City of Orange’s Halloween law for sex offenders challenged in court

A city law requiring registered sex offenders to post a sign in front of their homes on Halloween to discourage trick-or-treaters is unconstitutional and should be tossed out, a federal lawsuit alleges.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

The City of Orange, CA, has enacted a law that requires registered sex offenders to place a sign in front of their home on Halloween, which states, “no candy or treats at this residence.”  This prompted a lawsuit for a sexual offender advocacy group claiming a constitutional rights violation. The group claims that this will make the residences of offenders a target for “tricks” rather than “treats.” As a California attorney that represents sexual assault and abuse victims, I firmly support any law that would protect children from pedophiles.  Sex offender registries are already public information disseminated on various state websites.  I’m not sure how this law would add any additional burden to identificaiton of homes where convicted sex offenders reside.   

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