State of Minnesota Archives: on Crime
Don't punish victimless crimes like prostitution & gambling
I shall fight against any efforts to pass legislation and regulation of victimless crimes. Such "crimes" include speeding, drinking, no seat belts, drug use, prostitution, gambling, no helmets, or any other crime where no harm
is brought against another human or group of humans. All consensual acts, free from fraud, force, and coercion belong to the consenting individuals involved and do not fall into the domain of politics or government.
Source: 2014 Minnesota Senate campaign website, "Platform"
Jul 31, 2014
Major overhaul needed for sex offender laws
Minnesota must make it easier for sex offenders to finish a treatment program that for most has resulted in indefinite state custody, and should try to get politics out of the screening process, a task force said. The 22-member panel recommended a major
overhaul of the state's sex offender laws.
Of the 698 people now enrolled [as juveniles], 52 have never been convicted of an adult crime. "No person should be civilly committed based solely on behavior that occurred while that person was a juvenile,"
the report said. If the Legislature fails to fix the program it risk having it dismantled by a federal judge. Gov. Mark Dayton has halted the provisional release of offenders until the Legislature has a chance to act.
Rep. Jim Abeler, a Republican
who also served on the task force, said those who believe changes are necessary--he counted himself in that group--might have to push forward even if it's divisive. "If we can't reach a truce, that doesn't mean the problem then goes away," Abeler said.
Source: Associated Press on 2014 Minnesota Senate race
Dec 2, 2013
Supports use of deadly force in self-defense
Jim Abeler voted Yea (Concurrence Vote) on HF 1467 (Passed House, 85-47)
Legislative title:Expands the Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense
Legislative summary:Vote to expand provisions authorizing use of deadly force in
Source: Minnesota House voting records (Votesmart synopses)
Feb 29, 2012
- Authorizes an individual to use deadly force to resist or prevent any of the following from occurring:
- The commission of a felony in the individual's dwelling;
- The commission of an offense that will expose an
individual to substantial injury or death; or
- The commission of a felony that includes the threatened use of physical force or a deadly weapon.
- Expands the definition of a "dwelling" to include: overnight stopping accommodation of any kind; a motor
vehicle; a watercraft; a motor home
- An individual is presumed to have a reasonable belief that there is an imminent threat of substantial injury or death if another individual has entered or is attempting to enter a dwelling unlawfully.
Gideon brief established right to attorney
Mondale, as attorney general, filed a brief on behalf of a Florida man named Clarence Gideon who couldn’t afford a defense attorney. At the time, states were not required to provide attorneys to poor defendants charged with serious crimes.
As a result of Mondale’s brief, defendants charged with serious crimes in both federal and state courts are provided attorneys if they cannot afford one. The Gideon case is required reading for all first year law students.
Source: Minnesota Public Radio interview with Elizabeth Stawicki
May 17, 2001
More resources for local law enforcement & COPS
I will fight to provide local law enforcement the resources needed to prevent and control crime. I support increased federal funding for law enforcement for programs
such as COPS and other federal initiatives that expand the presence of community police on our streets.
Source: Minnesota Newspaper Association Election Questionnaire
Jul 2, 2000
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