Revealed: Democratic NJ congressman pushed for lenient penalties for sex offenders as a lobbyist


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WASHINGTON DC – He’s one of the loud voices pushing to impeach President Trump.  And we’re apparently supposed to listen to a guy who pushed to protect convicted sex offenders..

Current New Jersey Congressman Tom Malinowski was a lobbyist in Washington DC before he first worked for President Barack Obama as the Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in the State Department in 2014. 

As a lobbyist, Malinowski pushed for lighter sentences and consequences for convicted sexual offenders.

In 2006, Malinowski was a high paid lobbyist for a group known as the Human Rights Watch. 

A group which describes themselves as being “country experts, lawyers, journalists, and others who work to protect the most at risk, from vulnerable minorities and civilians in wartime, to refugees and children in need.” 

Apparently in 2006, they believed that sex offenders needed protecting Malinowski and the group rallied against the creation of the national sex offender registry for violent offenders.  

They sent letters to congress which argued that there was “no legitimate community safety justification” to justify creating the registry. 

Creation of such a registry they believed would ultimately place convicted sex offenders “at risk of retaliation and discrimination.”

Malinowski and the group continued:

“Crime, even a crime that involves sexual misconduct, should not be license to run roughshod over principles of fairness and proportionality.  Human Rights Watch urges you to vote against,” the bill that ultimately created the registry. 

The bill, which was passed through Congress through a voice vote in 2006, provided for harsher punishments for sex offenders by allowing for the death penalty in some cases as well as higher sentencing guidelines. 

Malinowski and the group also did not agree with the harsher sentences feeling they were excessive.

Malinowski and this group did not seem to care of the lifelong pain and agony a victim of sexual abuse goes through along with their families.  Sexual abuse is one of the worst crimes to be committed against another person and the most demeaning. 

Child victims of sexual abuse also have lifelong consequences of being victimized.  These crimes require years of mental health counseling and in some cases, that is not enough. 

Pubmed conducted a study involving women who had been sexually abused at some point in their lifetime and had attempted suicide.  “In a sample of 158 female suicide attempters aged 20 years or older, 50% of the subjects reported having been sexually abused at some time.

“Sexually abused suicide attempters had shown more suicidal behavior in the past than their non-sexually abused counterparts….and were characterized by a more severe problem history.”

The study concluded:

“Within a group of female suicide attempters, those with a history of sexual abuse are disproportionately vulnerable to repeated suicidal behavior.”

Given that bit of knowledge, which Malinowski and the Human Rights Watch should know, how can they in good conscious fight against any bill that would provide stronger penalties and provide fair warning about sex offenders?

Malinowski served as the Director for the Human Rights Watch group from 2001 to 2013.  During his tenure they were praised for their humanitarian work throughout the world, but, took backlash for an apparent anti-Israel mentality.

In 2014, Malinowski was picked by the Obama administration to become the Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the State Department.  This was because he had a reputation as being a “good guy lobbyist.” 

In 2017, the Executive Director for the Human Rights Watch Group, Kenneth Roth, tweeted out a message:

“Many rights activists condemn Israeli abuse & anti-Semitism.  Some white supremacists embrace Israel & anti-Semitism.”

His tweet pointed to an op-ed in the Middle East Eye.

The piece, written by Nada Elia, had many concerning points throughout.  Including when she saw a confederate flag next to an Israeli flag.  She wrote:

“What few seem to have noticed is that the [confederate] was raised right alongside an Israeli flag, sharing the same window.  Clearly, the unnamed occupant understood the similar ideologies behind white supremacy and the state of Israel, which hinges on government-sanctioned Jewish supremacy.” 

In 2018, Malinowski began his career as an elected official for the State of New Jersey and is known for bringing up his work in the Human Rights Watch. 

It is an assumption that the lawmaker does not bring up the anti-Israel sentiment from his former boss or the fact that he personally lobbied against sexual offender penalties.    

Malinowski is currently running for re-election against Republican opponent Tom Kean, Jr.  If you live in New Jersey and you do not appreciate Malinowski’s way of thinking, perhaps you should get out to vote for Kean.

New Jersey wants to fine gym owners $10K a day, jail time for defying executive order shutting down businesses

Bellmarw, New Jersey – We at Law Enforcement Today have been keeping up with an ongoing display of civil disobedience by two gym owners in New Jersey that refuse to keep their doors closed during the pandemic.

Now, the state Attorney General’s office is suggesting these gym owners be fined up to $10,000 a day and possible jail time if these two keep up their act of contempt against state executive orders.

Gym owners Frank Trumbetti and Ian Smith are the men behind Atilis Gym, which they’ve been pushing back against the COVID business shutdowns that have occurred due to Governor Phil Murphy forcing certain classifications of businesses to remain closed during the pandemic.

The recommendation by the AG’s office was delivered on August 3rd, which came two days after Trumbetti and Smith kicked in the plywood barricade that was erected on the front doors of Atilis Gym and reopened once again for their customers.

This clashing between the executive orders and the gym owners has been going on for weeks now, which the duo have seen themselves cited for contempt time and again.

When Trumbetti and Smith found themselves in handcuffs in late July for remaining open in defiance of the executive order, they were both charged with one count of fourth-degree contempt, one count of obstruction, and one count of violating the Disaster Control Act.

In a letter sent to the courts from the AG’s office after the two reopening Atilis Gym again on August 1st, the following was mentioned:

“Atilis Gym’s brazen conduct is abhorrent to an organized judicial system, jeopardizes the public health and the safety of New Jerseyans, and must not be tolerated. It is clear that additional sanctions and relief are necessary to coerce Atilis Gym’s compliance with the court’s order.”

If that weren’t enough, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office even filed a disorderly persons complaint against Trumbetti and Smith – for them removing the plywood on their business.

The rationale of the AG’s office asking for a daily $10,000 fine against the two is that they’d taken notice of a GoFundMe which has now amassed nearly $170,000. Since that money is available to Trumbetti and Smith, state officials said that a $10,000 daily fine wouldn’t be out of theirs means to pay.

There was a scheduled appearance for Trumbetti and Smith to appear before borough officials on August 4th to determine whether their business license would be revoked, but there’s currently no information available on that outcome yet.

Here’s Law Enforcement Today’s original story on when the two gym owners were arrested in July.

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Two gym owners in New Jersey who decided not to abide by state Governor Phil Murphy’s order related to COVID-19 found themselves arrested for keeping their gym doors open.

Despite the two getting arrested, one witness to the arrest wanted to make sure that people knew the officers “were polite & respectful.”

According to police, 33-year-old Ian Smith and 51-year-old Frank Trumbetti were both charged with one count of fourth-degree contempt, obstruction, and violation of disaster control act. The terrible act that led to these charges?

Keeping a gym open.

Officials stated that between July 24th and the 27th, a myriad of people were spotted making their way into Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, likely in an effort to get their workouts in.

But that was a big no-no in the era of COVID and also the governor’s order to close up those pesky “non-essential” businesses.

A friend of the gym owners, BJ Dowlen, was presently at the gym when police arrived to arrest the two owners:

“Well, this was a first. I stayed the night in the gym writing, my book clients Ian & Frank were just waking up, I’m gathering my computer & notebooks, just waiting for the guys to come out for a few final questions, and then a SWARM of Camden County Sheriffs & local Bellmawr police (with K-9 units waiting in a vehicle) come bursting thru the door…to me, sitting there, writing, by myself.”

Dowlen’s noting of the event on Facebook also detailed that police were “respectful” while having to take the gym owners into custody over the violation of Governor Murphy’s order:

“First & foremost, the law enforcement officers were polite & respectful. Look for my video footage on national channels. And tonight/this morning, I am writing this new book chapter right now!!!”

Both Trumbetti and Smith were transported over to the Bellmawr Police Department, where they were processed, charged and subsequently released. The charges levied are among disorderly conduct/persons charges and may result in minimal consequences if convicted. 


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