persons required to register as sex offenders in the community - growing in numbers every single day. This guy had a previous conviction that netted him 5 years in prison. Should all convicts like this be imprisoned for the rest of their lives (keeping in mind that inappropriately touching - over clothing perhaps - of a minor under 14 old can result in a prison sentence of 3-6-8 years.)

It is not like the State of California is broke. Are you willing to make concessions in other areas to fund this lifelong incarceration? I am not. This is not how I wish to live.

What WILL WORK is that Chris Kelly will ride Chelsea's Law and Proposition and whatever law appeals to the 'tough on crime but not so much on prevention' to some elected office.

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TJ2 | May 3, 2013 at 3:16 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

*Proposition 35*

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yellowroselady | May 3, 2013 at 10:14 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

As horrible as the loss of this young person was we must stop adding more laws due to high profile cases and focus on what was overlooked in this case...there were several things regarding Mr. Gardner that were ignored by the folks managing him. Research it for yourself.

I think everyone who will read this knows who Patty Wetterling is. Just in case you don't she is the Mother of Jacob Wetterling who was abducted at the age of 11 and the situation has, to date, not been solved. Patty went on to establish a foundation in Jacob's name and worked diligently with state and federal folks to pass law after law. Patty is now part of the NCMEC. Patty did an interview recently basically saying the sex offender laws have gone too far. http://www.citypages.com/2013-03-20/news/patty-wetterling-questions-sex-offender-laws/full/

Please work to educate children, teens and parents about ways to stay safe and help the legislators understand the recidivism rate for another "sexual" offense is 5% and the other 95% of sexual offenses come from within the family, acquaintances and those having access to the children.

Vicki Henry
Women Against Registry dot com

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faeryedark | May 4, 2013 at 1:16 p.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

espila, you don't have any idea what it's like to live with a loved one on the public "hit-list". My hubby is on for life due to AWA for a misdemeanor of Indecent Asault for supposedly touching OVER clothing in the breast area of a girl who claims she was around 8 when it happened
Yeah, cos every 8 year old i know of has breasts...Anyway, not only is my (and my children's home) listed publicly but we worry every day that some idiot lawmaker will get a bill passed that would make us move or keep us from using parks (as a family), that our taxes pay for.
I'm sick to death of our freedoms being threatened in the name of 'public safety"
My ancestors came to this country in 1720. They left the Europe so they could be FREE. They didn't come because it was safe. It wasn't safe, there were many dangers,just the sea voyage itself was dangerous, but their freedom, was worth it.
My how our values have changed in nearly 300 years

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