Thursday, March 14, 2013

WI - Court upholds sex offender residency rule

Gov. Scott Walker
Original Article


MADISON (AP) - A state appeals court has upheld a city ordinance that prohibits child sex offenders from living near elementary schools.

Convicted child sex offender [name withheld] moved into a South Milwaukee residence that was within 1,000 feet of Lakeview School in 2010. A Milwaukee County judge ordered him to move.

[name withheld] argued he wasn't given a chance to show he poses no danger to children. He also contended the ordinance unconstitutionally creates additional punishment.

The 1st District Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday [name withheld] has no right to an individual risk assessment and the regulations are designed to protect the community, not punish offenders.

[name withheld]'s attorney, Larry Dupuis (ACLU), says the ruling misses the mark. He says he is considering asking the state Supreme Court to take the case.

1 comment :

kikipt said...

The ruling TOTALLY misses the point. My concern is that ALL citizens should be protected. These laws cannot be shown to be protecting anyone, yet the registry can be shown to have CAUSED the deaths of hundreds of American citizens. What happened to THEIR basic human rights? And lets not even start on the burdens to the families who also have to move when some hateful, bigoted, myopic judge orders an "offender" to move. What about their rights? The number of people whose rights are expendable is pretty sizable, and growing all the time. It is pretty startling what passes for "justice" in the United States these days!