Court rejects challenge to ‘Jessica’s Law’ provisions
The state Supreme Court has rejected challenges by two San Diego County sex offenders who object to restrictions on where they can live and travel.
The court’s 5-2 ruling yesterday did not answer the question of whether every provision of Proposition 83, which is known as “Jessica’s Law,” is constitutional, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The law bans sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools and parks.
The high court said it did not have enough information to decide whether the law properly limits the rights of privacy and travel for four sex offenders, including two in San Diego County. The justices ordered the cases back to county trial courts for potentially lengthy hearings to determine if the laws are unfair.
At issue was how the residency restriction applied to the four men, who were convicted of a sex offense before Proposition 83, approved by voters in 2006, went into effect. The men said there was virtually no area in their cities were they could live in compliance with the law.
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