Just Thinking Out Loud

For some reason Scalia’s Dissent Opinion in the last Obamacare ruling has been running through my brain and doing loops.

One of Scalia’s points was the Court ruling basically saying although the law was restricted to specific states it MUST be applied to all States now regardless the written law (basically).  He also warns that this ruling opens the door to a lot of issues now that will be used in future cases.

Now, how can we, RFSOs, exploit this esoteric ruling by Mr. Roberts?

Now understand…t his is my mine playing games with different scenarios…

Ok, with that said, I live in Maine and no longer have to Register.  I go to visit somewhere and their laws says I have to register in that State regardless what my home State of residence says.

Now I say, but in the Obamacare ruling Mr. Roberts says (basically) one State’s law covers all States for this person.  Now I am liking it to like Driver’s License, they can’t force you to get that state’s DL if you have a valid DL from your STATE OF RESIDENCE.  Nor can they force you to license you vehicle in that State if your vehicle has a valid license plate from you Home State.

So my state says I can travel and live without having to Register, that should hold true for me no matter where I travel or live unless I change my State of Residence.

Just throwing this out there as my mind is always thinking of things and this is like a PopUp in my mind…

Actually…”Ignorance of the Law” is now a valid and mitigating circumstance in fighting a violation.

The U.S. Supreme Court just ruled last year that Ignorance Of the Law was a valid excuse for making a mistake.  The case in point was that an officer stop a vehicle for only having ONE tail light and in doing so discovered a bunch of drugs.  By State Law cars are only required to have one tail light and the Defendant tried to get the stop ruled Unconstitutional because the officer had no valid reason or legal standing to stop him.  The Officer plead “Ignorance Of the Law” and the court said that an officer could not be expected to know all the details of all the laws and that his action stopping the defendant was a valid stop.

So if a member of law enforcement can not be expected to know the law, members of the general public can’t be held to a higher standard.

I can’t wait for someone to stuff this ruling down a DA’s throat concerning the registry and AWA considering it is like a 1000 pages long and even lawyers don’t understand most of it.

If you no longer have to register in your home state, you are no longer on your own state registry and the Feds don’t actually maintain their own registry, but simply link to each independent state registry, thus from checking the registry, you would no longer appear no matter what state you might get stopped in.

6 comments for “Just Thinking Out Loud

  1. March 22, 2016 at 8:48 am

    what is the case number for this ” The Officer plead “Ignorance Of the Law” and the court said that an officer could not be expected to know all the details of all the laws and that his action stopping the defendant was a valid stop.”

    I’d like to have a copy of this and show it to the police here..

  2. Paul
    March 22, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Actually this one isn’t as complicated as it sounds (I think, I could be wrong). As I understand it, the main thing to check for is if you were in an AWA complaint state and if you are going to another AWA complaint state. If so, then if you are off the registry, you probably don’t have to register in that state. Other states that aren’t AWA complaint write their own rules so you have to check for your own good. Even if you are going to another AWA state, it’s still always best to check beforehand. Is this correct or am I missing something? It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve ever been wrong about something in my life.

    Of all the stupid things about the SOR, this ranks up there as one of the dumbest. One state can give you relief but yet that same relief does not apply in other states. What this really means is that even if you are “off the list” in your state, you are never really off the list.

  3. Scott
    March 22, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I am not so sure about tail light laws In other states. Or ignorance of law officers.

    I can tell you though that it is advised to look at the others states laws before you visit for any length of time or decide to move.

    I was at a homeless shelter for about 6 months and I was told the federals were in looking for me while I was sleeping and the shelter refused to wake me up but did verify it was me. So if they want to find you, they will even if you do register. Every state has different rules or laws to abide by.

    • Paul
      March 24, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      If you were at a shelter that took any federal money, that’s probably how they found you. I actually was under the impression that any shelter which takes money from the federal government cannot offer shelter to a registrant, so at least they didn’t turn you away. But I get outraged when I hear how some of the most vulnerable adult citizens are treated. I feel families of registrants who are turned away from homeless shelters and then die should be able to SUE! I’m sorry you couldn’t even find momentary peace in a shelter, Scott, without having to worry about the government’s constant harassment of you.

      • Scott
        March 26, 2016 at 6:22 pm

        Hi Paul,

        The shelter i was in actually had a program set up to help those who incarcerated who were due to come out. They provided work resources and counseling and all that was supported through various businesses and churches. Some of those who did land jobs actually paid a portion of rent until they could land their own apt of home. As for Offenders, they were only allowed to house up to 3 in the same shelter. I guess that was the city ordinance.
        I wasn’t treated any different as a regular person would be, But of course you can bet that word spread shortly after the federals arrived because of all the commotion that took place.
        I thought about sending them a Thank You card for opening me up to potential dangers but i never had the chance or the wild hair to follow through.

        I do agree though that families should have the right to SUE the state and better yet the Federal Government for not keeping all citizens safe regardless of what their background was or is. Apparently they forgot what equal rights and discrimination was. I find it only apples to certain classes nowadays.

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