Published: November 28, 2012
California: Sex-Offender Ban in Parks Is Struck Down
"An Orange County law prohibiting registered sex offenders from entering county parks has been struck down. The county government’s ban spawned similar laws in many of the cities within the county, rendering almost half of all public parks within Orange County off limits to sex offenders.
In a unanimous decision this month, the three-judge panel of the Orange County Superior Court said that the ordinance was pre-empted by state law, and that the “adverse effect” of the ordinance on the “transient citizens of the state” outweighed possible benefits of the bans."
Nov 29, 2012 5:01 AM GMT
California Defends Sex Offender Law Facing Lawsuit
"California Attorney General Kamala Harris defended a voter-approved ballot measure that expands sex offender registration requirements and denied the claims in a lawsuit challenging the law’s constitutionality.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation sued this month to block portions of the law, which requires anyone who is a registered sex offender to turn over a list of all their Internet identifiers and service providers to law enforcement. The restrictions are part of California’s Proposition 35, which also includes increased prison terms for human trafficking."