LA Times – A city law requiring registered sex offenders to post a sign in front of their homes on Halloween to discourage trick-or-treaters is unconstitutional and should be tossed out, a federal lawsuit alleges.
Registered sex offenders in the city of Orange are legally required to post a 12-by-24 inch sign reading “no candy or treats at this residence.” Violators face a $1,000 fine or six months in jail.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday on behalf of the California Reform Sex Offender Laws group, alleges that the city violates 1st Amendment rights and puts registered sex offenders, as well as anyone living with them, at risk of physical and emotional harm. Full Article
California RSOL thanks attorney Chance Oberstein for his willingness to be interviewed today by several news outlets, including KTLA-TV! He helped us all by educating the public in a very public way.
I can personally tell you that if I lived in one of the areas that has this requirement that I would not do it. I would gladly get arrested so that I could fight such as clearly unnecessary and clearly stupid requirement.
I would gladly NOT answer my door that night…after all I will be the first to admit that I find children annoying and I gladly avoid contact with them voluntarily! There is not need to require it in my case.
I do NOT live in one of those backwater places that has nothing better to do than harass law biding sex offenders I am very glad I do not. I live in the city of West Hollywood. If I DID however, this is one of those things I would certainly fight in court!