Friday, August 14, 2009

The Sex Offender Game, Our Disgrace

For those that haven't heard, there's a bunch of sex offenders living under a bridge in Miami. Not a bridge in the middle of the Everglades, but a pretty bridge that goes to a pretty place (Miami Beach, or what you millions of tourists refer to as "South Beach.") where pretty people spend pretty money.

Now there's a lawsuit. City versus State.

Yesterday the State tried to move the case out of Miami, to Tallahassee, way up in North Florida where people are perfectly fine to have sex offenders living under a bridge in Miami.

It's ok to have sex offenders living under a bridge, as long as the chamber of commerce can hide it, and the media pays no attention. Not here in Miami where unfortunately for the "leaders" of our community, they're stuck trying to fix it. Now mind you, most people are outraged that these sex offenders are living under a bridge, instead of in prison for the rest of their lives.

It's fun watching the problem grow while leaders punt. Not a single politician wants to fix this, because it's like reforming health care. There are many good, sound ideas, that no one wants to hear.

Every comment regarding the inhumane treatment of sex offenders is met with "what if it happened to your daughter?"

Thankfully it's not just a "criminal justice system" problem. It's now a "Welcome to Miami" problem.

Brian Tannebaum is a criminal defense lawyer in Miami, Florida practicing in state and federal court. Read his free ebook The Truth About Hiring A Criminal Defense Lawyer. To learn more about Brian and his firm, Tannebaum Weiss, please visit

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