Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Assembyman Cryan's Personalized Bill

Bill A-3348 passed in the Assembly. This bill would require convicted stalkers, subject to permanent restraining orders that limit their contact with their victims, to provide law enforcement with their e-mail address, user name and password, and notify the agency at least 10 days prior to using such email address.

Obviously, stalking is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly. However, as with all crimes, there are penalties already in place. The particular stalker, whom I believe this bill is aimed at, will likely receive a harsh sentence ... possibly jail time. I, too, was once the victim of a stalker. I, too, turned to law enforcement for help and eventually that person stopped. No special bills were written for me or for any other victims until now. Mr. Cryan is no more special than the rest of us, despite his many titles.

This bill is tantamount to an open-ended wire tap. In this age of technology, communicating by e-mail is probably used as much, if not more, than a telephone line. It is almost used exclusively via inter-office communication in many companies.

If this bill is enacted, why stop with stalkers? Why not subject everyone convicted of a crime to the same requirements? The answer is because it would be unconstitutional is why. And so too is it here.

This bill just goes too far and in my opinion, to benefit one politically connected person. Assemblyman/State Dem. Chair/ Union County Undersheriff Joe Cryan.

No comments: