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195 students pass February 2012 Indiana bar exam

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May 23, 2012
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The Indiana Lawyer congratulates the individuals listed below on passing the February 2012 bar exam. Many of these young and aspiring lawyers, along with several who passed the bar exam in July 2011, participated in the Indiana Supreme Court Admission Ceremony held May 14, 2012, in Indianapolis.

Joseph Damien Ackerman

Khalid Abdullah AlAseeri

Steven Joseph Alvarez

John Nicholas Amatetti

Angela Nicole Aneiros

Gerald William Askew

Lara Beth Aziz

Travis Wayne Baxter

Whitney Kristine Beck

Robbin Lynn Benko

Adam Lawrence Benson

Courtney Ann Benson-Kooy

Ryan McShay Beuoy

Marcie Ann Bjork

Lori Sheree Blackford

Jonathan Michael Boguth

Kele Michelle Bosaw

Justin John Brandt

Aftin R. Brown

Kyle Garrett Bumgarner

Leah Renee Burris

Leah Faye Campbell

Jennifer Ann Carnes

Nataly Carrasco

Andrea Michelle Castetter

Justin Kent Clouser

Timothy Alan Coe

Cody Philip Cogswell

Samuel Kenneth Conrad

Whitney Nicole Cooper

Bridget Aileen Coraz

Joel Benjamin Cornfeld

Veronica Marie Corsaro

Valerie Anne Cowan

Jacob Wayne Crouse

Joseph Rhys Dages

Paul Leland Reese Danielson

Lindsay Ann Davenport

Philip Ross Davis

Jeremy Daniel Davitz

Edward Andrew DeVries

Mallory Catherine Deckard

Brandon Rody Dickinson

Jessica April Dickinson

David Michael Dirr

William Arthur Dummett

Jennifer Elaine Ebling

Conrad Troy Elliott

Tracey Ellen Jane Farnsworth

Heather Lynne Fox

Jamie Christine Franklin

Daniel Edwin Fuchs

Kyle David Gaddis

Jonathan William Garlough

Elizabeth Anne Genova

Nicole Marie Giorgi-Tsahas

Daniel Anton Gohdes

Ashley Rhea Gosnell

Joseph Daniel Gridley

Stephen Carl Grothouse

Emily Meyer Gruener

Marc Andrew Halata

Sarah Rees Hamilton

Taylor McCoy Hamilton

David Lawrence Haney

Christopher Ryan Hansen

Ashley Ann Hanson-Grimes

Dean Haritos

Elizabeth Ann Harmon

Matthew Wayne Harris

Stephanie Leigh Heim

Jeffrey Brock Herr

Brian Joseph Hindman

Rebecca Christine Hollenberg

Wei-Chung Huang

Jordan Summer Huttenlocker

Leah Jean James

Lydia K. Johns

David Michael Johnson

David Michael Kacmarik

Mary Louise Kandyba

Courtney Suzann Karamanol

Henry Maxwell Kelln

Ashlee Michelle Kestler

Talha Khan

Joshua Raab Klasic

Amanda Kathryn Kleihege

Amy Lee Williams Kluesner

Angelus Theodore Kocoshis

Joel David Koerner

Kevin Michael Kolbus

Katelyn Marie Kooy

Christopher Allen Kozelichki

Alexandria Shaheen Krapf

Christina Nicole LaCroix

Emily Christine Lamb

Thomas Conor Larkin

Douglas Michael Lash

Terence Ralph Laux

Thomas Michael Lawson

Karina Leventul

Richard Claude Libert

Ashley Nicole Lindenmier

Thomas Frank Little

Melinda Kay Mains

Amber Rose Malcolm

Jacob Allen May

Joshua Edward McAfee

Mallory Jill McClure

Robert Statts McCrea

Matthew Lee McDaniel

Nicholas Randall Merker

William Robert Meyer

Ethan Welles Miller

Detra Lynn Mills

Adam Jacob Mindel

Sandra Moon

James Yash Moore

Jamie Lee Moore

Michael Francis Mullen

Tracy Lynn Mundell

Maria Nakis

Kevin Michael Norris

Jennifer Sue Ortman

Robert Joseph Packard

Justin Alexander Paicely

Ulka Nitin Pandit

Marcie Celeste Pardieck

Jennifer Marie Phelps

Kaylan Lytle Phillips

Jeffrey Allan Piposar

Benjamin James Pliskie

Nicholas Allen Plumer

Amy Elizabeth Price

Leslie B. Prill

Megan Joy Provost

Gabriel James Quearry

Allen Michael Reece

Edward Robert Reichert

Tanya Marie Richardson

William Francis Riesner III

Adrienne Elizabeth Rines

Rose Marie Rivera

Ryan Cedric Rowan

Robert Eric Sanders

Benjamin Edward Saukas

Kyle Matthew Sawa

Brett R. Schlender

Lori Beth Schmeltzer

Dustin Allen Schock

Matthew Scott Schoettmer

Blake Joel Schulz

Theresa Ann Searles

Jeremiah Robert Seebohm

Jonathan Daniel Shell

Robyn Ann Sherer

Kenny John Sinak

Brandon Alan Skates

Maricel Elaine Villacampa Skiles

Sarah Nicole Smith

Jessica G. Sosa

Yana Yevghenlevna Spitzer

Matthew Ryan Springer

Elizabeth Anne Sprowl

Kelly Marie Stanley

Abbey Rae Stemler

Allison Theisen Stevens

Christopher Dee Stoker

Andrew Thomas Suszek

Bradley James Swihart

Noelle Marie Sykes

Jordan Joseph Szymialis

Christina Lynn Talamonti

Jennifer Kaye Tarrance

Willis Spurgin Taylor

Andrew Tyler Thomas

Donald Earl Thomas Jr.

James Jackson Todd

Sheila Von Tow

Anne Elizabeth Trout

Louis Harnold Urbancic

Rachel Elizabeth Van Tyle

John Vazanellis

Elaine Vullmahn

Scott Andrew Wallitsch

Joseph Owen Walsh Jr.

Jennifer Anne Washburn

Scott Allen Weinberg

Tony Roy West

Holly Ann Williams

James Kent Wisco

Laura Elizabeth Wittmann

Isha Elect Wright

Anthony Michael Zelli

Kelly Marie Zullo

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  1. California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) End of Year Report 2014. (page 13) Under the current system many local registering agencies are challenged just keeping up with registration paperwork. It takes an hour or more to process each registrant, the majority of whom are low risk offenders. As a result law enforcement cannot monitor higher risk offenders more intensively in the community due to the sheer numbers on the registry. Some of the consequences of lengthy and unnecessary registration requirements actually destabilize the life’s of registrants and those -such as families- whose lives are often substantially impacted. Such consequences are thought to raise levels of known risk factors while providing no discernible benefit in terms of community safety. The full report is available online at. http://www.casomb.org/index.cfm?pid=231 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) US Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs United States of America. The overall conclusion is that Megan’s law has had no demonstrated effect on sexual offenses in New Jersey, calling into question the justification for start-up and operational costs. Megan’s Law has had no effect on time to first rearrest for known sex offenders and has not reduced sexual reoffending. Neither has it had an impact on the type of sexual reoffense or first-time sexual offense. The study also found that the law had not reduced the number of victims of sexual offenses. The full report is available online at. https://www.ncjrs.gov/app/publications/abstract.aspx? ID=247350 The University of Chicago Press for The Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago and The University of Chicago Law School Article DOI: 10.1086/658483 Conclusion. The data in these three data sets do not strongly support the effectiveness of sex offender registries. The national panel data do not show a significant decrease in the rate of rape or the arrest rate for sexual abuse after implementation of a registry via the Internet. The BJS data that tracked individual sex offenders after their release in 1994 did not show that registration had a significantly negative effect on recidivism. And the D.C. crime data do not show that knowing the location of sex offenders by census block can help protect the locations of sexual abuse. This pattern of noneffectiveness across the data sets does not support the conclusion that sex offender registries are successful in meeting their objectives of increasing public safety and lowering recidivism rates. The full report is available online at. http://www.jstor.org/stable/full/10.1086/658483 These are not isolated conclusions but are the same outcomes in the majority of conclusions and reports on this subject from multiple government agencies and throughout the academic community. People, including the media and other organizations should not rely on and reiterate the statements and opinions of the legislators or other people as to the need for these laws because of the high recidivism rates and the high risk offenders pose to the public which simply is not true and is pure hyperbole and fiction. They should rely on facts and data collected and submitted in reports from the leading authorities and credible experts in the fields such as the following. California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) Sex offender recidivism rate for a new sex offense is 0.8% (page 30) The full report is available online at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Adult_Research_Branch/Research_Documents/2014_Outcome_Evaluation_Report_7-6-2015.pdf California Sex Offender Management Board (CASOMB) (page 38) Sex offender recidivism rate for a new sex offense is 1.8% The full report is available online at. http://www.google.com/url?sa= t&source=web&cd=1&ved= 0CCEQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F% 2Fwww.cdcr.ca.gov%2FAdult_ Research_Branch%2FResearch_ documents%2FOutcome_ evaluation_Report_2013.pdf&ei= C9dSVePNF8HfoATX-IBo&usg=AFQjCNE9I6ueHz-o2mZUnuxLPTyiRdjDsQ Bureau of Justice Statistics 5 PERCENT OF SEX OFFENDERS REARRESTED FOR ANOTHER SEX CRIME WITHIN 3 YEARS OF PRISON RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C. Within 3 years following their 1994 state prison release, 5.3 percent of sex offenders (men who had committed rape or sexual assault) were rearrested for another sex crime, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. The full report is available online at. http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/press/rsorp94pr.cfm Document title; A Model of Static and Dynamic Sex Offender Risk Assessment Author: Robert J. McGrath, Michael P. Lasher, Georgia F. Cumming Document No.: 236217 Date Received: October 2011 Award Number: 2008-DD-BX-0013 Findings: Study of 759 adult male offenders under community supervision Re-arrest rate: 4.6% after 3-year follow-up The sexual re-offense rates for the 746 released in 2005 are much lower than what many in the public have been led to expect or believe. These low re-offense rates appear to contradict a conventional wisdom that sex offenders have very high sexual re-offense rates. The full report is available online at. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/236217.pdf Document Title: SEX OFFENDER SENTENCING IN WASHINGTON STATE: RECIDIVISM RATES BY: Washington State Institute For Public Policy. A study of 4,091 sex offenders either released from prison or community supervision form 1994 to 1998 and examined for 5 years Findings: Sex Crime Recidivism Rate: 2.7% Link to Report: http://www.oncefallen.com/files/Washington_SO_Recid_2005.pdf Document Title: Indiana’s Recidivism Rates Decline for Third Consecutive Year BY: Indiana Department of Correction 2009. The recidivism rate for sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05%, one of the lowest in the nation. In a time when sex offenders continue to face additional post-release requirements that often result in their return to prison for violating technical rules such as registration and residency restrictions, the instances of sex offenders returning to prison due to the commitment of a new sex crime is extremely low. Findings: sex offenders returning on a new sex offense was 1.05% Link to Report: http://www.in.gov/idoc/files/RecidivismRelease.pdf Once again, These are not isolated conclusions but are the same outcomes in the majority of reports on this subject from multiple government agencies and throughout the academic community. No one can doubt that child sexual abuse is traumatic and devastating. The question is not whether the state has an interest in preventing such harm, but whether current laws are effective in doing so. Megan’s law is a failure and is destroying families and their children’s lives and is costing tax payers millions upon millions of dollars. The following is just one example of the estimated cost just to implement SORNA which many states refused to do. From Justice Policy Institute. Estimated cost to implement SORNA Here are some of the estimates made in 2009 expressed in 2014 current dollars: California, $66M; Florida, $34M; Illinois, $24M; New York, $35M; Pennsylvania, $22M; Texas, $44M. In 2014 dollars, Virginia’s estimate for implementation was $14M, and the annual operating cost after that would be $10M. For the US, the total is $547M. That’s over half a billion dollars – every year – for something that doesn’t work. http://www.justicepolicy.org/images/upload/08-08_FAC_SORNACosts_JJ.pdf. Attempting to use under-reporting to justify the existence of the registry is another myth, or a lie. This is another form of misinformation perpetrated by those who either have a fiduciary interest in continuing the unconstitutional treatment of a disfavored group or are seeking to justify their need for punishment for people who have already paid for their crime by loss of their freedom through incarceration and are now attempting to reenter society as honest citizens. When this information is placed into the public’s attention by naive media then you have to wonder if the media also falls into one of these two groups that are not truly interested in reporting the truth. Both of these groups of people that have that type of mentality can be classified as vigilantes, bullies, or sociopaths, and are responsible for the destruction of our constitutional values and the erosion of personal freedoms in this country. I think the media or other organizations need to do a in depth investigation into the false assumptions and false data that has been used to further these laws and to research all the collateral damages being caused by these laws and the unconstitutional injustices that are occurring across the country. They should include these injustices in their report so the public can be better informed on what is truly happening in this country on this subject. Thank you for your time.

  2. Freedom as granted in the Constitution cannot be summarily disallowed without Due Process. Unable to to to the gym, church, bowling alley? What is this 1984 level nonsense? Congrats to Brian for having the courage to say that this was enough! and Congrats to the ACLU on the win!

  3. America's hyper-phobia about convicted sex offenders must end! Politicians must stop pandering to knee-jerk public hysteria. And the public needs to learn the facts. Research by the California Sex Offender Management Board as shown a recidivism rate for convicted sex offenders of less than 1%. Less than 1%! Furthermore, research shows that by year 17 after their conviction, a convicted sex offender is no more likely to commit a new sex offense than any other member of the public. Put away your torches and pitchforks. Get the facts. Stop hysteria.

  4. He was convicted 23 years ago. How old was he then? He probably was a juvenile. People do stupid things, especially before their brain is fully developed. Why are we continuing to punish him in 2016? If he hasn't re-offended by now, it's very, very unlikely he ever will. He paid for his mistake sufficiently. Let him live his life in peace.

  5. This year, Notre Dame actually enrolled an equal amount of male and female students.

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