By Theresa Schmidt
Earlier this year Lake Charles City Council passed what some suggested might be the strictest sex offender law anywhere. But that law has yet to be implemented due to a lawsuit.
The proposed sex offender registration ordinance would have increased registration fees to six hundred dollars and created more restrictions on where sex offenders can live.
- Requiring anybody to pay a fee or go to jail/prison, is extortion.
In March local sex offender [name withheld] went to court to block the new law.
In his suit, he challenges the constitutionality of the law and says it goes too far that it's more severe and stricter than the state law.
A temporary restraining order has been in place but this morning Judge Mike Canaday granted a preliminary injunction without objection from the city-- which is still researching whether amendments to the ordinance are needed.
[name withheld] doubts the ordinance can be amended in a way that would cause him to drop the suit:
So, the preliminary injunction will prevent the city from moving forward with the ordinance for now. At this point no trial date has been set.