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October 2, 2012

Talk back: Should Halloween restrictions be placed on sex offenders? – latimes.com

Filed under: News, opinion — Scottie @ 20:49

To me this is just like the tough I.D. for voting requirements to combat the false voter fraud issue.  There has been not real voter fraud to combat with these requirements.  I find it strange that the police say there has been NO instances of Halloween child molestation, yet some people say “lets pass this law branding people and looking tough and child friendly to combat this non existing crime”.   The broadness of the law, the who sexual offender statues and registrations makes what it is trying to accomplish not only meaningless but almost beyond hope.    Again I find the damage done by these types of laws far out weigh the false promise of any good from them.    Hugs

Talk back: Should Halloween restrictions be placed on sex offenders? – latimes.com.

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Talk back: Should Halloween restrictions be placed on sex offenders?

Halloween
A number of California communities have begun enforcing Halloween restrictions on sex offenders, banning them from putting up holiday displays and outside lighting on Oct. 31. Some are required to place a sign on their front doors, telling children no candy or treats will be handed out.

But some believe such restrictions violates the 1st Amendment rights and those of their families.

Talk back LATimes reporter Steve Chawkins reported that less than a month after Simi Valley approved Halloween restrictions for registered sex offenders, the city has been sued.

Both the prohibition on decorations and the mandatory sign violate free-speech rights, according to the lawsuit.

Chawkins reported that 119 registered sex offenders live in Simi Valley. Although some have been convicted of misdemeanors and do not have their names displayed, 67 have been guilty of more serious crimes and are publicly listed on the Megan’s Law website. None has been involved in crimes involving children on Halloween, according to police, who say they have no records of any such crime occurring in Simi Valley during Halloween trick-or-treating.

City officials have said the action was preemptive and modeled after ordinances adopted by other cities in Southern California. City documents supporting the ordinance say trick-or-treating offers “significant opportunities for sex offenders to victimize children.”

Attorney Janice Belluci represents five registered sex offenders, three of their wives and two of their children. She said she plans to ask a federal judge for an injunction to keep the city from enforcing its new law this Halloween. She filed suit Friday in U.S. District Court. Her clients were not named.

Bellucci, head of an advocacy group called California Reform Our Sex Offender Laws, said there have been no similar lawsuits in California. Her clients, she said, were particularly upset by the sign requirement.

“To us, it’s similar to branding,” she said. “We can think of what happened in Nazi Germany, where Jews had to appear in public wearing yellow stars.”

What do you think? Should sex offenders be forced to put signs on their front doors that say: “No candy or treats at this residence”? Should Halloween restrictions be placed on sex offenders? Tell us what you think.

2 Comments »

  1. Let’s be honest here…this is nothing more that people trying to make political hay.
    That is it, pure and simple.
    –carlitos

    Hello Carlitos. I agree, thanks for the feedback. Hugs

    Comment by carlitos — October 3, 2012 @ 23:13

  2. Hi Scottie;
    If anyone were to look closely at the statistics, then they wouldn’t have ever enacted most of these s.o. laws. For instance, statistically, the most likely person to sexually abuse a child is a family member or close friend/neighbor. Sort of hard to legislate that, though.

    hugs!

    Yup, and not easy to get votes making a family member the boogeyman, so we get these solve nothing laws that make a politician look good while not fixing anything. Many Hugs

    Comment by randy — October 4, 2012 @ 19:08


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