Laws are unequal


The Sun Journal headline read “More sex offenders successful in getting off Maine registry.” The original law passed by the Maine Legislature was deemed unconstitutional by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court due to its “ex post facto” components. According to the article, the Legislature had until April 1, 2010, to make changes to the law.

What about the “ex post facto” components regarding “Tina’s Law?”

Both laws retrieve offenses prior to law being passed that have already been adjudicated. Why is one law unconstitutional and not the other?

Tina’s Law was passed in April 2006, imposing a three-year driving suspension, in part, for offenses that occurred prior to the law being passed. Why is this not being addressed by the Judicial Court? Do sex offenders rate higher than drivers?

There are degrees of severity regarding sex offenders, as in driving violations, and yet often little distinguishing in the method of punishment.

I maintain that 10 moving violations (speeding ticket, rolling stops, etc.) within five years do not warrant a three-year driving suspension. The punishment does not fit the crime.

This harsh method not only punishes the offender, but their innocent families.

I have addressed this with a member of the committee that formulated Tina’s Law, but the committee refused to bring it back to the table for review.

Jennie Peters, Lewiston