I’ve been poking around, trying to find out what the deal with Bruce Elmore, Jr is, and how he fits in with the Andrew Reed situation.
I found two items posted at Unknown News that reveal a little.
The most important thing in the items is the ACLU connection. More below.
Below is an excerpt from the Asheville Global Report from Nov 2002:
Asheville, North Carolina, Nov. 19 (AGR)— Asheville Chief of Police Will Annarino presented a proposed anti-begging, sleeping outdoors ordinance at approximately 10:30pm at the Asheville City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The ordinance was passed unanimously by city council members despite requests from a vocal majority of citizens at the meeting asking the council to seek more community-oriented solutions to the area’s homelessness problem instead of resorting to legal measures.
All types of solicitation are now illegal in the central downtown area, including those of the Salvation Army, the Girl Scouts, and street musicians with open guitar cases or hats asking for tips. Although inquired about by council members Holly Jones and Jim Ellis, permits are unlikely to be a possible alternative for such groups. According to city attorneys, it is necessary to ban all forms of solicitation to avoid an unconstitutional restriction on speech content.
Bruce Elmore, representing the WNC American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) at the council meeting, called the criminalization of begging or sleeping in public an infringement on First Amendment freedom of speech and assembly rights. In the judiciary, restrictions on the content of speech must survive a “strict scrutiny” review — meaning that in order to pass constitutional muster, a compelling government interest must be present. Elmore stated he felt the court would find attractiveness to tourists and the free flow of pedestrian traffic to be important but not compelling governmental interests.
Then, I found more that led me to a local blogger, who keeps the WLOSers fan club informed, just scroll down past the racy photos to the sex offender news section:
The sex offender news
Michelle Boudin, who rode the sex offender news last year hard, got back on the train again. There must be something in the WLOSer manual that says that every infotainment-cast must contain at least one sex offender story. Just look at how much mileage NBC has gotten out of their little sting operation, where they pose as a 13-year-old girl looking for sex and invite any and all pervs to meet with them. That makes for some damn good video.
Anyway, all Boudin had was news about a bill proposed in the state House that would keep convicted sex offenders from living with 1,000 feet of a school, and prevent convicted sex offenders from going with 500 feet of a school, unless there was special permission. Michelle talked to attorney Bruce Elmore, a member of the ACLU, who said the bill wasn’t fair.
And, lastly, I will leave you with this post, at gopunditgo, where Bruce Elmore, Jr is again representing a sex offender aginst the town of Woodfin, NC.
A Superior Court judge Tuesday upheld a Woodfin ordinance barring sex offenders from the town’s three public parks.
David Standley, 43, a registered sex offender living in Woodfin, sued the town in August 2005. The N.C. chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union backed his case.
Standley argued in his lawsuit the ordinance was too broad, in part by including people who have never committed sex crimes against children.
He was convicted in 1987 in Florida of attempted sexual battery with a weapon against an adult and served three years and six months in jail, according to the N.C. Department of Justice sex offender registry.
“I think it’s likely that we’ll appeal,” said Bruce Elmore, Standley’s attorney. “I think he had a strong constitutional case.”
We need to keep the pressure on, and enact change that would result in longer sentences for those convicted of sex crimes, most especially those against children, whom the ACLU seem to have forgotten. We need to keep reminding them, over and over and over. Perhaps we need to take a page from our “progressive” friends and protest, with signs in hand…as I understand is happening as I type this. I hope WLOS gets some good shots, and finally give this story the coverage other national media will.