Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Parents For Megan's Law sues a poor man from another state in retaliation for Internet comments. Your $900k a year at work


The Suffolk nonprofit hired by the county to monitor registered sex offenders has sued a Cincinnati registered sex offender, accusing him of defaming the group with his online posts.

Did the law offices of WeitzPascale gave these to PFML? Seems like it.
I want you to wrap your minds around the concept of a million dollar corporation suing some guy on the Internet (who happens to be on welfare at that) because they said said their organization sucks (PFML sucks) and that they're probably using their funds to curry favor (as many politicians do).

Why is PFML really suing Derek Logue? Because he had the courage to stand up to them. After all, PFMl is already being sued for harassment. This is a blatant abuse of law, and I'm pretty sure this lawsuit will backfire.

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/parents-for-megan-s-law-files-lawsuit-against-sex-offender-1.11724412

Parents for Megan’s Law files lawsuit against sex offender
Updated April 23, 2016 8:06 PM
By Laura Figueroa  laura.figueroa@newsday.com


Parents for Megan’s Law filed a lawsuit in Suffolk state Supreme Court in Central Islip on Tuesday, claiming Derek W. Logue, who runs a support website for sex offenders, made “false disparaging statements about the integrity” of the Ronkonkoma-based group on his Twitter account and an online news forum.

Logue, who was served with court papers as he protested outside of the nonprofit’s Comac Street office on Wednesday, contends his posts accusing the group of receiving “kickbacks” are protected by the constitutional right to free speech.

The legal dispute comes as the group, which tracks the addresses of more than 1,000 registered sex offenders and provides counseling services to sex-abuse victims, renegotiates its three-year $2.7 million contract with Suffolk. It is set to expire at the end of the month.

Vanessa B. Streeter, a spokeswoman for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, said the county plans to renew the group’s contract, but is “still working out the terms.”

At the center of the lawsuit is a Feb. 23 post Logue wrote responding to an online article about an upstate Broome County lawmaker’s call to increase the 20-year period Level 1 sex offenders must remain on the state’s registry to 25 years.

“This is what is known as ‘moving the goal post,’” Logue wrote in the comments section of Binghamton’s FOX 40 WICZ TV news website. “ . . . The REAL reason the state is pushing this is because Parents for Megan’s Law gets millions of dollars in kickbacks.”

In that post, and on his Twitter account, Logue questioned whether the agency’s funding went to “padding” the pockets of the Broome County legislator pushing for the increase, a claim the nonprofit’s attorneys say is “false” and made “with reckless disregard for the truth.”

Laura Ahearn, founder and executive director of Parents for Megan’s Law, said she couldn’t comment on the lawsuit, and referred questions to the group’s pro-bono attorneys at the Mineola law firm of WeitzPascale.

“You can’t go around defaming innocent organizations that are here only to defend children, the elderly, the disabled,” said attorney Brian C. Pascale, a partner at the firm.

Logue... said he has traveled to other cities to protest sex-offender residency restriction laws.

He said he came to Suffolk to protest the county’s tracking program because he believes municipalities should focus on funding “rehabilitative” programs that help offenders reintegrate into society.

“They’re trying to silence me for speaking up,” Logue said in an interview. “It’s easy to go after and dehumanize a group that’s invisible in the eyes of society.”

Logue, who carried a sign that read “Parents for Megan’s Law: Stop Supporting Myths for Money,” said he tried to stage a larger demonstration. He said he sent letters to 300 Suffolk registered offenders encouraging them to come out and protest, but only one showed up.

Parents for Megan’s Law is also defending itself against a federal lawsuit filed last month by a Suffolk registered sex offender, who claims the nonprofit violated his civil rights by interrogating him at his house.

1 comment:

  1. If Laura Ahearn is consumed by greed, and hatred toward her innocent victims of Megan's law, what judge in his/her right mind would allow her to proceed with such vexatious litigation against someone seeking help for these victims? A Suffolk county judge? Her buddy in the BAR? Does anyone else smell fish in the county of Suffolk? Has the Federal government planned its own fishing trip without renting Prudenti's boat? Will her own lawsuit expose her and her partners in crime?

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