Tragedy = Justice’s Mother of Invention
Fla. Legislature Cracks Down On Sex Offenders
Jeb Bush Expected To Sign Bill
April 23, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After a convicted sex offender was arrested in Georgia for killing a 9-year-old girl, the Florida Legislature has passed a bill that would strengthen punishments for sex offenders.
[Jeb Bush… you Snakeskin Cowboy, you.]
Gov. Jeb Bush is expected to sign the Jessica Lunsford Act, named for the young girl who was abducted, raped and killed in February.
[oh… did we forget to mention she was buried alive?]
The bill would set a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life in prison for people convicted of molesting children under 12. If offenders serve less than life, they would be required to wear a global positioning system device after their release so authorities could monitor their whereabouts.
[Oh where oh where has my little ped. gone?]
Both chambers passed the measure unanimously – the House on Friday, the Senate on Thursday.
[Politics… it plays well on television]
Convicted sex offender John E. Couey, who lived near Lunsford, is charged with her killing. Couey did not inform the state when he moved into Lunsford’s neighborhood in Homosassa, about 60 miles north of Tampa.
[Bad convicted sex offender, BAD convicted sex offender!… next time you tell us where you’re going, young man!]
In March, police arrested Couey in Augusta, Ga. and later charged him in Lunsford’s death. Police say Couey failed to inform Florida authorities he was traveling to Georgia.
[and his punishment for failing to report was????]
Earlier this month, another sex offender was charged in the abduction and murder of 13-year-old Sarah Lunde of Ruskin. David Onstott, the man accused in the slaying, was convicted of a sex crime in 1995.