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  • California Supreme Court Strikes Down Sex Offender Park Ban

    Posted Apr 24th, 2014 By in Orange County Politics With | Comments Off on California Supreme Court Strikes Down Sex Offender Park Ban


    In January an appellate court overturned an Orange County ordinance that made it a misdemeanor offense for a sex offender to enter parks, beaches, or other various recreational premises without first being granted written law enforcement permission. The law faced much controversy because it was too broad and open to interpretation or possible misuse. The appellate court reasoned that the law conflicted with state laws that took precedence. Earlier this week, supporters of  the ban tried to have it reviewed by CA Supreme Court but the Court struck it down and upheld the appellate court’s decision.

    The appeals court ruling came after the ordinances were challenged by Jean Pierre Nguyen – a Garden Grove resident who went to Citrus Glen Park to play tennis while on probation for an indecent-exposure conviction – and Hugo Godinez – a registered sex offender arrested at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley in 2011.

    The appeals court found that any local ordinances would be pre-empted by state laws that oversee sex-offender registration and regulate their daily lives. State law includes no outright prohibitions on sex-offenders in parks.

    The state Supreme Court’s decision not to review the appeals court ruling means the lower court decision will stand.

    “Today’s court decision is a major victory,” said Janice Bellucci, president of California Reform Sex Offender Laws in a written statement. “Through its denial to review a lower court decision, the California Supreme Court has ruled that ordinances in more than 70 cities and five counties are pre-empted by existing state law.”

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