Reading from the Voice Media empire: In early 2016, we told you about the arrest of former Texas death-row resident Claude Wilkerson for allegedly keeping a woman chained to his bed and repeatedly raping her. Just over two years later, Wilkerson has agreed to a plea deal in the case, and it’s a sweet one. He’s admitted guilt to a pair of lesser charges, for which he’ll serve just six years behind bars and three on probation — an astonishingly brief sentence given the initial description of his crimes. Westword has the story.
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Reading from the Voice Media empire: In 2016, at least eleven women accused nurse Tom Moore of improperly touching them while he was supposed to be providing medical care. Now he’s been given a twelve-year sentence for unlawful sexual contact in one county, to run concurrently with a dozen-year jolt previously doled out in another. But according to one of Moore’s multiple arrest affidavits, the amount of time he’s been ordered to serve is only a little longer than the decade during which he allegedly used his profession as a means to violate one female victim after another. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media Empire: In 2016, a jury acquitted Clarence Moses-EL for a 1987 rape for which he spent nearly three decades in prison. This verdict followed then-District Attorney Mitch Morrissey’s decision to retry Moses-EL for the crime even after a judge had vacated his conviction the previous year in the wake of a confession by another man, LC Jackson. Now, Moses-EL is suing Morrissey and a slew of additional defendants in federal court. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Wray, who was arrested for alleged sexual assault against a woman at a gas station, has been in trouble with the law before. We first wrote about Wray seven years ago, when he was busted for, among other things, urinating on his wife’s head. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Critics have long complained about the relatively light sentences given to some prominent white, privileged college students found guilty of sex crimes, and Jack Warmolts, a onetime Air Force Cadet who pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and unlawful sexual contact in October 2016, is an example of the phenomenon. He’s now back on the streets after serving only eight months of a one-year term. However, university student John D. Kennedy was sentenced to a minimum of nine years for sexual assault and more in part because his victim wrote an impassioned letter asking the judge in the case not to “allow another predator to go free.” Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A federal judge has ruled that one state’s sex-offender registry violates the due process rights of three plaintiffs, thereby amounting to cruel and unusual punishment. Attorney Alison Ruttenberg, who filed the case in 2013, sees the opinion as the potential death knell for a law enforcement tool that, in her view, perpetuates factually dubious notions that fall apart when examined in an evenhanded way. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: One small county has pulled its sex-offender registry offline following a recent court ruling in which U.S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch found that such registries constituted cruel and unusual punishment in the case of three plaintiffs. The ruling is specific to the complainants in question, rather than everyone on the roster, and the state’s attorney general has announced her intention to appeal. So why make the move now? According to a representative from the sheriff’s office, a fear of lawsuits. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A teacher has slipped through the cracks of a school background check, raising concerns from former colleagues and alleged victims about “passing the trash” — letting suspected or convicted teachers go without notifying parents and leaving them free to teach around the country until allegations catch up with them. Westword has the story.