The city of Franklin has dropped its legal fight to overturn a January court decision that found its ordinance restricting the residency of sex offenders unconstitutional. But the city will try other ways to keep sex offenders from living near schools, parks and other places children congregate, Mayor Ken Merrifield said. The city’s appeal was scheduled to be heard by the state Supreme Court next week.
“We have conferred with our legal counsel, and we really had only filed the appeal to keep that door open,” Merrifield said. “It really was never our most likely response to this. We recognized the expense would be tremendous, so the city council has opted not to keep that door open right now.” Full Article