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Image: Flickr/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab You've probably heard of species of spiders whose females will eat males during sex.
But did you know that in some of these species, the males will try to protect themselves by binding the females' legs with silk before copulation?
In New York, once a registered offender files a petition, the judge forwards it to a five-person Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders, appointed by the governor.
The board issues a recommendation on the petition, which goes back to the judge, who then decides whether or not registrants are likely to reoffend, based on evidence about their criminal record and any treatment they’ve received.
The petition process involves filing fees and potential legal fees.
In Alabama, offenders have to pay a 0 filing fee, which cannot be waived for lack of funds.
What does petitioning to get off a registry entail? First, sex offenders have to figure out whether they’re eligible to file such a petition, which likely requires help from a lawyer.
In Colorado, offenders file a petition in court and go to their assigned hearing, where a judge decides whether or not they should be removed.
In other words, an arms race--or to be more specific...a legs race.Compare this with the rules in Utah, where many offenders are removed from the registry after just 10 years.Usually, the more serious the crime, the longer the registration period. If you’re under 21 and convicted of having consensual sex with someone older than 14, you benefit from a special “Romeo and Juliet” exception that allows you to petition for removal after two years.From the point of view of an offender, there’s a lot more to being on the list than showing up in offender searches.Once a person is in the registry, he or she faces a thicket of reporting requirements lasting anywhere from five years to a lifetime.
But if you’re 21 or older and convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old, you can petition only after 10 years.