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FL: Homeless sex offenders lose court fight to keep Hialeah tent camp. Where to next?

[amp.miamiherald.com 5/10/18]

A Miami-Dade judge on Thursday cleared the way for the county to dismantle a tent village of homeless sex offenders outside Hialeah, and a lawyer for some of the residents said the ruling leaves them no choice but to live on a roadside or street somewhere else.

“They’ll most likely be relocating to another street corner,” Legal Services lawyer Jeffrey Hearne said after the hearing before Judge Pedro Echarte Jr. in Circuit Court. “New encampments will pop up. And this cycle will continue.”

Kendall residents have already been picketing over another potential offender camp where Krome Avenue meets Kendall Drive at the western edge of the county. Miami-Dade’s rules bar sex offenders from living with 2,500 feet of a school, a restriction that’s far stricter than the 1,000-foot radius required by Florida law. Hearne said that the Krome camp has already been subject to a drive-by splattering from a paint gun.

“The vigilantism is a real concern,” he said.

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Related links:

https://www.local10.com/news/florida/miami-dade/judge-upholds-countys-order-to-vacate-homeless-encampment-in-miami-dade-county

County holds emergency hearing after lawsuit to prevent relocation of sex offender camp

http://www.miamiherald.com/latest-news/article210870679.html

https://www.univision.com/miami/wltv/realizan-audiencia-sobre-el-caso-de-los-250-depredadores-sexuales-en-un-campamento-de-miami-dade-video

Juanchy Mejia misuses photo from OnceFallen blog and uses it for vigilante petition [shiitakeweekly.blogspot.com 5/10/18]

 

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  1. Lovecraft

    Echarte rejected the legal arguments, saying the four anonymous tent residents who filed the suit had no case to make against Miami-Dade.

    But the judge condemned the “deplorable” conditions facing the plaintiffs.

    “Conditions so bad that most of us would not want our family pets living there,” Echarte said. “Sadly neither the outcome of this motion, nor this case, will correct this serious societal problem. That has to come from the executive and legislative branch.”

    Im confused, I guess since the ordinance hasnt actually caused an arrest to any of the plantiffs there is no case? Its either that or their lawyers arent doing their job. At least the judge does condemn their living conditions and how they are treated, but then says another branch of government must fix this mess. Guess what, thats not going to happen unless this gets pushed all the way up.

  2. Harry

    The homeless sex offenders might of lost the court fight to keep the tent camp. However, the State the of Florida and Miami-Dade County was convicted as the responsible ones for this deplorable conditions and it needs to be fixed. The lawyers on the behalf of the RCs should be able make a lot mileage on this legal opinion, alone.

  3. DS

    Ron book gave $1,000 donation to The Judge that heard this case for his reelection campaign. How about that.

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